22-year newspaper management veteran to be publisher in Corpus Christi, Texas

Wed, June 09, 2004 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Patrick J. Birmingham, a proven newspaper executive with 22 years experience in management and advertising sales, has been named president and publisher of the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times. Birmingham’s appointment is effective July 1.The Caller-Times is owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.Birmingham, 46, succeeds Larry L. Rose, 60, who has announced his retirement, effective June 28.“Patrick Birmingham’s experience and leadership skills will ensure that the Caller-Times will have as bright a future as it has a distinguished past,” said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president/newspapers for Scripps. “Patrick is a team-builder, a mentor and a strong leader. He understands how to work with advertisers and is extremely adept at building advertising franchises. But, most importantly, he is a voracious newspaper reader who believes his first and most important job is to see that the newspaper connects with readers.”Birmingham comes to the Caller-Times from the Scripps-owned Ventura County (Calif.) Star, where he has been executive vice president and general manager since 2000. He joined the Star in 1997 as advertising director, coming from the Gannett Co.’s newspaper in Rochester, N.Y., where he was vice president of advertising. Before Rochester, Birmingham was the suburban sales manager for The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Cincinnati Post.Birmingham, a native of St. Louis, began his career at the Kansas City Star in advertising sales and management. He attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Columbia.In Ventura County, Birmingham serves on the board of directors of the Ventura County Economic Development Association and the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Ventura County and the Economic Development Collaborative for Ventura County. Birmingham is a member of the Rotary Club of Camarillo.Birmingham and his wife, Missy, have two children. Larry Rose’s decision to retire caps a newspaper career that began in 1964 at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He has been publisher and president of the Caller-Times since August 2000. As executive vice president and editor of the newspaper, and then as publisher, Rose, who joined the Caller-Times in 1987, helped build the newspaper into a perennial award-winner. The Caller-Times was recognized in 2003 as the best newspaper of its size in its six-state region, the 11th time in 15 years it has received the top honor. 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, 15 broadcast TV stations, four cable and satellite television programming networks and a television retailing 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. HGTV reaches about 85 million U.S. television households and Food Network can be seen in about 84 million households. Scripps Networks Web sites include FoodNetwork.com, HGTV.com, DIYnetwork.com and fineliving.com. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 86 countries. The company’s television retailing 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 48 million full-time equivalent U.S. households, including 5 million households via five Scripps owned, Shop At Home affiliated broadcast television stations.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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