Morris Multimedia, Inc, parent company of Morris Newspaper Corporation and Morris Television Network, is one of the largest, privately held media companies in the U.S.
Founded by Charles H. Morris in Savannah, Georgia in 1970, the company today owns and operates about 70 publications including four dailies as well as eleven network-affiliate television stations and other media-related ventures in ten states and the Caribbean.
Charles was born with ink in his veins. His father, William S. Morris, Jr., was the owner and publisher of four large Georgia dailies: The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Herald, The Savannah Morning News and the Savannah Evening Press. His mother, Florence Hill Morris, was the garden editor and columnist for the family newspapers.
Charles began his newspaper career as a carrier boy for the Augusta Chronicle. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he worked at the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City and the St. Petersburg (FL) Times. He worked in nearly every department of these newspapers, gaining an insight about owning and operating newspapers that would prove invaluable in years to come.
He later joined the Savannah Morning News as a reporter and was named publisher in 1966. Four years later he resigned the position to devote his full attention to the management and expansion of his own company.
Headquartered in the historic Oliver Sturges House in Savannah Georgia, Morris Multimedia, Inc. continues to grow and build on its reputation as a leader in community journalism.
From a humble start in 1970 with just two newspapers, Morris Newspaper Corporation has grown steadily and today owns and operates over sixty five publications in nine states and the Caribbean. These include daily newspapers, non-daily newspapers, arts entertainment weeklies and shoppers. A new emphasis on niche publications in the last decade has led to the growth of a stable of specialty publications ranging from real estate to tourist magazines and military publications. Morris Newspaper Corporation has earned a reputation as one of the best publishers of community newspapers in the United States. Just as importantly, the company has also won the respect of the communities it serves. The company today publishes in California, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as in its home state, Georgia.
Morris Network acquired its first television station in 1979 with the purchase of WMGT- TV, an NBC affiliate in Macon, GA. Today, Morris Network owns and operates sixteen CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CW, and My Network affiliated television stations as well as ten other digital affiliated stations which include Bounce, Escape, LAFF, The Justice Network, and Quest TV in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
These stations are: WMGT-TV (NBC, Bounce Macon, My Network- My 41 , Escape TV, and LAFF TV) in Macon, Georgia; WTVQ (ABC, My Network- My KY, Escape TV, LAFF TV, The Justice Network and Quest TV) in Lexington, Kentucky; WCBI-TV (CBS, MY Network – My MS, and North MS CW) in Columbus, Mississippi; WXXV-TV (NBC, FOX, Gulf Coast CW, and My Network- My Gulfcoast) in Gulfport, Mississippi; WWAY-TV (ABC, CBS Cape Fear CW, and My Network- My Cape Fear) in Wilmington, North Carolina and WDEF-TV (CBS, Bounce Chattanooga, Escape TV and GRIT TV) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Overseen by Chief Operating Officer Bobby Berry - a broadcast executive with more than 3 decades of experience, Morris Network continues to grow its portfolio of broadcast throughout the United States. This includes investments in digital, event planning, outdoor, syndication, and other exciting technology that are fast changing ours viewers ability to access content when and where they want it.