Prior to 2000, Lowe was chairman and CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks. He built the company into one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most successful creators of unique brands for cable television and the Internet. He founded and launched HGTV in 1994; oversaw the acquisition and transformation of the Food Network into an American pop culture icon; presided over the launches of the DIY Network and the Cooking Channel as well as the acquisitions of the Travel Channel in 2009 and Great American Country (GAC) television network in 2004. Lowe also guided the development of the company’s growing portfolio of interactive content services in the food and home lifestyle categories.
Lowe joined Scripps in 1980 as general manager of the company’s radio properties. In 1988, he became vice president of programming, promotion and marketing for the company’s nine network‑affiliated television stations. Lowe began his career in radio with Southern Broadcasting in 1969 and continued with various management positions in radio and television with Harte-Hanks Broadcasting in the late 1970s.
Lowe serves on the board of directors of National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Paley Center for Media, Cincinnati Business Committee and Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation.
Lowe received a bachelor of arts degree in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.