Wilcox named publisher of Commercial Appeal

Thu, January 16, 2003 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI -- John P. Wilcox, chief executive officer of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, has been named publisher of the newspaper, effective immediately. He is the paper’s first publisher.The Commercial Appeal is owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.“Our decision to appoint John publisher of the Commercial Appeal in addition to his role as CEO reflects the confidence we have in his ability to lead one of the country’s oldest and most respected newspapers,” said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps. “John has proven time and again that he is one of the most creative executives in our company.”Wilcox came to Memphis in 2000 when he was named vice president and general manager. He previously had been president and publisher of the Scripps-owned Ventura County (Calif.) Star. Wilcox has been with Scripps for 22 years holding a variety of positions, including business manager of The Stuart (Fla.) News. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Wilcox joined The Stuart News in 1981 as human resources director. Celebrating its 125th anniversary, The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks, interactive media and television-retailing. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations, four cable and satellite television programming services and a home shopping network. All of the company’s media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet. Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living. Home & Garden and Food Network each can be seen in about 80 million U.S. television households. Scripps Networks is home to three of the Internet’s most popular Web sites – foodtv.com, hgtv.com and diynet.com. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 25 countries. The company’s home shopping subsidiary, Shop At Home Network, markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop At Home Web site, shopathometv.com. Shop At Home reaches about 46 million full-time equivalent U.S. households.Scripps also operates Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT.

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