E. W. Scripps Company

E. W. Scripps Company
The E. W. Scripps Company
Type Public (NYSESSP)
Industry Broadcast Television/News Publication
Community Educational Services
Founded 1878 (Originally as The Cleveland Penny Press)
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Key people Edward W. Scripps (1854-1926), Founder
Roy W. Howard (1883-1964)
Richard A. Boehne (President & CEO)
Revenue $1.1 billion USD (2007)
Website www.scripps.com

The E. W. Scripps Company (NYSESSP) is an American media conglomerate founded by Edward W. Scripps on November 2, 1878. The company is headquartered inside the Scripps Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its corporate motto is "Give light and the people will find their own way."[1]

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 (NYSE: SNI), (HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living [now known as Cooking Channel], Great American Country, Shopzilla, uSwitch). The transaction was completed on July 1, 2008.

On October 3, 2011 The E.W. Scripps Company announced it was purchasing the television arm of McGraw-Hill for $212 million[2]/. This purchase nearly doubles the number Scripps stations to 19 with a combined reach of 13% of U.S. households.


Scripps newspapers

The Company owns and operates newspapers in 14 American markets. Scripps-owned newspapers:

Closed newspapers


Scripps owns the Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which syndicates several notable comic strips including Peanuts, Dilbert and Marmaduke.


E.W. Scripps' television division currently owns ten television stations in nine markets.

Scripps also previously owned the Shop at Home home-shopping television network, which in turn owned five television stations. 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.[3] Jewelry Television eventually acquired Shop at Home, but Scripps still intended to sell its affiliated stations. 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.[4]

On October 3, 2011, The E.W. Scripps Company 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.[5]

Television stations

1) Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicates a station that was built and signed-on by E.W. Scripps;
2) Two boldface plus signs appearing following a station's call letters (++) indicate a station that was operated by Belo Corporation (who would ultimately purchase the stations outright from Scripps) under time brokerage agreements during the time frame in which Scripps held the stations' licenses. Scripps never held operational control of these stations;
3) Three boldface crosses appearing following a station's call letters (†††) indicates a station owned by Raycom Media and operated by E.W. Scripps under a shared services agreement.

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
Owned Since Affiliation
11. Detroit WXYZ-TV 7 / 41 1986 ABC
12. Phoenix KNXV-TV 15 / 15 1985 ABC
14. Tampa - St. Petersburg WFTS-TV 28 / 29 1986 ABC
18. Cleveland - Akron WEWS-TV ** 5 / 15 1947 ABC
27. Baltimore WMAR-TV 2 / 38 1991 ABC
32. Kansas City, Missouri KSHB-TV 41 / 42 1977 NBC
Lawrence, Kansas KMCI-TV 38 / 41 2001 Independent
33. Cincinnati WCPO-TV ** 9 / 22 1949 ABC
38. West Palm Beach WPTV-TV 5 / 12 1961 NBC
WFLX ††† 29 / 28 Fox
61. Tulsa, Oklahoma KJRH-TV 2 / 8 1971 NBC

McGraw-Hill stations

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
17. Denver KMGH-TV 7 / 7 ABC
KZCO-LP 27 Azteca América
Ft. Collins, Colorado KZFC-LP 36 Azteca América
27. Indianapolis WRTV-TV 6 / 25 ABC
28. San Diego KGTV-TV 10 / 10 ABC
KZSD-LP 41 Azteca América
93. Colorado Springs, Colorado KZKS-LP 23 Azteca América
125. Bakersfield, California KERO-TV 23 / 10 ABC
KZKC-LP 42 Azteca América

Former Scripps-owned stations

Television stations

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
Years owned Affiliation
1. Bridgeport, CT - New York City WSAH-TV 43 / 42 2002–2007 RTV affiliate owned by Multicultural Television
6. San Francisco KCNS 38 / 39 2002–2006 RTV affiliate owned by NRJ TV
(managed by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
7. Lawrence - Boston, MA WMFP 62 / 18 2002–2007 RTV affiliate owned by NRJ TV
18. Canton - Cleveland, OH WOAC
(now WRLM)
67 / 47 2002–2006 TCT owned-and-operated (O&O)
26. Wilson - Raleigh - Durham, N.C. WRAY-TV 30 / 42 2002–2006 TCT owned-and-operated (O&O)
37. San Antonio KENS-TV ++ 5 / 39 1997 CBS affiliate owned by Belo Corporation
50. Memphis WMCT/WMC-TV ** 5 / 5 1948–1993 NBC affiliate owned by Raycom Media

Radio stations

DMA# Market Station Current Ownership
23. Portland, Oregon KUPL-FM-98.5 owned by Alpha Broadcasting
(now KUFO)
owned by Alpha Broadcasting
24. Baltimore WBSB-FM-104.3
(now WCHH)
owned by Clear Channel Communications
32. Cincinnati WCPO-1230
(now WDBZ)
owned by Radio One
WUBE-FM-105.1 owned by Hubbard Broadcasting
28. Cleveland WEWS-FM-102.1
(now WDOK)
owned by CBS Radio
37. San Antonio, Texas KENS-1160 ++
(now KRDY)
owned by Disney/ABC
41. Memphis WMC-970 owned by Entercom
WMC-FM-99.7 owned by Entercom
63. Knoxville, Tennessee WNOX-990
(now WNML)
owned by Cumulus Media

National Spelling Bee

Scripps also operates the national (US) spelling bee. The final competition is in Washington, DC and broadcast on ESPN and ABC. Lower levels are organized by the school, then county and eventually to the final competition.[citation needed]


See also


  1. ^ Osborne, Kevin (2007-02-21). "Cover Story: The Light Dims". Cincinnati CityBeat (Cincinnati, Ohio: Lightborne Publishing). http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-2261-cover-story-the-light-dims.html. Retrieved 2011-08-28. "The corporate motto for Cincinnati-based media chain E.W. Scripps Co. is 'Give light and the people will find their own way,' which the lighthouse logo has come to symbolize." 
  2. ^ http://escrippsnews.scrippsnet.com/articles/569-scripps-to-buy-nine-tv-stations-from-mcgraw-hill
  3. ^ "Scripps ceasing Shop At Home operations" (Press release). E. W. Scripps Company. 2006-05-16. http://pressreleases.scripps.com/release/854. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Scripps sells Shop At Home TV stations" (Press release). E. W. Scripps Company. 2006-09-26. http://pressreleases.scripps.com/release/877. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  5. ^ McGraw-Hill Sells TV Group To Scripps, TVNewsCheck, October 3, 2011.

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