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Media General, Inc. is a media company based in the Southeastern United States. Its major properties include newspapers such as The Tampa Tribune, the Winston-Salem Journal, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, as well as numerous television stations, such as flagship station WFLA-TVmarker.

The company was originally called Richmond Newspapers until 1969, when it was renamed "Media General", as the company's media properties grew and diversified.

In 1982 the company acquired The William B. Tanner Company (previously known as Pepper-Tanner) a commercial radio jingle production company headquartered in Memphis which competed with Dallas-based TM Productions,Century 21 Productions,JAM Creative Productions and PAMS. It was later divested in 1988.

Media General's newspaper and television operations originate from Richmond, Virginiamarker. Tampa, Floridamarker, is its largest market (#13).

Many of the television stations have a similar branding, similar slogans, and a similar appearance.

This chain is not associated with the similar sounding Media News Group.

In a 1995 episode of Friends, Courtney Cox (Monica Geller) bought shares from Media General as the NYSE abbreviation is MEG. MEG is Monica's initials. She also buys 'ZXY' because it sounds 'zexy'.

Major assets

TV stations

  • Here's a listing of television stations in Media General's ownership.


Current DMA# Market Station ... channel number Acquired Current affiliation Notes
14. Tampamarker - St. Petersburgmarker WFLA-TVmarker 8 1966 NBC Acquired as the company's flagship station.
26. Raleighmarker - Durhammarker - Fayettevillemarker WNCNmarker 17 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal.
34. Columbusmarker WCMH-TVmarker 4 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal. Serves as the master-control hub facility for the company's NBC affiliates.
36. Greenvillemarker - Spartanburgmarker - Ashevillemarker - Andersonmarker WSPA-TVmarker 7 2000 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting. Serves as the master-control hub facility for the company's CBS affiliates.
WYCWmarker 62 2001 CW Controlled by WSPA through a local marketing agreement from 1996 to 2001. Was a UPN affiliate until September 2006. Was WASV until April 2006.
40. Birminghammarker - Annistonmarker - Tuscaloosamarker WVTM-TVmarker 13 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal.
53. Providencemarker - New Bedfordmarker WJARmarker 10 2006 NBC One of four stations acquired from NBC Universal.
60. Mobilemarker - Pensacolamarker WKRG-TVmarker 5 2000 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting.
67. Roanokemarker - Lynchburgmarker WSLS-TVmarker 10 1997 NBC Part of a group of stations acquired from Park Communications owned by Roy H. Park.
90. Jacksonmarker WJTVmarker 12 2000 CBS Acquired in a trade that sent Richmondmarker CBS affiliate WTVR-TVmarker to Raycom Media. [111791] [111792]
93. Tri-Cities (TNmarker / VAmarker) WJHL-TVmarker 11 1997 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Park Communications owned by Roy H. Park.
96. Savannahmarker WSAV-TVmarker 3 1997 NBC;
MNTV/RTN (Digital only)
Acquired in a trade that sent Richmondmarker CBS affiliate WTVR-TVmarker to Raycom Media.
97. Charlestonmarker WCBD-TVmarker 2 1983 NBC;
CW (Digital only)
Originally an ABC affiliate until 1996.
103. Greenvillemarker - New Bernmarker - Washingtonmarker WNCT-TVmarker 9 1997 CBS;
CW (Digital only)
Part of a group of stations acquired from Park Communications owned by Roy H. Park.
104. Myrtle Beachmarker - Florencemarker WBTW-TVmarker 13 2000 CBS;
MNTV/RTN (Digital only)
Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting.
114. Augustamarker WJBFmarker 6 2000 ABC Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting. Currently, Media General's only ABC affiliate.
128. Columbusmarker WRBLmarker 3 2000 CBS Part of a group of stations acquired from Spartan Radiocasting.
167. Hattiesburgmarker - Laurelmarker WHLTmarker 22 2000 CBS Acquired in a trade that sent Richmondmarker CBS affiliate WTVR-TVmarker to Raycom Media. Serves as a semi-satellite of WJTV.


Former Media General stations

Now owned by Schurz Communications, Inc.

*(flagship of the Kansas Broadcasting System, or KBS for short)

Now owned by Morris Multimedia, Inc.



Now owned by New Vision Television, LLC



Now owned by Mission Broadcasting



Now owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, LLC



Now owned by Hoak Media Corporation



Now owned by University of Georgiamarker Research Foundation



Now owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.



Newspapers

Major newspapers



Community newspapers

Alabama


Florida


North Carolina


South Carolina
  • The Morning News (Florence) Daily Newspaper for Florence and the Pee Dee Region
  • The News and Post (Lake City) Weekly
  • The Marion Star (Marion) Weekly
  • The Weekly Observer (Hemingway) Weekly
  • The Hartsville Messenger Weekly


Virginia


Other assets

  • Blockdot
  • Boxerjam Media
  • DealTaker.com
  • Atlee Park


References

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