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The E.W. Scripps Company is a Cincinnati-based media conglomerate that owns numerous American newspapers and television stations.

In July 2014, Scripps announced it would merge with Journal Communications, folding the two companies’ broadcast operations into Scripps, to be controlled by the Scripps family, and spinning off the newspapers as Journal Media Group. The revamped Scripps would include 34 stations in 27 markets, 4,000 employees and average annual revenue around $800 million.

Scripps had also been a newspaper syndicate, but it shut its Scripps Howard News Service in 2013 after 96 years of operation. As of the end of 2009, about 57 percent of Scripps’ revenue came from its newspapers. Scripps’ largest newspaper is the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. The company’s United Media division syndicates columns and comic strips like Dilbert and Peanuts.

Scripps tested a paywall in 2014 with one of its local TV stations, WCPO in Cincinnati, at a price of $79.99.

Scripps has closed several newspapers in recent years, the largest of which was Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, which the company owned from 1926 until its closing in 2009. That closing, combined with the threat of other major metro newspapers’ closing, fed concern over whether newspapers as a medium were dying. The company also shut down the Cincinnati Post and Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

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Aug. 13, 2014 / Ken Doctor
The newsonomics of life after newspapers go solo — and new intrigue in L.A. — We’ll remember summer 2014 as Splitsville in the U.S. newspaper industry. We’ve seen both the expected (Tribune) and the unexpected (Gannett, Scripps/Journal Media). The final orphaning of newspaper propertie...
Aug. 11, 2014 / Joshua Benton
In Cincinnati, a local TV station is making it feel more like a two-newspaper town — Last December, we told you about the unusual paywall experiment being tried at Cincinnati’s WCPO TV, a Scripps-owned TV station. Local broadcasters have generally resisted the paywall urge that’s swept throug...
Aug. 4, 2014 / Ken Doctor
The newsonomics of splitting up media companies, with Gannett maybe next — The Journal Communications/E.W. Scripps merger and split last week may have seemed like a bolt out of the blue, but it’s a bolt that makes sense in the new cosmic order of local media (“Diversified media comp...
Aug. 1, 2014 / Mark Coddington
This Week in Review: Covering war in real time, and evaluating a pair of plagiarism cases — Covering war in a social media environment: Much of the news over the past few weeks has taken place in war zones (or near-war zones) with action quickly moving from one crisis to the next. That’s put the journal...
July 30, 2014 / Joshua Benton
Diversified media companies are hurrying to undiversify — Not long ago — hours ago, actually — both Journal Communications and E. W. Scripps were media company models of diversification. For many American newspaper companies in the late 20th century, diversifying into broad...

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