Kenneth W. Lowe and The E.W. Scripps Co. have been named the recipient of the 2007 Broadcasters Foundation of America Golden Mike Award to be presented in February.
Kenneth W. Lowe and The E.W. Scripps Co. have been named the recipient of the 2007 Broadcasters Foundation of America Golden Mike Award, it was announced today by Philip J. Lombardo, foundation chair. Lowe is president and chief executive officer of The E.W. Scripps Co. based in Cincinnati.
“Ken Lowe is a broadcaster through and through,” said Lombardo. “We are extremely proud to be honoring an individual who has spent his entire career in broadcasting, beginning as a young man in radio and today operating one of the largest and finest diversified media companies in America.”
The Golden Mike Award will be presented to Lowe and The E.W. Scripps Company at a black-tie dinner to be held at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria on Monday evening, Feb. 26th, 2007.
Lowe was named president, chief operating officer and a director of Scripps in January 2000. He was elected president and chief executive officer in October 2000.
Prior to rejoining the corporate office in Cincinnati, Ken was chair and CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks. He built the company’s cable television division into one of the nation’s fastest growing and most successful creators of unique brands for television and the Internet. He founded and launched Home & Garden Television (HGTV) in 1994; managed the acquisition and turnaround of Food Network, in which the company owns a majority interest; and oversaw the launch of DIY Network in 1999 and the Fine Living television network in 2002. He also oversaw the company’s purchase of Great American Country in 2004. Recently, he guided the creation of the company’s fast-growing Interactive Media division through the acquisitions, in 2005 and 2006, of leading online-specialized search services, Shopzilla and uSwitch.
Lowe joined Scripps in 1980 as general manager of the company’s radio properties. In 1988, he became vice president of programming, promotion and marketing for the company’s nine network-affiliated television stations.
Lowe began his career in radio with Southern Broadcasting in 1969 and continued with various management positions in radio and television with Harte-Hanks Broadcasting in the late 1970s.
Ken Lowe will join a distinguished group of broadcasters who have received this high honor. Recipients in the past decade were Jeff Smulyan
(2006), Percy E. Sutton (2005), Frances Preston (2004), Bob Wright (2003), Catherine Hughes (2002), Lowry Mays (2001), Edward O. Fritts (2000), John Conomikes (1999), Ralph Guild (1998), The Hubbard Broadcasting Family (1997), Norman Knight (1996) and Tribune Broadcasting Company (1995).
The E. W. Scripps Co. is a diverse media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.