Masters elected to Scripps board
Mon, May 20, 2002 by Tim Stautberg
CINCINNATI – Lee Masters, chairman of the Mohn Family Trust, has been elected to the board of directors of The E.W. Scripps Company.Masters fills a vacancy created earlier this year when Joseph P. Clayton resigned from the board after joining Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. as its president and CEO. Masters was elected to the Scripps board during the company’s annual meeting on May 9.“Lee Masters is a true entrepreneur and gifted media executive,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, president and CEO of Scripps. “He brings to the board valuable experience in creating multi-platform media brands, which continues to be a strategic priority for Scripps.”Masters, 50, was president and CEO of Liberty Digital from June 1999 through March 2002. Liberty Digital was a publicly traded subsidiary of Liberty Media Group involved in interactive television, cable television networks and Internet enterprises. Prior to joining Liberty Digital, Masters created E! Entertainment Television, a cable television programmer, and served as president and CEO from 1990 to 1998. From 1986 to 1989 he served as executive vice president and general manager of MTV, where he led the team responsible for the strategic transition away from music videos to longer-form programming. He also oversaw the network’s international expansion.Masters had a 20-year career in radio before entering the television business. He began as a disc jockey and moved through the ranks of programmer, station manager, and then station group owner. Originally from Doylestown, Pa., Masters attended Temple University where he studied mathematics and philosophy. He currently serves as a director of The Game Show Network, DMX Music and ArtistDirect, and is a trustee of numerous not-for-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks and interactive media. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations and four cable television networks.Scripps national television network brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 25 countries.The company also operates Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT, and 31 Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com, fineliving.com and comics.com.