Evening Post Industries is a privately held American media company, based in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. It has been led by four generations of the Manigault family.
On August 6, 2013, the company changed its name from the Evening Post Publishing Company to Evening Post Industries. In a press release, CEO John Barnwell stated, “The name change better reflects our existing diversified holdings and ongoing acquisition strategy in beyond media, while keeping the legacy value of Evening Post.” In addition to The Post and Courier of Charleston, the South’s oldest daily newspaper, the company owns six other newspapers in South Carolina, including the Aiken Standard. Other holdings include White Oak Forestry Company, and a marketing agency, Clear Night Group.
The Evening Post Publishing Company was formed by rice planter Arthur Manigault in 1896 to acquire The Evening Post, Charleston’s then-ailing afternoon newspaper. Manigault’s son Robert became a publisher in 1924. Two years later, he bought Charleston’s morning paper, The News & Courier–the oldest daily newspaper in the South. The company launched an international syndication arm, Editors Press Service, in 1933. Robert’s brother Edward took over in 1945 after Robert’s death; he was in turn succeeded by his son Peter. Peter’s son, Pierre, inherited the company upon Peter’s death in 2004.
In 2004, the Evening Post Publishing Company sold Editors Press Service to the Universal Press Syndicate, which renamed it Atlantic Syndication. The company also owned the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina, Latin America’s oldest English language newspaper, until 2007. It was announced on October 29, 2018, that Cordillera Communications had entered into a deal with the E. W. Scripps Company for Scripps to purchase all but one TV station, the Tucson, Arizona station, from Cordillera. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2019.
Formerly-owned television stations
Evening Post’s broadcasting division was called Cordillera Communications. The licensees have different names (most of which bear the station call letters, current, former (as in the case of KBZK’s owners being KCTZ Communications (former call letters), or parent (repeaters only): KOAA (Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Communications) does not, however). Cordillera Communications is a holding company headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.
On October 29, 2018, it was announced that the E. W. Scripps Company would acquire 15 of the 16 Cordillera stations, with Quincy Media acquiring KVOA due to Scripps already owning KGUN-TV. The sale was approved by the FCC on April 5, 2019. The transaction was completed on May 1. Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by the city of license.