Scripps reshapes for the 21st century: cutbacks coming; radio laid off too

The venerable E.W. Scripps Company, a multimedia national player in newspapers, radio, television, and digital media, has announced a tectonic and identity-changing restructure plan. As with many corporate reinventions, headcount will be reduced over 12-18 months, costs will be lowered, technology will be centralized, resources will be optimized across divisions. And radio will be ditched entirely. Continue Reading


Scripps buys Stitcher from Deezer, augments growing podcast empire

Media conglomerate E.W. Scripps has acquired podcast listening app Stitcher from global music service Deezer, which acquired Stitcher in October, 2014. The acquisition places Stitcher within Midroll Media, a podcast distribution and sales company, which Scripps purchased in July of last year. We spoke to Midroll exec Lex Friedman about what this means for Midroll Media. Continue Reading


Beth Murphy, Deezer’s new CMO, on a U.S. launch and growing Stitcher

Deezer announced the appointment of Beth Murphy as its new chief marketing officer. She will lead the global brand in addition to guiding efforts in product marketing, product management, acquisition, engagement and customer service in the U.S. and worldwide. We asked her about the company’s plays for Stitcher and a full launch of its streaming service in the U.S. Continue Reading