Discovery announces it's moving its national headquarters to Knoxville

Discovery Communications HQ in Silver Spring

Additionally, Discovery will establish a national operations headquarters at Scripps' current campus in Knoxville, Tennessee and convert its media distribution facility in Northern Virginia into a global technology hub.

Discovery Communications will relocate its headquarters from Silver Springs, Maryland to New York City in 2019.

David Zaslav, Discovery's president and CEO, said the company "must evolve" with a media industry that is "increasingly global, more consumer-focused and more multi-platform".

Zaslav's memo also said, "This was one of the toughest calls we have made in our company's history, and we do not take it lightly".

Discovery had an all-employee meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning to discuss the changes.

"Maryland is where the magic of Discovery first began".

The company, which employs 1,300 people in the Silver Spring area, has been at their location at Wayne and Georgia Avenue at 1 Discovery Place for 15 years.

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The company is closing its main Silver Spring, Md.

The company said it is in the planning stages of finding space and a location in NY, where it said it would be close to business, investment and production partners.

Discovery said at the time the decision to renovate in Silver Spring had nothing to do with the merger and a headquarters decision had not been made. The transaction was expected to close early this year, Discovery said at the time of the deal.

Zaslav wrote in the letter to employees that the Scripps acquisition enabled Discovery to "undertake an in-depth analysis of where we work and how we work".

Discovery says it will still maintain a Maryland Network Hub to house select network and support functions, as well as select other functions such as government relations.

Discovery's TV channels include Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery and OWN.

Discovery's downtown Silver Spring office and its employees have become a prominent part of the area.