Charles E. Scripps Dead At 87
February 5, 2007 at 6:34 AM (PT)
CHARLES E. SCRIPPS, Board Chairman of The E. W. SCRIPPS COMPANY for more than four decades, died of natural causes at 87 near his home in NAPLES, FL.
SCRIPPS' long tenure as head of the company founded in 1878 by his grandfather was marked by dramatic expansion into new businesses and impressive financial growth. As board chairman from 1953 until 1994, he presided over the company's growth as a newspaper publisher and the company's entry into other forms of media, including broadcast television, cable TV systems, cable TV networks and the Internet.
"To carry the family name is to carry the responsibility for quality and innovation in an ever-changing media environment," SCRIPPS said in a 2003 interview. "The E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY has survived 125 years because it embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of its founding father."
The company owned five radio stations in MEMPHIS, CINCINNATI, PORTLAND and KNOXVILLE but sold them in the 1960s.