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The E.W. Scripps Company
Type Public (NYSESSP)
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)
Industry Broadcast Television/News Publication
Community Educational Services
Revenue $1.1 billion USD (2007)

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, USA.

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 (HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country, Shopzilla, uSwitch). The transaction was completed on July 1, 2008.


Scripps newspapers

The Company owns and operates newspapers in 13 American markets. Scripps-owned newspapers:


Closed newspapers


Scripps owns the Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which syndicates several popular 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.[1] 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. [2]

Television stations

** indicates a station built and signed on by E.W. Scripps.
++ indicates stations operated by Belo (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.

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
Owned Since Affiliation Notes
11. Detroit WXYZ-TV 7 / 41 1986 ABC
12. Phoenix KNXV-TV 15 / 56 1985 ABC
14. Tampa - St. Petersburg WFTS-TV 28 / 29 1986 ABC
18. Cleveland - Akron WEWS ** 5 / 15 1947 ABC First station to own E. W. Scripps
27. Baltimore WMAR-TV 2 / 52 1991 ABC
32. Kansas City, Missouri KSHB-TV 41 / 42 1977 NBC
Lawrence, Kansas KMCI 38 / 36 2001 Independent
33. Cincinnati WCPO-TV ** 9 / 10 1949 ABC Owned this station since launch
38. West Palm Beach WPTV-TV 5 / 55 1961 NBC Currently owns this station after the early years.
61. Tulsa, Oklahoma KJRH-TV 2 / 56 1971 NBC

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 Independent owned by Multicultural Television
6. San Francisco KCNS 38 / 39 2002-2006 Independent owned by Multicultural Television
7. Lawrence - Boston, MA WMFP 62 / 18 2002-2007 RTV affiliate owned by Multicultural Television
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 Independent owned by Multicultural Television
(sale to TCT pending)
37. San Antonio KENS-TV ++ 5 / 55 1997 CBS affiliate owned by Belo Corporation
50. Memphis WMCT/WMC-TV ** 5 / 52 1948-1993 NBC affiliate owned by Raycom Media

Radio stations

DMA# Market Station Current Ownership
23. Portland, Oregon KUPL-FM-98.5 owned by CBS Radio
(now KCMD)
owned by CBS Radio
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 Bonneville International
28. Cleveland WEWS-FM-102.1
(now WDOK)
owned by CBS Radio
37. San Antonio, Texas KENS-1160 ++
(now KRDY)
owned by Disney/ABC Radio
41. Memphis WMC-970 owned by Entercom
WMC-FM-99.7 owned by Entercom
63. Knoxville, Tennessee WNOX-990
(now WNML)
owned by Citadel Broadcasting

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.


See also


  1. ^ E. W. Scripps Company (2006-05-16). "Scripps ceasing Shop At Home operations". Press release. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  2. ^ E. W. Scripps Company (2006-09-26). "Scripps sells Shop At Home TV stations". Press release. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  

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