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The E. W. Scripps Company


The E. W. Scripps Company

Not to be confused with Scripps League Newspapers, Inc..

The E. W. Scripps Company
Public company
Traded as SSP
Industry Broadcast Television/News Publication
Community Educational Services
Founded 1878 (Originally as The Cleveland Penny Press)
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Key people Edward W. Scripps (1854–1926), Founder
Roy W. Howard (1883–1964)
Richard A. Boehne (President & CEO)
Revenue $1.1 billion (2007)

The E. W. Scripps Company is an American media conglomerate founded by Edward Willis Scripps in 1922.[1] The company is headquartered inside the Scripps Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] Its corporate motto is "Give light and the people will find their own way."[3]

On October 16, 2007, the company announced that it would separate into two publicly traded companies: The E. W. Scripps Company (newspapers, TV stations, licensing/syndication) and Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), (HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel [formerly known as Fine Living, Travel Channel and Great American Country). The transaction was completed on July 1, 2008.

On October 3, 2011 The E.W. Scripps Company announced it was purchasing the television arm of McGraw-Hill for $212 million.[4] This purchase nearly doubles the number of Scripps stations to 19 with a combined reach of 13% of U.S. households.

Corporate governance

From 1922 until 2012, the company was governed by the Edward W. Scripps Trust. The company's shares were divided into two types – Class A Common Shares, which were traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and common voting shares, which were not publicly traded and elected a majority of the company's directors. A number of media companies, including the New York Times Company and the Washington Post Company, are governed by this system wherein the descendants of the company's founders can keep control of the company. Upon the death of Edward W. Scripps' grandson, Robert Scripps, in 2012 (the last of Edward W. Scripps’ descendants upon whom the duration of the trust was based), the trust was dissolved and its stock will be divided among the surviving trustees.[5]

Scripps newspapers

In 1997, Scripps bought daily Texas newspapers in Corpus Christi, Abilene, Wichita Falls, San Angelo and Plano, plus the paper in Anderson, S.C. from Harte-Hanks Communications, along with 25 non-daily newspapers and San Antonio-based KENS-TV and KENS-AM.[6] The purchase price was to be between $605 and $775 million, depending on a federal ruling.[7]

The company currently owns and operates newspapers in 13 American markets:

Former newspapers

Name City Fate Date Note
Toledo News-Bee Toledo, Ohio closed Template:Dts/out0 Remnants of the paper were acquired by The Toledo Blade.
Houston Press Houston, Texas closed Template:Dts/out0 Assets were sold to The Houston Chronicle.
Indianapolis Times Indianapolis, Indiana closed Template:Dts/out0
New York World-Telegram New York City merged, then closed Template:Dts/out0
World-Telegram and Sun
World Journal Tribune
Known as the New York World-Telegram and Sun after 1951, when it purchased the remnants of the New York Sun. After a proposed joint operating agreement between two other newspapers with distinct histories – Hearst's New York Journal American and John Hay Whitney's New York Herald Tribune – collapsed due to union pressure, all three merged to form the New York World Journal Tribune (all three owners had a stake in the publication as "World Journal Tribune, Inc."). The combined paper did not launch for 140 days due to a newspaper strike triggered by the merger, and ultimately folded the following May. Scripps would maintain ownership of the World-Telegram's annual publication, The World Almanac and Book of Facts until 1993, when that was sold to Primedia.
The Washington Daily News Washington, DC sold Template:Dts/out0 Sold to, and ultimately merged into, The Washington Star.
Fort Worth Press Fort Worth, Texas closed Template:Dts/out1
Cleveland Press Cleveland, Ohio sold Template:Dts/out0 The company's first newspaper and original flagship. Merged with the Cleveland News in 1960. Sold to entrepreneur Joseph E. Cole in 1980 after the Cleveland Plain Dealer surpassed it in both circulation and revenue throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Subsequently closed on June 17, 1982.
Memphis Press-Scimitar Memphis, Tennessee closed Template:Dts/out0 Afternoon-only daily paper. The paper's roots trace back to 1880; it was acquired by Scripps' antecedent, the Scripps-McRae League, in 1906. Scripps also purchased the city's morning paper, The Commercial Appeal (which it still owns) in 1936.
Columbus Citizen-Journal Columbus, Ohio closed Template:Dts/out0 Founded in 1899. Also had its roots in what was one of the first newspapers in Ohio, The Ohio State Journal, which was founded in 1814. Operated as part of a joint operating agreement with The Columbus Dispatch for several decades; Scripps folded the paper after the Dispatch terminated the JOA, and a sale of the paper to Akron-area businessman Nyles V. Reinfeld collapsed.
Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sold Template:Dts/out0 Sold to Block Communications, subsequently merged into the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Revived as an online-only paper in 2011.
Thousand Oaks News Chronicle Thousand Oaks, California closed Template:Dts/out0 Publication relocated to Camarillo, California and merged with the co-owned Ventura County Star.
Birmingham Post-Herald Birmingham, Alabama closed Template:Dts/out0 The paper's roots trace back to the Elyton Herald, founded 21 years before Birmingham's incorporation as a city. Merged with the Scripps-owned Birmingham Post in 1950. Long a morning newspaper, it switched to an afternoon-only publication by request of joint operating agreement partner The Birmingham News (which itself became a tri-weekly in 2012).
dirt Boulder, Colorado closed Template:Dts/out1
Cincinnati Post Cincinnati, Ohio closed Template:Dts/out0 Distributed in the Covington, Kentucky region as The Kentucky Post; that version was converted to an online-only publication as, which operates to this day.
The Albuquerque Tribune Albuquerque, New Mexico closed Template:Dts/out0 Founding owner Carl Magee's slogan for the paper, "Give light and the people will find their own way," and accompanying lighthouse logo, would both be adopted by Scripps after their 1923 acquisition of the paper.
Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado closed Template:Dts/out0 Purchased by Scripps in 1926. Folded 55 days prior to its 150th anniversary of publication.
Youngstown Telegram Youngstown, Ohio sold Template:Dts/out0 Acquired by the Youngstown Vindicator Printing Company and merged into The Vindicator.
The Daily Camera Boulder, Colorado sold Template:Dts/out1 Acquired by Media News Group Inc.
El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas closed Template:Dts/out0
San Francisco News San Francisco merged Template:Dts/out1 Founded 1903. Merged with the Hearst's San Francisco Call-Bulletin to form The News-Call Bulletin in 1959. Hearst acquired complete control in 1962 and merged it into the San Francisco Examiner in 1965.


Scripps owns the Scripps Howard News Service and, until 2011, operated United Media (composed of the United Feature Syndicate and the Newspaper Enterprise Association). United Feature Syndicate syndicated many notable comic strips including Peanuts, Garfield, Li'l Abner, Dilbert, Nancy and Marmaduke. NEA, originally established as a secondary news service to the Scripps Howard News Service, later evolved into a general syndicate, and were best known for syndicating Alley Oop, Freckles and His Friends, The Born Loser and Frank and Ernest, in addition to an annual Christmas comic strip.[8] The distribution rights to properties syndicated by United Media was outsourced to Universal Uclick in February 2011. While United Media effectively ceased to exist, Scripps still maintains copyrights and intellectual property rights.[9][10]

Scripps also operated United Press International (United Press from its 1907 inception until a 1958 merger with Hearst's International News Service) until selling it off in 1982.


E.W. Scripps' television division currently owns nineteen television stations in fourteen markets; ten are affiliates of ABC.

Scripps also previously owned the Shop at Home home-shopping television network, which in turn owned five television stations. On May 22, 2006, Scripps announced that it was to cease operations of the network and intended to sell each of Shop at Home's five owned and operated television stations.[11] Jewelry Television eventually acquired Shop at Home, but Scripps still intended to sell its affiliated stations. On September 26, 2006, Scripps announced that it was selling its Shop at Home TV stations to New York City-based Multicultural Television for $170 million.[12]

On October 3, 2011, Scripps announced it was purchasing all seven television stations owned by The McGraw-Hill Companies for $212 million; the sale is a result of McGraw-Hill's decision to exit the broadcasting industry to focus on its other core properties, including its publishing unit.[13] This deal was approved by the FTC on October 31[14] and the FCC on November 29.[15] The deal was completed on December 30, 2011.[16]

Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.

Note: Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicate a station that was built and signed-on by the E.W. Scripps Company.

Television stations

City of license/Market Station Channel
Owned Since Affiliation
Phoenix KNXV-TV 15 (15) 1985 ABC
Bakersfield, California KERO-TV 23 (10) 2011 ABC
KZKC-LP 42 2011 Azteca América
San Diego KGTV 10 (10) 2011 ABC
KZSD-LP 41 2011 Azteca América
Colorado Springs, Colorado KZKS-LP 23 2011 Azteca América
Denver KMGH-TV 7 (7) 2011 ABC
KZCO-LP 27 2011 Azteca América
Fort Collins, Colorado KZFC-LP 36 2011 Azteca América
TampaSt. Petersburg WFTS-TV 28 (29) 1986 ABC
West Palm Beach WPTV 5 (12) 1961 NBC
Indianapolis WRTV 6 (25) 2011 ABC
Baltimore WMAR-TV 2 (38) 1991 ABC
Detroit WXYZ-TV 7 (41) 1986 ABC
Kansas City, MOLawrence, KS KSHB-TV 41 (42) 1977 NBC
Cincinnati WCPO-TV ** 9 (22) 1949 ABC
ClevelandAkronCanton WEWS ** 5 (15) 1947 ABC
Tulsa KJRH-TV 2 (8) 1971 NBC

Scripps also operates Fox affiliate WFLX (channel 29) in West Palm Beach under a shared services agreement with that station's parent company, Raycom Media.

Former Scripps-owned stations

Television stations

City of license/Market Station Channel
Years Owned Current Status
San Francisco KCNS 38 / 39 2002–2006 MundoFox affiliate owned by NRJ TV
(managed by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
Bridgeport, CT – New York City WSAH 43 / 42 2002–2007 WZME, a Me-TV affiliate owned by NRJ TV
(managed by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
LawrenceBoston, MA WMFP 62 / 18 2002–2007 Me-TV affiliate owned by NRJ TV
(managed by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
WilsonRaleighDurham, N.C. WRAY-TV 30 / 42 2002–2006 Tri-State Christian Television owned-and-operated (O&O)
CantonCleveland, OH WOAC 67 / 47 2002–2006 WRLM, Tri-State Christian Television owned-and-operated (O&O)
Memphis WMCT/WMC-TV ** 5 / 5 1948–1993 NBC affiliate owned by Raycom Media
San Antonio KENS-TV ++ 5 / 39 1997 CBS affiliate owned by Belo Corporation

Radio stations

Market Station Current Status
Baltimore WBSB-FM-104.3 WCHH, owned by Clear Channel Communications
Cincinnati WCPO-1230 WDBZ, owned by Radio One
WUBE-FM-105.1 ** owned by Hubbard Broadcasting
Cleveland WEWS-FM-102.1 ** WDOK, owned by CBS Radio
Portland, Oregon KUPL-970 KUFO, owned by Alpha Broadcasting
KUPL-FM-98.5 owned by Alpha Broadcasting
Knoxville, Tennessee WNOX-990 WNML, owned by Cumulus Media
Memphis WMPS-680 WMFS, owned by Entercom
WMC-790 owned by Entercom
WMC-FM-99.7 ** owned by Entercom
San Antonio, Texas KENS-1160 ++ KRDY, owned by Disney/ABC

** indicates a station that was built and signed-on by E.W. Scripps
++ indicates a station that was owned by Scripps but operated by Belo Corporation (via a time brokerage agreement) during Scripps' ownership

National Spelling Bee

Scripps also operates the national (US) spelling bee. The final competition is in Washington, DC and it is broadcast on ESPN and ABC. Lower levels are organized by the school, then county and eventually to the final competition.


Scripps Local News has taken down several of NASA's YouTube videos on copyright claims, including the recent Curiosity rover landing.[17][18] These videos contained nothing but footage filmed and broadcast by NASA themselves.

Scripps owns and operates the The Commercial Appeal, which posted a controversial database listing Tennessee residents with permits to carry handguns.[19] The database is a public record in Tennessee, but had not previously been posted online.

Scripps owns and operates the Ventura County Star, which has faced many complaints involving its circulation practices rather than its editorial content. As of April 2, 2011, the Better Business Bureau listed ten (10) separate "significant" complaints from the previous three years, of which two alleged the company made unauthorized debits from customers' checking accounts, four alleged problems obtaining refunds, two alleged the company harassed a customer or former customer, two alleged improper billing, and two alleged delivery continuing after customers tried to cancel.[20] (The total number of allegations does not add to the total number of complaints because two complaints made multiple allegations.)

In May 2013, Scripps News Service discovered and published a security breach on the websites of Oklahoma-based TerraCom Inc. and an affiliate, YourTel America Inc. in which the personal information of tens of thousands of low-income Americans was publicly exposed. In response, the two companies accused Scripps of "hacking" and of violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.[21][22] The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan subsequently announced an investigation into the two companies.[23]


See also


External links

  • Scripps Corporate Site
  • Scripps Howard News Service

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