Who’s Set To Lead E.W. Scripps?


Rich Boehne is set to be replaced.

The President/CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company has announced his retirement.

Boehne will step down during the second half of 2017, and Chief Digital Officer Adam Symson is his successor.

Symson on Wednesday was elevated to the COO role, a precursor to taking Boehne’s duties next year.

As COO, Symson will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s broadcast TV, digital media and radio divisions.

Symson, 41, joined the Scripps TV division in 2002. He took over the company’s digital operations in 2011, overseeing Scripps’ local digital businesses in 27 markets as well as national digital content companies Midroll, Newsy and Cracked.

He also has led the company’s efforts to develop new businesses in emerging media through investment and acquisition.

“Adam has demonstrated the leadership and entrepreneurial skills critical for the continued long-term success of the Scripps enterprise,” Boehne said. “In this media environment, where opportunities and challenges develop at an ever-accelerating pace, he has shown his ability to build successful media brands.”

Symson joined Scripps in 2002, as executive producer of investigations and special projects for the company’s KNXV-15 in Phoenix, an ABC affiliate.

Scripps owns 34 radio stations in eight markets, and 33 television stations in 24 markets.