MOLINE, IL — Aug. 15, 2018 — Meredith Corporation's Local Media Group has signed with TownNews for the content and video management of 17 television stations. Meredith's television group, based in Des Moines, IA, reaches more than 11 percent of U.S. households, with seven stations in the nation's Top 25 markets—including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Portland—and 13 in the Top 50.
"We felt strongly that TownNews, which has been a leader in the CMS space for many years, offered us the best tools and the most customizable platform to achieve our goals, especially when it comes to our users' experience," said Matt Strait, vice president of digital media. "TownNews provides us with a flexible and extendable platform that will allow us to iterate and develop for our consumers' needs nimbly and effectively."
TownNews' full suite of digital tools and services will empower Meredith's stations to deliver video, live streams, editorial content, and advertising to their websites, mobile sites, and social media platforms.
The new TownNews-powered websites are scheduled for launch later this summer and into the fall of 2018. Meredith's broadcast sites launching on the platform include:
- KCTV / KSMO (Kansas City, KS)
- KMOV (St. Louis, MO)
- KPHO / KTVK (Phoenix, AZ)
- KPTV / KPDX (Portland, OR)
- KVVU (Las Vegas, NV)
- WALA (Mobile, AL)
- WFSB (Hartford, CT)
- WGCL / WPCH (Atlanta, GA)
- WGGB / WSHM (Springfield, MA)
- WHNS (Greenville, SC)
- WNEM (Flint, MI)
- WSMV (Nashville, TN)
"People tend to think of TownNews as a solution for print publishers only," said Brad Ward, president and CEO of TownNews. "But our technology, services, and media expertise enable local media organizations of all types—TV, newspaper, radio, magazine—to transform their business models for the digital age. We've been successfully doing just that for our partners for nearly 30 years.
"When an innovative, forward-thinking broadcast organization like Meredith's Local Media Group chooses us, it speaks volumes. We look forward to a long, fruitful relationship."
About Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation has been committed to service journalism for more than 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms — including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video — to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.
Meredith's Local Media Group includes 17 television stations reaching 11 percent of U.S. households. Meredith's portfolio is concentrated in large, fast-growing markets, with seven stations in the nation's Top 25 markets — including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Portland — and 13 in the Top 50. Meredith's stations produce more than 700 hours of local news and entertainment content each week, and operate leading local digital destinations. Meredith also owns MNI Targeted Media, which delivers targeted advertising solutions to more than 1,200 clients on a local, regional or national level.
TownNews equips local media organizations with the digital services and guidance to transform their business models and flourish in the digital age. Our tools and expertise in print, digital, video, OTT and advertising enable forward-thinking media organizations in dynamic markets to efficiently engage their audiences, increase security and grow revenue.
Fueled by a passion for local media and a 30-year proven track record of success, more than 1,700 news organizations have benefited from the platform and tools we've built specifically for the media industry to thrive.