Discovery Communications headquarters is leaving Maryland, according to a memo sent to employees Tuesday morning. The memo said that it's early to understand the timing and how departments will be impacted, but that the company wanted to provide more time for planning as well as transparency.
Huge murals advertising Shark Week were installed on the building for years. "The decision to move our global headquarters from its founding home is one we do not make lightly".
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Following the close of its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, expected to take place early this year, Discovery plans to create a National Operations Headquarters at Scripps' current Knoxville, TN, campus.
The current media distribution facility in Sterling, Va., will become a global technology center and the Maryland Network Hub will continue to run.
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Leggett says that the county "has been in discussions with Discovery in the past months since the merger in an effort to respond to the challenges faced by an independent television, entertainment, and education channel in a radically-changing industry".
Discovery said it collaborated with state and local government authorities in both Tennessee throughout the decision-making process. The company said the current Scripps Knoxville campus will soon house the company's newly established National Operations Headquarters alongside the major Scripps brands, digital teams and corporate functions now working there.
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