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 CINCINNATI, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) today named Douglas R. Stern to succeed Robert Roy Metz as president and chief executive officer of United Media, the New York based licensing and syndication subsidiary of Scripps.
 Metz, who at 64 has spent 35 years with Scripps, will serve as chairman of United Media until he retires next year in accordance with company policy.
 The appointment of the next generation of leadership concludes a 15- month restructuring of United Media.
 "Bob Metz was the first CEO of United Media and he built it into one of the country's leading licensing and newspaper syndication companies," said William R. Burleigh, executive vice president of The E.W. Scripps Company. "He has guided that pacesetting enterprise through many evolutions, and we are thrilled to find in Doug Stern those same instincts for leadership."
 Scripps set out in early 1992 to evaluate strategic options for United Media after determining that several of its businesses lacked the critical mass necessary for long-term success. The book publishing, education materials and television listings operations were sold in a series of transactions.
 The core businesses, character licensing and syndication, were retained to form the new United Media. With Metz's retirement approaching, Scripps began the search for his successor.
 Stern brings to United Media a uniquely broad perspective gained from senior management roles with a large daily newspaper, a magazine, a film company and a market research provider.
 Most recently, Stern was president of the Los Angeles based National Research Group, a leading provider of market research for the motion picture industry.
 From 1988 through 1991 he was managing director of The Wicks Group, a private investment company specializing in niche media companies. Concurrently, he was president and publisher of Horticulture Magazine, a Wicks property.
 Prior to 1988, Stern spent three years as vice president for marketing at the New York Daily News, where he focused on strategic plans for gaining market share in a highly competitive climate.
 At the Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, form 1980 through 1985, he held various senior-level positions in the areas of movie acquisition, development and marketing. At the time of his departure, he was vice president for acquisitions.
 Stern was also a research fellow and later a senior staff member at the Wharton Applied Research center at the University of Pennsylvania.
 He received a Ph.D. in psychology from Philadelphia's Temple University in 1977 and a Bachelor's degree, also in psychology, from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in 1972. His wife is an actress in New York, where they now make their home.
 Metz was chosen as United Media's first president and CEO in 1978 when Scripps merged its Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and United Feature Syndicate (UFS) to create the world's largest newspaper syndication service. Prior to the merger, Metz was president and editor of NEA and a vice president of UFS.
 Metz joined NEA in 1958 after five years as a reporter and editor with the International News Service. He began his career as a copy aide at The New York Times.
 Under his leadership, United Media has nurtured two of history's most successful comic strips, "Peanuts" by Charles Schultz and "Garfield" by Jim Davis. The latter was launched in United Media's first month. Today, both strips appear in more than 2,400 publications around the world. The universal appeal of the characters has generated thousands of licensed products, promotion programs and nearly 200 animated television shows.
 Metz led a major expansion of the licensing division into international markets, with subsidiaries now operating in Canada, Japan and the European Community (Amsterdam). He also launched, with Emmy- winning producer Lee Mendelson, a joint venture that has produced 103 episodes of the "Garfield and Friends" show for CBS-TV.
 United Media also represents the FIDO DIDO characters created by Susan Rose and Joanne Ferrone and markets other UFS comic properties such as "Nancy," "Marmaduke" and "Dilbert."
 In addition to United Media, The E.W. Scripps Company operates 20 daily newspapers, 10 television stations, five radio stations and cable television systems with 679,000 basic subscribers.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Boehne of The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3826, or Nancy Nicolelis of United Media, 212-692-3857/

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