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. buyout).
Edwin Thomas Meredith founded the company in 1902 when he began publishing 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, 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.
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 allrecipes.com from Reader's Digest Association, mywedding.com., Selectable Media, and Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy from American Media Inc.
On September 8, 2015, Media General announced the acquisition of 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%. However, on January 27, 2016, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it would acquire Media General.
In February 2017, it was reported that Meredith and a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. were considering pursuing Time Inc. On November 26, 2017, it was announced that Meredith Corporation would acquire 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.
On January 9, 2018, it was announced that Meredith would launch a Hungry Girl magazine on January 16, expanding from the online brand.
The Time Inc. acquisition was completed on January 31, 2018. 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. 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.
Meredith magazines include the following brands:
Defunct magazines include:
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.
On December 23, 2013, Meredith announced plans to buy St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV and Phoenix independent station KTVK for $407.5 million in cash from Gannett Company and Sander Media, LLC to satisfy a federal mandate that Gannett sell KMOV. The purchase of KMOV was completed on February 28, 2014, while the KTVK sale was completed on June 19.
Meredith has also struck deals to acquire ABC affiliate WGGB in Springfield, Massachusetts from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million and Fox affiliate WALA in Mobile, Alabama from LIN Media for $86 million.
Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned since||Network affiliation|
|Hartford - New Haven||WFSB||3 (33)||1997||CBS|
|WPCH-TV||17 (20)||2017 1||Independent|
(semi-satellite of WFSB)
|Bay City - Flint - Saginaw, MI||WNEM-TV||5 (22)||1969||CBS
|Kansas City, Missouri||KCTV||5 (24)||1953||CBS|
|St. Louis||KMOV||4 (24)||2014||CBS
|Henderson - Las Vegas, NV||KVVU-TV||5 (9)||1985||Fox|
|Portland, OR - Vancouver, WA||KPTV||12 (12)||2002||Fox|
(semi-satellite of KPDX)
|Greenville - Spartanburg - Asheville||WHNS||21 (21)||1997||Fox|
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Phoenix||KASW||61 (49)||1||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 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|
|AM Stations||FM Stations|
|City of License/Market||Station/Frequency||Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Kansas City, Missouri||KCMO-710
(KCMO is now at 810 AM;
710 AM is now WHB)
|1951–1983||E.W. Scripps Company|
|1951–1983||E.W. Scripps Company|
|Syracuse, New York||WHEN-620||1954–1976||iHeartMedia|
|2004–2013||Ave Maria Communications|
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 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 October 2014, Meredith announced a 10-year licensing agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to acquire the rights to Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and marthastewart.com.