Meredith Corporation

Meredith Corporation is an American media conglomerate based in Des Moines, Iowa. The company owns magazines, television stations, websites, and radio stations. Meredith's publications have a readership of more than 120 million, paid circulation of more than 40 million, and its websites have nearly 135 million monthly unique visitors. Meredith's broadcast television stations reach 11% of U.S. households.[1]

Meredith Corporation
Traded asNYSE: MDP
S&P 400 Component
IndustryMass media
Founded1902 (1902)
FounderEdwin T. Meredith
HeadquartersDes Moines, Iowa
Key people
  • Steve Lacy
  • (Executive Chairman)
  • Tom Harty
  • (President and CEO)
Revenue $2.247 billion (FY 2018)
$0.099 billion (FY 2018)
Total assets $6.727 billion (FY 2018)
Total equity $1.097 billion (FY 2018)
Number of employees
7,915 (2018)
Footnotes / references


Early Years

Edwin Thomas Meredith founded the company in 1902 when he began publishing Successful Farming magazine.[2]

In 1922, Meredith began publishing Fruit, Garden and Home magazine, a home and family service publication.[2] In 1924, the magazine was retitled Better Homes and Gardens,[1][3][2] and the first issue cost a dime on the newsstand. In 1930, the company published the first edition of The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. In 1946, the company became a public company. It was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1965.[2]

Since 2012

In March 2012, Meredith acquired from Reader's Digest Association for $175 million.[4][5] In February 2013, Meredith and Time Warner held discussions on a possible purchase of Time Inc.; Time Warner at the time elected to spin it out as a separate company instead.[6][7]

In October 2014, Meredith announced a 10-year licensing agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to acquire the rights to Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and[8][9]

In November 2014, Meredith acquired[10][11] In January 2015, the company acquired Selectable Media.[12] Also in January 2015, Meredith acquired Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy from American Media Inc. Fitness magazine was folded into Shape, while retaining its website.[13]

On September 8, 2015, Media General announced its intent to acquire Meredith in a cash and stock deal valued at $2.4 billion.[14] Pending regulatory and shareholder approval, the deal was expected to be consummated in June 2016.[14] The combined company would have operated under the name Meredith Media General, and be the third-largest owner of television stations in the United States—serving an estimated 30% of households.[14] To comply with FCC ownership limits, the company would have divested and/or swapped stations in six markets.[14] Media General shareholders would have controlled 65% of the company, with Meredith shareholders holding 35%.[15] However, the offer was countered by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, who made a successful, $4.6 billion bid to acquire Media General instead.[16]

In February 2017, it was reported that Meredith and a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. were considering another possible purchase of Time Inc.[17] On November 26, 2017, it was announced that Meredith Corporation would acquire Time Inc. in a $2.8 billion deal.[18] $640 million in backing was provided by Koch Equity Development, but the Koch family would not have a board seat or otherwise influence the company's operations.[19][20]

On January 9, 2018, it was announced that Meredith would launch a Hungry Girl magazine on January 16, expanding from the online brand.[21]

On January 31, 2018, the company completed the acquisition of Time Inc.[22][23][24] In March 2018, only six weeks after the closure of the deal, Meredith announced that it would lay off 200 employees, up to 1,000 more over the next 10 months, and explore the sale of Fortune, Money, Sports Illustrated, and Time. Meredith felt that, despite their "strong consumer reach," these brands did not align with its core lifestyle properties.[25] Howard Milstein had announced on February 7, 2018, that he would acquire Golf Magazine from Meredith,[26] and Time Inc. UK was sold to the British private equity group Epiris (later rebranded to TI Media) in late February.[27] In September 2018, Meredith announced the sale of Time to Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne for $190 million.[28] In November 2018, Meredith announced the sale of Fortune to Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon, whose family owns Charoen Pokphand, for $150 million.[29][30] After failing to find a buyer for Money, Meredith in April 2019 announced that it would cease the magazine's print publication as of July 2019, but would invest in the brand's digital component[31] In May, 2019, Meredith announced the sale of Sports Illustrated to Authentic Brands Group, for $110 million.[32]

Time Inc. Productions was renamed Four M Studios in May 2018. The studios is under Bruce Gersh, Meredith's president of People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Español and head of Four M Studios.[33]

In October 2019, Meredith Corporation sold the Money brand and website to Ad Practitioners LLC, a media and advertising company based in Puerto Rico.[34] Terms were not disclosed, but sources said the brand went for just over $20 million, that was more than the $10 million Meredith was seeking in early 2019.[35]

In November 2019 the company unloaded one more asset acquired in the Time Inc. acquisition, its 60% equity ownership of digital advertising company Viant Technology Holding Inc. that, among other assets, owns social networking site Myspace.[36] Also in November 2019 the company announced it is launching a new quarterly magazine in January 2020 with Drew and Jonathan Scott from HGTV's Property Brothers.[37] The magazine will be called Reveal.


National media


Meredith magazines include the following brands:

Defunct magazines include:

Digital media

Local media

The broadcasting division owns 15 television stations. Meredith's broadcasting division also produces Better, which was originally conceived as a brand extension of BH&G. Since its inception in 2007 the show has placed an increasing emphasis on celebrity interviews and music performances. There are also cooking demonstrations and regular features on health, beauty, fitness and fashion. The program currently airs on 80 stations nationwide.[40]

On December 23, 2013, Meredith announced plans to buy St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV and Phoenix independent station KTVK for $407.5 million in cash from Gannett Company and Sander Media, LLC to satisfy a federal mandate that Gannett sell KMOV.[41] The purchase of KMOV was completed on February 28, 2014,[42] while the KTVK sale was completed on June 19.[43]

Meredith has also struck deals to acquire ABC affiliate WGGB in Springfield, Massachusetts from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million[44] and Fox affiliate WALA in Mobile, Alabama from LIN Media for $86 million.[45]

Following the 2018 announcement that Cox Media Group was looking to divest its 14 stations, Meredith was mentioned as a leading candidate to purchase the Cox stations. Such an acquisition would require minimal divestiture (only in Atlanta do the two companies overlap), and would also mark a return to Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Orlando where Meredith previously owned stations, though none of the former Meredith stations in those markets are currently owned by Cox.[46][47][48]

On May 2, 2019, reports were made suggesting that Meredith was planning to sell off its stations to focus on its core media properties, with Apollo Global Management (which reached a deal to acquire a majority stake in the Cox stations through a joint venture called Terrier Media on February 15 of that year) suggested to be the main frontrunner.[49]

Current Meredith-owned stations

  • (**) indicates a station that was built and signed on by Meredith.
  • (‡‡) indicates a station that was owned by First Media prior to its acquisition by Meredith in 1997.
City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned since Network affiliation
Mobile WALA-TV 10 (9) 2014 Fox
Phoenix KPHO-TV 5 (17) 1952 CBS
KTVK 3 (24) 2014 Independent
Hartford - New Haven WFSB 3 (33) 1997 CBS
Atlanta[50] WGCL-TV 46 (19) 1999 CBS
WPCH-TV 17 (20) 2017 1 Independent
Springfield, Massachusetts WSHM-LD
(semi-satellite of WFSB)
3 (21) 2004 CBS
WGGB-TV 40 (40) 2014 ABC
Fox (DT2)
Bay City - Flint - Saginaw, MI WNEM-TV 5 (22) 1969 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Kansas City, Missouri KCTV 5 (24) 1953 CBS
KSMO-TV 62 (47) 2005 MyNetworkTV
St. Louis KMOV 4 (24) 2014 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT3)
Henderson - Las Vegas, NV KVVU-TV 5 (9) 1985 Fox
Portland, OR - Vancouver, WA KPTV 12 (12) 2002 Fox
KPDX ‡‡ 49 (30) 1997 MyNetworkTV
Bend, Oregon KUBN-LD
(semi-satellite of KPDX)
43 (43) 2006 MyNetworkTV
Greenville - Spartanburg - Asheville WHNS ‡‡ 21 (21) 1997 Fox
Nashville WSMV-TV 4 (19) 1995 NBC


Former Meredith-owned stations

City of license / Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Phoenix KASW 61 (49) 1 The CW affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
Fresno KSEE 24 (38) 1984–1993 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Ocala - Gainesville, FL WOGX
(semi-satellite of WOFL)
51 (31) 1996–2002 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)
Orlando - Daytona Beach WOFL 35 (22) 1983–2002 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)
WCPX-TV ‡‡ 6 (26) 1997 2 CBS affiliate, WKMG-TV, owned by Graham Media Group
Omaha WOW-TV 6 (22) 1951–1975 NBC affiliate, WOWT, owned by Gray Television
Syracuse, New York WHEN-TV/WTVH ** 5 (47) 1948–1993 CBS affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting
(operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Bend, Oregon KFXO-LD 39 (39) 1997–2007 Fox affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company
Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 (43) 1978–1986 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cleveland - Chattanooga, TN WFLI-TV 53 (42) 2004–2008 The CW affiliate owned by MPS Media
(operated under SSA by New Age Media)
Seattle-Tacoma KCPQ-TV 13 1998–1999 3 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group


  • 1 Owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, Meredith operated KASW under a shared services agreement.
  • 2 WCPX was acquired along with KPDX and WHNS when Meredith bought their parent company First Media,[52] but the station was swapped to Post-Newsweek Stations (former name of Graham Media Group) for WFSB a day later. Meredith never held control of the station.
  • 3 Acquired solely to be traded to Tribune Broadcasting for WGCL.

Radio stations

AM Stations FM Stations
City of License/Market Station/Frequency Years owned Current ownership status
Phoenix KPHO 910 1952–1972 KGME, owned by iHeartMedia
Kansas City, Missouri KCMO 810 1953–1983 WHB, owned by Union Broadcasting
(KCMO is now at 710 AM)
KCMO-FM 94.9 1953–1983 owned by Cumulus Media
Omaha WOW 590 1951–1983 KXSP, owned by SummitMedia
WOW-FM 92.3 1951–1983 KEZO-FM, owned by SummitMedia
Syracuse, New York WHEN 620 1954–1976 owned by iHeartMedia
Bridgeport, Michigan WNEM 1250 2004–2013 WJMK, owned by Northern States Broadcasting

Four M Studios

Four M Studios (Four M), formerly Time Inc. Productions, is Meredith's in-house production company and is under the oversight of Bruce Gersh, Meredith's president of People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Español.[33]

After attempting a few TV shows in 2014 and 2015, the company formed Time Inc. Productions in 2016 as its in house production company.[53] The company launched its free, ad-supported online video service PeopleTV in 2016 which got a pay TV deal by May 2018 with FuboTV. In November 2017, the company launched its first over-the-top subscription service, Sports Illustrated TV, available via Amazon Channels.[33] On October 30, 2017, the company announced that Paramount Network were partnering on two TV show pilots.[54]

Time Inc. Productions was renamed Four M Studios in May 2018. Four M would expand from the Time titles to all Meredith titles and to freestanding lifestyle shows and scripted shows. Four M also announced at that time a deal with Freeform TV channel to develop Meredith magazine stories, including People’s “Heroes Among Us” franchise, into telefilms.[33]

Four M Studios partnered with Imagine Entertainment's Imagine Kids & Family division. Its first project from the partnership is LIFE for Kids, a children's TV show using LIFE Magazine’s photo archive.[55]

Production library

Time Inc. Productions
Time Inc. Productions/Four M Studios
Four M Studios[33]
  • Home (Apple) 10 one-hour episodes[57]
  • People Magazine Investigates: Cults (Investigation Discovery)
  • People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion (Investigation Discovery)
  • The Story of the Royals (ABC) documentary miniseries

See also


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Further reading

  • Brown, Kathi Ann (2002). Meredith: the first 100 years. ISBN 978-0-696-21668-8.
  • Pendergast, Sara (2006). "Meredith Corporation". International Directory of Company Histories. Retrieved 2018-05-13 via
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