- Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation Type Public (NYSE: MDP) Industry Media Founded 1902 Headquarters Des Moines, Iowa Key people Steve Lacy, Chairman and CEO
Joseph H. Ceryanec, CFO
John S. Zieser CDO
Revenue $1.597 billion USD (2006) Employees 3,160 (2006) Website www.meredith.com
Edwin Thomas Meredith founded the company in 1902 when he began publishing Successful Farming magazine. In 1922, Meredith began publishing Fruit, Garden and Home magazine, a home and family service publication. Two years later, this magazine was retitled Better Homes and Gardens, and the first issue cost a dime on the newsstand. In 1930, they published the first edition of The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.
Since then, Meredith has introduced numerous other female-oriented consumer brands and has strategically expanded its reach, through acquisitions and strategic partnerships, to become the leading media and marketing company serving the adult female audience in the United States. In addition, the Company has extended its media and marketing platform around the Globe, through acquisitions and strategic licensing relationships.
Meredith magazines include the following brands:
- Better Homes and Gardens
- Family Circle
- Ladies' Home Journal
- Traditional Home
- Midwest Living
- American Baby
- Renovation Style
- Siempre Mujer - Siempre Mujer - Spanish Page
- Ser Padres
- Successful Farming
- Everyday with Rachael Ray
The broadcasting division owns 14 television stations and one radio station. Meredith's broadcasting division also produces Better, 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 are also cooking demonstrations and regular features on health, beauty, fitness and fashion. The program currently airs on 80 stations nationwide.
DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
TV / DT
Owned Since Affiliation 8. Atlanta WGCL-TV 46 / 19 1998 CBS 12. Phoenix KPHO-TV 5 / 17 1952 CBS 22. Portland, Oregon KPTV 12 / 12 2002 Fox Vancouver, Washington KPDX 49 / 30 1997 MyNetworkTV 29. Nashville WSMV 4 / 19 1996 NBC 30. Hartford - New Haven WFSB 3 / 33 1997 CBS 31 Kansas City, Missouri KCMO-TV/KCTV 5 / 24 1953 CBS KSMO-TV 62 / 47 2005 MyNetworkTV 36. Greenville - Spartanburg - Asheville WHNS 21 / 21 1997 Fox 42. Henderson - Las Vegas, NV KVVU-TV 5 / 9 1985 Fox 69 Bay City - Flint - Saginaw, MI WNEM-TV 5 / 22 1969 CBS
110. Springfield, Massachusetts WSHM-LP
(semi-satellite of WFSB)
67 / 41 2004 CBS 189. Bend, Oregon KUBN-LP
(semi-satellite of KPDX)
50 2006 MyNetworkTV
On January 18, 2011, Meredith announced that it had entered into an agreement with Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting System to operate independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17) in Atlanta through a local marketing agreement. Pending final approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the deal would give Meredith a de facto television duopoly in Atlanta, though Time Warner will continue to control WPCH-TV's license.
AM Station DMA# Market Station/
Owned Since Current Format 130. Bridgeport - Saginaw - Bay City - Midland, MI WNEM 1250 2004 News
Former Meredith-owned stations
DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
TV / DT
Years owned Current Status 19. Orlando - Daytona Beach WOFL 35 / 22 1983–2002 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O) WCPX-TV
6 / 26 19971 CBS affiliate owned by Post-Newsweek Stations 24. Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 / 43 1978–1986 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group 55. Fresno, California KSEE 24 / 38 1984–1993 NBC affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting 76. Omaha WOW-TV
6 / 22 1958–1975 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television 82. Syracuse, New York WHEN-TV/WTVH2 5 / 47 1948–1993 CBS affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting
(operated by Barrington Broadcasting)
86. Cleveland - Chattanooga, TN WFLI-TV 53 / 42 2004–2008 CW affiliate owned by MPS Media 160. Ocala - Gainesville, FL WOGX
(semi-satellite of WOFL)
51 / 31 1996–2002 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O) 189. Bend, Oregon KFXO-LP 39 / 21.4 1997–2007 Fox affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company
- 1: WCPX was acquired with the purchases of KPDX and WHNS but was swapped to its current owner Post-Newsweek Stations for WFSB a day later. Meredith never held control of the station.
- 2: WHEN-TV/WTVH was the only station that was built and signed-on by Meredith.
AM Stations FM Stations DMA# Market Station/
Years owned Current Status 15. Phoenix KPHO-910
1952–1971 Owned by Clear Channel Communications 29. Kansas City, Missouri KCMO-710
(KCMO is now at 810 AM;
710 AM is now WHB)
1953–1983 Owned by Cumulus Media KCMO-FM-94.9 1953–1983 Owned by Cumulus Media 74. Omaha, NE - Council Bluffs, IA WOW-590
1958–1983 Owned by Journal Broadcast Group WOW-FM-92.3
1958–1983 Owned by Journal Broadcast Group 80. Syracuse, New York WHEN-620 1954–1976 Owned by Clear Channel Communications
Meredith Corporation has over recent years through acquisitions and strategic partnerships, transformed the Company into a "360 degree" media and marketing powerhouse serving the largest audience of female adults of any media company in the United States. John S. Zieser, Chief Development Officer of Meredith Corporation, has led the Company on these business activities, from the acquisition of the Parents, Family Circle and Fitness brands from European media conglomerate Bertelsmann Group in 2005, to the more recent acquisition of several digital and mobile companies which led to expansion of Meredith's high growth "business-to-business" Integrated Marketing division, to large strategic licensing relationships with Walmart and Realogy relating to the Better Homes and Gardens brand. John Zieser also led and manages the acceleration of Meredith's consumer brands overseas, through over 35 licensing partnerships with leading media partners around the globe.
- ^ "Miller Center of Public Affairs University of Virginia". American President Woodrow Wilson/Edwin T. Meredith Secretary of Agriculture. http://millercenter.org/president/wilson/essays/cabinet/471. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- ^ "NNDB". Edwin T. Meredith. http://www.nndb.com/people/548/000168044/. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- ^ Meredith to Acquire Every Day with Rachael Ray, PR Newswire, October 12, 2011
- ^ Pursell, Chris (January 2008). "Meredith Speeds Up ‘Better’ Rollout". TV Week. http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/01/meredith_speeds_up_better_roll.php. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- ^ a b Swartz, Kristi E. (January 18, 2011). "Parent of CBS Atlanta to take over operations of Peachtree TV". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/business/parent-of-cbs-atlanta-807725.html. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
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- Better Homes and Gardens main web site
MagazinesAmerican Baby · American Patchwork & Quilting · Better Homes and Gardens (Diabetic Living · Heart-Healthy) · EatingWell · Every Day with Rachael Ray · Family Circle · Fitness · Ladies' Home Journal · Living the Country Life · Midwest Living · More · Parents · Scrapbooks etc. · Siempre Mujer · Ser Padres · Successful Farming · Traditional Home · Wood CBS affiliates Fox affiliates NBC affiliates MyNetworkTV affiliates Independent stationsWPCH2 Radio stations Television seriesBetter
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