Meredith Corporation

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Meredith Corporation
IndustryMass media
Founded1902; 119 years ago (1902)
FounderEdwin T. Meredith
DefunctDecember 1, 2021; 2 days ago (2021-12-01)
FateAcquired by IAC/Dotdash
(Television stations assets acquired by Gray Television)
SuccessorDotdash Meredith
Gray Television
HeadquartersDes Moines, Iowa
Key people
  • Steve Lacy
  • (Executive Chairman)
  • Tom Harty
  • (President and CEO)
RevenueDecrease $810.5 million (FY December 2019)
Decrease $37.8 million (FY December 2019)
Total assetsIncrease $6.727 billion (FY 2018)
Total equityIncrease $1.097 billion (FY 2018)
Number of employees
7,915 (2018)
Footnotes / references
Former logo from 1960s to 2009

Meredith Corporation was an American media conglomerate based in Des Moines, Iowa that owned magazines, television stations, websites, and radio stations. Its publications had a readership of more than 120 million and paid circulation of more than 40 million, and its websites had nearly 135 million monthly unique visitors. Its broadcast television stations reached 11% of U.S. households.[1]


Early years[edit]

Edwin Thomas Meredith founded the company in 1902 when he began publishing Successful Farming magazine.[2]

In 1922, Meredith began publishing Fruit, Garden and Home magazine, a home and family service publication.[2] In 1924, the magazine was retitled Better Homes and Gardens,[1][2] and the first issue cost a dime on the newsstand. In 1930, the company published the first edition of The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. In 1946, the company became a public company.

In 1994, Meredith and CBS struck an agreement to renew its Kansas City station and affiliate two of the Bay City and Phoenix stations with the network.[3]

2012-2021: Merger with Time Inc.; Gray/Dotdash sale[edit]

In March 2012, Meredith acquired from Reader's Digest Association for $175 million.[4][5] In February 2013, Meredith and Time Warner held discussions on a possible purchase of Time Inc.; Time Warner at the time elected to spin it out as a separate company instead.[6][7]

In October 2014, Meredith announced a 10-year licensing agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to acquire the rights to Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and[8][9]

In November 2014, Meredith acquired[10][11] In January 2015, the company acquired Selectable Media.[12] Also in January 2015, Meredith acquired Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy from American Media Inc. Fitness magazine was folded into Shape, while retaining its website.[13]

On September 8, 2015, Media General announced its intent to acquire Meredith in a cash and stock deal valued at $2.4 billion.[14] Pending regulatory and shareholder approval, the deal was expected to be consummated in June 2016.[14] The combined company would have operated under the name Meredith Media General, and be the third-largest owner of television stations in the United States—serving an estimated 30% of households.[14] To comply with FCC ownership limits, the company would have divested and/or swapped stations in six markets.[14] Media General shareholders would have controlled 65% of the company, with Meredith shareholders holding 35%.[15] However, the offer was countered by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, who made a successful, $4.6 billion bid to acquire Media General instead.[16]

In February 2017, it was reported that Meredith and a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. were considering another possible purchase of Time Inc.[17] On November 26, 2017, it was announced that Meredith Corporation would acquire Time Inc. in a $2.8 billion deal.[18] $640 million in backing was provided by Koch Equity Development, but the Koch family would not have a board seat or otherwise influence the company's operations.[19][20]

On January 9, 2018, it was announced that Meredith would launch a Hungry Girl magazine on January 16, expanding from the online brand.[21]

On January 31, 2018, the company completed the acquisition of Time Inc.[22][23][24] In March 2018, only six weeks after the closure of the deal, Meredith announced that it would lay off 200 employees, up to 1,000 more over the next 10 months, and explore the sale of Fortune, Money, Sports Illustrated, and Time. Meredith felt that, despite their "strong consumer reach," these brands did not align with its core lifestyle properties.[25] Howard Milstein had announced on February 7, 2018, that he would acquire Golf Magazine from Meredith,[26] and Time Inc. UK was sold to the British private equity group Epiris (later rebranded to TI Media) in late February.[27] In September 2018, Meredith announced the sale of Time to Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne for $190 million.[28] In November 2018, Meredith announced the sale of Fortune to Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon, whose family owns Charoen Pokphand, for $150 million.[29][30] After failing to find a buyer for Money, Meredith in April 2019 announced that it would cease the magazine's print publication as of July 2019, but would invest in the brand's digital component[31] In May 2019, Meredith announced the sale of Sports Illustrated to Authentic Brands Group, for $110 million.[32]

Time Inc. Productions was renamed Four M Studios in May 2018. The studios is under Bruce Gersh, Meredith's president of People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Español and head of Four M Studios.[33]

In October 2019, Meredith Corporation sold the Money brand and website to Ad Practitioners LLC, a media and advertising company based in Puerto Rico.[34] Terms were not disclosed, but sources said the brand went for just over $20 million, that was more than the $10 million Meredith was seeking in early 2019.[35]

In November 2019 the company unloaded one more asset acquired in the Time Inc. acquisition, its 60% equity ownership of digital advertising company Viant Technology Holding Inc. that, among other assets, owns social networking site Myspace.[36] Also in November 2019, the company announced the launch of a new quarterly magazine, called Reveal, in January 2020 in collaboration with Drew and Jonathan Scott from HGTV's Property Brothers.[37][38]

On May 3, 2021, Meredith announced an agreement with Gray Television for the latter to acquire Meredith's television division. The transaction will be structured as a spin-off of a new Meredith Corporation, containing the magazines division, to existing shareholders, to be immediately followed by the old Meredith (by then consisting solely of its TV stations group) being acquired by Gray for $2.7 billion in cash.[39]

Later that year, on October 6, Meredith announced an agreement whereby the company's remaining magazine and other non-broadcast assets would be acquired by IAC's Dotdash, forming a new entity called Dotdash Meredith.[40]

On November 15, Meredith announced it has received regulatory approvals for both the Gray and IAC transactions.[41] Both deals were completed on December 1.[42][43]


National media[edit]


Meredith magazines include the following brands:

Defunct magazines include

Digital media[edit]

Local media[edit]

The broadcasting division owned 15 television stations. Most of the company's stations were affiliated with CBS, Fox, or MyNetworkTV. Meredith's broadcasting division also produced Better from 2007 until 2015, which was originally conceived as a brand extension of BH&G. Since its inception in 2007 the show has placed an increasing emphasis on celebrity interviews and music performances. There were also cooking demonstrations and regular features on health, beauty, fitness and fashion. Local versions of the concept continue to air on Meredith stations.[49]

On December 23, 2013, Meredith announced plans to buy St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV and Phoenix independent station KTVK for $407.5 million in cash from Gannett Company and Sander Media, LLC to satisfy a federal mandate that Gannett sell KMOV.[50][third-party source needed] The purchase of KMOV was completed on February 28, 2014,[51] while the KTVK sale was completed on June 19.[52]

Meredith has also struck deals to acquire ABC affiliate WGGB in Springfield, Massachusetts from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million[53] and Fox affiliate WALA in Mobile, Alabama from LIN Media for $86 million.[54]

The Local Media Division was sold to Gray Television on December 1, 2021.[55]

Television stations[edit]

  • (**) indicates a station that was built and signed on by Meredith.
  • (‡‡) indicates a station that was owned by First Media prior to its acquisition by Meredith in 1997.
City of license / Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Mobile, Alabama WALA-TV 10 (9) 2014–2021 Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television
Phoenix, Arizona KTVK 3 (24) 2014–2021 Independent station owned by Gray Television
KPHO-TV 5 (17) 1952–2021 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
KASW 61 (49) 1 The CW affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
Fresno, California KSEE 24 (38) 1984–1993 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Hartford - New Haven, Connecticut WFSB 3 (36) 1997–2021 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Orlando - Daytona Beach, Florida WOFL 35 (22) 1983–2002 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
WCPX-TV ‡‡ 6 (26) 1997 2 CBS affiliate, WKMG-TV, owned by Graham Media Group
Ocala - Gainesville, Florida WOGX
(Semi-satellite of WOFL)
51 (31) 1996–2002 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)
Atlanta, Georgia WGCL-TV 46 (19) 1999–2021 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
WPCH-TV 17 (31) 2017–2021 3 Independent station owned by Gray Television
Springfield, Massachusetts WSHM-LD
(Semi-satellite of WFSB)
3 (20) 2004–2021 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
WGGB-TV 40 (26) 2014–2021 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Bay City - Flint - Saginaw, Michigan WNEM-TV 5 (30) 1969–2021 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Kansas City, Missouri KCTV 5 (24) 1953–2021 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
KSMO-TV 62 (32) 2005–2021 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Gray Television
St. Louis, Missouri KMOV 4 (24) 2014–2021 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Omaha, Nebraska WOW-TV 6 (22) 1951–1975 NBC affiliate, WOWT, owned by Gray Television
Henderson - Las Vegas, Nevada KVVU-TV 5 (9) 1985–2021 Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television
Syracuse, New York WHEN-TV/WTVH ** 5 (47) 1948–1993 CBS affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting
(operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Portland, Oregon - Vancouver, Washington KPTV 12 (12) 2002–2021 Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television
KPDX ‡‡ 49 (30) 1997–2021 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Gray Television
Bend, Oregon KFXO-LD 39 (39) 1997–2007 Fox affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company
(Semi-satellite of KPDX)
43 (9) 2006–2021 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Gray Television
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WPGH-TV 53 (43) 1978–1986 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Greenville - Spartanburg, South Carolina WHNS ‡‡ 21 (17) 1997–2021 Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television
Cleveland - Chattanooga, Tennessee WFLI-TV 53 (42) 2004–2008 The CW affiliate owned by MPS Media
(operated under SSA by New Age Media)
Nashville, Tennessee WSMV-TV 4 (10) 1995–2021 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Seattle - Tacoma, Washington KCPQ 13 (13) 1998–1999 4 Fox owned-and-operated station (O&O)


Radio stations[edit]

AM Stations FM Stations
City of License/Market Station/Frequency Years owned Current ownership status
Phoenix KPHO 910 1952–1972 KGME, owned by iHeartMedia
Kansas City, Missouri KCMO 810 1953–1983 WHB, owned by Union Broadcasting
(KCMO is now at 710 AM)
KCMO-FM 94.9 1953–1983 owned by Cumulus Media
Omaha WOW 590 1951–1983 KXSP, owned by SummitMedia
WOW-FM 92.3 1951–1983 KEZO-FM, owned by SummitMedia
Syracuse, New York WHEN 620 1954–1976 owned by iHeartMedia
Bridgeport, Michigan WNEM 1250 2004–2013 WJMK, owned by Northern States Broadcasting

Four M Studios[edit]

Four M Studios (Four M), formerly Time Inc. Productions, is Meredith's in-house production company and is under the oversight of Bruce Gersh, Meredith's president of People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Español.[33]

After attempting a few TV shows in 2014 and 2015, the company formed Time Inc. Productions in 2016 as its in-house production company.[59] It launched its free, ad-supported online video service PeopleTV in 2016, which got a pay TV deal by May 2018 with FuboTV. In November 2017, it launched its first over-the-top subscription service, Sports Illustrated TV, available via Amazon Channels.[33] On October 30, 2017, it announced that Paramount Network was partnering with it on two TV pilots.[60]

Time Inc. Productions was renamed Four M Studios in May 2018. Four M would expand from the Time titles to all Meredith titles and to freestanding lifestyle shows and scripted shows. Four M also announced at that time a deal with Freeform TV channel to develop Meredith magazine stories, including People’s “Heroes Among Us” franchise, into telefilms.[33]

Four M Studios partnered with Imagine Entertainment's Imagine Kids & Family division. Its first project from the partnership is LIFE for Kids, a children's TV show using LIFE Magazine’s photo archive.[61]

Production library[edit]

Time Inc. Productions
Time Inc. Productions/Four M Studios
Four M Studios[33]
  • Home (Apple) 10 one-hour episodes[63]
  • People Magazine Investigates: Cults (Investigation Discovery)
  • People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion (Investigation Discovery)
  • The Story of the Royals (ABC) documentary miniseries

See also[edit]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Brown, Kathi Ann (2002). Meredith: the first 100 years. ISBN 978-0-696-21668-8.
  • Pendergast, Sara (2006). "Meredith Corporation". International Directory of Company Histories. Retrieved May 13, 2018 – via

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