Scripps names experienced media lawyer, journalist as associate general counsel
Fri, June 11, 2004 by Mark Kroeger
CINCINNATI – David M. Giles, an experienced media lawyer and former newspaper reporter, has been named associate general counsel for The E. W. Scripps Company. His appointment became effective June 1.In the newly created position, Giles will work closely with managers of Scripps newspapers and broadcast television stations on a variety of legal matters, including First Amendment, contract, litigation, labor and employment matters. Giles reports to A. B. Cruz III, who recently joined Scripps as senior vice president and general counsel. Scripps has expanded its in-house legal function commensurate with the company’s rapid growth and the heightened emphasis on corporate governance and regulatory compliance. “Dave Giles is no stranger to Scripps having served as outside counsel to the company for many years,” Cruz said. “He brings critical legal skills and experience to this important position and will undoubtedly help us achieve our legal and business objectives.”Giles, 43, previously represented Scripps as an associate with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, where over a 10-year period he worked with nearly all of the company’s newspapers and television stations. He also represented nationally known media clients such as FOX Television and Granite Broadcasting Co. Immediately prior to joining Scripps, Giles provided legal counsel to several clients as head of Strategic Media Management, a Denver-based consulting firm he established. Giles provided a number of specialized legal and consulting services, including training seminars for editorial members of the Inland Press Association.Giles is a 1992 graduate of Washington and Lee School of Law. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in government from St. Lawrence University. Before completing his law degree, he worked four years as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today. He is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and Colorado state bars.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 49 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.