Paul McTear joined Raycom Media in February 1997 as Chief Financial Officer with responsibilities including traditional financial oversight plus operating responsibilities for Raycom Sports. In July of 2001, Paul was promoted to the position of President/Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of CEO John Hayes. The company has grown to the largest privately owned TV broadcast company in the US, now owning and/or operating 47 television stations in 18 states and covering more than 12.6% of U.S. television households. Raycom stations are the news leaders in the majority of their markets.
Paul was previously at the Providence Journal Company for 20 years where he was Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development. While there, Paul was involved with acquisitions, strategic and financial planning, and corporate development. He was also instrumental in the launch of two cable programming networks, Television Food Network and America’s Health Network. In addition, Paul had financial overview of The Providence Journal’s cable, paging and cellular telephone companies.
Paul also serves on the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors, NBC’s Affiliate Board, and heads a Small Market Coalition formed to keep Small Market Broadcast issues in the forefront. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of Worldnow, MSTV and My Weather.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Paul received his BS in accounting from Drexel University. He and his wife Denise are the parents of four sons and live in Montgomery, Alabama.