Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation
is an American media conglomerate based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The company has two divisions: National Media and Local Media. As of 2016, the company employed 3,600 people and had US$1.6 billion in revenues. As of 2018, they are the largest magazine company in the world (after Time Inc.
Time Inc.


1 History 2 Divisions

2.1 National media

2.1.1 Magazines 2.1.2 Digital media

2.2 Local media

2.2.1 Current Meredith-owned stations 2.2.2 Former Meredith-owned stations 2.2.3 Radio stations

3 Business deals 4 See also 5 References 6 External links


Former logo from 1960s to 2009

Edwin Thomas Meredith
Edwin Thomas Meredith
founded the company in 1902 when he began publishing Successful Farming
Successful Farming
magazine. In 1922, Meredith began publishing Fruit, Garden and Home magazine, a home and family service publication. Two years later, this magazine was retitled Better Homes and Gardens,[3][4] and the first issue cost a dime on the newsstand. In 1930, they published the first edition of The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. By 1928, the company had combined circulations of 2.5 million. The company went public in 1946 and was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1965. Following its initial public offering, Meredith began acquiring television stations, a strategy it has continued over the decades.[5] Recently, Meredith has introduced numerous other female-oriented consumer brands and has expanded its reach, through acquisitions and strategic partnerships, to become the leading media and marketing company serving the adult female audience in the United States. The company has extended its media and marketing platform around the globe, through acquisitions and strategic licensing relationships. In recent years, Meredith has acquired from Reader's Digest Association,[6],[7] Selectable Media,[8] and Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy from American Media Inc.[9] In February 2013, Meredith and Time Warner
Time Warner
held discussions on a possible purchase of Time Inc.
Time Inc.
to Meredith.[10] On September 8, 2015, Media General
Media General
announced the acquisition of Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation
in a cash and stock deal valued at $2.4 billion. Pending regulatory and shareholder approval, the deal was expected to be consummated in June 2016. The combined company would have operated under the name Meredith Media General, and be the third-largest owner of television stations in the United States—serving an estimated 30% of households. To comply with FCC ownership limits, the company would have divested and/or swapped stations in six markets. Media General shareholders would have controlled 65% of the company, with Meredith shareholders holding 35%.[11] However, on January 27, 2016, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it would acquire Media General.[citation needed] In February 2017, it was reported that Meredith and a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr.
Edgar Bronfman Jr.
were considering pursuing Time Inc.[12] On November 26, 2017, it was announced that Meredith Corporation would acquire Time Inc.
Time Inc.
in a $2.8 billion deal. $640 million in backing was provided by Koch Equity Development, but the Koch family would not have a board seat or otherwise influence the company's operations.[13][14] On January 9, 2018, it was announced that Meredith would launch a Hungry Girl magazine on January 16, expanding from the online brand.[15] The Time Inc.
Time Inc.
acquisition was completed on January 31, 2018.[16][17][18] In March 2018, only six weeks after the closure of the deal, Meredith announced that it would lay off 200 employees, up to 1000 more over the next 10 months, and explore the sale of Fortune, Money, Sports Illustrated, and Time. Meredith felt that, despite their "strong consumer reach", these brands did not align with its core lifestyle properties.[19] Howard Milstein had announced on February 7, 2018 that he would acquire Golf Magazine
from Meredith, and Time Inc. UK was sold to the British private equity group Epiris.[20][21] Divisions[edit] National media[edit] Magazines[edit] Meredith magazines include the following brands:[22]

Ageless Iron Allrecipes American Baby American Patchwork & Quilting Better Homes and Gardens Country Life Diabetic Living Do-It-Yourself Eat This, Not That EatingWell Entertainment Weekly Essence Every Day with Rachael Ray Family Circle FamilyFun Food & Wine Fortune InStyle Living the Country Life Midwest Living Money Parents (and Ser Padres) People Real Simple Shape Siempre Mujer Southern Living Sports Illustrated Successful Farming Time Traditional Home Travel + Leisure Wood

Defunct magazines include:

More Readymade Sail Scrapbooks Etc.

Digital media[edit]
[23] [24]

Local media[edit] The broadcasting division owns 15 television stations. Meredith's broadcasting division also produces Better, which was originally conceived as a brand extension of BH&G. Since its inception in 2007 the show has placed an increasing emphasis on celebrity interviews and music performances. There are also cooking demonstrations and regular features on health, beauty, fitness and fashion. The program currently airs on 80 stations nationwide.[25] On December 23, 2013, Meredith announced plans to buy St. Louis
St. Louis
CBS affiliate KMOV
and Phoenix independent station KTVK
for $407.5 million in cash from Gannett Company
Gannett Company
and Sander Media, LLC to satisfy a federal mandate that Gannett sell KMOV.[26] The purchase of KMOV
was completed on February 28, 2014,[27] while the KTVK
sale was completed on June 19.[28] Meredith has also struck deals to acquire ABC affiliate WGGB
in Springfield, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million[29] and Fox affiliate WALA in Mobile, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
from LIN Media for $86 million.[30] Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license. Current Meredith-owned stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Owned since Network affiliation

Mobile WALA-TV 10 (9) 2014 Fox

Phoenix KPHO-TV 5 (17) 1952 CBS

KTVK 3 (24) 2014 Independent

Hartford - New Haven WFSB 3 (33) 1997 CBS

Atlanta[31] WGCL-TV 46 (19) 1999 CBS

WPCH-TV 17 (20) 2017 1 Independent

Springfield, Massachusetts WSHM-LD (semi-satellite of WFSB) 3 (21) 2004 CBS

WGGB-TV 40 (40) 2014 ABC Fox (DT2)

Bay City - Flint - Saginaw, MI WNEM-TV 5 (22) 1969 CBS MyNetworkTV

Kansas City, Missouri KCTV 5 (24) 1953 CBS

KSMO-TV 62 (47) 2005 MyNetworkTV

St. Louis KMOV 4 (24) 2014 CBS MyNetworkTV

Henderson - Las Vegas, NV KVVU-TV 5 (9) 1985 Fox

Portland, OR - Vancouver, WA KPTV 12 (12) 2002 Fox

KPDX 49 (30) 1997 MyNetworkTV

Bend, Oregon KUBN-LD (semi-satellite of KPDX) 43 (43) 2006 MyNetworkTV

Greenville - Spartanburg - Asheville WHNS 21 (21) 1997 Fox

Nashville WSMV-TV 4 (19) 1995 NBC


1 Between 2009 and 2017, Meredith operated WPCH through a local marketing agreement when the station was owned by Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting System.[31] On February 23, 2017, Meredith announced its intention to purchase the station from Time Warner prior to the latter's merging with AT&T.[32]

Former Meredith-owned stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Years owned Current ownership status

Phoenix KASW 61 (49) 1 The CW
The CW
affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group

Fresno KSEE 24 (38) 1984–1993 NBC
affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group

Ocala - Gainesville, FL WOGX (semi-satellite of WOFL) 51 (31) 1996–2002 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)

Orlando - Daytona Beach WOFL 35 (22) 1983–2002 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)

WCPX-TV 6 (26) 1997 2 CBS
affiliate, WKMG-TV, owned by Graham Media Group

Omaha WOW-TV 6 (22) 1951–1975 NBC
affiliate, WOWT, owned by Gray Television

Syracuse, New York WHEN-TV/ WTVH
** 5 (47) 1948–1993 CBS
affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting (operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Bend, Oregon KFXO-LD 39 (39) 1997–2007 Fox affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company

Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 (43) 1978–1986 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group

Cleveland - Chattanooga, TN WFLI-TV 53 (42) 2004–2008 The CW
The CW
affiliate owned by MPS Media (operated under SSA by New Age Media)

Seattle-Tacoma KCPQ-TV 13 1998–1999 3 Fox affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting


was the only station that was built and signed-on by Meredith. 1 Owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, Meredith operated KASW
under a shared services agreement. 2 WCPX was acquired along with KPDX
and WHNS
when Meredith bought their parent company First Media,[33] but the station was swapped to Post-Newsweek Stations (former name of Graham Media Group) for WFSB
a day later. Meredith never held control of the station. 3 Acquired solely to be traded to Tribune for WGCL.

Radio stations[edit]

AM Stations FM Stations

City of License/Market Station/Frequency Years owned Current ownership status

Phoenix KPHO-910 (now KGME) 1952–1972 iHeartMedia, Inc.

Kansas City, Missouri KCMO-710 (KCMO is now at 810 AM; 710 AM is now WHB) 1953–1983 Cumulus Media

KCMO-FM-94.9 1953–1983 Cumulus Media

Omaha WOW-590 (now KXSP) 1951–1983 E.W. Scripps Company

WOW-FM-92.3 (now KEZO-FM) 1951–1983 E.W. Scripps Company

Syracuse, New York WHEN-620 1954–1976 iHeartMedia

Bridgeport, Michigan WNEM-1250 (now WHHQ) 2004–2013 Ave Maria Communications

Business deals[edit] Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation
has, through acquisitions and strategic partnerships, transformed the company into a "360 degree" media and marketing powerhouse serving the largest audience of female adults of any media company in the United States. John S. Zieser, Chief Development Officer, has led the company on these business activities, from the acquisition of the Parents, Family Circle
Family Circle
and Fitness brands from European media conglomerate Bertelsmann
in 2005, to the more recent acquisition of several digital and mobile companies which led to expansion of Meredith's high growth "business-to-business" Integrated Marketing division, to large strategic licensing relationships with Walmart
and Realogy
relating to the Better Homes and Gardens brand. John Zieser also leads and manages the acceleration of Meredith's consumer brands overseas, through over 35 licensing partnerships with leading media partners around the globe. In March 2012, Meredith completed the acquisition of from Reader's Digest Association
Reader's Digest Association
for $175 million.[34][35] In October 2014, Meredith announced a 10-year licensing agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
to acquire the rights to Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and[36][37] In November 2014, a month after inking the licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Meredith acquired[7] In November 2017, Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation
acquired Time Inc., combining to boast 135 Million readers.[38] The acquisition was finalised on January 31, 2018.[2] See also[edit]

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New Media Strategies List of United States
United States


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Time Inc.
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