Director of news strategy, operations named by Scripps TV station group

Mon, October 03, 2005 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Adam Symson, who for two years has guided investigative journalism and special projects for The E. W. Scripps Company’s broadcast television station group, has been named the group’s director of news strategy and operations, effective immediately.In the newly created position, Symson will be responsible for setting standards, developing plans to improve research capabilities and helping to define expectations for news operations at Scripps television stations.“Adam becomes the chief lieutenant in our groupwide campaign to serve viewers better with our local newscasts,” said Bill Peterson, senior vice president/television station group for Scripps. “We’ll be drawing on his strong background in investigative broadcast journalism to promote best practices and to guide all of our network-affiliated television stations to local news ratings and journalistic success.”Symson, 30, has been serving as director of investigations and special projects for Scripps television stations since 2003. Prior to that, he was the executive producer of investigations and special projects for KNXV-TV, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Phoenix. He also has worked as an investigative producer for two CBS-owned stations, WBBM-TV in Chicago and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, and specialized in breaking news and political coverage while working as an independent producer for CBS News and NBC News. Symson has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California in Los Angeles. About ScrippsThe E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, television retailing, interactive media, and licensing and syndication. The company’s portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics; Shop At Home, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers in roughly 55 million U.S. households; and Shopzilla, the online comparison shopping service that carries an index of more than 30 million products from approximately 55,000 merchants.

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