Scripps Networks Interactive has announced that it is establishing its global headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, where a majority of the company’s operations are currently based. The move comes with the completion this month of the new 150,000-square-foot Scripps Networks operating facility in West Knoxville.
‘Knoxville is where it all began and where the company’s future is being charted,’ said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive, in a statement. ‘We’ve come a long way since launching HGTV and our Knoxville operations have become increasingly important. Making Knoxville and Tennessee the focal point of our global operations is a logical step in the company’s ongoing evolution.’
About 850 of the company’s 1,950 employees worldwide work in Knoxville where HGTV and DIY Network were created and are still based. The company says it will maintain a ‘substantial presence’ in Cincinnati, where it’s been headquartered since becoming an independent, publicly-traded company in 2008. Food Network and Cooking Channel offices are in New York City, while Travel Channel is housed in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Great American Country’s offices are in Nashville. Lowe added that ‘Our announcement today does not diminish our commitment to civic involvement in Greater Cincinnati…But it’s clear to us that the center of gravity for our company, by necessity, has shifted to Knoxville as we’ve expanded and grown our lifestyle content businesses.’