Scripps comments on death of Jim Paratore

May 29, 2012, 18:27 ET from The E.W. Scripps Company

CINCINNATI, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just one week after The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) announced plans to work with Jim Paratore's paraMedia Inc. to produce a new game show called Let's Ask America, company officials today learned that Paratore died today from a heart attack while cycling in France.

"The entertainment industry has lost a legend whose influence on the television landscape will be felt for years," said Brian Lawlor, Scripps senior vice president of television. "We were profoundly enthusiastic about having the benefit of Jim's talent and vision as we begin the rollout of his latest game show, and we are committed to making Let's Ask America a lasting tribute to his enduring genius. Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are extended to his family and his legion of friends and colleagues."

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