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Sinclair Tops Annual Ad Revenue Ranking

Its pending acquisition of Tribune Media boosts Sinclair from fourth to No. 1 in TVNewsCheck‘s annual station group ranking by spot revenue. Other groups that advanced multiple slots from a year ago include Univision, Gray, Ion Media Networks, Berkshire Hathaway and News-Press & Gazette.

1. SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, Baltimore

2016 Spot Revenue: $2.9 billion (includes revenue of stations owned by Sinclair sidecar groups Cunningham Broadcasting, Dreamcatcher and Stephen Mumblow) Stations: 233 in 108 markets Coverage: 72% Ownership: Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) Key Executives: David Smith, executive chairman; Christopher S. Ripley, president-CEO; Frederick G. Smith, VP; J. Duncan Smith, VP, David B. Amy, vice chairman; Barry Faber, […]

2. CBS TELEVISION STATIONS, New York

2016 Spot Revenue: $1.725 billion Stations: 30 in 18 markets Coverage: 37.7% Ownership: CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) Key Executives: Leslie Moonves, chairman-CEO, CBS Corp.; Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations; Jim Sullivan, president, sales, CBS Television Stations.; Adam Wiener, EVP-GM, CBS Local Digital Media. What’s Up: The company named new general managers at its stations in […]

3. FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, New York

2016 Revenue: $1.718 billion Stations: 29 in 17 markets Coverage: 36.8% Ownership: 21st Century Fox (Nasdaq: FOXA) Key Executives: Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman, 21st Century Fox; Lachlan K. Murdoch, executive chairman, 21st Century Fox; James Murdoch, CEO, 21st Century Fox; Jack Abernethy, CEO, Fox Television Stations (FTS); Sharri Berg, COO of news and operations, FTS. What’s Up: The Fox stations continued their […]

4. NBCU OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS, New York

2016 Spot Revenue: $1.480 billion Stations: 28 in 20 markets (includes Telemundo stations) Coverage: 36.1% Ownership: Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Key Executives: Brian Roberts, chairman-CEO, Comcast Corp.; Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal, and EVP, Comcast Corp.; Mark Lazarus, chairman, NBC Broadcasting & Sports; Valari Staab, president, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations; Manuel Martinez, president, Telemundo Station Group. What’s Up: Last September, NBCUniversal Broadcast Chairman Ted Harbert left […]

5. NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP, Dallas

2016 Spot Revenue: $1.429 billion Stations: 171 in 100 markets Coverage: 39.2% Ownership: Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) Key Executives: Perry A. Sook, chairman-president-CEO; Timothy Busch, president, Nexstar Broadcasting; Brian Jones, EVP-COO; Tom Carter, EVP-CFO; Gregory Raifman, president, Nexstar Digital; Tom O’Brien, EVP business development and chief revenue officer; Dione Rigsby, VP technology; Richard Stolpe, […]

6. TEGNA INC., McLean, VA

2016 Revenue: $1.407 billion Stations: 55 in 39 markets Coverage: 31.3% Ownership: Tegna Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) Key Executives: David Lougee, president-CEO; Lynn Beall, EVP-COO of media operations; Ed Busby, SVP of strategy. What’s Up: On June 1, the company completed the spinoff off its Cars.com into a separate publicly traded company. At that time, Gracia Martore, Tegna Inc. president-CEO, retired and was succeeded by […]

7. ABC OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS, Los Angeles

2016 Spot Revenue: $1.190 billion Stations: 8 stations in 8 markets Coverage: 22.5% Ownership: The Walt Disney Co. (Public: NYSE: DIS) Key Executives: Robert Iger, chairman-CEO, Disney; Ben Sherwood, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group; Rebecca Campbell, president, ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime. What’s Up: Last September, social intelligence firm Shareablee reported that the ABC Owned Television […]

8. HEARST TELEVISION, New York

2016 Spot Revenue: $853.4 million Stations: 34 in 27 markets Coverage: 18.7% Ownership: Hearst Corp. (private) Key Executives: Steven Swartz, president-CEO, Hearst Corp.; Jordan Wertlieb, president, Hearst Television; Frank Biancuzzo, EVP; Michael J. Hayes, EVP; John Drain, CFO; Roger Keating, chief strategy & business development officer; Andrew Fitzgerald, chief digital content officer; Nicholas Radziul, VP of distribution; Eric […]

9. UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS, New York

2016 Spot Revenue: $810.0 million Stations: 59 in 25 markets Coverage: 44.1% Ownership: Univision Holdings Inc., an investor group including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Saban Capital Group. Key Executives: Randy Falco, president-CEO, Univision Communications; Isaac Lee, chief content officer, Univision and Televisa; Tonia O’Connor, chief commercial […]

10. RAYCOM MEDIA, Montgomery, AL

2016 Spot Revenue: $730.8 million Stations: 73 in 43 markets Coverage: 15.5% Ownership: Employee owned Key Executives: Pat LaPlatney, president-CEO; Susana Schuler, EVP content & operations; Sandy Breland, VP television; Don Richards, VP television; Jeff Rosser, VP television; Nick Simonette, VP television; Brad Streit, VP television; David Burke, VP technology; Joe Fiveash, SVP, digital media & […]

11. GRAY TELEVISION, Atlanta

2016 Spot Revenue: $708.2 million Stations: 131 in 56 markets Coverage: 10.3% Ownership: Gray Television Inc. (NYSE: GTN) Key Executives: Hilton Howell Jr., president-CEO; Kevin Latek, EVP-chief legal and development officer; James Ryan, EVP-CFO; Bob Smith, EVP/co-COO; Nick Waller, EVP/co-CEO; Jason Effinger, EVP/chief digital and technology officer. What’s Up: Gray was another group that experienced a growth […]

12. E.W. SCRIPPS, Cincinnati

2016 Spot Revenue: $692.8 million Stations: 36 in 24 markets Coverage: 18.1% Ownership: E.W. Scripps Co. (NYSE: SSP) Key Executives: Richard A. Boehne, chairman-president-CEO; Adam Symson, COO; Brian Lawlor, SVP, broadcast. What’s Up: Last year, Scripps announced that Rich Boehne will give up his CEO title later this year and, in another sign of its digital ambitions, that COO […]

13. COX MEDIA GROUP, Atlanta

2016 Spot Revenue: $588.9 million Stations: 15 in 11 markets Coverage: 11.1% Ownership: Cox Enterprises (private) Key Executives: John M. Dyer, president-CEO, Cox Enterprises; Kim Guthrie, president, Cox Media Group; Jane Williams, EVP television; Michael Joseph, EVP Cox Media Group; Marian Pittman, EVP digital strategy and research. What’s Up: Last September, longtime Cox executive Kim Guthrie was promoted from EVP […]

14. MEREDITH CORP., Des Moines, IA

2016 Spot Revenue: $505.9 million Stations: 28 in 12 markets Coverage:10.8% Ownership: Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP) Key Executives: Stephen M. Lacy, chairman-CEO; Tom Harty, president-CEO; Paul Karpowicz, president, Meredith Local Media Group. What’s Up: In January, Meredith and Cox Media Group created a buying cooperative, designed to give the partners extra negotiating leverage with syndicators, as well as a […]

15. GRAHAM MEDIA GROUP, Washington

2016 Revenue: $312.5 million Stations: 7 in 6 markets Coverage: 6.6% Ownership: Graham Holdings Co. (NYSE: GHC) Key Executives:  Timothy J. O’Shaughnessy, president-CEO, Graham Holdings Co.; Emily L. Barr, president-CEO, Graham Media Group; Michael Englehaupt, VP-CTO; Catherine Badalamente, VP digital media. What’s Up: Katherine Fuller, research director at the group’s KPRC Houston, was promoted to VP to lead research at all […]

16. SUNBEAM TELEVISION, Miami

2016 Revenue: $236.0 million Stations: 3 in 2 markets Coverage: 3.5% Ownership: Ed Ansin Key Executives: Ed Ansin, president; Robert Leider, EVP-GM. What’s Up: As of Jan. 1, Sunbeam’s WHDH Boston became an independent station after losing its longtime NBC affiliation when NBC decided to launch its own O&O in the market, but he sold his sidecar in the market, […]

17. ENTRAVISION, Los Angeles

2016 Spot Revenue: $150.4 million Stations: 58 in 24 markets Coverage: 13.9% Ownership: Entravision Communications Corp. (NYSE: EVC) Key Executives: Walter F. Ulloa, chairman-CEO; Christopher T. Young, EVP-CFO-treasurer; Jeffery A. Liberman, president-COO; Mario M. Carrera, chief revenue officer; Esteban Lopez Blanco, chief strategy officer, corporate development & innovation. What’s Up: In March, the company gave COO Jeffery Liberman […]

18. ION MEDIA NETWORKS, West Palm Beach, FL

2016 Revenue: $147.9 million Stations: 62 stations in 56 markets Coverage: 64.82% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Brandon Burgess, chairman-CEO; David Glenn, co-head of TV stations operations; Terri Santisi, co-head of TV stations operations. What’s Up: It received $84.6 million for selling the spectrum of two of its stations. In May, Ion Media announced that it would move its New York […]

19. CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS, St. Paul

2016 Spot Revenue: $129.5 million Stations: 22 in 12 markets Coverage: 2.1% Ownership: Evening Post Industries (private) Key Executives: John Barnwell, president-CEO, Evening Post Industries; Terry Hurley, president; Cordillera; Sean Franklin, VP of engineering & technology; Steve Chase, VP-director of sales; Bo Ebeling, director of operations; Jay Small, president, Cordillera Digital. What’s Up: Last June, the company promoted Steve Chase […]

20. QUINCY MEDIA, Quincy, IL

2016 Spot Revenue: $125.2 million Stations: 18 in 14 markets Coverage: 2.6% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Ralph M. Oakley, president-CEO; Dennis Kendall, director of broadcast news; Dan Batchelor, director of broadcast and interactive sales; Mary Oakley Winters, VP-interactive; Kelly Hibbard, director of broadcast services; Brady Dreasler, director of capital, facilities & engineering; Mike Funk, director of information technologies. What’s Up: Last […]

21. HUBBARD BROADCASTING, St. Paul, MN

2016 Spot Revenue: $115.6 million Stations: 13 in 6 markets Coverage: 3.3% Ownership: Hubbard family Key Executives: Stanley S. Hubbard, chairman; Rob Hubbard, president, Hubbard Television Group.

22. DISPATCH BROADCAST, Columbus, OH

2016 Revenue: $100.7 million Stations: 3 stations in 2 markets Coverage: 1.8% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Michael J. Fiorile, vice chairman-CEO, Dispatch Printing Co.; Larry Delia, president, Dispatch Broadcast Group. What’s Up: Last October, the broadcast arm of Dispatch Printing Co. promoted Larry Delia, the GM of its Indianapolis stations, WTHR and WALV, to group president, adding oversight of its Columbus, Ohio, […]

23. WEIGEL BROADCASTING, Chicago

2016 Spot Revenue: $97.2 million Stations: 11 in 4 markets Coverage: 3.8% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Norman Shapiro, chairman; Neal Sabin, vice chairman; Steven Farber, SVP of broadcast operations; Jim Hall, VP of business development; Kyle Walker, VP of technology; Molly Kelly, corporate director of media strategy. What’s up: In the FCC’s incentive auction, Weigel received $69.7 million for the […]

24. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY, Omaha, NE

2016 Revenue: $82.5 million Stations: 1 Coverage: 1.4% Ownership: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) Key Executives: Warren Buffett, chairman-president-CEO; Charlie Munger, vice chairman.

25. NEWS-PRESS & GAZETTE, St. Joseph, MO

2016 Spot Revenue: $78.7 million Stations: 36 in 10 markets Coverage: 0.9% Ownership: Private (Bradley family) Key Executives: David Bradley, chairman-CEO; Brian Bradley, president; Mike Meara, president, NPG Broadcast; Tony Courtwright, director of digital media.

26. GRIFFIN COMMUNICATIONS, Oklahoma City

2016 Spot Revenue: $76.0 million Stations: 4 in 2 markets  Coverage: 0.56% Ownership: Private (David, Kristen and John Griffin) Key Executives: David Griffin, president-CEO; Ted Strickland, VP-CFO; Rob Krier, VP-COO; Todd Spessard, VP of content; Trevor Wiseman, VP of technology; Kevin Fullbright, VP of new media.

27. CAPITOL BROADCASTING, Raleigh, NC

2016 Revenue: $71.7 million Stations: 4 in 2 markets Coverage: 0.51% Ownership: Private Key Executives: James F. Goodmon, president-CEO; Daniel P. McGrath, VP-treasurer; James F. Goodmon Jr., VP-GM of new media group. What’s Up: This January, Capitol — along with Tribune Broadcasting and Fox Television Stations — invested in Share Rocket’s social media ratings platform. Last June, Capitol’s WRAL Raleigh, […]

28. BAHAKEL COMMUNICATIONS, Charlotte, NC

2016 Revenue: $59.2 million Stations: 6 in 5 markets Coverage: 1.9% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Beverly Bahakel-Poston, president-CEO; Jim Babb, COO.

29. MORGAN MURPHY MEDIA, Madison, WI

2016 Spot Revenue: $58.7 million Stations: 7 in 7 markets Coverage: 1.13% Ownership: Family-owned Key Executives: Elizabeth Murphy Burns, president-CEO; Brian R. Burns, VP-COO; Neal J. Oberg, VP of new media.  What’s Up: Morgan Murphy Media earned $48.9 million in the FCC’s incentive auction by selling the spectrum of its UHF WISC Madison, Wis., and agreeing […]

30. LIBERMAN BROADCASTING, Burbank, CA

2016 Spot Revenue: $54.3 million Stations: 10 in 10 markets Coverage: 5.7% Ownership: Employee owned Key Executives: Lenard Liberman, CEO/co-founder; Jose Liberman, president/co-founder; Winter Horton, COO.