Report: Discovery mulls Scripps bid

December 11, 2013 09.43 Europe/London By Julian Clover

ScrippsShares in Scripps Networks Interactive soared by almost 15% on Tuesday after a report suggested that Discovery Channel was considering a bid for the UKTV part-owner.

Variety said Discovery executives had discussed the matter at a board meeting that day.

Scripps, which acquired its 50% in UKTV, operator of GOLD, Watch and Dave, in August 2011 also runs US networks Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel.

Discovery itself is on an ambitious acquisition spree. It already has a 20% share in Eurosport and in April 2013 acquired ProSieben.Sat 1 Groupís SBS Nordic operations.

Scripps Networks Interactiveís history dates back to 1878 when Edward W Scripps founded The Penny Press in Cleveland. The EW Scripps Company (Scripps) became one of the most successful newspaper publishers of the post-war era and built its reputation as a leading operator of local television stations. Following the purchase of Cinetel Productions in 1994 the company launched HGTV.

Scripps Networks Interactive was spun off as a separate company in 2008.