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333 West State Street

Milwaukee, WI 53201

United States

Phone: 414-224-2000


Journal Communications, Inc. is engaged in the print and digital media business. Segments The company operates through two segments, Broadcasting and Publishing. Broadcasting This segment’s business is conducted through the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Journal Broadcast Corporation, and its subsidiaries, which together operate 13 television stations and 35 radio stations in 11 states. The company’s radio and television stations focus on providing targeted and relevant local programming. In five of the company’s markets, such as Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Boise, Idaho; Tucson, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska; and Green Bay, Wisconsin, the company either operates both television and radio stations or operates approximately one television station. The company has retransmission consent agreements with multichannel video programming distributors in its local markets for the rights to distribute its signals and local programming in their pay television services to consumers. Its programming strategy includes developing and retaining local on-air talent to drive ratings. In addition, its Milwaukee radio station, WTMJ-AM, maintains radio broadcast rights for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, and operates a statewide network for their games. Publishing This segment’s business is conducted through the company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, such as Journal Sentinel, Inc. and Journal Community Publishing Group, Inc. This segment consists of its daily newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and its community publications – primarily in southeastern Wisconsin, as well as print facilities in West Milwaukee and Waupaca, Wisconsin. Daily Newspaper: In addition to the company’s traditional print media, it operates various Websites that provide editorial and advertising content, including,, and the MyCommunityNOW family of 26 community Websites. The company’s daily newspaper operates a co-branded online automotive offering under a franchise agreement with CarSoup of Minnesota, Inc. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers a digital subscription program (paywall) on the company’s Website. Community Publications: The company owns and operates community publications and a printing plant in Waupaca, Wisconsin through its subsidiary, Journal Community Publishing Group, Inc. It sells its community publications in northern Wisconsin and southeastern Wisconsin. The company’s community publications have a combined paid and free average weekly distribution of approximately 175,000. Its community publications focus on local news and events that are of interest to the local residents. The company also publishes a business-to-business publication that appeals to advertisers and readers in the agricultural market with a combined paid and free average monthly distribution of approximately 20,000. In addition to its publishing operations, the company provides commercial printing services, including cold-Web printing, sheet-fed printing, electronic prepress, mailing services, bindery, and inserting, primarily for other weekly and monthly publications. Regulation The company’s television and radio broadcasting operations are subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. History Journal Communications, Inc. was founded in 1882.


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