Scripps Networks Interactive announced that John Burlingame will retire from the Knoxville-based lifestyle media company’s board of directors when his current term expires.
Burlingame’s retirement will mark the end of a lengthy corporate relationship with the Scripps family and the Scripps companies.
A retired partner in the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, Burlingame has been a director of Scripps Networks since 2008 when it was spun-off from The E.W. Scripps Co., the owner of 19 television stations and newspapers in 13 markets, including the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Burlingame served as a director of E.W. Scripps for 24 years, retiring from the Cincinnati-based company’s board in 2012.
In addition, he had been a trustee of the Edward W. Scripps Trust since 1987. The family trust, which had controlled the company since 1922, terminated in October, 2012, and is in the process of winding up.
Scripps Networks portfolio includes the cable and Internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, and Great American Country.
Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. is hoping the good vibes at HGTV and DIY Network will rub off on Travel Channel, the newest addition to its lifestyle media portfolio.
Knoxville-based Scripps Networks announced Wednesday the appointment of two new leaders to oversee strategy and content development at Travel Channel.
Andy Singer was promoted to general manager and Ross Babbit was named senior vice president of programming production. Both executives spent several years in top posts at HGTV and DIY Network, two of Scripps Networks most successful properties.
Scripps Networks Interactive continues to prove it is one of Knoxville’s best business success stories of recent years.
The Knoxville-based lifestyle media company today reported a first quarter profit of $101 million, or 59 cents per share, up 39 percent from $72.5 million, or 43 cents per share, in the first quarter last year.
Revenues for the quarter eneded March 31 rose 14 percent to $536 million, driven by increased advertising and affiliate fees.
Published reports in the United Kingdom indicate Scripps Networks, which announced recently it will move its corporate headquarters to Knoxville, is one of two U.S. companies interested in buying Virgin Media’s stake in UKTV, a pay-TV business.