WorldNow Acquires Online Publishing Executive to Lead Newspaper Initiatives

NEW YORK, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WorldNow, the leading online technology, content and revenue-solutions company for local media, has announced they have hired Charles Ponger to run their newspaper sales division.

Mr. Ponger has assumed the role of Vice President, Distribution and Client Development for WorldNow's Online Publishing Group. Mr. Ponger will lead WorldNow's efforts to extend their market position in the newspaper industry. He will oversee all aspects of new client development including sales training and interactive revenue strategies to ensure newspapers success online.

"I'm thrilled at the opportunity to join WorldNow because their technology, services and support are perfectly suited to make a huge impact in the newspaper industry," said Charlie Ponger. "I believe WorldNow's strategic alliance with local newspapers will alleviate the stress the newspaper industry faces and will help them recapture audience and generate meaningful revenue online."

Mr. Ponger hails from a long history in newspapers and new media as a sales executive, most recently at Escenic. Prior to Escenic, he spent several years consulting with national newspaper groups and spent over six years with Tribune's Southern Connecticut Newspapers Inc. In addition, Mr. Ponger headed sales at MediaSpan where he created a 50% increase in revenue within 12 months.

"We are excited to have a veteran like Charlie head up our newspaper initiative," said Craig Smith, EVP, Sales and Distribution. "Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his ability to execute strategic plans resulting in extraordinary revenue growth. His extensive experience and keen understanding of the newspaper industry will help our new clients excel in their continuing evolution from traditional to online media operations."

About WorldNow

WorldNow provides industry leading online publishing and revenue solutions for local media. Our cost efficient publishing platforms include innovative CMS solutions for site management, video and mobile publishing. Our online revenue solutions include a national advertising network, packaged local sales programs, classifieds and comprehensive sales training and support. Our teams of online media, technology, and marketing professionals have extensive experience in helping local media companies build profitable businesses on the Web. We support our technologies and services with in-depth strategic consultation incorporating market leading best practices for managing successful online businesses. Our full service solutions and support enable our clients to realize greater real-world profitability from their investment. Leverage our experience built over 12 years in partnership with over 400 local media properties. Current WorldNow customers include: Allbritton, CBS Local Digital Media, Cox, Davis TV, Dispatch, Fisher, Gray, Griffin, Hoak Media, Landmark, Lilly, London, Meredith, New Age Media, Quincy, Raycom Media, Sagamore Hill, Titan, Waterman and Young. For more information please visit www.WorldNow.com.

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