Lansing named Scripps senior VP

Fri, May 24, 2002 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – John F. Lansing, the top broadcast television station executive for The E. W. Scripps Company, has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president, effective immediately. Lansing, 44, will continue to have strategic and operating oversight responsibilities for the 10 Scripps television stations. “John Lansing is a creative and enthusiastic leader who has injected new life into our broadcast television division,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, president and CEO. “Under his leadership, the Scripps stations have performed admirably in an industry that’s undergoing fundamental change during the most trying of economic environments.” Before coming to the Scripps corporate office as vice president of station operations in 2000, Lansing had been vice president and general manager of the Scripps-owned television station in Cleveland, WEWS-TV. Lansing came to WEWS in 1997 from WXYZ-TV in Detroit, another Scripps station, where he had served the previous two years as vice president and station manager.Lansing’s career in broadcasting began at the age of 17 when we worked as a news photographer for a local television station in Paducah, Ky. From there he went on to become the chief news photographer at WAVE-TV in Louisville, Ky., and two years later was named managing editor. In 1986, Lansing was named news director at WWMT-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., and in 1988 was named assistant news director at KARE-TV in Minneapolis. Two years later he was named news director at the top-rated station in Minneapolis, WCCO-TV. In 1993, Lansing was promoted by CBS to become news director at WBBM-TV in Chicago. Lansing is a 1995 recipient of the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Award for news investigation and was named Gannett Television News Executive of the Year in 1989.Lansing studied marketing and business administration at Bellarmine College in Louisville, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is a member of the ABC Affiliates Board of Governors, a member of the National Association of Broadcasters board and the Scripps Howard Foundation board of trustees. 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.

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