Advance Publications

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Advance Publications
Industry Mass media
Founded 1922
Founder Samuel Newhouse, Sr.
Headquarters Staten Island, NY, US
(de facto)
Area served
Key people
Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr.
Thomas Summer
Donald Newhouse
Products Newspapers, Magazines, Television
Revenue Increase US$ 8 billion (2014)[1]
Number of employees

Advance Publications, Inc., is an American media company owned by the descendants of S.I. Newhouse Sr., Donald Newhouse and S.I. Newhouse, Jr. It is named after the Staten Island Advance, the first newspaper owned by the Newhouse family, and where the mailing address for Advance Publications is listed on paper (although Advance does not have an official headquarters).[2] As of October 2014, it was ranked as the 44th largest private company in the United States according to Forbes.[3] Crain's ranked Advance Publications the 4th largest private company in the NY area in 2012. In addition to holding publishing and communication assets, Advance serves as the holding company for the family's 31% stake in cable entertainment company Discovery Communications.[4]



Newspapers and affiliate websites[edit]

The Advance Local media group, established in 2010, operates 12 local news and information websites and more than 30 newspapers. The Advance Local group includes Advance Digital, a "central source of sales and content strategy, product development and technology."[6] Another unit, Advance Central Services, supports the Advance Local publications, with responsibility for vendor management, finance and accounting, human resources, technology, production and facilities, and circulation.

In 2009, Advance Publications launched a multi-year reorganization of its newspapers and their affiliate websites, beginning with its Michigan properties. Advance in most cases created regional "media groups" to oversee the websites and print publications, along with affiliate "central services" companies to print and deliver the newspapers and provide support services.

As each property reorganized, the new companies took a "digital-first" approach to publication; in most cases, the moves have been accompanied by layoffs. Staff-produced content is published first to a website; content is then harvested from the website for publication in the printed newspapers. Days of newspaper home delivery were reduced to three or four, except at the New Jersey papers and the Staten Island Advance.[7]

Business journals and periodicals[edit]


Cable television[edit]

Advance websites[edit]

Condé Nast Digital[edit]


Former and defunct divisions[edit]

Formerly-owned television stations[edit]

Stations are listed alphabetically by state and city of license.


  • (**) - Indicates a station that was built and signed-on by Advance/Newhouse.
City of license / market Station Channel
TV / (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Birmingham - Tuscaloosa - Anniston WVTM-TV 13 (13) 1956–1980 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
St. Louis KTVI 2 (43) 1955–1980 Fox affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Elmira, New York WETM-TV ** 18 (18) 1956–1980 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Syracuse, New York WSTM-TV ** 3 (24) 1950–1980 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Portland KOIN 6 (40) 1953–1977 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Harrisburg - Lancaster -
Lebanon - York
WHTM-TV ** 27 (10) 1953–1980 ABC affiliate owned by Media General


  1. ^ "Advance Publications," Accessed February 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Flamm, Matthew (November 21, 2010). "Advance Publications at crossroads". Crain's New York. Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "America's Largest Private Companies," Accessed February 26, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Flamm, Matthew (December 13, 2010). "Advance Publications waving around $500M". Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Affiliated Newspapers". Advance Publications. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
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  10. ^ Cook, John. (2013, January 16). "Advance Publications buys Seattle digital agency POP," Accessed: February 26, 2015.
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  • Newhouse, Thomas Maier, St. Martin's Press, 1994.

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