Tegna, Hearst and EW Scripps are all planning on submitting final offers for Cox Media Group’s 14 TV stations at the end of January, according to people familiar with the matter. Final bids are due by Jan. 30, said the people, who asked not to be named because the process is private. A deal could fetch more than $2 billion, and possibly close to $3 billion, the people said.
TVB analysis of Nielsen data for June 2013 indicates average-quarter-hour Live+SD ratings were within 5% of C3 ratings for the month. Said Jane Williams, CMG’s EVP for television: “As our consumers’ viewing habits continue to evolve, it is more important than ever for our industry and our advertisers to have the most accurate and reliable audience measurement data possible.”
Cox joins Time Warner, Cablevision and Xfinity in rolling out a companion iPad app (iTunes) for its customers. The free Cox TV Connect app provides a program guide along with live streaming for “more than 35 popular channels.”
Eight of the 10 NBC Owned Television Stations will carry the new daytime talk show in fall 2012, including WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WCAU Philadelphia. Also clearing the talker are stations in 16 of the top 20 markets.