NEW YORK — Publisher-broadcaster E.W. Scripps Co. on Monday named TV station chief John Lansing to the new post of exec VP for Scripps Networks, overseeing fast-growing cable nets Home & Garden Television and the Food Network.
The appointment, per Cincinnati-based Scripps, is “to strengthen and build on the success of its growing portfolio of national lifestyle television networks.” HGTV and Food have about 84 million and 83 million subs, respectively. Company also owns smaller nets DIY (Do It Yourself) and Fine Living.
Lansing, 46, has been running Scripps’ 10-station TV group since 2000. He was formerly veep and general manager of Scripps’ Cleveland station, WEWS.
A successor to Lansing will be named at a later date.
Before joining Scripps, Lansing was the news director at CBS’ WBBM-TV in Chicago and had worked as a news photographer, managing editor and news director at a number of other stations. He’s a member of the ABC Affiliates Board of Governors, the National Assn. of Broadcasters board and the Scripps Howard Foundation board of trustees.
Scripps is a publicly traded, family-owned company founded 125 years ago with roots in newspaper publishing. It owns 21 daily papers. Company’s other assets include the Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which owns worldwide licensing and syndication rights for comic strips “Peanuts” and “Dilbert.”
The company has been a juicy acquisition target for years. Walt Disney would be a particularly snug fit, since most Scripps’ stations are ABC affiliates. But complex family trusts that control Scripps have made a takeover impossible so far.