Hearst Corporation

The Hearst Corporation is a mass media corporation based in Manhattan, New York.  It was founded in 1887 by William Randolph Hearst.  Hearst began as a newspaper company, publishing The Examiner. Within a few years, The Examiner was extremely successful, Hearst then bought out The New York Journal and laid foundation for the future of the company. By the 20’s, Hearst was the largest mass media corporation in the world. With divisions in television, newspaper, magazines, and real estate, Hearst is now one of the most diversified companies in the world. 

 

“Ownership Map”

Hearst operates in 4 major divisions.

Magazines

ELLE

Marie Claire

Cosmopolitan

Esquire

Car and Driver

Country Living

Elle Decor

Good Housekeeping

House Beautiful

O, The Oprah Magazine

Popular Mechanics

Redbook

Road & Track

Seventeen

Town & Country

Veranda

Woman’s Day

Food Network Magazine

Nat Mags

The Good Life

Harper’s Bazaar

Newspapers

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, California)
The News-Times (Danbury, Connecticut)
Greenwich Time (Greenwich, Connecticut)
The Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut)
Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois)
Huron Daily Tribune (Bad Axe, Michigan)
Midland Daily News (Midland, Michigan)
Times Union (Albany, New York)
Beaumont Enterprise (Beaumont, Texas)
Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas)
Laredo Morning Times (Laredo, Texas)
Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas)
Plainview Daily Herald (Plainview, Texas)
San Antonio Express-News (San Antonio, Texas)
seattlepi.com, formerly the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer (Seattle, Washington)
Darien News (Connecticut)
Fairfield Citizen (Connecticut)
Greenwich Citizen (Connecticut)
New Canaan News (Connecticut)
New Milford Spectrum (Connecticut)
Norwalk Citizen (Connecticut)
Westport News (Connecticut)
Marlette Leader (Michigan)
Vassar Pioneer Times (Michigan)
Advertiser North (New York)
Advertiser South (New York)
Ballston Spa Pennysaver (New York)
Clifton Park North Pennysaver (New York)
Clifton Park South Pennysaver (New York)
Latham Pennysaver (New York)
Pennysaver News (New York)
Spa City Moneysaver (New York)
The Weekly (New York)
Bulverde Community News (Texas)
Business Express (Texas)
Canyon News (Texas)
Conexión (Texas)
Hardin County News (Texas)
Jasper Newsboy (Texas)
Kelly USA Observer (Texas)
La Voz (Texas)
Lackland Talespinner (Texas)
Fort Sam Houston News Leader (Texas)
Medical Patriot (Texas)
Muleshoe Journal (Texas)
Neighborhood News (Texas)
North Central News (Texas)
Northwest Weekly (Texas)
Our People (Texas)
Randolph Wingspread (Texas)
Northeast Herald (Texas)
Southside Reporter (Texas)
The Zapata Times (Texas)
 
Television and Cable

Esquire Network (joint venture with NBCUniversal, replaced Style Network on September 23, 2013)
A+E Networks (owns 50%; shared joint venture with The Walt Disney Company)
ESPN Inc. (owns 20%; also shared with Disney, which owns the other 80%)
CTV Specialty Television (owns 4% through its co-ownership of ESPN; shared joint venture with Bell Media, which owns 80%)
Hearst Television Inc. (owns 100%; owner of 29 local television stations and two local radio stations)

 

Internet

Answerology
Kaboodle
eCrushRealAgeseattlepi.com (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Delish.com
RealBeauty.com
Manilla.com
Digital Spy
 
 
Hearst is an extremely large conglomerate and controls a large segment of today’s media. The emphasis is on Hearst’s print media, owning 15 daily and 36 weekly newspapers.  I found it interesting that while Hearst did not completely all of their conglomerates, they do have a strong investment in many television and cable networks.  Having a strong presence gives them power.  The concentration of ownership is something that we have discussed as being a way to control what the general population has access to. Especially in Texas, where Hearst owns more than 20 newspapers. Hearst has been horizontally integrating within the past 100 years. Rather than up and down through one industry, Hearst has acquired more and more types of media from newspapers to television channels.
In 2006, there was a lawsuit filed against Hearst Corp. and MediaNews Group, alleging that the two were conspiring to control advertising rates. I thought this was interesting.  Being able to control all aspects of production allows for companies to have a lot of power.  This was an example of too much power, it looked as though the companies were violating antitrust laws.
I also found it interesting that a lot of subsidiaries are not as well known.  Yes, there are some major names but the bulk of these magazines and newspapers are not as well known.  In over 100 countries, Hearst owns some sort of media.  In conclusion, Hearst corporation owns a wide variety of media companies in a wide variety of places which gives them a lot of power.
 
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