November 18, 2013

Donald Graham (Nancy Andrews / The Washington Post)

What do you call the Washington Post-less Washington Post Co.?

Graham Holdings Company, the company announced this morning. The name change is part of the agreement that the Washington Post Co. reached with Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos, whose purchase of its flagship property became official on Oct. 1. The sale shocked Washington when it was announced in early August by then-Washington Post Co. Chairman and CEO Donald Graham.

Even without the newspaper, there’s a lot of business to conduct in Graham Holdings Co., which includes education-services provider Kaplan; six Post-Newsweek television stations; Phoenix-based cable provider Cable ONE; the Slate Group; Forney Corp., a Texas-based company that “manufactures front-end combustion components serving the electric utilities, chemical processing, pulp/paper and cement industries”; a health-care company; and Social Code, a “leading social marketing solutions partner dedicated to driving cross-platform ROI.” Since “Graham Education-Media-Industrial-Health Enterprises” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, “Holdings” will have to do.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.