The E.W. Scripps Company

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The E.W. Scripps Company
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Founded 1878
President Kenneth W. Lowe
Notable Works
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The E.W. Scripps Company was founded in 1878 and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time it was known as the Cleveland Penny Press. The company was founded by Edward W. Scripps and has since grown to be one of the larger media and entertainment corporations in the country. It owns newspapers, television stations and content syndication company United Media.

Mid-2008 the Scripps Networks cable channels and interactive media services were split off into Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI).

The E.W. Scripps Company currently sponsors a national spelling bee called the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The spelling bee is considered one of the hardest and is currently is shown on ESPN.

Contents

Assets

Television Stations

Scripps Media owns the following television stations:

Market Area & City Call Digital Vitual acquired Affiliation Notes Licensee
11 Detroit MI WXYZ-TV 41 7 1986 ABC [1] Scripps Media, Inc.
13 Phoenix AZ KNXV-TV 15 15 1985 ABC Scripps Media, Inc.
14 Tampa FL WFTS-TV 29 28 1986 ABC [2] Scripps Media, Inc.
18 Cleveland OH WEWS-TV 15 5 1947 ABC ** Scripps Media, Inc.
27 Baltimore MD WMAR-TV 38 2 1991 ABC [3] Scripps Media, Inc.
31 Kansas City MO KSHB-TV 42 41 1977 NBC [4] Scripps Media, Inc.
Lawrence KS KMCI-TV 41 38 2001 IND [4] Scripps Media, Inc.
35 Cincinnati OH WCPO-TV 22 9 1949 ABC ** Scripps Media, Inc.
38 West Palm Beach FL WPTV-TV 12 5 1961 NBC Scripps Media, Inc.
59 Tulsa OK KJRH-TV 8 2 1971 NBC Scripps Media, Inc.
Stations acquired from McGraw-Hill Broadcasting
Market Area & City Call Digital Vitual acquired Affiliation Notes Licensee
17 Denver CO KMGH-TV 7 7 12/2011 ABC Scripps Media, Inc.
KZCO-LP 27 12/2011 Azteca America TX [5] McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Windsor CO KZFC-LP 36 12/2011 Azteca America TX [5] Scripps Media, Inc.
92 Colorado Springs CO KZCS-LP 23 12/2011 Azteca America TX [5] Scripps Media, Inc.
26 Indianapolis IN WRTV 25 6 12/2011 ABC Scripps Media, Inc.
28 San Diego CA KGTV 10 10 12/2011 ABC Scripps Media, Inc.
KZSD-LP 39 12/2011 Azteca America TX Scripps Media, Inc.
126 Bakersfield CA KERO-TV 10 23 12/2011 ABC Scripps Media, Inc.
KZKC-LP 42 12/2011 Azteca America TX Scripps Media, Inc.

** original stations built by E.W. Scripps
TX indicates a local low-power station

Newspapers

  • Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Birmingham Post-Herald (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Colorado Daily (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • The Columbus Citizen-Journal (Columbus, Ohio)
  • The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Evansville Courier & Press (Evansville, Indiana)
  • Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Washington)
  • The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida)
  • New York Herald Tribune (New York, New York)
  • New York World-Telegram (New York, New York)
  • The Port St. Lucie News (Port St. Lucie, Florida) - Branched off from Stuart News
  • Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)
  • Stuart News (Stuart, Florida) - First newspaper acquired by Scripps in 1965
  • The Tribune (Scripps) (Ft. Pierce, Florida)
  • Ventura County Star (Ventura, California)
  • Vero Beach Press Journal (Vero Beach, Florida)
  • San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas)
  • Corpus Christi Caller Times (Corpus Christi, Texas)

United Media

Content syndication company United Media (UM) develops, markets and distributes worldwide approximatly 150 comic strips (including Dilbert and Marmaduke) and editorial features (columns and commentaries), including the Scripps Howard News Service. The company consists of the two syndication units United Feature Syndicate (UFS) and Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).

Former Assets

Scripps Networks

End of December 1994 Scripps' cable channel Home & Garden Television (HGTV) went on air. The company expanded in 1997 through acquisition of the Food Network (co-owned with Tribune Company), and launched DIY Network in 1999, Fine Living Network in 2002, and Great American Country (GAC) in 2004. The five Scripps Networks cable channels and two interactive media services were spun off into Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) on July 1, 2008.

Shop at Home Network & Television Stations

In 2002 Scripps acquired the Shop at Home Network including five owned-and-operated television stations. When Shop at Home ceased its operations in June 2006, Jewelry Television bought some assets and resurrected the program with a limited schedule, while airing their own program in the off-hours. For the retained five affiliated television stations, Scripps reached a sale agreement with Multicultural Broadcasting in September 2006. After regulatory approval KCNS, WOAC and WRAY-TV were sold in December 2006, followed by WMFP and WSAH in April 2007.

Market Area & City Call Digital Vitual acquired Affiliation surrendered Fate / Current Licensee
6 San Francisco CA KCNS 39 38 1998 Shop at Home 12/2006 sold to Multicultural Television
NJR TV San Fran License Co, LLC
7 Lawrence MA WMFP 18 62 1995 Shop at Home 04/2007 sold to Multicultural Television
NJR TV Boston License Co, LLC
18 Canton OH WOAC
WRLM
47 67 1997 Shop at Home 12/2006 sold to Multicultural Television
Radiant Life Ministries, Inc.
24 Wilson NC WRAY-TV 42 30 1998 Shop at Home 12/2006 sold to Multicultural Television
Radiant Life Ministries, Inc.
30 Bridgeport CT WSAH 42 43 1999 Shop at Home 04/2007 sold to Multicultural Television
MTB Bridgeport-NY Licensee LLC

Footnotes

  1. WXYZ-TV was an ABC O&O station prior to 1986
  2. WFTS-TV was owned by Capital Cities Communications prior to 1986
  3. WMAR-TV was owned by Gillett Communications prior to 1991
  4. 4.0 4.1 KMCI-TV was controlled by KSHB-TV under a Local Marketing Agreement, until Scripps acquired KCMI in 2001
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 KZCS-LP and KZFC-LP are local stations simulcasting KZCO-LP

External Sites

Official website for The E.W. Scripps Company