Broadcaster Briefing

Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

NAB Licensed to Serve: A Banner Year For Broadcast Election Coverage

During the 2014 election season, television broadcast stations across the country donated thousands of hours in free airtime to provide voters with critical information about the candidates and issues on the ballot on Election Day. In addition to providing news coverage of races for local, state and federal offices, local broadcasters also produced, aired and streamed scores of debates to help viewers and listeners make informed decisions at the polls.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Buying KLAS Las Vegas For $145M

The purchase of the CBS affiliate from Landmark Media Enterprises will boost Nexstar’s holdings to 110 stations with coverage of 18% of U.S. TV households.Continue Reading

Media Biz Bloggers: CBSN: An Interactive Streaming News Network

“It's day one of the new world order. CBS News has created an online live/on-demand 15 hour per day news service targeting consumers who prefer to consume video news on connected devices…Everyone should take note of today's date. It's an important day in history for Television the platform (not the art form).” —Shelly PalmerContinue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Sets Programmatic, Data Revenue VP

Tribune Broadcasting named William Ammerman vice president of programmatic and data driven revenue. Ammerman will have responsibility for programmatic direct, private exchanges and yield optimization on the station group’s mobile, desktop and video platforms.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General 3Q Net Revenue Up 11.8%

Media General’s President-CEO George L. Mahoney said: “Our strong year-over-year growth in the third quarter of all key financial metrics further demonstrates the value of our merger with Young Broadcasting last November. Comparing the results of the combined company, net operating revenue increased 21%. This growth reflected higher political, retransmission, digital and local advertising revenues along with our purchase of WHTM in Harrisburg on Sept. 1."Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 3Q Net Revenue Climbs 25%

The boost to $154.7 million is driven by increases in every area except national, with big percentage gains from political, digital and retrans.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 3Q TV Station Revenue Grows 22%

The increase to $121 million was fueled by higher local, political and digital revenue as well as a 46% rise in retrans money.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune TV-Ent. Adjusted 3Q Revenue Up 7%

Tribune Media reported third quarter 2014 results that included Television and Entertainment segment revenues of $417.2 million, an increase of $169 million, or 68%, as compared to $248.2 million in the third quarter of 2013.Continue Reading

B & C: Network Aims To Capture Viewers And Bring Bad Guys to Justice

A new multicast network that melds crime and mystery programming with public service messages about catching bad guys and finding lost children is being launched by a group of TV industry veterans.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Extends CEO Boehne’s Contract

The E.W. Scripps Co. has extended the employment contract for its chairman, president and CEO, Rich Boehne, to Aug. 7, 2016, followed by successive one-year renewals until either Boehne or the company gives at least 90 days’ notice of non-renewal. Financial terms of the agreement remain the same.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Sinclair, Media General Soar On Acquisitions, Political

Local broadcast TV operators Sinclair Broadcast Group and Media General both enjoyed substantial revenue growth in the third quarter of the year, powered by acquisitions and political advertising ahead of the recent midterm elections.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS TV Stations' 2Q Revenue Rises 10%

CBS Corp.’s Local Broadcasting (which includes TV and radio stations) revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were $680 million compared with $641 million in the same prior-year period. CBS Television Stations revenues increased 10%, while CBS Radio revenues were up 2%. The increase in Local Broadcasting revenue, the company said, was driven by higher political spending as a result of midterm elections and higher affiliate and subscription fee revenues.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN 3Q Revenue Rises 18% To $192 Million

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and TV station website revenues, increased 6% to $111.9 million compared to $105.5 million in the third quarter of 2013.Continue Reading

B & C: Sinclair Revenue Up 48% in Quarter

Sinclair reported third quarter earnings of $448.1 million, up 47.9% from the same quarter a year ago. Operating income was $101.7 million, 39.6% better than the prior year period. Political revenues were $33.8 million versus $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2013. Local net broadcast revenues, which include local time sales and retransmission, were up 43.4% versus the third quarter of 2013, while national increased 64.2%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television 3Q Revenue Sets A Record

Gray Television total revenue increased $43.4 million, or 49%, to $131.7 million for the third quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily due to increases in the majority of its revenue categories. Recently acquired eight full- or low-power television stations (plus various satellite stations) accounted for approximately $8.9 million of total revenue.Continue Reading

TVSpy: NBC Owned Stations Names Sarah Glover Head of Social Media

Glover comes to NBC OTS from WCAU in Philadelphia. She will help the station group’s 11 stations “build and engage” their social media audiences.Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Invests In Telemundo Local News Ops

NBCUniversal is moving to expand the local news operations at 17 Telemundo stations across the U.S. The investments at the Telemundo Station Group include launching new Spanish-language newscasts, updating journalists’ equipment, and adding consumer units that will represent consumers’ rights with investigations of products and services.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: At Last, FCC OKS Nexstar Buy Of Grant TVSs

Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Marshall Broadcasting Group announced that the FCC has approved the license transfer of seven stations they bought from Grant Co. in an $87.5 million deal originally announced in September 2013. Of the seven, six stay with Nexstar and one — KLJB Quad Cities-Davenport, Iowa — is spun off to Marshall.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Graham Media Group 3Q Revenue Rises 19%

Graham Holdings Co. today reported third quarter financial results that included a 19% increase in revenue at its television broadcasting division Graham Media Group (formerly Post-Newsweek Stations). Revenue rose to $87.4 million.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett And ABC Set New Affiliation Deal

The new agreement puts the recently expanded Gannett ABC portfolio under a common, long-term affiliation agreement.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Tapped As TVN’s Top Station Group

With 53 stations covering more than 13% of U.S. households, Raycom Media Group will be honored by TVNewsCheck as the 2015 Station Group of the Year. "Under the bold direction of CEO Paul McTear for the past 13 years, the group has grown considerably and emerged as an industry leader,” says TVN Editor Harry A. Jessell.…Continue Reading

Media Bistro: Meredith’s Local Media Group Revenue Up 39% to $125 Million in Fiscal First Quarter

Meredith Corp.’s Local Media Group has reason to celebrate. According to a new report, the company’s 15 local television stations generated $125 million in total revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which is up 39% from the same period a year ago.…Continue Reading

USAToday: Broadcast Networks Feel Hopeful About Fall Ratings

CBS has solid starters in new dramas Scorpion, Madam Secretary and spinoff NCIS: New Orleans. ABC has a hot Thursday trio of Shonda Rhimes dramas, including newcomer How to Get Away With Murder. NBC has The Voice and Sunday Night Football and The Blacklist. DC Comics characters are buoying Fox, with Batman origin series Gotham, and CW, where The Flash is the biggest new hit in years. (And a third series, NBC's Constantine, set to air.)…Continue Reading

B&C: Gannett Broadcast Revenue Up 105%

With an expanded TV station portfolio, Gannett reported third quarter operating revenues of $1.44 billion, an increase of 15.2% compared to the third quarter of 2013. Broadcasting Segment showed revenue growth of almost 105%. Due primarily to the acquisition of Belo Corp. Digital Segment, revenue grew 4.4% while Publishing revenue was down 3.6%.…Continue Reading

B&C: Awards Lunch Fit for a 'Giant'

Several broadcast giants were feted at the Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York, which is hosted by the Library of American Broadcasting. The list of  inductees included Pablo Raul Alarcon Sr., Raul Alarcon Jr., David Barrett, Gwen Ifill, Regis Philbin,  Chuck Scarborough, Fred Silverman, Peter Smyth, Virginia Pate Wetter, Judy Woodruff and Sylvester Weaver.…Continue Reading

Deadline: CBS Launches $5.99-A-Month Subscription Streaming Service

“CBS All Access is another key step in the company’s long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it,” says CEO Les Moonves. “This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem. Across the board, we continue to capitalize on technological advances that help consumers engage with our world-class programming, and we look forward to serving our viewers in this new and exciting way.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ‘Monopoly Millionaires’ Club’ Set To Pass Go

Scientific Games Corp. says that its Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, a weekly syndicated lottery game show hosted by Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly), will be aired on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst, CBS, Gannett, LIN, Graham Holdings,and other station groups covering more than 95% percent of the U.S. lottery television homes.…Continue Reading

acrossplatforms: Last Week Over $23 Million Flowed Into Sinclair Markets From Special Interest Groups and Nashville Pull in Big Awards as Well

From September 23 to October 6 over $23 million flowed into Sinclair TV Markets from special interest groups in some key battleground states as we countdown to the November 4, 2014 election. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: McCreery Wants News, Marketing In Sync

For the first time in about a decade, Meredith Corp. has a broadcast group level VP of news, naming Patrick McCreery to the job in May. A Meredith man since 2003, McCreery says the creation of his position reflects the growth of Meredith, which, thanks to recent acquisitions, currently owns 15 TV stations.…Continue Reading

TVWeek: ABC News Brings Home National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. TV Stations in Boston and Nashville Pull in Big Awards as Well

ABC News won the overall excellence award in the network television category at the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association.  ABC won a total of five National Murrow Awards, with CBS winning five in television and three in radio, while NBC took home two TV awards. ESPN claimed three Murrows in radio and television.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair, Nexstar Tops In Spectrum Worth

An analysis from Wells Fargo's Marci Ryvicker says that Sinclair, Nexstar and Media General have the highest median spectrum values as a percentage of enterprise value at 52%, 49% and 27%, respectively.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Taps Byron Wilkinson As KTHV GSM

Gannett-owned CBS affiliate KTHV Little Rock, Ark. (DMA 56) named Byron Wilkinson general sales manager. Wilkinson joins the station from co-owned KHOU in Houston where he has been local sales manager. Prior to that was national sales manager for KRIV-KTXH Houston.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: News Sharing New Normal At NBC, Telemundo

The NBC O&Os and Telemundo stations cooperate in covering stories, with reporters, anchors and weathercasters evolving into “a culture of one,” especially in markets with heavy Hispanic population. And in markets without an NBC O&O, the cooperation extends to the NBC affiliate.…Continue Reading

TV By The Numbers: Telemundo News Shows on Track to Deliver Best Season Ever

Telemundo announced today its news properties “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste,” “Noticiero Telemundo,” “Un Nuevo Día” and “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” are on track to deliver their best season ever among total viewers this 2013- 2014 broadcast season, according to Nielsen.…Continue Reading

Broadcasting & Cable: Nissan Becomes Automotive Sponsor of NBC’s ‘The Voice’

“This new three-year partnership with NBC is another way that Nissan is going beyond traditional sponsorships to provide innovation to our consumers with exciting experiences,” Fred Diaz, senior VP, Nissan sales & marketing and operations, Nissan North America, said in a statement. “Between the on-air broadcast, The VoiceOfficial App and 'The Voice Tailgate,' we’re adding a new dimension to big cultural experiences like The Voice – far beyond what has been available in previous seasons.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps’ ‘The Now’ Is News, But Not A Newscast

Broadcast groups and TV stations are increasingly experimenting with news and local programming. In a press release, Brian Lawlor, VP of Scripps, describes The Now as the “type of programming audiences on multiple platforms crave.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Closes On Flint, Toledo Station Buys

Gray Television said that it has closed on its previously announced $128 million acquisition of WJRT and WTVG from affiliates of SJL Holdings. …Continue Reading

CBS Corporation: CBS and Media General Sign Deal to Renew All Affiliation Agreements

“We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “Nearly all of Media General’s CBS affiliates are #1 in their markets, and we are glad to see that they recognize the value our programming brings to their business.” …Continue Reading

B&C: Broadcasters Celebrate Hill Choice To Pull Local Choice

NAB President Gordon Smith thanks the Senate Commerce Committee members “for recognizing the unintended negative consequences this (Local Choice) measure would have had on localism, broadcasters and our millions of viewers.”…Continue Reading

TVNewser: Steve Capus: ‘I’m Very, Very Happy To Have This Be My Professional Home These Days’

Capus, one of only a few people to have overseen flagship newscasts on two networks, says the evening news is alive and well: “I’m so sick of seeing articles written about how these broadcasts are going to die off.”…Continue Reading

AdWeek: Gannett Ramps Up Its Viewability Data as New Gravity Ad Units Soar

Partnering with tech vendor Moat, Gannett will employ stats such as viewability, reader interactions and exposure time to sell its Gravity units, which are full-screen video ads.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Katz To Rep California-Oregon Broadcasting

California Oregon Broadcasting Inc. has appointed Katz Television Group as its national TV rep. They currently are repped by Petry. The stations are owned by Patsy Smullin who is very involved in the NAB small market group and has been a long-time member of the NBC affiliate board.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Taps Beck as a Group News Exec

Cameryn Beck, a veteran television journalist, has been hired as a senior director of news strategy for the television division of The E.W. Scripps Co. Beck is now executive news director at KTVK Phoenix. She will remain based in Phoenix and will work closely with Lana Durban.Continue Reading

across platforms: Hubbard Broadcasting’s Most Distributed Properties Are Subchannel Networks

Antenna TV announced the addition of eleven classic series to the network’s lineup for 2015! Antenna TV, which airs in 89 markets across the U.S. reaching 71% of TV households, will add Newhart, The Jeffersons, Mork & Mindy, One Day at a Time, Family Ties, Evening Shade, Leave it to Beaver, Doogie Howser MD, Mr. Belvedere, Dear John, and Small Wonder to its existing lineup in 2015. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Green On Reinventing Local News At Tribune

Tribune flagship WGN Chicago and KSWB San Diego launched 4 p.m. newscasts, the latest of the group’s 42 stations to expand news programming since Katherine Green came onboard as SVP of news. The expansion, which has also included the addition of 11 p.m. newscasts in Los Angeles, Seattle and Indianapolis, is at the forefront of Green’s effort to develop more engaging and "exhilarating" news programming.Continue Reading

across platforms: Gray Television Markets Give More To Republican Candidates

Senate races in Omaha for Republican Benjamin Sasse and Sid Dinsdale help to put Republican fundraising at the top of Gray’s markets.Continue Reading

TVSpy: Dayton Station to Air Local Reality Show About Teens

WBDT, the LIN Media owned Dayton CW affiliate, has announced it’s airing a reality show about local teens called The Valley. The locally produced show follows six local high school grads “preparing for the next big step in their lives and tackling important issues along the way…”Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Telemundo To Host Gubernatorial Debates

The Telemundo Station Group announced a series of statewide political debates that will be co-hosted and aired across various Telemundo-owned stations in the United States. Telemundo-owned stations in Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami and McAllen, Texas, will co-host, broadcast and provide on-line streaming of gubernatorial debates for statewide races taking place in California, Florida and Texas.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune's Gracenote Acquires Baseline For Video Info

The deal also gives Gracenote control of Baseline’s The Studio System platform, a subscription service offering business intelligence data for entertainment industry professionals.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC’s Bob Greenblatt To Keynote LiveTV:LA

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, has been named keynote speaker of the inaugural LiveTV:LA conference, Nov. 7 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Buying KSNV Las Vegas for $120M

The addition of Intermountain West’s NBC affiliate will give Sinclair three stations in the market. One will be sold, with the programming moved to subchannels of the remaining two.Continue Reading

Bloomberg: CBS Renews Affiliation Deal for 12 Lin Media TV Stations

CBS agreed to renew affiliation agreements for 12 stations owned by Lin Media LLC, helping the local-TV chain cement the terms of its takeover by Media General Inc.  Marci Ryvicker will deliver the Financial Keynote at TVB’s Forward Conf on 9/9.Continue Reading

MediaBizBloggers: Sinclair Broadcasting Rewrites TV Station Business Model

America's biggest owner of television stations stands ready to leap three bounds into being a big content force for those stations and beyond.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: WBIR Partnership A Win-Win, Win-Win In Knoxville

WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, TN is partnering with GoVols247, an independent digital sports media company covering University of Tennessee football.Continue Reading

SFGate: No Fees, No Wires. Just TV on a Tablet, Startup Promises

Tablet TV, doesn't require Wi-Fi, a cellular connection or a subscription fee. All customers need is the startup's antenna device to watch broadcast TV on a tablet.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Names James Killen Group Manager

Sinclair Broadcast Group has appointed James Killen group manager responsible for the oversight of its stations in Tulsa, Okla.; Little Rock, Ark.; Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., and others markets to be determined.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Starts Original Programming Division

Sinclair Broadcast Group launched Sinclair Original Programming, a division that will develop and create original content. SOP’s focus, Sinclair said, will be on entertainment content and business-to-consumer content such as infomercials and direct response commercials.  …Continue Reading

Press Release: Media General and LIN Media Announce Agreements to Divest Television Stations in Five Markets

Media General, Inc. and LIN Media LLC, both local broadcast television and digital media companies, announced definitive agreements to divest television stations in five markets.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Ups Ken Reiner To Programming VP

Raycom Media today promoted Ken Reiner to vice president of programming. The veteran television industry executive is currently corporate director of programming for the group and will continue to be based out of Raycom’s Los Angeles programming offices. The promotion is effective Sept. 1, 2014.…Continue Reading

Variety: CBS Seeks More Than $500K for Ads in ‘Thursday Night Football’

According to John Bogusz, the network’s executive vice president of sports sales and marketing, CBS has seen good demand for football from automobile manufacturers, movie studios, fast food chains, beverage marketers and telecommunications advertisers.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: For Scripps, Digital Is Destiny

Under the leadership of CEO Rich Boehne and Digital SVP Adam Symson, the company is engaged in an earnest effort at multifront innovation to do a rare thing in local media — proactively getting in front of its destiny. (see also)    …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Univision Makes Two Executive Appointments

Univision Communications Inc. has made two appointments to its executive team. Kevin Cuddihy has been named president of local media and Jessica Rodriguez was appointed chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Both Cuddihy and Rodriguez will be based in New York and report to Randy Falco, president and chief executive officer of UCI.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 2Q TV Station Revenue Grows 4%

The E.W. Scripps Co. reported that its television station revenues in the second quarter of 2014 were $116 million, up $4.4 million or 4% from the 2013 quarter. The increase was fueled by higher local, political and digital revenue as well as a 21% rise in retrans money.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Entravision 2Q TV Revenue Climbs 9%

Entravision Communications Corp. reported second quarter television segment revenue of $43.2 million, up 9% from $39.6 million in the same quarter a year ago. Television operating expenses totaled $20.2 million, an increase of 3% from $19.6 million in the 2013 quarter.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television 2Q Rev Climbs 27%

Gray Television total revenue increased $22.9 million, or 27%, to $107.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter of 2013. The increase, the company said, was primarily due to increases in the majority of its revenue categories. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 2Q Net Revenue Up 16.4%

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported record second quarter revenue of $146.9 million, up 16.4% from the year-earlier period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: 2Q TV Revenue At Journal Rises 12.8%

Journal Communications announced results for its second quarter that were powered by a 12.8% increase in television revenue, to $46.9 million, up from $41.6 million in the same period of 2013. Steven J. Smith, Chairman and CEO, said: “Last week, Journal Communications announced an exciting transaction with The E.W. Scripps Company, where together we will create two publicly traded media businesses that will continue to serve their communities with a commitment to integrity, excellence, and enterprise journalism.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Names Lipps Springfield-Decatur GM

Sinclair Broadcast Group has appointed Rick Lipps general manager of its ABC affiliate WICS Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (DMA 84). He will also oversee sales and other non-programming related services of WRSP (Fox) and WBUI (CW) in the same market pursuant to joint sales and shared services agreements.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: ABC O&O New Sites Push Video, Mobile

The new websites ABC Owned Television Stations have up and running are designed to keep pace as the media industry — and users’ news consumption habits — change. The new sites are localized for each of the group’s eight TV stations. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 2Q Revenue Up 45% To $404.2M

Sinclair Broadcast Group reported that in the three months ending March 31 its net broadcast revenues from continuing operations increased 44.7% to $404.2 million, versus $279.3 million in the prior year period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN 2Q Revenue Climbs 15% To $188.8 Million

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and TV station website revenues, increased 10% to $117.3 million compared to $107.1 million in the second quarter of 2013.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Selling WEVV For $18.6 Million

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has entered into a definitive agreement with Bayou City Broadcasting Evansville Inc. (BCBE) for the sale of WEVV, the CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. (DMA 104), $18.6 million.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Gannett Reorganizing, Buying Cars.com

Gannett Co. announced its plan to create two publicly traded companies — one exclusively focused on its broadcasting and digital businesses, and the other on its publishing business.…Continue Reading

JRN News Release: Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Operations, Spinning off Newspapers

Transaction will create two focused public companies, one built upon TV, the other newspapers.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Split: Tribune Co. Becomes Tribune Media Co.

With its newspaper division spinoff complete the company redefines itself and launches a new website, www.tribunemedia.com. Tribune Media comprises Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, WGN-AM Chicago and  Tribune  Real Estate.…Continue Reading

LA Times: Univision Ranked No. 1 Network Among Key Demo in July Sweeps

"Our programming keeps getting better because we focus on our community and issues relevant to our community. ... People are engaging more than they ever have before," Alberto Mier y Terán, the executive vice president of Univision Television Group, told the Los Angeles Times.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Graham Media Group 2Q Revenue Rises 10%

Graham Holdings Co. reported second quarter financial results that included a 10% increase in revenue at its television broadcasting division, formerly Post-Newsweek Stations. Revenue rose to $88.3 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Local Media Fiscal 4Q Rev Up 20%

Record digital/mobile advertising revenues and higher retransmission-related money drive the quarter’s revenue to $111 million. For the full fiscal year the Local Media Group’s revenue rose 7% to a record $403 million.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: ABC, 4C Insights Expand Alliance To Enhance Social, Sponsorships

ABC says it will use social data to customize and evaluate big marketing deals in an exclusive arrangement with social media company 4C Insights.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops

The E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two separately traded public companies.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC News Ups Haeringer To Intl. News EP

NBC News has promoted Madeleine Haeringer from executive producer of Richard Engel’s production unit, which produces both short-form and long-form pieces for all NBC News broadcasts and platforms, to executive producer of international news. In this new role, she will manage the editorial agenda for NBC’s foreign news coverage as well as continue to lead Engel’s unit. Haeringer is based in New York.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: KARE’s Eckert Wants Local News With Impact

Steve Eckert, a veteran TV newsman with stations and NBC news, was given the task of building an investigative unit at Gannett's NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  His plan involves producing stories so compelling that they “make viewers feel the same exhilaration that I felt when I found that smoking-gun document in the dusty basement of the courthouse.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: FCC Okays Modified Sinclair-Allbritton Deal

The FCC approved Sinclair Broadcast Group's  $985 million purchase of eight ABC affiliates in seven markets from Allbritton Communications, saying it was satisfied with changes Sinclair had made to comply with the agency's newly tightened local ownership rules.…Continue Reading

Variety: James Patterson Signs First-Look Deal with CBS TV

James Patterson Entertainment, the bestselling author’s namesake shingle, has closed a first-look deal for a multi-year first look deal with CBS Television Studios.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Creates New Sales Research Unit

Following up on what was a successful TV upfront ad sales period, NBCUniversal is creating a new advertising sales research unit.The new Advertising Sales Research and Strategy group will focus on cross-platform media — providing clients with more access to data-focused media analysis for the company’s two broadcast networks, 17 cable channels and more than 50 digital platforms.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Buys Stations in Flint, Toledo For $128M

Gray Television is buying ABC affiliates WJRT Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich. (DMA 68) and WTVG Toledo, Ohio (DMA 76) from SJL Holdings for approximately $128 million in cash, the publicly traded station group announced. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Taps Andy Alford As WFLA GM

Andy Alford is moving up the Media General ranks, becoming VP/GM of WFLA, the company's NBC affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (DMA 14) starting Aug. 1. He will also continue in his role as VP of Sales for Media General, a position he's held since June 1, the company says.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Names Jon Skorburg WOI GM/VP

Jon Skorburg, a veteran broadcaster will more than 30 years experience, has been named VP/GM of WOI, Nexstar's ABC affiliate in De Moines, Iowa, as well as digital properties including the community site WeAreIowa.com.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Univision News Expands Focus On Health

Univision News has launched several multiplatform initiatives aimed at giving Hispanic audiences direct access to the most current and reliable health-related information and resources. “Our multiplatform approach to health reporting speaks to our dedication to responsible health journalism and our commitment to keeping our community informed about crucial health issues,” said Isaac Lee, president of Univision News.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Launches American Sports Network

Sinclair Broadcast Group unveiled the American Sports Network, a collegiate sports initiative to be broadcast on a number of Sinclair’s television stations, and has entered into comprehensive sports rights agreements with a number of NCAA Division I conferences including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and Patriot League.…Continue Reading

The New York Times: Biggest Scorer in World Cup? Maybe Univision

The World Cup has been a record-breaking event for Univision, which has dominated its TV rivals in several of America’s largest cities — Los Angeles, Miami and Houston. It even won the New York market for some games.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: ABC Appoints Dean As First VP Of Programmatic And Data-Driven Sales

ABC on Thursday announced the appointment of Mike Dean as its vice president of programmatic and data-driven sales, a new position at the company.…Continue Reading

FTVLive: Match Made in Heaven! Sinclair Hires Sharyl Attkisson

Sinclair Broadcasting has hired former CBS Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson to work as an Investigative Reporter for the company.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBCU Taps Juliano as SVP, Consumer Product Strategy

Looking to push more TV Everywhere usage and business, NBCUniversal continues to hire more senior executives. Following the recent hire of Alison Moore, who became executive vice president and general manager of TV Everywhere, NBCU has now appointed Dina Juliano, as senior vice president of consumer product strategy.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox Stations Beef Up Local News In 9 Markets

Fox Television Stations will expand its local news offerings in nine markets this year: Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Washington; Atlanta; Minneapolis; Phoenix; Charlotte, N.C.; Memphis; and Austin, Texas. With the additions, which total 29½ hours, FTS will broadcast 885 hours of local news per week.…Continue Reading

WCPO.com: E.W. Scripps Co. Hires Twitter Sales Exec to Run Digital Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Team

The E.W. Scripps Co. is deepening its ties to Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community by hiring Twitter executive J.B. Kropp as vice president of digital strategy.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox and Cox to Swap 4 Stations in 3 Markets

Fox Television Stations and Cox Media Group (CMG) announced an agreement under which FTS will swap its Fox affiliated stations in Memphis (DMA 50) and Boston (DMA 7) for two Cox stations in San Francisco (DMA 6). …Continue Reading

MediaPost: Entravision Buys Pulpo Media, Enhances Digital Ad Capabilities

Spanish-language broadcaster Entravision has acquired Pulpo Media, which offers digital advertising services to reach Hispanics in the U.S. and Latin America, for $15 million plus up to $3 million in performance-based contingent payments, according to a joint announcement.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Buying WHTM For $83.4M

Media General is buying WHTM, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. (DMA 43), that the Sinclair Broadcast Group is spinning off from its $985 million acquisition of Allbritton Communications, it was announced by the parties.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: GetTV Signs Big Affiliation Deal With Sinclair

GetTV, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ multicast network, significantly increased its national distribution footprint announcing a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group that adds 33 TV markets to the classic movie diginet’s affiliate roster.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Completes Buy Of 5 Hoak/Gray TVs

Spun off from Gray's purchase of Hoak Media, the three stations and two satellites are the group’s first in Panama City, Fla., and Grand Junction, Colo. Nexstar got them for $33.5 million. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Completes Hoak-Prime Station Buy

To comply with the FCC's new local ownership rules, the broadcaster has shut down some stations, moving programming to subchannels, and hired the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council to find new owners for six stations it is giving up. Gray has now closed on all announced transactions, except for three stations in Montana for approximately $2  million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBCU Labs Seeks Future Of TV, Movies, Parks

Sanjay Macwan, head of NBCU’s new Media Labs, says a key to fostering technology innovation across the company's diverse range of holdings is to start by examining the five "anys" of consumer demands: "They expect any content, anytime, anywhere, on any device and by any means necessary." He also talks about where mobility and interactivity fit in and the sharing of technology with others.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox O&Os Adding Rentrak’s Local Ratings

Fox Television Stations signed a long-term agreement with Rentrak to acquire the ratings firm’s local market television ratings services for all Fox-owned television stations. This represents 28 stations across 18 markets.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Auburn-Raycom Team For Real-Time Training

Auburn University is in the middle of the competitive Columbus, Georgia DMA (127), which helped inspire a new partnership between its journalism school and Montgomery-based broadcaster Raycom Media. Raycom invested about $350,000 in equipment and expertise to create a studio near the Auburn campus. …Continue Reading

MediaPost: PointRoll To Add Video Viewability Tool

PointRoll, a Gannett company, announced plans to release a video viewability tool for marketers. The tool will report whether in-stream videos were viewable and will also capture the size of the publisher’s video player.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Paul Perozeni Tapped To Head WJW Cleveland

Tribune Broadcasting has named Paul Perozeni the VP-general manager of its Fox affiliate WJW Cleveland (DMA 19).  Perozeni's promotion is effective immediately and he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the station, including strategic planning and day-to-day operations. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Broadcasting Enters Into Definitive Agreements With Marshall Broadcasting Group For Sale Of Three Full-Powered Network Affiliated Stations

— Marshall to Launch New Local News and Sports Programming at the Stations as well as Minority Oriented Public Affairs Programming in Each Market —
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.  announced that it entered into definitive agreements with Marshall Broadcasting Group, Inc. (“MBG”) for the sale of three network affiliated stations (“the stations”) in three markets for $58.5 million. MBG intends to fund the station acquisitions through borrowings which Nexstar has agreed to guarantee.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Boosts Buildup For Belmont Stakes

Viewership interest in the Belmont essentially doubles when there's a horse entered with the chance of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ABC Plunges Into TV Upfront Market

Add ABC to the list of TV networks getting started in this year's upfront market. The Walt Disney outlet has begun conversations with advertisers and may even be doing a little business, according to an ad buyer and another person with knowledge of the pace of negotiations.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Cox Dayton Spawns Print-TV-Digital Reporter

The all-media journalist is the fastest-growing job in a newsroom that brought Cox Media Group’s print, television, radio and digital operations into one space and converged workflow in 2010. The AMJ also may have the widest ramifications for the profession at large as jobs disappear and individual responsibilities proliferate within newsrooms. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Plan Shot Down By FCC Fine Print

The FCC has all but slammed the door on a broadcast industry proposal that could have made it easier for TV station groups to introduce a new advanced television standard in the U.S., broadcast industry.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett: Social Plus TV To Drive Programming

“There’s an opportunity for us and other broadcasters to take advantage of the organic relationship between social media and television. The majority of our viewers have an Internet-enabled device within three feet of them when they are watching television.” -Gannett President David Lougee…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Steep Workflow Challenges At Cox Dayton

A recent reorganization of the newsroom has 70% of Cox Media Group’s staff working together on multimedia, just three years after newspaper, TV, radio and digital operations were combined. This Digital Deep Dive special report looks at the bold steps CMG has taken.…Continue Reading

TV by the Numbers: Bounce TV Grows Primetime Adults 25-54 Delivery by 74%, and Adults 18-49 by 67% in May

Bounce TV, the nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans, continued to rack up massive ratings and viewership gains in all key demographics across all dayparts in the just-completed May ratings period.…Continue Reading

LIN Media: LIN Media Announces 2014 Minority Broadcast and Digital Scholarship Recipients

LIN Media LLC announced N’Deea Lee as the recipient of its 2014 Minority Broadcast Scholarship and Training Program and Preston Yeung as the recipient of its 2014 Minority Digital Scholarship and Training Program. LIN Media's Minority Scholarship and Training Program is an integral part of the Company's strategy to strengthen its talent base and deepen connections within its local communities by building on the cultural diversity of its workforce.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Training Brings Social Uptick

Putting photos on Facebook posts and linking to stories in tweets may seem like Intro to Social Media for a newsroom, but Media General is finding that giving staffers a bit of formal training in those kind of site-specific maneuvers is paying off big.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Big Deals = Big Changes In Station Groups

The past 12 months have seen a frenzy of station acquisitions among the biggest television station group owners that resulted in five of last year’s top 25 companies leaving the list through mergers. They are Allbritton, Belo, LIN, Local TV and Young.…Continue Reading

HispanicAd.com: 2014 Post HISPANIC Upfront Television Guide [Report]

The fastest growing Spanish language portfolio in the U.S.…Continue Reading

Spots 'n Dots: Nexstar Expands Digital Portfolio

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has acquired the stock of Enterprise Technology Group (ETG), a provider of cloud-based content management, engagement and monetization solutions. …Continue Reading

B & C: ABC Owned Stations Launch New Websites

In another illustration of the growing importance of mobile traffic, Disney/ABC Television Group has unveiled new web sites at its owned TV stations that offer a much better experience for users accessing the sites from a variety of different devices.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS Working On 24-Hour Digital News Ch.

CBS Corp. Chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves says his company is in the “early stages” of developing a 24-hour digital news network, an effort being overseen by David Rhodes. Moonves announced that the digital channel would be “an exciting alternative to cable news.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Buys 6 London Broadcasting Stations

The $215 million deal for the Texas stations breaks down to two ABC and Fox affils and one each from CBS and NBC, with an additional NBC affil on a subchannel. After closing, London COO Phil Hurley will continue to run the stations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Kimberley Harris Named To NAB TV Board

Kimberley Harris, NBCUniversal executive vice president and general counsel, has been chosen to assume the NBC network seat on the NAB TV Board of Directors effective immediately, NAB announced on Tuesday. The seat was previously held by Meredith Baker, who was recently named president-CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ABC Pitches Disney Synergy For Turnaround

ABC plans to begin testing a new level of data-driven ad sales for its online video inventory this summer, according to the network, in the latest step by TV networks toward programmatic ad selling and buying.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: Telemundo Boosts World Cup Rights, New President in Upfront Presentation

NBCUniversal's Telemundo is taking a victory lap for its World Cup acquisition back in 2011 during the upfront this season. Sitting in the driver's seat during that lap is newly announced network president Luis Silberwasser.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Making Bigger Better For Nexstar's News

Over the past five years, Nexstar has poured $78 million into improving its expanding TV news operations, which today comprise 39 newsrooms producing for 70 stations. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 1Q TV Station Revenue Grows 5.4%

The E.W. Scripps Co. today reported that its television station revenues in the first quarter of 2014 were up 5.4% to $102 million, driven by strong local advertising, retransmission revenue growth and higher-than-expected political advertising revenue of $2.7 million as well as $1.7 million in incremental 2014 Winter Olympics advertising on its three NBC-affiliated stations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Entravision TV Revenue Up 8% In 1Q

 Entravision Communications Corp. reported first quarter television segment revenue of $37.7 million, an increase of 7.9% from the same period in 2013.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS TV Stations’ 1Q Rev Dips 5% To $626M

CBS Corp.’s Local Broadcasting (which includes TV and radio stations) revenues for the first quarter of 2014 decreased 2% to $626 million from $638 million for the same prior-year period.
The drop was due, in part, to comparisons that included revenue from CBS’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 (this year’s game was on Fox), as well as two fewer NCAA Tournament games on CBS during the first quarter of 2014 versus the same prior-year period. However, the decline was partially offset by growth in retransmission revenues.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television 1Q Rev Climbs 17% To $91M

Gray Television total revenue increased $13.1 million, or 17%, to $91.3 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013. The increase, the company said, was primarily due to increases in local advertising revenue and retransmission consent revenue, as well as an expected increase in political advertising revenue.…Continue Reading

The Hill: Broadcast Giant Forms PAC

Broadcast industry giant Sinclair Broadcasting Group is forming a PAC, according to paperwork recently filed with Federal Election Commission.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 1Q Net Rev Up 19% to Record $134M

Nexstar Broadcasting Group reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31 that included a 19.3% gain in net revenue to $133.8 million, up from $112.2 million a year earlier — a record, according to Nexstar.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Block Seeks Limited FCC Retrans Intervention

The FCC should crack down on larger broadcasters and cable operators alike when they abuse their power by making unreasonable demands during retransmission consent negotiations — or so says Block Communications Inc.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Buys Three Montana Stations

Gray Television Inc. announced that it is buying three network-affiliated television stations in Montana for approximately $2,000,000.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 1Q Revenue Climbs 47.8%

Sinclair Broadcast Group reported today that in the three months ended March 31 its net broadcast revenues from continuing operations increased 47.8% to $373.9 million, versus $252.9 million in the prior year period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LeDuff Gets National Beat For Fox Stations

Charlie LeDuff was named national news correspondent for Fox Television Stations (FTS). In addition to leading a series of national news reports on all Fox O&Os called The Americans with Charlie LeDuff, he will continue his role as investigative reporter for Fox’s WJBK Detroit.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Post-Newsweek TV Stations' Revs Grow 24%

Higher winter Olympic TV advertising, retransmission fees and political advertising boosted Graham Holdings' Post-Newsweek TV stations in the first quarter. Revenues grew 24% to $85.7 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Adds North And South Dakota TVs

Gray Television Inc. closed previously announced transactions that add television stations in North and South Dakota to its portfolio — KEVN and its satellite station KIVV from Mission TV. These stations serve as the Fox affiliate for the Rapid City, S.D., market.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal 1Q TV Revenue Up 12.6% To $46M

Journal Communications today announced results for its first quarter that were powered by a 12.6% increase in television revenue, to $46 million, up from $40.8 million in the same period of 2013. …Continue Reading

TVSpy: Hearst Television VP of Sales Kathleen Keefe to Retire

Kathleen Keefe, the vice president of sales at Hearst Television, will retire at the end of the year. “Kathleen has provided great leadership and mentorship not only to our sales efforts, but our company,” said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. …Continue Reading

MediaPost: Media General Revs Spike To 16%, Digital Soars 33%

Bolstered by its merger with Young Broadcasting last year, Media General witnessed sharply higher first-quarter financial results. The combined company's net operating revenue improved 16% to $147 million, with operating income rising to $19.3 million from $12.8 million. Net income almost doubled to $5.4 million from $3.0 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

Here's a quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN 1Q Revenue Climbs 18% To $166M

LIN Media today reported results for its first quarter that included an 18% gain in net revenue to $166.2 million, compared to $141 million in the first quarter of 2013.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Retrans, Ads Send Meredith TV Revs Soaring 14.5%

Strong core TV station advertising revenue as well as higher retrans fees-related revenues helped contribute to double-digit gains for Meredith Corp.'s Local Media Group, its television stations and a video content creation group during its fiscal 2014 third-quarter period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar To Issue Quarterly Cash Dividend

Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s board of directors today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of its Class A common stock. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Hires Moelis To Help Sell Stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it has engaged Moelis & Co. as its financial adviser in connection with the company’s potential sale of CBS affiliate WHP (CBS) in Harrisburg, Pa., together with the right to provide services to WLYH (CW) Harrisburg, WMMP (MNT) Charleston, S.C., and WABM (MNT) Birmingham, Ala.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Gray Television Launches LocalX Marketing, Helps Ad Clients Utilize Digital

Gray is launching LocalX Marketing in two phases. The first phase will bring digital marketing services to 19 markets, with a second phase extending to the rest of the company’s markets by the end of this year.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Pete Marquardt Named GM Of WGBA-WACY

The former GM of WJFW Wausau-Rhinelander, Wis., succeeds Joe Poss as head of Journal’s NBC and MNT Wisconsin duopoly.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Crafting The Rebirth Of NBC’s TV Stations

Valari Staab, the president of the NBC Owned Television Stations, took over management of the 10 stations a few years back. Her bosses also gave her the charge of improving the group and money to do so. She talks about how her investment in investigative reporters, helicopters, additional newscasts, new facilities and other resources has paid off. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Jane Pauley To Join CBS News

Bob Schieffer broke the news during his annual Schieffer Symposium on the News at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth that longtime NBC journalist Jane Pauley will join CBS News Sunday Morning as a contributor.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: James Goldston To Head ABC News

The former SVP for content and development at ABC News is promoted to succeed Ben Sherwood who recently was upped to co-president, Disney/ABC Television Group.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Names Geiger GM Of Hartford Duo

Tribune Co.  announced the appointment of Chris Geiger as VP-GM of its WTIC (Fox) and WCCT (CW) in Hartford, Conn. (DMA 30). He succeeds Richard Graziano, who left to become GM of Tribune’s WPIX New York.…Continue Reading

TVSpy: Granite Broadcasting to Launch OTA Broadcast Service for Tablets

Granite Broadcasting and Motive Television have teamed up to bring over the air TV to tablets. The new venture, called Tablet Television, will launch as a beta test at Granite’s San Francisco Bay Area station KOFY summer 2014 with a full launch planned in the fall.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Mulls Programmatic TV/Digital Upfront Deals

NBCU would be the biggest TV-media content company to consider using programmatic/automated systems — where advertisers can purchase target audiences across multiple media platforms, TV networks and digital TV platforms.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Affils Get Briefed On TV Everywhere Plan

A day after NBCUniversal announced the rollout of its TV Everywhere platform, affiliates are starting to ramp up for getting onboard in the fall. The logistics and costs associated with participating in the network’s TV Everywhere initiative topped discussion at a closed-door affiliates meeting in Las Vegas, according to Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb, chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox Affils Like What They Hear From Network

“There were things that they showed us today that I think makes us optimistic and confident that Fox is going to get this thing turned around and we’ll get back to a position of dominance that they and we have enjoyed for so long,” said Jeff Rosser, chairman of the Fox affiliates board,  after the closed-door session during the NAB Show. He is also group VP of television at Raycom Media.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Sets Online Talent Search For Comedy Writers

NBC is launching a national talent search for comedy writers. The initiative dubbed "NBC Comedy Playground" will give up to 10 finalists the chance to create pilots and a formal presentation.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Hearst Taps Anvato For Streaming Ad Insertion

The technology will allow Hearst stations to insert user-targeted ads via their existing digital ad servers, including local and national spots. This means they can automatically replace original broadcast ads throughout their live video streams with broadcast-style ad pods specific to local markets.…Continue Reading

MediaBistro: Nexstar Names Derek Jeffery GM of KGET

“Localism is our top priority at Nexstar and Derek brings a unique home town understanding of the local Bakersfield community to his new role at KGET-TV. His efforts and initiatives have fostered long-term relationships with local advertisers and community businesses and he has been a key contributor to the station’s success in the market,” Nexstar COO Brian Jones said in a statement.…Continue Reading

TVSpy: Media General Names Don Pratt GM of WCBD

“We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcast leader to WCBD,” Bob Peterson, VP of broadcast markets for Media General said in a statement. “Don understands the Charleston market from a news perspective and what drives its audience.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Revises Hoak Buy, Gets Partial FCC OK

Gray Television has received FCC approval to acquire six full-power TV stations and one low-power station (along with five satellite stations) in six markets from Hoak Media, the publicly traded Gray announced last night.…Continue Reading

Wisdom Digital Media: Hearst Television Rolls Out Anvato's Digital Ad Insertion Technology for Live Streaming

Hearst Television has deployed new digital ad insertion (DAI) technology for live streaming at more than 20 of its TV stations. Unveiled in March, Anvato's unique server-side technology enables broadcasters to use the same live linear adaptive bitrate (ABR) streams on every screen, while allowing them to insert unique, user-targeted ads via their existing digital ad server. …Continue Reading

MediaPost: Broadcasters Debut Pearl, Interactive TV Tested In 3 Trial Market

Major TV broadcasters are starting up a locally based interactive TV trial in three markets which will deliver enhanced content and advertising during local TV newscasts.Stations participating in the trial include WSB (Cox), WGCL (Meredith) and WXIA (Gannett) in Atlanta; WOIO (Raycom), WEWS (Scripps) and WKYC (Gannett) in Cleveland; WKMG (Post-Newsweek), WFTV (Cox) and WESH (Hearst) in Orlando.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Two New Diginets To Launch This Summer

The new Katz Broadcasting plans to launch Escape, aimed at women, and Grit, which will target men. Both will debut on the Univision Television Group, covering 30% of the U.S.…Continue Reading

Variety: Longtime Univision Host Raul Gonzalez to Host Variety Show for Telemundo

“We are thrilled to have one of the top TV personalities in Spanish language television join Telemundo’s exclusive talent roster,” said Jesus Torres Viera, exec VP of programming for Telemundo Network. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst Television Expands Political Coverage

Hearst Television Inc. announced it is renewing and expanding its biennial pledge to devote extensive coverage of elections in 25 TV markets this year under a “Commitment 2014” banner.…Continue Reading

Robert Feder: WGN Gets New TV Boss From Cleveland

Moving up from the 19th largest market to the third is Greg Easterly, a 17-year veteran of WJW-TV, Cleveland’s Fox affiliate. Tribune Co. picked up WJW last December as part of its $2.7 billion acquisition of 16 stations owned by Local TV Holdings. Easterly spent his first 10 years at the station as news director before he was named general manager in 2007. His promotion to WGN was announced  by Larry Wert, president of Tribune Broadcast Media. …Continue Reading

The Wrap: Cynthia McFadden Jumps From ABC to NBC News, Juju Chang to Replace Her on ‘Nightline’

“Nightline” has appointed Juju Chang as co-anchor, replacing Cynthia McFadden, who is exiting the ABC News series in order to join NBC News. ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced Chang's elevation in a note to the news division, saying that the “vital member of the ‘Nightline’ team for many years” will assume the co-anchor role effective immediately.…Continue Reading

Deadline: Incoming Disney/ABC TV Group President Ben Sherwood On Getting The Big Job, His Learning Curve & ABC Topper Paul Lee

It has been a whirlwind of three months for Ben Sherwood. In December, he signed a new long-term contract with ABC News, which he had led since December 2010. Now he has been given the keys to a much bigger Disney TV kingdom, named the successor to Anne Sweeney as co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media Gen/LIN To Sell Or Swap In 5 Markets

Before they can close their proposed $1.6 merger, Media General and LIN Media will have to sell or swap stations in five markets to comply with FCC rules limiting common ownership of more than one station in a market, Media General CEO George Mahoney told securities analysts following the announcement of the mega-deal.…Continue Reading

Reuters: Media General To Buy Broadcaster LIN Media For $1.6 Bln

Media General Inc said it would buy LIN Media LLC for $1.6 billion to create a broadcaster reaching nearly a quarter of U.S. households with a television.…Continue Reading

The Hollywood Reporter: Fox Networks Promotes Two Executives

Jessica Fang will oversee relationships and negotiating agreements with distributors covering all of the company's platforms, including Fox's 44 O&O's. David Espinosa's new role includes negotiation, implementation and administration of affiliation and retransmission consent agreements.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Telemundo, Chevy Bow Sports Reality Web Show

Chevrolet and Telemundo are producing a new digital sports reality series, “La Cueva de la Fiera” (“Cave of the Beast”) hosted on the Telemundo Web site.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Buys Internet Broadcasting Systems

The television station group is paying $20 million to acquire the digital services provider. Its products include websites, a digital publishing platform, original and syndicated content, as well as one of the largest digital advertising agencies.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Warren Buffett Buys Post-Newsweek’s WPLG

Graham Holdings Co. and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle for Berkshire to acquire Graham’s WPLG Miami (DMA 16).…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Reports Strong 4Q, Full-Year Results

In the quarter, local ad revenue increased 13%, to $57 million; national was up 7%, to $16.2 million; Internet ad revenue grew 6%, to $7.0 million; while retransmission consent revenue increased 35%, to $11.5 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 4Q Core TV Station Rev Down 24.2%

Political disparity is the big culprit. Core local and national television advertising revenue rose 17%, retrans grew 42% and digital revenue was up 7.9%.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal’s 4Q TV Rev -13%, +9% For Year

Excluding political and Olympics revenue, same-station core revenue increased 11% in the quarter. Same-station local was up 2%, while same-station national grew 0.7%. 4Q Retrans grew from $2.9 million to $5.9 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Names Dir. Of Local Content In East

Former news director Christopher Berg will to lead cross-platform content development in Nexstar’s West region markets. Jerry Walsh has the same responsibilities for the company’s Eastern markets.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Makes Two Executive Appointments

Sinclair Broadcast Group promoted David B. Amy to executive vice president and chief operating officer from executive vice president and chief financial officer, and named Christopher Ripley chief financial officer, effective April 2.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media Gen: Digital Rev Growth Everyday Job

Andy Lobred, Media General's VP of digital media, is on a mission to boost digital to 10% of his company's overall revenue. His solution: Staffing stations with digital-only sellers and diversifying digital products. In an interview with NetNewsCheck, Lobred explains how he holds on to effective digital sellers, weighs in on programmatic buying and talks about expanding digital marketing services business into all of its markets.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Nexstar Broadcasting Rockets Local Advertising, Retrans Revs

After a big year of TV station acquisitions, mid-size TV station group Nexstar Broadcasting posted a nearly 20% rise in revenue in the fourth quarter. Revenue was $138.1 million for the Irving, Texas-based company. Nexstar results came from realizing benefits from TV station acquisitions that were completed in 2013.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBC News Goes Native, Produces And Airs :30s For Xerox

NBCU described the content as “original video” featuring “30-second snapshots of the day’s headlines, produced by and curated for each network audience, including ‘Why does the price of gas fluctuate?,’ ‘Are Black Holes dangerous?’ and ‘How should you analyze your golf round?  People today consume content on the go. They want easy, digestible information to become better informed about wide-ranging topics,” said Seth Winter, executive vice president, News and Sports Advertising Sales Group, NBCUniversal. …Continue Reading

TV NewsCheck: Sinclair Broadcast Group: Big Plans, Big Role

The Baltimore super group grows dramatically in size and industry influence. With the great expansion, Sinclair has moved to the top ranks of TV broadcasting and earned its recognition as TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year for 2014. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Developing Live 4 P.M. Show For Fall

Station group E. W. Scripps is developing an original daytime program for fall 2014 to air on eight of its stations.The news-oriented program will have nationally focused content and some local content. It will air on ABC affiliate KNXV Phoenix and NBC affiliate KSHB Kansas City, Mo. and six other Scripps stations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Expands Minority Training Program

LIN Media has expanded the eligibility for its Minority Scholarship and Training Program to both sophomores and juniors, and is now accepting applications until March 31. The company will award one broadcast television scholarship/internship and one digital media scholarship/internship in May, to commence this summer.…Continue Reading

SportTechBlog: NBC-owned Stations Step Up Sochi Presence, Tie Into NBC News Channel And Network News, Share Content

The 10 NBC-owned news properties have about 25 people on-site and are sharing an Avid Interplay server system, making it easy for everyone to share interviews, clips, and other content without having to use drives and tapes (although a couple of stations are using Grass Valley Edius, which requires content to be dumped on a drive for transfer the good old-fashioned way). And, once packages are completed and ready to be shipped home, the Latakoo file-transport system is used to compress and transfer the content.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal Names Joe Poss GM Of WTMJ

Journal Broadcast Group has named Joe Poss vice president and general manager of NBC affiliate WTMJ Milwaukee (DMA 34). The appointment is effective Feb. 17.…Continue Reading

The Daily Record: Sinclair Has A Shot At Gold

Sinclair has never benefited from Olympics-related revenue in the past, but has acquired multiple NBC stations since the 2012 Olympic Games and now expects $3.6M in revenue related to the air of 2014 Winter Olympics.…Continue Reading

Hollywood Reporter: Leslie Moonves Predicts Soaring CBS Retrans Revenue, Long-term Football Prospects

In announcing record results for CBS Corp. in the final quarter of 2013 and for the full year, an ebullient CEO Leslie Moonves pointed to two $2 billion announcements.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Posts Gain In 4Q, 2013 Revenue

Sinclair Broadcast Group today reported fourth quarter net broadcast revenues from continuing operations rose 33.2% to $382.3 million, versus $287.1 million in the prior year period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara

Quincy Newspapers Inc., a private, family-owned media company headquartered in Quincy, Ill., will be adding nine stations in four markets to its broadcasting portfolio.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Moving KRON Operations

Media General plans to move the operations of KRON, its MyNetworkTV affiliate in San Francisco (DMA 6), to another building in San Francisco. Media General said that it has reached agreement with ABC-owned KGO to sublease space for KRON’s operations.…Continue Reading

LIN Media Press Release: LIN Media Appoints Jordan Hoffner as Chief Executive Officer of Federated Media

Digital and Content Marketing Leader to Strategically Direct Next Chapter of Innovation and Growth.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Raycom Eyes Diversification With Digital Biz

The broadcaster, with its new Raycom Innovation Group, is using digital solutions to confront new challenges to its core business. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Buying Granite TVs In Buffalo, Detroit

The E.W. Scripps Co. reaffirmed its commitment to broadcasting, acquiring ABC affiliate WKBW Buffalo (DMA 52) and MNT affiliate WMYD Detroit (DMA 11) from Granite Broadcasting for $110 million.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Post-Newsweek Hones Digital Targeting

Project Identity has the station group's digital team collecting more data about online and mobile subscribers with a plan to use it to better target content and advertising.…Continue Reading

Multichannel News: Univision Steps Up Its TV Everywhere Presence With TWC, Bright House

Bolstering its TV Everywhere affililiate and content roster, Univision is making fare from its suite of networks available to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks digital subscribers.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Media 4Q Net Rev -6%, Full Year +18%

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and TV station website revenues, increased 14% in the fourth quarter to $115.8 million, while national revenue rose 10% to $36 million. Those gains were offset by a plunge in political from $46 million to $3 million.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Meredith Magazine Revenues Slip, TV Jumps

Meredith Corp. is moving to expand its local TV portfolio, with the acquisition of KTVK and KASW in Phoenix and KMOV in St. Louis. …Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: IB Signs Agency Deal With Journal Broadcast

Internet Broadcasting Systems Inc. will provide digital advertising operations impacting Journal Broadcast Group’s 13 television and 35 radio stations across the United States in a gradual rollout.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Bullish On Buying StationsNBC TV Rev +11.5% In 4Q, -13% For Year

CEO Stephen Lacy tells analysts that it intends to "continue to grow its television footprint" and would not be put off by a negative Supreme Court decision in the Aereo case.…Continue Reading

Yahoo! Finance: LIN Media Announces Agreement to Acquire Federated Media

Expands digital media portfolio with industry-leading digital content marketing & publishing company.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC TV Rev +11.5% In 4Q, -13% For Year

The full-year drop is primarily due to the lack of Super Bowl and Olympics revenue. Factor that out and 2013 was up 5%, due mostly to increased retrans money.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Ibra Morales Named President Of MundoFox

Fox International Channels (FIC) and the RCN Television Group (RCN) today named Ibra Morales as president of MundoFox, effective immediately.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Debra O’Connell To Head ABC National Sales

ABC executive Debra O’Connell has been promoted to president of ABC National Television Sales, it was announced today by Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. She succeeds John Watkins, who previously announced that he will retire at the end of January.…Continue Reading

Yahoo! Finance: Journal Broadcast Group Names Turner, Wexler Executive Vice Presidents of Television, Radio

Journal Broadcast Group, the broadcast business of Journal Communications, Inc. (JRN), today announced organizational changes to its leadership team reflecting the group’s focus on its two primary businesses: Television and Radio. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Increases Quarterly Dividend by 25%

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that its board of directors approved a 25% increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.15 per share of its Class A common stock beginning with the dividend declared for the first quarter of 2014.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom, Bellum Plan Two New Strips

Raycom Media and Bellum Entertainment have announced two new weekly series for 2014: Fix It & Finish It and Flip My Food. …Continue Reading

The New York Times: NBC’s News Unit Teams With Video Start-Up NowThis News

Broadcasting executives realize that viewers increasingly get their news by glancing on their smartphones instead of spending a half-hour in front of the television.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Names Clements COO, Broadcasting

Former Belo media executive Kathy Clements will work with Lynda King and report to Larry Wert in overseeing the station group.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal Broadcast Reaches Retrans Deals

“We are very pleased that subscribers in these nine markets (Milwaukee (WTMJ); Green Bay/Appleton, Wis. (WGBA and WACY); Lansing, Mich. (WSYM); Nashville (WTVF), Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho (KIVI, KNIN, and KSAW); Omaha, Neb. (KMTV); Tucson, Ariz. (KGUN/KWBA); and Las Vegas (KTNV) will continue to receive our stations’ great network programming, as well as the important local news, weather and sports programming we provide in each of our markets,” said Andre Fernandez, president-CFO of Journal Communications.…Continue Reading

Gannett Names New Broadcasting Team

David Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, welcomed the newly acquired Belo stations to his company’s fold and announced a new executive team. The company closed on the $2.2 billion deal on Dec. 23.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Hubbard Makes Measured Moves In Digital

In an interview with NetNewsCheck,  Paul Anderson,, director of corporate IT for Hubbard Broadcasting’s TV group, talks about his goals for 2014 and hedging the company's bets in a changing media world.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst's Barrett Passes Baton To Wertlieb

In a state-of-the-corporation memo to employees, Hearst Corp. CEO Steven Swartz unceremoniously announced that the transition already took place at the end of 2013.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Closes Local TV Holdings Purchase

Tribune Company announced that it has completed the final steps necessary to close its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings LLC, the single biggest TV station transaction of 2013. The deal creates the largest combined independent broadcast group and content creator in the country, according to Tribune.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Buying Three Stations From Gannett

For $407.5 million, Meredith is getting KMOV St. Louis and KTVK-KASW Phoenix that Gannett is acquiring in its purchase of Belo Corp.Continue Reading

Reuters: U.S. Clears Gannett Purchase of Belo Minus One TV Station

Gannett Co Inc can move ahead with its purchase of Belo Corp as long as the deal does not include KMOV-TV, a St. Louis television station, antitrust enforcers at the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.Continue Reading

Variety: E.W. Scripps Acquires Internet-Video News Firm Newsy for $35 Mil

The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns 19 local TV stations and newspapers in 13 markets, has acquired digital-video news provider Newsy for $35 million as part of its strategy to build a national brand, the company announced.Continue Reading

Reuters: Meredith CEO on the Hunt For More TV Stations

Media company Meredith Corp plans to aggressively grow its local TV station group through acquisitions that could eventually lead to a spin-off, the company's chief executive officer said in an interview with Reuters.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Entravision Initiates Quarterly Cash Dividend

Entravision Communications Corp. announced that its board of directors has approved the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders and has declared an initial quarterly cash dividend of $0.025 per share of the Company's Class A, Class B and Class U common stock, in an aggregate amount of approximately $2.2 million.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Chris Cornelius Joins Morgan Murphy Media

The veteran TV executive is tapped to be director of business development. Most recently he was president-COO of Barrington Broadcasting Group.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Bounce TV Sets More Renewals, New Markets

African-American multicast network Bounce TV announced  another round of network renewals by current affiliates and launches by new ones.Continue Reading

NewsCast Studio: Gannett Stations Switch to USA Today Look Online

A select number of Gannett stations have debuted new websites that use the same look and feel as its parent company's flagship newspaper USA Today.Continue Reading

Raycom Media: Raycom Media Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Set To Retire

Raycom Media announced that Wayne Daugherty, Executive Vice President /Chief Operating Officer, will retire effective December 31, 2013, after 44 years in the television industry.…Read More

Media Bistro: Univision Names Lourdes Torres VP of Regional News

Lourdes Torres has been named vice president of regional news for Univision News. In her new role, she will continue in her current role as director of special projects and add oversight for all programming on Univision O&Os.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Named TVN's Station Group Of Year

The award from TVNewsCheck recognizes the company’s deep faith in broadcasting and its status as a technology leader through its championing a new broadcast standard and new uses for TV spectrum.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General, Dish Reach Retrans Accord

Media General and Dish Network announced they have reached an agreement for carriage of Media General’s television stations in 17 markets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.Continue Reading

HuffPost:TV Station Owner Gives $500 To Each Employee Just Because

Griffin Communications, the owner of CBS stations KWTV and KQCW in Oklahoma, decided to give $500 to every employee at the company for no other reason than, "why not?"Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Shareholders OK Young Merger

Shareholders of Media General approved the company’s merger with New Young Broadcasting Holding Co. at a special meeting. Shareholders voted to reclassify one-for-one each outstanding share of Media General’s Class A and Class B common stock into a newly created class of common stock, thereby eliminating Media General’s dual-class stock structure.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Disney Fiscal 4Q Broadcasting Rev. Up 2%

Broadcast revenue rose to $1.37 billion. Overall, the company’s net income was $1.39 billion, or 77 cents per share. That's up from $1.24 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the same months a year ago. Revenue grew 7% to $11.57 billion.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 3Q Core Spot Revenue Up 7.5%

The E.W. Scripps Co. reported third quarter television station revenue down 20.8% compared to the same quarter last year due to the dearth of political advertising, which fell from $33.9 million to $1 million. However, core spot revenue (excluding political) rose 7.5% quarter-over-quarter, with national spot ($27.4 million) up 5.4% and local ($54.6 million) up 5%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS TV Stations’ 3Q Revenue Falls 6%

CBS Corp. reported its best-ever third quarter results in the period ended Sept. 30. “CBS’s third quarter proves once again why content is king,” said Sumner Redstone, executive chairman, CBS Corp. “Our programming is becoming more valuable all the time as we continue to take advantage of the ever-expanding multiplatform world.”Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Entravision 3Q Television Revenue Down 3%

Entravision Communications Corp. reported third quarter television segment revenue of $39,747,000, a 2.9% decrease from $40,903,000 in the same period a year earlier. Lower political and retransmission consent revenue, coupled with increased operating expenses  are the culprits.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar To Pay $87.5M For 7 Grant Stations

The price tag for seven Fox and CW affiliates in four markets — Roanoke, Huntsville, Quad Cities and La Crosse — represents a buyer's muliple of just 5X, says Nexstar. With the deal, Nexstar's portfolio swells to 102 stations in 54 markets reaching approximately 15.5% of all U.S. TV homes.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Media 3Q Net Revenue Climbs

LIN TV Corp. reported results for its third quarter ended Sept. 30 that included a 25% gain in net revenue to $163.1 million, compared to $133.1 million in the third quarter of 2012. Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and television station website revenues, increased 44% to $105.5 million, compared to $73.1 million in the third quarter of 2012.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Posts Gain In 3Q Revenue

Sinclair Broadcast Group reported net broadcast revenues from continuing operations rose 34.7% to $303.0 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, versus $225.0 million in the prior year period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Buying Yellowstone Stations

Gray purchased a 99% non-voting interest in Yellowstone for $23 million and began operating the Yellowstone stations pursuant to a local marketing agreement. Subject to receipt of regulatory and other approvals, Gray will acquire voting control of Yellowstone in a subsequent transaction that is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014.…Continue Reading

TVTechnology: NBC Fires Up Olympics Website

NBC lit up NBCOlympics.com, its Games-dedicated website,100 days from the start of the Sochi Winter Games, which begin Feb. 6. The site will serve as the preeminent destination for Olympics content and the exclusive home of Olympic video coverage, featuring, for the first time, live streaming coverage of all Winter Games competition, plus event rewinds and extensive video highlights.…Continue Reading

SCHURZ Release: KOTA TV Sale Agreement Announced

Dr. William F. Duhamel announced to employees today that Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises has entered into a binding Asset Purchase Agreement to sell KOTA-TV and its three satellite television stations (KDUH-TV, Scottsbluff, NE; KHSD-TV, Lead-Deadwood, SD; and KSGW-TV, Sheridan, WY) to Schurz Communications, Inc of South Bend, Indiana.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General 3Q Spot Rev Down 16.4%

Drop is due to lack of Olympics and political advertising; factoring that out, core local and national sales increased 7.6%. Retrans money grew 41%, while digital revenue was up 21%.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal’s Same-Station 3Q TV Rev Up 2.2%

Journal Communications today announced that in the third quarter of 2013 its television station revenue of increased 2.2% to $39.8 million. Excluding political and Olympic revenue of $11.3 million in 2012, revenue from television stations increased 42.8%, or 5% on a same-station basis.
Local advertising revenue increased 40.9%, or 2% on a same-station basis, largely due to increases in automotive and supermarket advertising.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Belo 3Q Rev -5.7%, +3% Without Political

Belo Corp. reports total revenue of $166 million in the third quarter of 2013, which was $10 million, or 5.7%, lower than the third quarter of 2012 as the company cycled against political revenue, which was $15 million less than the third quarter of 2012, and $13.4 million of non-returning Olympics revenue on the company’s NBC-affiliated television stations in the third quarter of 2012. Total revenue excluding political in the third quarter of 2013 was 3.1% higher than the third quarter of 2012.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of its Class A common stock.…Continue Reading

Variety: Univision 3Q Revenue Up But Profit Drops

Univision Communications’s third quarter net revenues rose 10.1% to $692.7 million from $628.9 million in 2012, it reported Thursday. Among its various units, TV revenues grew; radio was flat and digital revs dropped.…Continue Reading

Press Release: Meredith Corporation Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Results

Meredith reports that they're off to a strong start in fiscal 2014, with revenues up.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Deploys LiveU Bonded Cellular Across Group

Raycom Media has deployed LiveU bonded cellular products across its entire group, including LU70 backpacks and the LU-Smart app for smartphones which lets reporters in the field fire up an app from their device and go live immediately.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Revamps Ad Division, 6 Named EVP

NBCUniversal TV advertising business is restructuring around four areas -- all in an effort to give advertisers “scale” that gets tougher to come by.…Continue Reading

LA Times: Univision, Time Warner Cable Strike New Distribution Deal

Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications and Time Warner Cable have signed a new, multiyear distribution deal that includes carriage of several of Univision's new networks including the highly anticipated El Rey Network. …Continue Reading

LIN Media Announces the Retirement of Scott Blumenthal, EVP Television

LIN Media LLC (“LIN Media” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LIN) announced today that Scott Blumenthal, Executive Vice President Television, will retire on December 31, 2013, after a distinguished 30-­‐year career with the Company. Jay Howell, the Company’s current Vice President Regional Television, has been named Mr. Blumenthal’s successor. Effective January 1, 2014, Mr. Howell will assume the position of Vice President Television.Continue Reading

USA Today: Belo Shareholders Approve Deal With Gannett

Shares of Gannett jumped about 4% Wednesday after the media company cleared a major hurdle in its quest to nearly double its TV business. Dallas-based Belo said that its shareholders voted in a special meeting to approve a deal for Gannett to acquire Belo for $13.75 a share - or about $1.5 billion in cash - and assume $715 million of Belo's debt. The deal needed a two-thirds majority of the votes to be approved.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: News-Press & Gazette Buys Three Stations

The News-Press & Gazette Company has purchased three stations from the Cowles California Media Company, subject to approvals from the Federal Communications Commission. Stations that News-Press & Gazette purchased include, KION (CBS) and KMUV (Telemundo) in Monterey-Salinas, Calif., and Fox affiliate KKFX Santa Barbara, Calif.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Making The Most Of Multimedia Synergies

The division of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises that comprises 14 TV stations, 57 radio stations and eight dailies is enjoying the fruits of cross-media synergy, according to Bill Hoffman, president of the division in an interview with TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell.Continue Reading

Multichannel News: Next TV Summit: ABC Sets Big Goals for ‘Watch ABC’ App

The Disney/ABC Television Group has a big goal in mind for “Watch ABC,” the authenticated service that provides access to ABC’s full 24-hour feed on iOS devices, Kindle Fire tablets and on the Web at WatchABC.com. Continue Reading

The Wrap: ‘Under the Dome’ CBS, Amazon Deal Renewed

CBS and Amazon hope viewers will stay under the influence of “Under the Dome” in Season 2: the companies are renewing a deal that will allow fans to keep watching episodes online, four days after they air on CBS.Continue Reading

Media Post: NBC Partners With Electus To Develop Telenovelas

“We believe there is huge potential for telenovelas to be adapted and developed for American viewers,” stated NBC entertainment chief Jennifer Salke. “These stories clearly have resonance across all cultures and nationalities.”Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Stations Launch On Syncbak Platform

Gray Television today begins offering access to all of its Big Four affiliated stations on the Syncbak app. As a result, in-market consumers who download the mobile Syncbak app to their tablets or smartphones may now watch their local Gray station during time periods when the channels broadcast their licensed programming.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom, Auburn U. In Journalism Collaborationation, Broad Reach Is Our “Special Sauce”

Raycom Media and Auburn University’s school of communication and journalism unveiled a partnership to train multimedia student journalists. Professors at the Alabama school and Raycom Media professionals will work with students in a convergent newsroom to reinforce classroom lessons with live reporting experiences. The partnership will allow Journalism and Communication School majors to have hands-on learning experiences in a state-of-the-art studio.Continue Reading

Magid Morning Facts: NBCU CEO: Platform Combination, Broad Reach Is Our “Special Sauce”

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke is the man in charge of pulling off a colossal wager. With Comcast's two-stage, $30 billion deal completed in March, the cable giant is betting that its distribution business, combined with a content company, can create outsize benefits.Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: ABC Launches Streaming TV In Houston

Disney/ABC Television Group today announced the launch of its “Watch ABC” authenticated streaming service in Houston. Watch ABC allows pay TV subscribers to access Houston’s KTRK 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and on their mobile devices.Continue Reading

The New York Times: NBC Is Set to Showcase Elite Soccer

NBC Universal will open the first season of its three-year, $250 million deal with England’s Premier League, which will show every game on television or on digital streams.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ABC Promotes Paul Pastor To Strategy SVP

Paul Pastor has been promoted to senior vice president of strategy and consumer analytics for Disney/ABC Television Group; it was announced by Peter Seymour, EVP-CFP, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will continue to report. In this new role, Pastor adds responsibility for all research activities related to the ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC Family and Disney/ABC Domestic Television.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Media General TV Revs Slip, Retrans To Rocket Up

Media General, now a local TV and digital media company, trimmed its net losses in the second quarter. Net loss was at $16 million, down from a net loss of $146 million in the second quarter of 2012. In the prior-year period, it registered a loss of $132 million related to the divestiture of discontinued operations -- mostly newspapers.Continue Reading

Los Angeles Times: NBCU Cable Taps ABC's Kennedy to Head Research

Charles Kennedy, a senior vice president of research at ABC, is joining the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group as its executive vice president of research and insights.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray 2Q Spot: Total, -12.1%; Core, +5.1%

Gray Television today reported that second quarter spot revenue fell 12.1% compared to the second quarter of 2012 to $66.7 million, primarily due to expected decreases in political advertising, which plummeted from $13.1 million in the quarter last year to $751,000 this year. But core spot, which excludes political, rose 5.1%, with both local and national up around that same percentage. Local accounted for 60% of spot revenue.Continue Reading

The E.W. Scripps Company: Scripps Reports Second-quarter Results

The E.W. Scripps Company reported operating results for the second quarter of 2013 that reflect an increase in local and national television advertising revenues and an increase in segment profit at the newspaper group. The Company also successfully rolled out its bundled subscription model in 11 of 13 newspaper markets.Continue Reading

Broadcasting & Cable: Exclusive: Key Station Groups Renewing Bounce TV Deals

African-American broadcast network Bounce TV has gotten renewals from some of its largest affiliates and has also been launched in several new markets, increasing its coverage to 88% of television homes and 70% of the U.S.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Post-Newsweek 2Q Revenue Climbs 4%

The Washington Post Co. today reported first quarter financial results that included a 4% increase in its Post-Newsweek television stations division revenue to $99.3 million, up from $95.6 million in the same period of 2012.Continue Reading

Raycom Press Release: Raycom Media Continues Negotiating With Dish Network

August 1, 2013, (Montgomery, AL) Since 1996 Raycom Media has been committed to serving viewers with local news and weather, popular network programming, and local community service. At the same time; serving the local business community by providing a critical advertising platform for reaching their customers.Continue Reading

Politico: Broadcast TV landscape is shifting under FCC

The string of TV deals capped this week by the announcement of a sale by Allbritton Communications puts pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to keep its eye on the broadcast industry even as the agency is going through its own makeover.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Comcast’s NBC TV 2Q Revenue Rises 11.5%

Comcast Corp. today reported results for the quarter ended June 30 that included an 11.6% increase in revenue from its broadcast television segment to $1.7 billion compared to $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2012.
The company said the gain was driven by a 13% increase in advertising revenue, primarily reflecting higher primetime ratings at the NBC broadcast network, and higher retransmission consent fees.
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TVNewsCheck: Journal’s Same-Station 2Q TV Rev Up 6.9%

Journal Communications announced that in the second quarter of 2013 its television station revenue increased 22.5% to $43 million, or 6.9% on a same-station basis, excluding political. Television political advertising revenue was $200,000 compared to $5.2 million. Local advertising revenue, excluding political, increased 43.2%, or 6.8% on a same-station basis, primarily due to an increase in automotive advertising.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Media 2Q Revenue Climbs 36%

LIN TV Corp. reported results for its second quarter ended June 30 that included a 36% gain in net revenue to $164.3 million, compared to $121 million in the second quarter of 2012. Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and television station website revenues, increased 44% to $107.1 million, compared to $74.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Belo 2Q Rev, Excluding Political, Up 2.5%

Belo Corp. today reported total revenue of $174 million in the second quarter of 2013, which was $4.1 million, or 2.3%, lower than the second quarter of 2012 as the company cycled against political revenue, which was $8.3 million less than the second quarter of 2012. Total revenue excluding political in the second quarter of 2013 was 2.5% higher than the second quarter of 2012.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fisher Reports 2Q Core TV Revenue Up 4%

Fisher Communications on Friday reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30 that included flat total TV net revenue year-over-year. Excluding political revenue, TV net revenue was up 2%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Staab Gets Oversight Of Telemundo Stations

In a reorganization, Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Television Stations will also oversee Telemundo's 16 TV stations as well as Boston-based regional cable news network NECN.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Local Media Revenue Up 9%

Meredith Corp.'s Local Media Group — which consists of television stations and a video content creation unit that produces national broadcast and custom programming — generated fiscal 2013 fourth quarter revenue of $92 million, up 9% from the year-earlier period.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett 2Q Core TV Ad Revenue Up 1.5%

Gannett Co. reported second quarter financial results that included Broadcasting Group revenue of $212 million, 3.2% higher than in the same quarter a year ago. The increase, the company said, reflects significant growth in retransmission revenue and an increase in core advertising revenue mitigated, in part, by lower political revenues.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sources: Allbritton Likely To Pick Two Buyers

Most observers think the station group will sell its flagship WJLA Washington to one bidder (the odds-on favorite is Disney-ABC), with the other seven likely going to a buyer looking for duopoly opportunities. Bids for the group are due July 22, 2013.Continue Reading

Baltimore Business Journal: Sinclair Accuses Time Warner of Breach of Contract

The lawsuit, filed in Circuit Court for Baltimore County, alleges that Time Warner (NYSE: TWC) moved WNYS-TV, a MyTV Network station, to channel 1225 when other local broadcast stations owned or managed by ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or the CW Network were assigned channels in the 100-level range.Continue Reading

Broadcasting & Cable: Exclusive: Key Station Groups Renewing Bounce TV Deals

Bounce TV said it has also been launched in several new markets, increasing its coverage to 88% of television homes and 70% of the U.S.Continue Reading

Broadcast Law Blog: Deadline for Reply Comments on FCC Indecency Policies Extended

The deadline for reply comments on the FCC’s Indecency policy have been extended. A request from CBI, a collegiate broadcasters organization, asked for more time given the extensive initial comments filed in the proceeding and the fact that college broadcasters have difficulties in responding to issues over summer school holidays.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television Restructures Its Leadership

In the wake of the resignation of Bob Prather as president-COO of Gray Television on June 21, the company announced a “streamlined management structure” consisting of a management team of five individuals who report to Gray Television President-CEO Hilton Howell.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Co. To Split Itself Into Two

Tribune Co. announced its intent to pursue the separation of its broadcasting and publishing businesses into two distinct companies. The proposed transaction is the latest step in the transformation of the once-bankrupt media company, which last week announced it has will acquire Local TV LLC and the 19 television stations it owns in 16 markets across the country.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Buying Local TV LLC For $2.75 Billion

With the acquisition of Local TV's 19 stations in 16 markets, Tribune’s broadcast portfolio will swell from 23 to 42 stations — 14 CW affiliates, 14 Fox affiliates, five CBS affiliates, three ABC affiliates, two NBC affiliates and four independents.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Smith: Adopt Next TV Standard — Now

Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO David Smith is adamant that broadcasters need to adopt ATSC 3.0 as the next-generation TV standard as quickly as possible. Without it, he says, "we can’t compete."Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Bob Prather Resigns As Gray President-COO

CEO Hilton Howell takes on the additional title of president as Prather leaves the 17th largest station group. "I want to thank Bob Prather for his service to the company," Howell said in a prepared statement.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Joe Oulvey Named Fox Stations Sales EVP

Joe Oulvey was named executive vice president of Fox Stations Sales. He replaces Patrick Paolini, who was recently appointed VP-GM of Fox O&O WTTG Washington.Continue Reading

Broadcasting & Cable: Growing Gannett Eyeing Homegrown Programming

Gannett's planned acquisition of Belo further solidifies a strategy that has been in the works for some time -- the group, which will grow from 23 to 43 TV stations when the deal closes, is developing homegrown programming that it is considering for multiple dayparts.Continue Reading

CNBC.com: Gannett to Buy Belo for $13.75 a Share Cash, or $1.5 Billion

Gannett, the largest newspaper chain in the United States, agreed to pay $1.5 billion in cash for television company Belo, with an aim to making broadcast a bigger part of the business than newspapers.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Applause For Media General’s Young Merger

Industry analysts think the move, which will give Media General 30 network affiliates across 27 markets reaching 14% of U.S. TV households, makes a lot of sense. “It's nothing short of a great deal," says Barry Lucas, SVP-research at Gabelli & Co. "It's a home run for them."Continue Reading

Bloomberg: CBS Promotes CFO Ianniello to New Post Over Operations

CBS Corp. (CBS), owner of the most-watched U.S. television network, promoted Chief Financial Officer Joe Ianniello to the newly created post of chief operating officer, elevating Les Moonves’s top lieutenant. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst Goes To The Cloud For Ad Delivery

For the past several months, all 29 Hearst stations have used a cloud-based advertising spot delivery system powered by Signiant’s Managers+Agents platform. Currently, the station group is using the new system for national ads, with a plan to do a local ad rollout throughout the summer.Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Nexstar Taps Syndicaster For Online Video

The Nexstar Broadcasting Group will be using the Syndicaster platform for online video at its 61 television station in 41 markets, the companies announced on Monday, signaling a move to more aggressive digital video production. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: SagamoreHill Sells TVs In Two Markets

SagamoreHill Broadcasting is selling NBC affiliate KGNS Laredo, Texas, and CBS affiliates KGWN-KSTF Cheyenne, Wyo.-Scottsbluff, Neb., to broadcast newcomer Yellowstone Holdings LLC for $20.5 million, according to Kalil & Co., which brokered the deal.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Hearst Backs Roku To Expand TV Streaming

Hearst has joined a $60 million venture-capital round backing Roku, the company that facilitates online streaming to TV screens.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Univision Appoints Patsy Loris VP Of News

Univision News has named Patsy Loris vice president of news. In this role, she will oversee Univision News evening and late night news, its weekend edition, news segments for Despierta America (Wake Up America) and the operations of Univision’s news division.Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Media Gen Stations Join AdTaxi Network

Media General-owned TV stations Columbus, Ohio's WCMH and Roanoke, Va.'s WSLS, have joined Digital First Media's AdTaxi Alliance Network.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray's Prather Betting It All On Broadcasting

Gray Television President-COO Bob Prather turned early lessons, a grad-school thesis and an investment in a former gold mining concern into one of the larger pure-play broadcasting groups in the U.S.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Hops From Sixth To Third In Top 30

Fueled by its enormous appetite for station acquisitions, Sinclair Broadcast Group vaulted over three other major TV station groups to land in the No. 3 spot in TVNewsCheck/BIA Kelsey's annual Top 30 ranking of TV station groups.Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Sook: Algorithms Can’t Serve Local Markets

Perry Sook, chairman and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, told attendees at the Media Financial Management Association's conference in New Orleans today that local media companies' local nature is their greatest weapon in their battle against the Googles and Yahoos of the world. “Local markets cannot be effectively served by an algorithm,” he says.Continue Reading

Broadcasting & Cable: Tumulty Named EVP of Affiliate Relations at CBS

Elizabeth Tumulty has been named executive VP of affiliate relations for the CBS Television Network. Tumulty comes from The CW, where she was executive VP of network distribution, serving as the network's head of distribution and affiliate relations when it launched in 2006. Continue Reading

Pittsburgh BusinessTimes: WTAE-TV GM Named Hearst Senior VP

WTAE-TV President and General Manager Michael J. Hayes is moving up the corporate ladder, and was named to a senior vice president position in parent company Hearst Television.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Spectrum Valuation Puts Sinclair At The Top

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s stock may be the best publicly traded broadcast stock value on the market currently — at least when the value of the spectrum the Baltimore-based company controls though its TV stations is considered, according to a study released Friday by Wells Fargo Securities.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst To Offer ABC Live Streaming Service

Disney/ABC Television Group has announced that Hearst Television and other ABC affiliates will join the ABC O&Os in live streaming their broadcast signals so that they can be received by "authenticated" cable subscribers on tablets and smartphones.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar’s 1Q Net Revenue Climbs 34.2%

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31 that included a 34.2% increase in net revenue to $112.2 million compared to the year-earlier quarter’s $83.6 million.Continue Reading

Magid Morning Facts: Univision Wants Advertisers On “Right Side Of History”

Propelled by the country's rapidly growing Hispanic population, Univision is the only one of the top five networks to have increased its prime-time viewership this season in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic.Continue Reading

Magid Morning Facts: Scripps TV Station Revenue Slips; Digital, Retrans Dollars Up

The E.W. Scripps Co. reported first quarter earnings on Monday that included revenue from television stations of $96.9 million, down $2.7 million from the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of 2.8%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN's Jenkins And His Busy Tech Agenda

LIN Media’s Brett Jenkins feels like his station group has been on the cutting edge of broadcast technology for some time now.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS TV Stations’ 1Q Revenue Up 5%

CBS Corp. on Wednesday reported its strongest-ever quarterly results, including 1Q revenue that exceeded $4 billion for the first time since CBS became a stand-alone company in 2006.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Prices Common Stock Offering

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of 18 million primary shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $27.25 per share.Continue Reading

Bmore Media: WBAL-TV Is Bringing Mobile TV To Baltimore

Baltimore news station WBAL-TV recently signed an agreement with New Jersey's Dyle mobile TV to bring live broadcast programming to viewers who want to watch news and other programs on their cell phones. The move will help the local NBC affiliate expand its reach and stay ahead of the competition with new technologies.Continue Reading

Sinclair Broadcast Group: Sinclair Reports $0.21 Diluted Earnings Per Share In First Quarter 2013; Declares $.015 Quarterly Dividend Per Share

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Belo 1Q Revenue Up 2.8% To $160.3 Million

Belo Corp. today reported total revenue of $160.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 was $4.4 million, or 2.8%, higher than the first quarter of 2012.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Gannett's TV Revs Rocket 10%, Retrans Up 60%

Gannett TV revenues climbed nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2013. Gannett pulled in $185.5 million -- 8.5% higher than its $170.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 -- despite the absence of Super Bowl advertising revenues, which the station group benefited from during the first quarter of 2012.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Station Group Stocks Back From The Dead

Helped by a resurgent stock market and auto advertising, the stock of TV station groups is rising, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of the last decade's recession. While the rebound has been impressive for all, two pure-play operators stand above the rest: Nexstar and Sinclair. And companies with a mix of stations and print, particularly newspapers, have also enjoyed the rising tide, though less robustly, as the drag from the print side remains a limiting factor.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Makes Its Second Digital Buy In A Week

LIN TV Corp. today announced that it acquired a majority of Dedicated Media, a multichannel ad buying and optimization firm.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Names ND For Memphis-Jackson

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that Lisa Lovell-Ayres has been named news director of WPTY (ABC) and WLMT (CW) Memphis (DMA 49) and WJKT (Fox) Jackson, Tenn. (DMA 176). The appointment is effective immediately and she will report to Ardyth Diercks, VP-GM of the Memphis and Jackson television and digital operations.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst Stations Renew PolitiFact Partnership

In addition to re-upping with the fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, Hearst Television is also launching a series of issues-discussion town halls throughout New Hampshire. “Conventional wisdom may hold that television stations relax political news coverage during non-election years, but the reality is different,” says David Barrett, Hearst Television CEO. “Increasingly, politics never sleeps."Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Roger Hess Named GM Of Nexstar In Vermont

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today named Roger Hess has been appointed VP-general manager of its recently acquired Fox affiliate WFFF Burlington, Vt.-Plattsburgh, N.Y. (DMA 97). Hess will also oversee Nexstar’s shared services and joint sales agreements with Mission Broadcasting for the market’s ABC affiliate, WVNY. The appointment is effective April 5 and Hess will report to Timothy Busch, Nexstar co-COO.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Acquires Majority Ownership In HYFN

LIN TV Corp. on Thursday acquired a majority ownership position in HYFN, a full-service digital agency that develops and implements mobile, social and Web.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hubbard To Receive Lowry Mays Award

Stanley S. Hubbard, chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting, will be the recipient of this year’s Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award.  The award will be presented during the Broadcasters Foundation of America Breakfast on April 10, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters Show.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Adding Mobile DTV to Nine Markets

Mark Aitken, Sinclair VP of advanced technology, said the pace of technology makes it imperative for broadcasters to offer mobile DTV to lead in serving their communities.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Canales To Head Sinclair's San Antonio Sales

Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Robert Canales director of sales of its San Antonio, Texas (DMA 36), triopoly of KABB (Fox), WOAI (NBC) and KMYS (CW). Canales will start the week of April 8 and report to Dean Radla, GM of KABB and KMYS.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Swartz To Succeed Bennack As Hearst CEO

Hearst Corp. on Wednesday announced that Steven R. Swartz, the company’s president and chief operating officer, will succeed Frank A. Bennack Jr. as chief executive officer of the corporation on June 1. Bennack will continue to serve as executive vice chairman of the Hearst board of directors and chairman of the corporation's executive committee.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: What's Next For Broadcasters At The FCC

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell announced that they are leaving the FCC in the near future. The FCC can continue to do business with three commissioners should the replacements not be confirmed before the departures, but what will this change in the FCC mean for broadcasters?Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst to Deploy TVUPack Across 29 Stations

Hearst Television signed an exclusive deal to deploy TVUPack bonded cellular solutions across its 29 stations. Hearst’s market covers 22 states, one of the farthest-reaching station groups in the country. Some of its biggest stations include WCVB Boston, WMOR Tampa, Fla., and WESH Orlando, Fla.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal Broadcast Names Pritchard Finance VP

Journal Communications on Wednesday named Alvin Pritchard vice president of finance for the Journal Broadcast Group. Pritchard will begin on April 1 and will report to President-CFO Andre Fernandez.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Names New Head Of Communications

Carolyn Pione Micheli will join The E.W. Scripps Co. as vice president of corporate communications and investor relations, effective March 25.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ‘America Now’ Making Ratings Gains

Raycom Media and ITV Studio’s first-run newsmagazine America Now, co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, is seeing its ratings perk up. In January, it was up16% over a year earlier to a 1.4 rating, based on Nielsen metered-market data not counting double runs.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Rev. Climbs 35% In 4Q, 24% For Year

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended Dec. 31, 2012, that included a 34.8% increase in net revenue to $116.2 million in the fourth quarter compared to the year earlier quarter. For the full year, revenue rose 23.5% to $306.5 million.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Buying Barrington Stations For $370M

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Thursday that it is purchasing 18 TV stations from Barrington Broadcasting Group for $370 million and entering into agreements to operate or provide sales services to another six stations.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Stations Tap Chiulli For East Coast Sales

The NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal today announced that Tony Chiulli has been named senior vice president of national sales for the East Coast, overseeing all sales efforts for the national sales organizations in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fisher TV 4Q Rev Up 23%, 2012 Up 15%

Fisher Communications Inc. on Thursday reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2012, that included TV net revenue of $46.7 million , up 23% year-over-year to driven by strong political issue and candidacy placements.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Brings 6 More Stations To Rentrak

Rentrak Corp. today announced a multi-year, multi-market expansion of its partnership with Raycom Media.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Reports Record 4Q, Full-Year Results

LIN TV Corp. today reported results for its fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2012, that included a 76% increase in 4Q net revenues to $196.2 million, compared to $111.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Approximately $41 million of fourth quarter net revenues is attributable to net revenues earned by the eight New Vision stations acquired during the fourth quarter of 2012.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 4Q TV Revenue Climbs 39%

Led by a record level of political advertising revenues and the performance of acquired television stations, The E.W. Scripps Co. reported operating results for the fourth quarter of 2012 that were significantly stronger than the fourth quarter of 2011, as well as the fourth quarter of the previous election year.Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Pays $195 Mil To Secure Remaining MSNBC Site Stake

NBCUniversal spent $195 million to buy back the remaining 50% of MSNBC.com that was owned by Microsoft, according to Comcast’s latest 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hubbard Adding WNYA To Albany Portfolio

Hubbard Broadcasting, owner of NBC affiliate WNYT Albany, N.Y., is buying the market's MNT affiliate, WNYA, from Venture Technologies.Continue Reading

equities.com: Cox Media Group Reaches Definitive Agreement to Sell TV Stations in Four Markets

Cox Media Group (CMG) has reached a definitive agreement with Sinclair Television to sell TV stations in four markets as part of its broadcast portfolio realignment. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Obama Adviser David Axelrod Joins NBC News

David Axelrod, former strategist and aide to President Obama, has landed a new job at NBC News.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Univision's Ad Showing Ups Revs 10%

Strong advertising gains helped Univision Communications add nearly 10% to its revenue coffers in the fourth quarter 2012. Fourth-quarter revenue climbed 9% to $672 million for the Spanish-language media company's TV, radio and digital businesses. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Post-Newsweek 4Q Rev +32%, 2012 +25%

The Washington Post Co. reported fourth quarter and full-year 2012 financial results. Revenue for its Post-Newsweek television broadcasting division increased 25% to $399.7 million in 2012, from $319.2 million in 2011; for the fourth quarter of 2012, revenue increased 32% to $116.2 million, from $88.3 million in 2011.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Revenue Sets 4Q, Full-Year Records

Gray Television Inc. announced results from operations that included record fourth quarter revenue of $126.6 million, topping the previous fourth quarter record of $114.6 million set in 2010. Full year revenue in 2012 was also a record — $404.8 million; the previous full year record was $346.1 million set in 2010.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS TV Stations’ 4Q Revenue Climbs 17%

CBS Corp. reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2012, that included Local Broadcasting revenues (which includes CBS Radio) of $787 million, up 9% from $721 million for the same prior-year period, reflecting higher political advertising and retransmission revenues. CBS Television Stations revenues increased 17%, while CBS Radio revenues were up 1%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Bets Big on TV, Mobile, Online

Recently named CEO George Mahoney got to announce strong 4Q and full year financial results for the pure play that shed its newspaper holdings. He explains why, even taking out last year's political windfall, those results bode well for the company's future performance. He also discusses his stations' growing emphasis on locally produced programming, its two-pronged mobile strategy, digital marketing services and a surge in retransmission consent revenue.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Belo Rev. Up 14% In 4Q, 10% For Full Year

Belo Corp. today reported fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results that included 4Q revenue of $205 million, which was $25 million, or 14%, higher than the fourth quarter of 2011.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Buying KSEE Fresno for $26.5M

Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. announced Wednesday that it is buying NBC affiliate KSEE Fresno, Calif. (DMA 55), from Granite Broadcasting Corp. for $26.5 million in a transaction that is expected to be immediately accretive to Nexstar.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Station Trading Roundup: 5 Deals, $5.711M

The sale of Capital Broadcasting’s KSKJ-CD Van Nuys, Calif., to NRJ TV for $5.7 million tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Kelsey.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 4Q Rev Up 59%, Year's Up 42%

Sinclair Broadcast Group today reported net broadcast revenues from continuing operations rose 58.8% year-over-year to $287.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and were up 42.1% year-over-year to $920.6 million for all of 2012.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Increases Quarterly Dividend 6.5%

The Meredith Corp. board of directors yesterday increased its regular quarterly dividend 6.5% to $0.4075 per share, or $1.63 on an annual basis. The new quarterly dividend will be payable on March 15 to shareholders of record on Feb. 28.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett 4Q TV Revenue Soars 46%

Gannett Co. today reported strong fourth quarter financial results that included total television revenues that were 45.7% higher and totaled $280.2 million compared to $192.4 million in the previous fourth quarter.Continue Reading

News Release: Media General Reports Fourth-Quarter 2012 Results

Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), a broadcast television and digital media company, today reported fourth-quarter 2012 operating income of $42.3 million, more than 2.5 times greater than fourth-quarter 2011 operating income of $16.3 million. Net income in the fourth quarter was $17.6 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.3 million, or 15 cents per share, in the prior year.Continue Reading

TVNewscheck: Fox Stations, Weigel Launching Movies!

Fox Television Stations, in conjunction with Weigel Broadcasting, will premiere Movies!, a new over the air, 24-hour movie network on suchannels of 17 Fox O&O this spring.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Dispatch Names Fiorile CEO, Gallo COO

Michael J. Fiorile, president of The Dispatch Printing Co., was promoted to CEO and Joseph Y. Gallo, the company’s EVP, was named COO at the annual meeting on Jan. 22. The promotions were made by the company's board of directors.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Institutes Quarterly Cash Dividend

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that it has authorized the initiation of a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock. The first dividend is payable on Friday, March 1, to shareholders of record on Friday, Feb. 15.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith’s Local Media Revenue Up 32%

Meredith Corp.'s Local Media Group — which consists of local television affiliates and a video content creation unit that produces national broadcast and custom programming — delivered what the company called “record performance during the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2013.”Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: WSFA Goes IP For Its Capitol Connection

When Collin Gaston signed on as general manager of Raycom Media's WSFA Montgomery, Ala. (DMA 118), nearly two years ago, he had big plans to shake-up its newscasts and bring viewers into the heart of downtown Montgomery.Continue Reading

Los Angeles Times: New Tribune CEO Peter Liguori Sees Opportunity to Grow

In its first board of directors meeting since emerging from a protracted bankruptcy, Tribune Co. named investor Bruce Karsh as chairman and veteran entertainment executive Peter Liguori as chief executive.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Station Trading Roundup: 6 Deals, $77.7M

The sale of ABC affiliate WHAM, N.Y., for $60 million tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Kelsey.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Stations Clean Up Their Graphics

KSDK St. Louis today will become the fifth Gannett station to start airing a new graphics package designed to give its newscasts a cleaner look while boosting editorial content.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Emily Barr Joins NAB Television Board

The head of Post-Newsweek Stations is named to fill the slot held by her predecessor Alan Frank.Continue Reading

MediaPost: McDermott Named CEO, New Young Broadcasting

New Young Broadcasting Holding Co. named Deborah McDermott CEO. She retains her position and title of president, which she has held since 2004. Continue Reading

MediaPost: CBS Sells Out Super Bowl: $4M Per Spot

Outside the game, CBS Corp. plans all sorts of coverage leading up to kickoff, with CBS Sports Network offering days of pre-game coverage and “CBS Evening News,” “The Talk” and “Face the Nation” broadcasting from Super Bowl city New Orleans.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Heinen Seeks Investors, New Station Group

New Vision veterans John Heinen, Eric Simontis, Steve Spendlove and Dennis Elkin have formed Alchemedia and are talking with private equity firms and hedge funds. They hope to begin buying stations in large and medium-size markets in the near future.Continue Reading

MediaPost: CBS Launches Second-Screen App

CBS Connect provides a single home for social-media conversation about CBS shows across multiple dayparts, allowing viewers to interact with one another and includes tweets from talent.Continue Reading

Reuters: Tribune, Out of Chapter 11, Set to Begin Makeover as TV Company

Tribune Co, which started by publishing the Chicago Tribune on a hand press in 1847, sees a future in broadcastingContinue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Katz Television Group Intros New Division

The new Ad Sales Operations team is designed to streamline TV sales and support new business development across the three Katz companies: Continental Television Sales, Eagle Television Sales and Millennium Sales & MarketingContinue Reading

 
 
 

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