Media General

Media General
Media General, Inc.
Type Public (NYSEMEG)
Industry Media
Founded 1850 (when Richmond Times-Dispatch was founded)
Headquarters 333 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia, 23219 USA
Key people J. Stewart Bryan III , chairman
Marshall N. Morton, president and CEO
O. Reid Ashe, Jr., COO
John A. Schauss, CFO
Products Newspaper
Television
Radio
Website www.mediageneral.com

Media General, Inc. is a media company based in the Southeastern United States. Its major properties include newspapers such as The Tampa Tribune, the Winston-Salem Journal, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, as well as numerous television stations, such as flagship station WFLA-TV.

The company was originally called Richmond Newspapers until 1969, when it was renamed "Media General", as the company's media properties grew and diversified.

In 1982 the company acquired The William B. Tanner Company (previously known as Pepper-Tanner) a commercial radio jingle production company headquartered in Memphis which competed with Dallas-based TM Productions, Century 21 Productions, JAM Creative Productions and PAMS. It was later divested in 1988.

In 1996, Media General acquired Park Communications, formerly owned by the media entrepreneur Roy H. Park.

Media General's newspaper and television operations originate from Richmond, Virginia. Tampa, Florida, is its largest market (#13).

Many of the television stations have a similar branding, similar slogans, and a similar appearance.

This chain is not associated with the similar sounding Media News Group.

Contents

Major assets

TV stations

Current DMA# Market Station ... channel number Acquired Current affiliation Notes
14. Tampa - St. Petersburg WFLA-TV 8 1966 NBC Acquired as the company's flagship station.
25. Raleigh - Durham - Fayetteville WNCN 17 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal.
34. Columbus WCMH-TV 4 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal. Serves as the master-control hub facility for the company's NBC affiliates.
36. Greenville - Spartanburg - Asheville - Anderson WSPA-TV 7 2000 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting. Serves as the master-control hub facility for the company's CBS affiliates.
WYCW 62 2001 CW Controlled by WSPA through a local marketing agreement from 1996 to 2001. Was a UPN affiliate until September 2006. Was WASV until April 2006.
40. Birmingham - Anniston - Tuscaloosa WVTM-TV 13 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal.
53. Providence - New Bedford WJAR 10 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal.
60. Mobile - Pensacola WKRG-TV 5 2000 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting.
66. Roanoke - Lynchburg WSLS-TV 10 1997 NBC Part of a group of stations acquired from Park Communications owned by Roy H. Park.
90. Jackson WJTV 12 2000 CBS Acquired in a trade that sent Richmond CBS affiliate WTVR-TV to Raycom Media. [1][2]
91. Tri-Cities (TN / VA) WJHL-TV 11 1997 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Park Communications owned by Roy H. Park.
96. Savannah WSAV-TV 3 1997 NBC;
MNTV/RTV (DT2)
Acquired in a trade that sent Richmond CBS affiliate WTVR-TV to Raycom Media.
98. Charleston WCBD-TV 2 1983 NBC;
CW (DT2)
Originally an ABC affiliate until 1996(Media General's third station).
101. Greenville - New Bern - Washington WNCT-TV 9 1997 CBS;
CW (DT2)
Part of a group of stations acquired from Park Communications owned by Roy H. Park.
104. Myrtle Beach - Florence WBTW-TV 13 2000 CBS;
MNTV/RTV (DT2)
Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting.
114. Augusta WJBF 6 2000 ABC Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting. Currently, Media General's only ABC affiliate.
WAGT 26 NA NBC;
CW (DT2)
Owned by Schurz Communications, controlled by WJBF through joint sales and shared services agreements.
127. Columbus WRBL 3 2000 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting.
167. Hattiesburg - Laurel WHLT 22 2000 CBS Acquired in a trade that sent Richmond CBS affiliate WTVR-TV to Raycom Media. Serves as a semi-satellite of WJTV.

Former Media General stations

Now owned by Schurz Communications, Inc.

*(flagship of the Kansas Broadcasting System, or KBS for short)

Now owned by Morris Multimedia, Inc.

Now owned by New Vision Television, LLC

Now owned by Mission Broadcasting

Now owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, LLC

  • WNCF-TV, Montgomery, AL

Now owned by Hoak Media Corporation

Now owned by University of Georgia Research Foundation

Now owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.

Newspapers

Major newspapers

Community newspapers

Alabama
Florida
North Carolina
  • The (Eden) Daily News
  • Hickory Daily Record
  • (Concord & Kannapolis) Independent Tribune
  • The (Marion) McDowell News
  • The (Madison) Messenger
  • The (Morganton) News Herald
  • The Reidsville Review
  • Statesville Record & Landmark
South Carolina
  • The Morning News (Florence) Daily Newspaper for Florence and the Pee Dee Region
  • The News and Post (Lake City) Weekly
  • The Marion Star (Marion) Weekly
  • The Weekly Observer (Hemingway) Weekly
  • The Hartsville Messenger Weekly
Virginia
  • Amherst New Era-Progress
  • Powhatan Today
  • Midlothian Exchange
  • Mechanicsville Local
  • Goochland Gazette
  • Bristol Herald Courier
  • Culpeper Star-Exponent
  • The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress
  • Danville Register & Bee
  • Manassas Journal Messenger
  • Nelson County Times
  • The (Lynchburg) News & Advance
  • The (Waynesboro) News Virginian
  • News and Messenger (Manassas)
  • Richlands News-Press/Clinch Valley News
  • The Richmond News Leader (defunct)
  • Smyth News and Messenger
  • The Wytheville Enterprise

Other assets

  • Blockdot
  • Boxerjam Media
  • DealTaker
  • Atlee Park

References

External links


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