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Comcast Senior Exec VP & Chief Diversity Officer DAVID COHEN will "step away from his operational roles" at the company and "transition from his position in January." Cohen will remain Senior Exec VP next year, as his day-to-day responsibilities "shift to other executives." After '20, Cohen will "become Senior Adviser" to Comcast Chair & CEO BRIAN ROBERTS (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/6).

ON CAMPUS: Big West Conference Commissioner DENNIS FARRELL, who has been at the helm for 27 years, on Thursday said that he will retire from his position following the '19-20 academic year (Big West)....Weber State on Wednesday named interim AD TIM CROMPTON to the full-time position, after Crompton had served on an interim basis since May '19 (DESERET NEWS, 12/5).

EXECS: The Fox Sports RSNs serving the Southeast have announced their new digital content team: ZACH DILLARD was promoted to Digital Content Manager; CRISTY FERNANDEZ was promoted to Digital Content Producer/Editor; and PAXTON ELROD was named Social Media Content Producer & Host. All three will be based in Atlanta (Fox Sports)....J. STUART FRANCIS, of Hillsborough, Calif., has been nominated to serve as the 66th president of the United States Golf Association (USGA).

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SBJ Spotlight: TikTok’s threat to traditional sports media

While tech companies are consumed with finding ways to compete with TikTok, almost no one in conventional media “spends any time talking about it,” said Recode senior correspondent Peter Kafka in an Spotlight interview with SBJ’s John Ourand. “To me, that’s just an obvious disconnect.” Kafka authored a recent column headlined, “It’s TikTok’s world. Can TV live in it?” He said the main response to TikTok’s growth from traditional media execs has been to “punt and hope it’s someone else’s problem a quarter from now or two years from now.” But Kafka said that ignores the trend of conventional broadcast audiences growing older while a billion younger consumers spend most of their media time watching short video after short video. “If you’re in the business of getting anyone under the age of 30 to look at what you’re putting on a screen, you have to think about the fact that you’re probably asking them to put down TikTok and watch your thing instead,” said Kafka. “That’s a very difficult ask. … [TikTok] is insanely addictive.”

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