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Charles Scripps Steps Down: Retiring Chairman of E.W. Scripps Co. Is Succeeded by Lawrence Leser; COO William Burleigh Becomes President

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Charles Scripps Steps Down: Retiring Chairman of E.W. Scripps Co. Is Succeeded by Lawrence Leser; COO William Burleigh Becomes President

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AFTER MORE THAN four decades in the post, Charles Scripps is stepping down as chairman of the board of the E.W. Scripps Co.

Scripps, 74, who became head of the Cincinnati-based media company in 1953 at the age of 33, becomes chairman of the board's executive committee and continues as chairman of the trustees of the Edward W. Scripps Trust, controlling shareholder of the company.

He is succeeded by Scripps president and CEO Lawrence Leser, 59, who was elected chairman and CEO. Leser continues as president of Scripps Howard Broadcasting.

William Burleigh, 58, who in May was named chief operating officer with responsibility for the company's newspaper, broadcast, cable and entertainment divisions, assumes the title of president.

Craig Standen, 51, vice president over marketing and advertising for the newspaper division and earlier president and CEO of the Newspaper Advertising Bureau in New York, now is senior vice president for corporate development with Scripps.

In the newspaper division vice president of operations Alan Horton, 51, was promoted to senior vice president in charge of the company's daily papers, and director of circulation Jeffrey Hively, 40, was appointed vice president, focusing on the development of new information distribution methods.

Scripps owns 19 dailies as well as television stations and cable systems. Through its entertainment division the company operates United Media, a news features and comics syndicate; Scripps Howard Productions and Cinetel Productions, creators of broadcast and cable TV programming, and the Home & Garden cable network, scheduled to be launched later this year.

Charles Scripps, grandson of newspaper magnate Edward W. Scripps, began his career in 1941 as a reporter for the Cleveland Press, the first paper the elder Scripps founded. He covered the police and courts before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco in 1942.

He later returned to the Press but shortly thereafter moved to Cincinnati to handle corporate responsibilities. In 1953 he became board chairman of the company.

Scripps has held numerous civic and corporate posts in Cincinnati as well as memberships in national and international newspaper and journalism associations, including the Newspaper Association of America, American Society of Newspaper Editors and Inter American Press Association. …

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