Scott Flanders has been selected as chief executive officer of Freedom Communications, the parent company of the East Valley Tribune and Scottsdale Tribune.
His Scott Flanders appointment is effective Jan. 1.
"Media businesses are in the most dynamic period of their history," Flanders said. "The trusted local brands that Freedom has in its newspapers and television stations certainly are encountering more competition than in the past. But our main focus tomorrow will be what it always has been: Delivering truthful and timely news and information that is reliable and relevant."
Flanders has been a member of Freedom’s board for the past five years. Until July 1, he also was chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia House Co., the oldest and largest direct marketer of music and video, which has since been sold to the Bertelsmann Co. Earlier, he served 14 years as president of McMillan Publishing.
Flanders will replace the company’s current chief executive officer, Alan Bell, who leaves his post Jan. 1, after 17 years with Freedom.
Freedom Communications, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., is a privately owned company with newspapers, broadcast television stations and interactive media businesses.