E.W. Scripps Company announces leadership changes

Posted at 7:58 AM, Aug 23, 2017

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Adam Symson, who became president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) on Aug. 8, has made the following leadership changes:

Senior Vice President, Broadcast Brian Lawlor is now President, Local Media

Vice President, Digital Operations Laura Tomlin is now Senior Vice President, National Media

Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer Lisa Knutson is now Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Tim Wesolowski and Senior Vice President, General Counsel William Appleton are now Executive Vice Presidents

In addition to the company’s 33 television stations and 34 radio stations, Lawlor will be responsible for the stations’ local digital operations beginning Jan. 1. He also will be responsible for the four Katz multicast networks. The acquisition of those networks is expected to be complete on Oct. 2.

Tomlin is responsible for next-generation national news network Newsy; podcast industry leader Midroll and listening service Stitcher; satire and humor brand Cracked; and lifestyle brand SimpleMost as well as the award-winning Scripps Washington Bureau, with its national investigative reporting team and podcast productions.

Knutson is taking over corporate development in addition to her current responsibilities.

“With more choices than ever, today’s media consumers move across different distribution platforms seamlessly, choosing where they want to engage based on how well media brands inform and entertain them. To better align with the way our audiences and advertisers see our businesses, we are positioning the company with a managerial structure built around these local and national marketplaces,” said Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson.

“Our local brands are well positioned on multiple platforms to deepen the relationships we’ve had in our markets, some going back more than 50 years. Our national businesses are growing quickly, achieving the scale necessary to be meaningful players in the national media landscape," Symson said.