SOURCE: Fisher Communications, Inc.

Fisher Communications, Inc.

August 22, 2012 17:00 ET

Fisher Communications Announces Seattle Broadcasting Leadership Changes

Veteran Broadcaster Jim Clayton Retiring and Will Be Succeeded by Janene Drafs

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2012) - Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCI), a leader in local media innovation, announced today that Jim Clayton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Company's Seattle-based television and radio stations, will retire from his current duties effective August 31, 2012, and Janene Drafs, Vice President and Station Manager of KOMO-TV, is being promoted to replace Clayton and will be responsible for Fisher's broadcasting assets in the market. Mr. Clayton will continue to be employed as a senior advisor to Fisher, where he will focus on special projects. 

Ms. Drafs, who most recently served as Vice President and Station Manager of KOMO-TV, has been named Vice President and General Manager of Fisher's Seattle broadcasting stations, effective September 1, 2012. A 25-year employee of Fisher Communications, she started with KOMO-TV as a Sales Assistant and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including Account Executive, Regional Marketing Executive for Business Development, Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager for the station. 

"Janene is an accomplished leader who brings the full range of newsroom and sales experience, along with deep community knowledge, to this position," said Colleen Brown, President and CEO of Fisher Communications, Inc. "She has been instrumental to our success in the Seattle market, and we look forward to her continued contributions in this new role."

Mr. Clayton has more than 40 years of service in the broadcasting industry and has led some of America's biggest and best television stations. Since joining Fisher in July 2006, Clayton has helped reshape Fisher's Seattle broadcast properties in many unique ways, including uniting the Company's TV, radio and online media platforms into the KOMO News Network brand; creating the Problem Solvers investigative unit at KOMO-TV; and developing Fisher's Hispanic market presence with KUNS.

"We are grateful for the many contributions that Jim has made to KOMO-TV, KUNS-TV and Fisher Radio," added Ms. Brown. "He is highly respected and admired throughout the Company -- and across the industry -- for the terrific job he has done leading our Seattle team and mentoring the next generation of media executives, including Janene."

About Fisher Communications
Fisher Communications (FSCI) is an innovative local media company with television, radio, internet and mobile operations throughout the western United States. Fisher owns or operates 13 full power and seven low power television stations, which include network affiliations with ABC, CBS, FOX, Univision and The CW that reach 3.5% of U.S. television households, and three radio stations targeting a full range of audience demographics. Fisher Interactive produces more than 120 local and hyper-local websites and delivers comprehensive multiplatform advertising solutions to local businesses. The Company is headquartered at Fisher Plaza in Seattle, WA. More information about Fisher Communications, Inc. is available at

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