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SCRIPPS FAMILY ANNOUNCES CONTROL AGREEMENT

 SCRIPPS FAMILY ANNOUNCES CONTROL AGREEMENT
 CINCINNATI, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The E.W. Scripps Company


(NYSE: SSP), parent of Scripps Howard, Inc., reported today that members of two families descendant from its founder have entered into an agreement to preserve family control of the company following termination of The Edward W. Scripps Trust.
 The families included are those of Robert Paine Scripps and John Paul Scripps, sons of the founder, Edward W. Scripps. The family of Robert Paine Scripps, through the trust, has controlled the company since 1922. The family of John Paul Scripps controlled the John P. Scripps Newspapers prior to a merger with The E.W. Scripps Company in 1986.
 The family agreement will take effect following the trust's termination, which is set to occur upon the death of the last of four children of Robert P. Scripps. Today, those individuals range in age from 68 to 74.
 Following termination of the trust, 28 remainder beneficiaries, as a group, stand to inherit control of the company.
 "In recent years many of them have expressed the wish to secure the future of The E.W. Scripps Company and to assure continuity of effective management," said Charles E. Scripps, chairman of the boards of both the company and trust.
 "The family agreement will enable family members to act together to exercise control of the company. They will have an incentive to cooperate to avoid the kind of family divisiveness that has damaged other companies and encouraged corporate raptors," Charles Scripps said.
 Paul Scripps, chairman and editorial director of the John P. Scripps Newspapers, and a director of the parent company, said, "Those of us in the John P. Scripps branch of the family are pleased to join with our cousins on the Robert P. Scripps branch in signing this agreement, which will serve to ensure continued family control of The E.W. Scripps Company for generations to come. This is a profound commitment; one which we all now make - and shall continue to exercise proudly - together."
 The agreement, which is similar to those made by families that control other communications companies, will give signatories the first right to purchase shares of the company's common voting stock when those shares are offered for sale by other signatories.
 If no member of the family, or the company (which has secondary purchase rights) purchases the shares, then those shares must be converted to Class A common stock before being sold outside the family.
 The agreement also contains provisions that will govern the voting of common voting shares held by signatories. For at least 10 years following termination of the trust, these provisions require that all common voting shares subject to the agreement be voted in accordance with a majority vote of the shares.
 Common voting shares, which are not publicly traded, elect two- thirds of the company's board of directors and vote on all other matters. Class A common shares elect one-third of the board but do not vote on any other matters except as required by Delaware law. Class A common shares, first sold to the public in 1988, are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSP."
 The trust currently owns 79.5 percent of the outstanding common voting shares and 67.6 percent of the outstanding Class A common shares.
 The agreement has been offered to the 28 great-grandchildren of the founder who will inherit the assets of the trust and also members of the John P. Scripps family, who collectively control 9.3 percent of the common voting shares.
 Family members who are likely to control more than 60 percent of the outstanding common voting shares following termination of the trust have signed the agreement. It has been under consideration for more than a year and additional family members are expected to sign.
 The family group has indicated it will soon file a Schedule 13D with the Securities & Exchange Commission related to the agreement.
 "We welcome the abiding interest of the great-grandchildren of E.W. Scripps who will control this enterprise someday," said Lawrence A. Leser, president and chief executive officer of the company. "While the family agreement will not be effective for years, it is good news for future generations of management who will be able to direct this company without the uncertainty of what could occur when the trust terminates."
 Charles Scripps emphasized that "the interest of the family's next generation encourages a focus on the future, the pursuit of superior service to the people in the communities we serve, and a fair return on the investment of all our stockholders."
 The E.W. Scripps Company, founded in 1878, is a diversified media company which operates 19 daily newspapers, 10 television stations, five radio stations and cable television systems with 660,000 basic subscribers. The company also is a worldwide syndicator and licenser of news features and comics.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Boehne of The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3826/
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