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Outfront Media, Inc.
Company typePublic
Russell 1000 Component
S&P 600 Component
IndustryOutdoor Advertising
Founded1938; 86 years ago (1938)
Area served
Key people
Jeremy J. Male (CEO)
Matthew Siegel (CFO)
ProductsBillboards, Transit Advertising
RevenueIncrease US$ 2.5B (2020)[1]
Number of employees
2,370 (2020)[2]
Outfront Media billboard in Times Square New York City

Outfront Media, Inc. is one of the largest outdoor media companies. It operates in markets including the United States and Canada.[3] The Americas division is led by chief executive officer Jeremy Male.[4] Outfront Media operates both billboards and transit displays.


Logo used from 2001–2006
Outfront Media billboards in Wyandotte, Michigan, advertising Wyandotte Municipal Services's cable television service and Citizens Bank

TDI (Transportation Displays Incorporated) was the first predecessor company for transit advertising, publishing advertising for passenger railroad timetables and displays in railroad terminals. TDI was first incorporated in 1938. TDI was sold to IT&T in the early 1970s and then to the Winston Network in the early 1980s, it was later renamed TDI in 1989 led by Bill Apfelbaum. In 1996 the company was sold to Infinity Broadcasting. The transit business and the billboard business merged in 2001 under the name Viacom Outdoor.

Logo used from 2006–2014

The billboard division was originally two separate companies: National Advertising Company (also known as 3M National or National 3M), the outdoor advertising subsidiary of 3M; and Gannett Outdoor, owned by the Gannett Company. In August 1996, Gannett exited the billboard business by selling its outdoor division to Phoenix, Arizona-based Outdoor Systems Advertising. OSI would later acquire 3M National in May 1997, but before that sale was finalized, the United States Justice Department ruled that Outdoor Systems had to sell nearly all of its 3M billboards in ten U.S. cities (all 3M billboards in Phoenix, Arizona; Sacramento, California; New Orleans; Louisville, Kentucky; Denver; Detroit; Kansas City, Missouri and Grand Rapids, Michigan; plus almost all 3M billboards in Atlanta and half of 3M's billboards in Houston) where both Outdoor Systems (OSI) and 3M National already had billboards to Lamar Advertising to avoid a monopoly in these cities.[5]

On December 7, 1999, Outdoor Systems (OSI) was bought by Infinity and became Infinity Outdoor. Infinity was absorbed into Viacom in 2001, and became Viacom Outdoor. When Viacom split from CBS Corporation in December 2005, it became CBS Outdoor. CBS owned CBS Outdoor as a division of CBS until March 2014, at which point it was spun off into an independent company. CBS Corporation continued to own 83% of Outfront Media, although this number is expected to decline over time as Outfront Media converts into a real estate investment trust and CBS Corporation divests itself of the outdoor unit.[6] CBS Outdoor shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on March 28, 2014.[7]

In July 2014, it was announced that CBS Outdoor would acquire the billboard business of Van Wagner Communications for $690 million.[8]

As of July 17, 2014, CBS Outdoor became a fully independent corporation, operating as a real estate investment trust. The company announced it would rename itself as Outfront Media, Inc., effective November 20, 2014. The company's ticker symbol on the NYSE changed from CBSO to OUT. A rebranding program converted billboards, signage and displays from CBS Outdoor to Outfront logos.

In October 2015, Outfront Media refused to post New York City Subway ads involving Thinx underwear for women, on the basis that the word period was used in the advertisement copy and was accompanied by images of grapefruits.[9][10]

Since then, Outfront Media has expanded its initiatives, such as a campaign with Dogology Inc., a virtual dog training startup, and the installation of digital advertising screens in the New York City Subway.[11] These campaigns have been highly successful.[12] Further, executives were devising new strategies with the growth of 5G technology.[13]

In September 2018 ‘Today, I’m Brave,’ the Los Angeles-based non-profit born out of creative agency David&Goliath, put together a fundraising initiative with the purpose of aiding Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria. As part of this effort, Outfront donated a billboard that went up in the heart of Hollywood on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma to commemorate and raise funds for hurricane victims.[14] In October 2018, an 18-member coalition of Chicago Southland churches, synagogues and mosques spread the message "One God, Three Faiths" using Outfront billboards.[15] According to a CNBC interview with Outfront Media chief executive officer Jeremy Male, out-of-home media is a popular medium among top tech and consumer companies, and is a growing advertising medium.[16]


United States[edit]

Outfront Media holds advertising contracts including:


Outfront Media Canada (Outfront Média in Quebec) was an outdoor representative in Canada. In October 2023, Bell Media signed a deal to buy Outfront Media Canada. The deal will close in 2024. [17] Major products/contracts include:

Outfront Media products are audited and measured by COMB (the Canadian Out-of-Home Measurement Bureau).

On October 23, 2023, Outfront Media sold their Canadian business to Bell Media for $410 million.[18]

Past names[edit]

  • National Advertising Company (3M National or National 3M)
  • Whiteco
  • Gannett Outdoor
  • Outdoor Systems (OSI)
  • Infinity Outdoor
  • Viacom Outdoor
  • CBS Outdoor
  • Outfront Media
  • Transportation Displays, Inc. (TDI)


  1. ^ "Outfront Media Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results". PR Newswire. 2019-02-26. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Outfront Media and JCDecaux Sign a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the Latin America Business of Outfront Media". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  4. ^ "Media Center". Cbscorporation.com. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  5. ^ "Justice Department Approves Outdoor Systems Inc.'s Acquisition of 3M's Subsidiary, National Advertising". Archived from the original on 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  6. ^ "CBS Outdoor Not Ready to Have Name on the Big Board | The Motley Fool". Fool.com. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  7. ^ "Shares of CBS Outdoor Rise on Debut". NY Times DealBook. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  8. ^ Liana Baker (21 July 2014). "CBS Outdoor buys Van Wagner billboard unit for $690 million". Reuters.
  9. ^ "Regulator says menstrual underwear ads too racy for NYC subway | Fox News". Fox News. Archived from the original on 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  10. ^ Rivoli, Dan (2015-10-21). "Underwear ads for women on their period are too racy for the subway: MTA". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  11. ^ "When AR and Out-of-Home Campaigns Put a Brand on the Map". DMNews.com. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  12. ^ "Out-of-Home Advertising Fuels Growth for Outfront Media". Cheddar. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  13. ^ Liffreing, Ilyse (2018-06-29). "5G is coming and will change digital advertising in more ways than you think". Digiday. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  14. ^ McAteer, Oliver (September 29, 2018). "Today, I'm Brave raises $500K for Puerto Rican hurricane victims". www.campaignlive.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  15. ^ Brashinger, Ginger (11 October 2018). "South suburban interfaith group advertising message of unity on highway billboard". Daily Southtown. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  16. ^ "Outfront Media CEO Jeremy Male on using data to target billboard ads". www.cnbc.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  17. ^ "Bell Media signs deal to buy Canadian business of Outfront Media for $410 million". Toronto Star. October 23, 2023.
  18. ^ "Bell Media signs deal to buy Outfront Media's Canadian business for $410 million". Yahoo Finance. 2023-10-23. Retrieved 2023-10-23.

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