E. W. Scripps Company
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|Traded as||NYSE: 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. The company is headquartered inside the Scripps Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its corporate motto is "Give light and the people will find their own way."
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. This purchase nearly doubles the number of Scripps stations to 19 with a combined reach of 13% of U.S. households.
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.
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. The purchase price was to be between $605 and $775 million, depending on a federal ruling.
The company currently owns and operates newspapers in 13 American markets:
- Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)
- The Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas)
- The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)
- Evansville Courier & Press (Evansville, Indiana)
- The Gleaner (Henderson, Kentucky)
- Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Washington)
- The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tennessee)
- Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida)
- Stuart News (Stuart, Florida) – First currently active newspaper acquired by Scripps in 1965
- Ventura County Star (Camarillo, California)
- San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas)
- Corpus Christi Caller Times (Corpus Christi, Texas)
- The Anderson Independent-Mail (Anderson, South Carolina)
- Redding Record Searchlight (Redding, California)
|Toledo News-Bee||Toledo, Ohio||closed||August 2, 1938||Remnants of the paper were acquired by The Toledo Blade.|
|Houston Press||Houston, Texas||closed||March 20, 1964||Assets were sold to The Houston Chronicle.|
|Indianapolis Times||Indianapolis, Indiana||closed||October 11, 1965|
|New York World-Telegram||New York City||merged, then closed||April 23, 1966
World-Telegram and Sun
May 5, 1967
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||August 1972||Sold to, and ultimately merged into, The Washington Star.|
|Fort Worth Press||Fort Worth, Texas||closed||1975|
|Cleveland Press||Cleveland, Ohio||sold||October 31, 1980||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||October 31, 1983||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||December 31, 1983||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||May 17, 1992||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||July 22, 1995||Publication relocated to Camarillo, California and merged with the co-owned Ventura County Star.|
|Birmingham Post-Herald||Birmingham, Alabama||closed||September 23, 2005||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).|
|Cincinnati Post||Cincinnati, Ohio||closed||December 31, 2007||Distributed in the Covington, Kentucky region as The Kentucky Post; that version was converted to an online-only publication as KYPost.com, which operates to this day.|
|The Albuquerque Tribune||Albuquerque, New Mexico||closed||February 23, 2008||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||February 27, 2009||Purchased by Scripps in 1926. Folded 55 days prior to its 150th anniversary of publication.|
|Youngstown Telegram||Youngstown, Ohio||sold||July 2, 1936||Acquired by the Youngstown Vindicator Printing Company and merged into The Vindicator.|
|The Daily Camera||Boulder, Colorado||sold||2009||Acquired by Media News Group Inc.|
|El Paso Herald-Post||El Paso, Texas||closed||October 11, 1997|
|San Francisco News||San Francisco||merged||1965||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. 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.
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. 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.
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. This deal was approved by the FTC on October 31 and the FCC on November 29. The deal was completed on December 30, 2011.
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.
|City of license/Market||Station||Channel TV (RF)||Owned Since||Affiliation|
|Bakersfield, California||KERO-TV||23 (10)||2011||ABC|
|San Diego||KGTV||10 (10)||2011||ABC|
|Colorado Springs, Colorado||KZKS-LP||23||2011||Azteca América|
|Fort Collins, Colorado||KZFC-LP||36||2011||Azteca América|
|Tampa – St. Petersburg||WFTS-TV||28 (29)||1986||ABC|
|West Palm Beach||WPTV||5 (12)||1961||NBC|
|Kansas City, MO – Lawrence, KS||KSHB-TV||41 (42)||1977||NBC|
|Cincinnati||WCPO-TV **||9 (22)||1949||ABC|
|Cleveland – Akron – Canton||WEWS **||5 (15)||1947||ABC|
Former Scripps-owned stations
|City of license/Market||Station||Channel TV (RF)||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||Me-TV affiliate, WZME, owned by NRJ TV
(managed by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
|Lawrence – Boston, MA||WMFP||62 (18)||2002–2007||Me-TV affiliate owned by NRJ TV
(managed by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
|Wilson – Raleigh – Durham, N.C.||WRAY-TV||30 (42)||2002–2006||Tri-State Christian Television owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|Canton – Cleveland, OH||WOAC||67 (47)||2002–2006||Tri-State Christian Television owned-and-operated (O&O), WRLM|
|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|
|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. 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. 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. (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. The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan subsequently announced an investigation into the two companies.
- Edward W. Scripps
- Ellen Browning Scripps
- James E. Scripps
- Charles Scripps
- Scripps Howard Foundation
- Scripps Ranch
- Edward W. Estlow
- Scripps Networks Interactive
- "EW Scripps Co (SSP) Company Profile | Reuters.com". reuters.com. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- "SSP Profile & Executives – EW Scripps Co – Bloomberg". bloomberg.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Osborne, Kevin (February 21, 2007). "Cover Story: The Light Dims". Cincinnati CityBeat (Cincinnati, Ohio: Lightborne Publishing). Retrieved 2011-08-28. "The corporate motto for Cincinnati-based media chain E.W. Scripps Co. is 'Give light and the people will find their own way,' which the lighthouse logo has come to symbolize."
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- "Press Releases | The E.W. Scripps Company". Scripps.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "Scripps to Acquire Harte-Hanks Outlets - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1997-05-20. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- By KENNETH N. GILPINPublished: May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20). "Scripps to Buy Harte-Hanks Media Assets - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- List of NEA Christmas strips (1936–2010), with credits
- Universal Uclick to Provide Syndicate Services for United Media, PR Newswire, February 24, 2011.
- United Media Outsources Content to Universal Uclick, Editor & Publisher, April 29, 2011.
- "Scripps ceasing Shop at Home operations" (Press release). E. W. Scripps Company. May 16, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- "Scripps sells Shop at Home TV stations" (Press release). E. W. Scripps Company. September 26, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- McGraw-Hill Sells TV Group To Scripps, TVNewsCheck, October 3, 2011.
- FTC OK With Scripps/McGraw-Hill
- Scripps Purchase Of McGraw-Hill TVs
- "Scripps completes McGraw-Hill Stations Buy". TVNewsCheck. December 30, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
- Scripps Local News Removing NASA Videos From YouTube
- NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain on YouTube
- public record (November 8, 2008). "Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Database". The Commercial Appeal (Memphis). Retrieved 2009-06-29.
- "Significant Complaints", The Better Business Bureau of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, Inc.
- "My Social Security Number Is Posted Where?". NPR. May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- "Investigative journalists threatened with felony for exposing security flaw". RT. May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- "Illinois AG to review online privacy breach". Knoxville News Sentinel. May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- Scripps Corporate Site
- Scripps Howard News Service
- Nieman Journalism Lab. "E.W. Scripps". Encyclo: an Encyclopedia of the Future of News. Retrieved April 1, 2012.