E. W. Scripps Company

The E. W. Scripps Company is an American broadcasting company founded in 1878 as a chain of daily newspapers by Edward Willis "E. W." Scripps. It was also formerly a media conglomerate. The company is headquartered inside the Scripps Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] Its corporate motto is "Give light and the people will find their own way."[2]

The E. W. Scripps Company
Traded asNYSESSP (Class A)
S&P 600 Component
IndustryBroadcast television, broadcast radio
SuccessorScripps Networks (Cable television)
FoundedNovember 2, 1878
(as the Penny Press)
FounderEdward W. Scripps
Key people
Rich Boehne (chairman)
Adam P. Symson (President & CEO)
RevenueUS$943 million (2016)
US$127 million (2016)


19th century

The E. W. Scripps Company was incorporated on December 1, 1987,[3] but it traces its history to November 2, 1878, when Edward Willis Scripps published the first issue of the Cleveland Penny Press.

In 1894, E. W. Scripps and his half-brother, George H. Scripps, organized their various papers into the first modern newspaper chain. In July 1895, it was named the Scripps-McRae League with the addition of Cincinnati Post general manager Milton A. McRae as a partner.[4]

20th century

On June 2, 1902, Scripps founded the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), based in Cleveland, Ohio, as a news report service for different Scripps-owned newspapers. It started selling content to non-Scripps owned newspapers in 1907, and by 1909, it became a more general syndicate, offering comics, pictures and features as well. It moved from Cleveland to Chicago in 1915, with an office in San Francisco. NEA rapidly grew and delivered content to 400 newspapers in 1920 and about 700 in 1930.[5]

Scripps created United Press in 1907 by the uniting of three smaller news syndicates.[6][7][8]

The Scripps Howard News Service was formed in 1917.[9]

United Feature Syndicate was formed in 1919.[10][11]

On November 3, 1922, the Scripps-McRae League was renamed Scripps-Howard Newspapers to recognize Roy W. Howard.[12]

On November 23, 1922, the E. W. Scripps Company was placed in trust for E. W. Scripps' children and grandchildren.[13] 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 so that the descendants of the company's founders can keep control of the company.[14]

E. W. Scripps died in 1926.

United Feature Syndicate became a dominant player in the syndication market in the fall of 1931 thanks to Scripps' acquisition of the New York World, which controlled the Pulitzer company's syndication arms, Press Publishing Co. and World Feature Service.[15]

In 1958, Scripps merged United Press with Hearst's International News Service to form United Press International (selling it off in 1982).[16]

In May 1978 Scripps merged United Feature Syndicate and NEA to form United Media Enterprises.[17][18]

In 1990, the company completed a new downtown Cincinnati headquarters, the Scripps Center.[19]

21st century

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 (NYSESNI), (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.

After a test launch at WFTS-TV in 2009, during 2010 Scripps stations launched YouTube channels. These are similar to YouTube channels operated by Hearst Television and LIN Television.

On February 24, 2011, United Media struck a distribution deal with Universal Uclick (now known as Andrews McMeel Syndication) for syndication of the company's 150 comic strip and news features, which became effective on June 1 of that year.[20][21] At that point, United Media, and by extension the Scripps Company, got out of the syndication business.[22]

On September 12, 2011, Scripps partnered with Cox Media Group and Raycom Media to launch Right This Minute, a viral video program. On the same day, Scripps launched The List, a news magazine. Both were part of an approach for "homegrown" programming--programming created by Scripps. Raycom also launched America Now on the same day. The creator of RTM and The List applied this "homegrown" programming approach to Tegna in 2015, with the launch of T.D. Jakes. Scripps launched Let's Ask America in 2013 (now cancelled), partnering with Telepictures to do so, and Pickler and Ben in 2017.

On October 3, 2011, Scripps announced it was purchasing the television arm of McGraw-Hill for $212 million.[23] This purchase nearly doubled the number of Scripps stations to 19 with a combined reach of 13% of U.S. households. Upon the 2012 death of E. W. Scripps' grandson, Robert Scripps, the Edward W. Scripps Trust was dissolved and its stock divided among the surviving trustees.[14]

The Scripps Howard News Service (est. 1917) shut down in 2013, after 96 years in operation.[9]

On July 30, 2014, Scripps and Journal Communications announced that the two companies would merge and spin-off their newspaper assets.[24] The deal created a broadcast group under the E. W. Scripps Company name and retaining the Cincinnati headquarters, and a newspaper company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, under the Journal Media Group name.[25] The FCC approved the deal on December 12, 2014, and it was approved by shareholders on March 11, 2015.[26] The merger and spinoff were completed on April 1, 2015.[27][28] In turn, Journal Media Group was acquired by Gannett Company on April 8, 2016. Gannett had also shed their television and broadcast operations into a spin-off, Tegna, months after the Scripps-Journal merger.

In April 2016, Demand Media announced the sale of the humor/listicle website Cracked.com to E. W. Scripps.[29] In June, it acquired podcast service Stitcher from Deezer.[30]

On August 1, 2017, Scripps announced the purchase of Katz Broadcasting and its three networks plus Bounce which Katz operates, for $292 million, acquiring the other 95% of the company.[31] The purchase was completed on October 2, 2017.[32]

Scripps newspapers

In 1997, Scripps bought daily Texas newspapers 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.[33] The purchase price was to be between $605 and $775 million, depending on a federal ruling.[34]

The company, before the merger with Journal and subsequent spinoff to Gannett, owned and operated newspapers in 13 American markets:

Other newspapers owned by Scripps

Name City Fate Date Note
The Day Book Chicago closed July 6, 1917 Experimental, advertising-free penny press that fell short of profit expectations.
Toledo News-Bee Toledo, Ohio August 2, 1938 Remnants of the paper were acquired by The Toledo Blade.
Houston Press Houston, Texas March 20, 1964 Assets were sold to The Houston Chronicle.
Indianapolis Times Indianapolis, Indiana 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 December 31, 1985 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 from 2011 to 2015.
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 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).
Colorado Daily Boulder, Colorado sold 2009 Acquired by Media News Group Inc.
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 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 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 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.


The distribution rights to properties syndicated by United Media were outsourced to Universal Uclick in February 2011. While United Media effectively ceased to exist, Scripps still maintains copyrights and intellectual property rights.[36][37]

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 fifty-one television stations in thirty-six markets; eighteen ABC affiliates, eleven NBC affiliates, nine CBS affiliates, five Azteca América affiliates, two MyNetworkTV affiliates, two Fox affiliates, one CW affiliate, and one station independent of any network affiliation.

Scripps also previously owned the Shop at Home Network from 2000 until 2006. Shop at Home in turn owned five television stations, all as a division of its cable network division.

In October 1995, Comcast announced the purchase of Scripps' cable provider operation.[38]

From 1990 to 1995, Scripps was a partner in the regional sports network SportSouth, along with Turner Broadcasting and Tele-Communications, Inc.; in 1996 the network was sold to News Corporation and became Fox Sports South.

Attempts to use Shop at Home as a complementary service to Food Network and HGTV by selling products connected to personalities of those networks were middling compared to competitors QVC and HSN. 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.[39] Jewelry Television eventually acquired Shop at Home, but Scripps still intended to sell its affiliated stations (Jewelry Television discontinued most Shop at Home operations in March 2008). 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.[40]

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.[41] This deal was approved by the FTC on October 31[42] and the FCC on November 29.[43] The deal was completed on December 30, 2011.[44]

On February 10, 2014, Scripps announced it has reached a deal to acquire Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW-TV and Detroit MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD for $110 million.[45] The sale was approved by the FCC on May 2, 2014 and was completed on June 16, 2014. This deal has created a duopoly between WMYD and ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV.

On January 25, 2018, it was announced that Scripps had placed its radio station unit for sale. The divestiture of these stations – which were acquired through the company's 2015 acquisition of Journal Communications – would result in the separation of Scripps's television stations in Tulsa, Omaha, Milwaukee, Boise and Tucson from their co-owned radio clusters (in the case of Tulsa, KJRH-TV would be separated from KFAQ for the second time; the two stations, then using the shared KVOO callsign, were first split up in 1970, when Central Plains Enterprises sold the then-KVOO-TV to Scripps).[46] In June 2018, Griffin Communications reached a deal to buy the Scripps Tulsa radio cluster. The sale was completed on July 28, 2018. In July 2018, Good Karma Brands reached a deal to buy the Scripps Milwaukee radio cluster. The sale was completed on November 1, 2018.

On August 20, 2018, Scripps agreed to purchase ABC affiliates KXXV in Waco, Texas and satellite station KRHD-CD in Bryan, Texas and WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, which are being spun off from the Gray Television-Raycom Media merger in order to alleviate ownership conflicts involving Gray's ownership of CBS affiliate KWTX-TV and its semi-satellite KBTX-TV in the Waco market and CBS affiliate WCTV and Retro Television Network affiliate WFXU in the Tallahassee market.[47][48]

On October 29, 2018, Cordillera Communications announced that it would sell all but one of its television stations to Scripps. KVOA in Tucson, Arizona is not included in the deal as Scripps already owns KGUN-TV and KWBA in that market, and Cordillera will concurrently sell KVOA to Quincy Media.[49] The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2019.[50]

On March 20, 2019, it was announced that Scripps would acquire 11 stations from Tribune Media for $740 million as part of Nexstar Media Group's acquisition of Tribune, including WPIX-TV, WSFL-TV, WTKR and WGNT, WTVR-TV, WXMI, KSTU, and KASW.[51]

Television stations


  • (**) - Indicates stations built and signed on by Scripps.
  • (¤¤) - Indicates stations that were previously owned by McGraw-Hill prior to its acquisition by Scripps in 2011.
  • (##) - Indicates stations that were acquired by Scripps from Granite Broadcasting in 2014.
  • (§§) - Indicates stations that were previously owned by Journal Communications prior to its merger with Scripps in 2015.
  • (‡‡) - Indicates stations that were acquired by Scripps from Raycom Media in 2019.
City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned Since Affiliation Notes
Phoenix, AZ KNXV-TV 15 (15) 1985 ABC
Tucson - Sierra Vista, AZ KGUN-TV §§ 9 (35) 2015 ABC
KWBA-TV §§ 58 (44) 2015 The CW
Bakersfield, CA KERO-TV ¤¤ 23 (10) 2011 ABC
KZKC-LP ¤¤ 42 2011 Azteca
San Diego, CA KGTV ¤¤ 10 (10) 2011 ABC
KZSD-LP ¤¤ 41 2011 MeTV
Colorado Springs, CO KZCS-LP ¤¤ 23 2011 Azteca
Denver, CO KMGH-TV ¤¤ 7 (7) 2011 ABC
KZCO-LD ¤¤ 27 2011 Azteca
WindsorFort Collins, CO KZFC-LP ¤¤ 36 2011 Azteca
Cape Coral - Fort Myers - Naples, FL WFTX-TV §§ 36 (35) 2015 Fox
Tallahassee WTXL-TV ‡‡ 27 (27) 2019 ABC
TampaSt. Petersburg, FL WFTS-TV 28 (29) 1986 ABC
West Palm Beach, FL WPTV-TV 5 (12) 1961 NBC
WFLX 29 (28) 1 Fox
Nampa - Caldwell - Boise, ID KIVI-TV §§ 6 (24) 2015 ABC
KNIN-TV 9 (10) 1 Fox
Twin Falls, ID KSAW-LD §§
(Semi-satellite of KIVI)
51 (51) 2015 ABC
Indianapolis, IN WRTV ¤¤ 6 (25) 2011 ABC
Baltimore, MD WMAR-TV 2 (38) 1991 ABC
Detroit, MIWindsor, ON WXYZ-TV 7 (41) 1986 ABC
WMYD ## 20 (21) 2014 MyNetworkTV
Lansing, MI WSYM-TV §§ 47 (35) 2015 Fox
Kansas City, MOLawrence, KS KSHB-TV 41 (42) 1977 NBC
KMCI-TV 38 (41) 2002 Independent
Omaha, Nebraska KMTV-TV §§ 3 (45) 2015 CBS
Las Vegas, NV KTNV-TV §§ 13 (12) 2015 ABC
Buffalo, NY WKBW-TV ## 7 (38) 2014 ABC
Cincinnati, OH WCPO-TV ** 9 (22) 1949 ABC
ClevelandAkronCanton, OH WEWS-TV ** 5 (15) 1947 ABC
Tulsa, OK KJRH-TV 2 (8) 1971 NBC
Nashville, TN WTVF §§ 5 (25) 2015 CBS
Waco - Temple, TX KXXV ‡‡ 25 (26) 2019 ABC
Bryan - College Station, TX KRHD-CD ‡‡
(Semi-satellite of KXXV)
40 (40) 2019 ABC
Green Bay - Appleton, WI WGBA-TV §§ 26 (41) 2015 NBC
WACY-TV §§ 32 (27) 2015 MyNetworkTV
Milwaukee, WI WTMJ-TV §§ 4 (28) 2015 NBC

Other Notes:

Former Scripps-owned stations


City of license/Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Lansing, MI WHTV 18 (34) 2014–2017 ^^ defunct, went off-air in 2017
Memphis WMC-TV ** 5 (5) 1948–1993 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
San Antonio KENS-TV 5 (39) 1997 ++ CBS affiliate owned by Tegna
City of license/Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
San Francisco KCNS 38 (39) 2002–2006 Sonlife affiliate owned by NRJ TV, LLC
(operated by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
Bridgeport, CT – New York City WSAH 43 (42) 2002–2007 Sonlife affiliate, WZME, owned by NRJ TV, LLC
(operated by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
LawrenceBoston, MA WMFP 62 (18) Sonlife affiliate owned by NRJ TV, LLC
(operated 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) Tri-State Christian Television owned-and-operated (O&O), WRLM


AM Station FM Station
Market Station Current ownership status
Tucson, Arizona KFFN 1490 owned by Lotus Communications
KMXZ-FM 94.9
KQTH 104.1 KFLT-FM, owned by Family Life Broadcasting
KTGV 106.3 owned by Bustos Media
Boise, Idaho KJOT 105.1 owned by Lotus Communications
KQXR 100.3
KRVB 94.9
KTHI 107.1
Wichita, Kansas KFTI 1070 owned by SummitMedia
KFDI-FM 101.3
KFXJ 104.5
KICT-FM 95.1
KYQQ 106.5
Baltimore WBSB-FM 104.3 WZFT, owned by iHeartMedia
Springfield, Missouri KSGF 1260 owned by SummitMedia
KSGF-FM 104.1
KRVI 106.7
KSPW 96.5
KTTS-FM 94.7
Omaha, Nebraska KXSP 590 owned by SummitMedia
KEZO-FM 92.3
KKCD 105.9
KQCH 94.1
KSRZ 104.5
Cincinnati WCPO 1230 WDBZ, owned by Radio One
WUBE-FM 105.1 ** owned by Hubbard Broadcasting
Cleveland WEWS-FM 102.1 ** WDOK, owned by Entercom
Tulsa KFAQ 1170 owned by Griffin Communications
KBEZ 92.9
KHTT 106.9
KVOO-FM 98.5
KXBL 99.5
Portland, Oregon KUPL-970 KUFO, owned by Alpha Media
KUPL-FM 98.7 owned by Alpha Media
Knoxville WNOX 990 WNML, owned by Cumulus Media
WCYQ 100.3 owned by SummitMedia
WKHT 104.5
WNOX 93.1
WWST 102.1
Memphis WMPS 680 WMFS, owned by Entercom
WMC 790 owned by Entercom
WMC-FM 99.7 **
San Antonio KENS 1160 ++ KRDY, owned by Salem Media Group
Milwaukee WTMJ 620 owned by Good Karma Brands
WKTI 94.5


  • (**) indicates a station that was built and signed-on by Scripps
  • (++) indicates a station that was owned by Scripps but operated by Belo through a time brokerage agreement during Scripps' ownership
  • (^^) indicates a station that was owned by Venture Technologies Group but operated by Scripps through a shared service agreement.

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. E.W. Scripps will retain ownership of the property in the split of its newspaper and broadcasting businesses.

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Adam P. Symson

Adam P. Symson (born c. 1976) is an American media executive. He serves as the president and chief executive officer of the E. W. Scripps Company, a mass media corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Charles Scripps

Charles E. Scripps (January 27, 1920 – February 3, 2007) was chairman of the board of the E. W. Scripps Company, a media conglomerate founded by his grandfather, Edward W. Scripps. Under his leadership the company was transformed from a family-owned newspaper publisher into a major publicly traded media company with major cable television operations.

Charles Scripps was born to Robert Paine Scripps and Margaret Culbertson Scripps on January 27, 1920, in San Diego. He attended The College of William and Mary in Virginia and Pomona College in California.

He began his newspaper career before World War II as a police and courts reporter at The Cleveland Press, the first newspaper his grandfather founded (in 1878).

In the mid-1980s Scripps became an advocate for promotion of literacy. In 1986, the Scripps Howard Foundation created an annual award in his name to honor literacy efforts by newspapers and broadcast stations.

Ohio University awarded him an honorary doctor of communications degree in 1983, recognizing his contributions to communications and his "championship of press freedom worldwide."

Court TV

Court TV is a former American cable television channel and upcoming digital broadcast channel. Originally launched in 1991 with a focus on crime-themed programs such as true crime documentary series, legal dramas, and coverage of prominent criminal cases. In 2008, the original cable channel became TruTV. The channel will relaunch in May 2019 as a digital broadcast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company.

Edward W. Estlow

Edward Walker Estlow (March 20, 1920 – May 9, 2015) was a college football player, journalist, and businessman, best known as CEO at the E. W. Scripps Company from 1976 to 1985. The Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver, and the Edward Estlow Printing Plant of the Denver Newspaper Agency, were both named for him.

Grit (TV network)

Grit is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting. The network features classic TV series and feature films targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.

The network is available in many media markets via the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations and on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network.

Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split but by October 2015 had moved to paying carriage fees in exchange for distributing the network's ad inventory.1 Grit used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3.3 It is available on Dish Network channel 217.

Jack R. Howard

Jack R. Howard (August 31, 1910 – March 22, 1998) was an American broadcasting executive. He was president of the E. W. Scripps Company from 1953 to 1976.Born in Manhattan, the son of Roy W. Howard, a founder of United Press International, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and in 1932 graduated from Yale. After several years in newspaper journalism, including reporting from Japan and Manchuria, Howard moved into broadcasting and chaired Scripps Howard's broadcasting division from 1937 until his retirement in 1976. He talked his father, then head of Scripps-Howard newspapers, out of closing Denver's Rocky Mountain News in 1940 and, while serving with the US Navy in World War II, he participated in the landings at Leyte and the Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.According to The New York Times, "His career was marked by his determination to set his own course and to bring the company his father helped establish into the fledgling field of broadcasting." The Scripps-Howard broadcasting division grew from two radio stations to six television stations and three radio stations under his leadership.The Scripps-owned NBC station KTEW-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma changed its call letters in honor of Howard on July 14, 1980 to KJRH-TV.

Howard helped found the Scripps Howard Foundation in 1962 and served as its president for its first five years. He was president of the Inter American Press Association (SIP/IAPA) in 1965–1966.After his death on March 22, 1998, he left the Scripps Howard Foundation a bequest of more than $7 million.

Journal Media Group

Journal Media Group (formerly Journal Communications) was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based newspaper publishing company. The company's roots were first established in 1882 as the owner of its namesake, the Milwaukee Journal, and expanded into broadcasting with the establishment of WTMJ radio and WTMJ-TV, and the acquisition of other television and radio stations.

On April 1, 2015, the E. W. Scripps Company acquired Journal Communications, and spun out the publishing operations of both Scripps and Journal into a new company known as Journal Media Group. It is led by Timothy E. Stautberg—the former head of Scripps' newspaper business, joined by previous Journal CEO Stephen J. Smith as a chairman. In 2016, Journal Media Group was acquired by Gannett.


KQXR is a commercial radio station licensed in Payette, Idaho, broadcasting to the Boise, Idaho metro area on 100.3 FM. The station is owned by Lotus Communications with studios located at 5257 Fairview Avenue #260, Boise, Idaho 83706.

"The X"—as the station is commonly known, plays an active rock radio format and positions themselves as "100.3 The X...Rocks."

The station was a finalist for Radio and Records magazine's 2007 Industry Achievement Award for best Alternative Station for markets 100 and up. Other finalists include WKZQ-FM, WJSE, WBTZ, KXNA, and WSFM. The station won the "Small Market Radio Station of the Year" at the RadioContraband Rock Radio Convention in 2017.

Journal Communications and the E. W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E. W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including KQXR. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.In January 2018, Scripps announced that it would sell all of its radio stations. In August 2018, Lotus Communications announced that it would acquire Scripps' Boise & Tucson clusters for $8 million. The sale was completed on December 12.


KTHI (107.1 FM, "107.1 K-Hits") is a commercial radio station located in Caldwell, Idaho, broadcasting to the Boise, Idaho, area. KTHI airs a classic hits music format.

The call letters KTHI were previously used for a television station in Fargo, North Dakota which is now known as KVLY-TV.

Journal Communications (KTHI's former owner) and the E. W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including KTHI. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.In January 2018, Scripps announced that it would sell all of its radio stations. In August 2018, Lotus Communications announced that it would acquire Scripps' Boise & Tucson clusters for $8 million. The sale was completed on December 12.


KZKC-LP, UHF analog channel 42, is a low-power Azteca América-affiliated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, it is a sister station to ABC affiliate KERO-TV (channel 23). The two stations share studios on 21st Street in downtown Bakersfield; KZKC's transmitter is located atop Mount Adelaide.

Since KZKC does not broadcast a digital signal of its own, it is simulcast in high definition on KERO's second digital subchannel (VHF channel 10.2 or virtual channel 23.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Breckenridge Mountain.

The station was originally owned by Cocola Broadcasting, where it served as a repeater for Fresno's KMSG-LP; McGraw-Hill bought it in 2006. McGraw-Hill announced on October 3, 2011 that it would sell KZKC, along with its other television stations, to the E. W. Scripps Company as part of its exit from broadcasting. The deal was completed on December 30, 2011.

Katz Broadcasting

Katz Broadcasting, LLC, is an American specialized digital multicasting network media company and a subsidiary of E. W. Scripps Company. The company owns (as of 2017) four television networks that each carry programming with specified formats targeted at individual demographics.

Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split, but by October 2015, had moved to carriage fees in exchange for the network getting the ad inventory due to greater inventory with stations adding a third or fourth subchannel.:1 Their networks used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Neilsen rating C-3.:3

Laff (TV network)

Laff, legal name Laff Media, LLC, is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting, a subsidiary of E. W. Scripps Company. The network specializes in comedy programming, featuring a mix of feature films and archived sitcoms. Laff is targeted at adults between the ages of 18 and 49 years old.Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split but by October 2015 had moved to a carriage fees in exchange for the network get the ad inventory due to greater inventory with stations adding a third or fourth subchannel.1 Laff used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3 in late 2015.3

List of ABC television affiliates (table)

The ABC Television Network is an American television network. As of March 2015, the network currently has eight owned-and-operated stations, and current affiliation agreements with 238 other television stations. This is a table listing of ABC's affiliates, with ABC-owned stations separated from privately owned affiliates, and arranged in alphabetical order by the station's city of license. There are links to and articles on each of the stations, describing their local programming, hosts and technical information, such as broadcast frequencies

The station's virtual (PSIP) channel number follows the call letters. The number in parentheses that follows is the station's actual digital channel number.


1) Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicate a station that was built and signed-on by ABC;

2) Two boldface plus signs appearing following a station's call letters (++) indicate a station that was owned by Capital Cities Communications prior to its acquisition of ABC in 1986

Prairie Mountain Publishing

The Prairie Mountain Publishing Company is an American publishing company owned by Digital First Media. Former half owner Scripps left the partnership in 2009.

It acquired Lehman Communications in 2011.

Rich Boehne

Rich Boehne (born 1958) is an American media executive. He is the chairman of the board of the E.W. Scripps Company, and its former president and chief executive officer.

Roy W. Howard

Roy W. Howard (1883–1964) was an American newspaperman with a long association with E. W. Scripps Company. He was president of E. W. Scripps Company and the United Press, and chairman of Scripps Howard Newspapers.

He began his newspaper career as a paperboy in Indianapolis, Indiana, but quickly moved up. He was a reporter for the Indianapolis Star, then became New York correspondent for Scripps-McRae Newspapers. He quickly made a name for himself and, in 1912, had worked his way up to president of United Press.

During the First World War, he served as a war correspondent in Europe, and accidentally sent a false report of the Armistice four days before it was actually signed. Howard's reputation survived and in 1917 he became a Scripps partner, whose name appeared in one of the Scripps subsidiary companies, the Scripps Howard News Service.He moved to Scripps newspapers in 1920, and, by 1922, he was leading the company, E. W. Scripps Company a position he kept for four decades. On November 3, 1922, the Scripps-McRae League was renamed Scripps-Howard Newspapers to recognize Howard.Despite his management role, he continued to work as a reporter; in 1933 he went to Manchuria to cover the Sino-Japanese war, and in 1936 he interviewed Josef Stalin.

Scripps Howard Foundation

The Scripps Howard Foundation is the corporate foundation of the E. W. Scripps Company, an American media conglomerate which owns newspapers, television stations, cable television networks, and other media outlets. The goal of the foundation, according to its website, is "to advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development." It is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, home to the Scripps Company.

The foundation, started in 1962, started small but has grown to be the largest corporate foundation in the Greater Cincinnati area. Its annual budget has grown from $100,000 in 1971 to more than $100 million today. It also manages the Greater Cincinnati Fund and presents the annual National Journalism Awards, awarding a $175,000 for 17 prizes for the 2009 awards given in 2010.The Scripps Howard Foundation, along with Roy Howard's children, established the Roy W. Howard Archive at the Indiana University School of Journalism in 1983. Additionally, they established the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Virginia.

The Anderson Independent-Mail

The Anderson Independent-Mail, known as Independent Mail, is the local newspaper for Anderson County in the state of South Carolina. Based in the city of Anderson, South Carolina, it is a staple for news, competing with The Greenville News of Greenville, South Carolina and several smaller community publications including The Anderson Observer.

The Anderson Independent-Mail celebrated its 100th year of service to the Anderson, S.C. community in 1999. It started in 1899 when G. Pierce Browne began publishing the afternoon Anderson Daily Mail. Later, Wilton E. Hall, who had started the morning Anderson Independent, bought the Daily Mail and published both newspapers for more than 40 years. Harte-Hanks Communications bought the newspapers in 1972 and later combined them as the Independent-Mail. In 1997, The E.W. Scripps Company bought the Independent-Mail, which continues to be the leading daily newspaper serving northwest South Carolina and northeast Georgia. The Monday through Friday circulation is 27,000. Sunday circulation is 38,000. The staff won three National Headliner Awards in the 1990s and consistently wins state and national awards for news, sports and lifestyle reporting, along with advertising awards. In 1996, it became the first South Carolina newspaper to develop a web site.

The Independent-Mall was previously owned by the E.W. Scripps Company; the company spun out its newspaper assets into Journal Media Group in April 2015.

United Media

United Media was a large editorial column and comic strip newspaper syndication service based in the United States, owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, that operated from 1978 to 2011. It syndicated 150 comics and editorial columns worldwide. Its core businesses were the United Feature Syndicate and the Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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