About Media General

D. Tennant Bryan
D. Tennant

Media General entered the television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate. Subsequently, the company expanded its TV portfolio through acquisition.

D. Tennant Bryan acquired controlling interest of Richmond Newspapers.

Richmond Newspapers acquired control of The Tribune Co. which included The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Times, WFLA-TV and WFLA radio.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Richmond News Leader became a publicly owned company under the corporate name Richmond Newspapers, Inc., offering 350,983 shares of RNI Class A stock at $22 a share.

Richmond Newspaper purchased the Fredericksburg, Va., cable television system.

Media General, Inc. came into existence with Richmond Newspapers, Inc. as its wholly owned subsidiary.

Media General was listed on the American Stock Exchange.

The Times-Dispatch home from 1965-1998
The Times-Dispatch home
from 1965-1998
Richmond Times-Dispatch production building from 1950-1992
Richmond Times-Dispatch
production building from
Media General building from 1971-1998
Media General building
from 1971-1998
J. Stewart Bryan III
J. Stewart Bryan III

J. Stewart Bryan III succeeded his father as publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Richmond News Leader.

Awarded franchise to construct cable television system in Fairfax, Va.

Acquired WCBD-TV, Charleston, S.C.

J. Stewart Bryan III became president, chairman and chief executive officer of Media General, Inc.



On June 1, 1992, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Richmond News Leader merged into a single morning publication under the Times-Dispatch name, and printing operations were moved from downtown to a state-of-the-art printing facility in Hanover, Va., just outside Richmond.



Printing facilities in Hanover, Va.
Richmond Times-Dispatch printing facilities in
Hanover, Va.


In August, The Tampa Tribune launched a new Internet online service, Tampa Bay Online, a pioneering digital initiative.

In January, acquired Park Communications.

In May, D. Tennant Bryan retired after 69 years of service to The News Leader, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond Newspapers, and Media General.

In May, Media General completed construction and occupied a new corporate headquarters in Richmond, Va.

On Dec. 9, D. Tennant Bryan passed away at the age of 92.

In October, Media General completed the sale of its cable television operations to Cox Communications, Inc. for $1.4 billion.

  Corporate Headquarters
Media General
corporate headquarters
in Richmond, Va

In March, Media General opened its Tampa News Center, bringing the newsrooms of WFLA, The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com together in the nation's most advanced laboratory for media convergence.

In March, Media General acquired 13 television stations from Spartan Communications.

  Tampa News Center
Tampa News Center

On Sept. 19, Media General's stock moved to the New York Stock Exchange under a new ticker symbol: MEG.

On July 1, J. Stewart Bryan III stepped down as chief executive officer and remained chairman of the board. Marshall N. Morton, who had been vice chairman and chief financial officer, became president and chief executive officer.


On June 26, Media General completed its acquisition of four NBC stations.

On April 12, the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Previous Media General Pulitzer Prize winners included:

  • 1948 - Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Writing
  • 1966 - The Tampa Tribune Investigative Reporting
  • 1971 - Winston-Salem Journal Public Service
  • 1972 - Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Cartooning
  • 1978 - Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Cartooning

In 2012, Media General implemented an historic transformation of its business model when it sold all of its newspapers. On June 25, the company sold all of its newspapers (63 daily and weekly newspapers) to World Media Enterprises, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. for $142 million. In October, the Tampa Tribune and its associated print and digital platforms was sold to Tampa Media Group. Following the sales, the company became a local broadcast and digital media television company.

In November 2013, Media General combined its business with Young Broadcasting.  The merger increased its portfolio of stations owned or operated from 18 to 31.

In December 2014, Media General combined its business with Lin Media.  The merger increased its portfolio of stations owned or operated from 32 to 71.

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