The E.W. Scripps Co., parent company of the Naples Daily News, this spring will receive one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting.
The National Association of Broadcasters on Monday announced it will honor the Cincinnati-based company at its annual show April 14-19 in Las Vegas with the Distinguished Service Award.
“A media pioneer since the 1800s, the Scripps Company is held in the industry’s highest esteem,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.
Each year the Distinguished Service Award recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry.
Scripps is only the second company to ever win the award. Past recipients include Ronald Reagan, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey.
“Scripps is humbled to receive the most prestigious and coveted honor the broadcasting industry can bestow,” said Rich Boehne, Scripps president.
In addition to the Daily News, E.W. Scripps owns other newspapers, television stations and websites.
Scripps’ portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 19 TV stations (10 ABC affiliates, three NBC affiliates, five Azteca America affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service.
Scripps was founded in 1878 by Edward W. Scripps, who borrowed $10,000 from his brothers to help launch America’s first information revolution.