E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Co. name. Both companies’ newspapers will be spun off into a new company to be called Journal Media Group, which will be headquartered in Milwaukee. The new Scripps will operate 34 TV stations reaching 18% of TV homes and 35 radio stations in eight markets. Current Scripps shareholders will end up with majority stakes in both companies. More on this story after the companies’ conference call with reporters at 9 a.m. ET.

Scripps’ ‘The Now’ Off To A Good Start

The live 4 p.m. show posted encouraging ratings in its first week on the air on ABC affiliate KMGH Denver and NBC affiliate KSHB Kansas City, Mo.

‘The Now’: Newsy Talk With A Social Slant

The new 4 p.m. show debuts today on KMGH Denver and KSHB Kansas City, Mo., with a focus on topics that are trending on social media networks. The content will be include viral videos, breaking news stories, content from Scripps stations and websites, original local content and national content that will originate from KMGH. It will eventually get rolled out to six more Scripps stations.

Scripps Stations Rolling Out Matrix Software

In addition to using the CRM and sales intelligence software, Scripps is joining Matrix’s digital development program .

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 1Q TV Station Revenue Grows 5.4%

Strong local advertising, retransmission revenue growth, Olympics and higher-than-expected political money boost the TV group to $102 million.

Scripps Sees Bright Future In Live Plus Local

E.W. Scripps’ new, live 4 p.m. TV show debuting this fall on eight of its stations is ambitious even for the station group that in 2012 replaced CBS Television Distribution’s top-rated Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with its own newsmagazine The List and its MGM-distributed game show Let’s Ask America. The still-untitled show will air […]

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 4Q Core TV Station Rev Up 17%

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%

Scripps Developing Live 4 P.M. Show For Fall

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.

DMAS 52 & 11

Scripps Buying Granite TVs In Buffalo, Detroit

The E.W. Scripps announced this moring that it has a deal to buy two Granite Broadcasting stations — ABC affiliate WKBW and MNT affiliate WMYD Detroit — for $110 million in cash.

Star Jones Talker Debut Moved To Fall 2015

E.W. Scripps/Debmar-Mercury says they are shooting to roll out the syndicated legal show nationally next year.

Granite Stations Subject Of Sale Speculation

Despite the fact that representatives from E.W. Scripps Co. toured WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.’s operations last week, broadcasting industry insiders say don’t assume anything. Scripps, according to several industry reports, is one of several media groups reportedly interested in Granite Broadcasting Corp.’s eight TV stations, including WKBW. Granite officials declined to comment. The tour, insiders say, was just that — a tour.

Scripps Pays $35M For Newsy Digital Video

E.W. Scripps will use Newsy, which produces and curates video news reports for Web and mobile, as a news source on the Scripps digital products in local markets across the country.

Scripps Ends Wire Service, Restructures DC

E.W. Scripps has inked an agreement to move its Scripps Howard News Service clients to McClatchy-Tribune Information Services and has purchased political news startup DecodeDC. The company will also restructure its Washington, D.C., beureau, which will now provide content for all Scripps-owned media platforms.

Syndie Panel Talker With Star Jones In Works

Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury is finalizing a deal with TV station owner E.W. Scripps to partner on a syndicated legal panel talk show with The View alum Star Jones as one of the co-hosts. There isn’t a full-fledged pilot for the project yet, but segments with Jones have been taped.

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps Ready To Buy, But Not Desperate

Rich Boehne, chairman-CEO-president: “The industry is far less consolidated than the headlines would suggest. There’ll be opportunities in the future. We have to be patient and focused. There’s not necessarily a benefit to winning an auction. We’ll pick our spots.” Scripps would like to add stations in its existing markets but is open to broadening its market reach with the right deal, he added.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 2Q Spot Rev: Total, -8.3%; Core, +2.1%

Overall, TV revenue was down 4.9%, to $111.4 million, with the shortfall in political spending unable to offset a 34% gain in retransmission consent revenue from $7.8 million to $10.5 million. The television division’s segment profit in the second quarter was $30.5 million, compared to $34.9 million in the year-ago period.

TECH EXEC MONDAY

Scripps VP Engineering Mike Doback To Retire

After 42 years in the business, Mike Doback is ready for a retirement that will include a lot of time on the lake at his home in Michigan with family, and, in the short term, planning his daughter’s wedding. Under his leadership, all Scripps-owned stations now have uniform technology for all their news acquisition and production operations.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 1Q TV Station Revenue Slips 2.8%

Increases in retransmission fees (35%), digital (23%) and national advertising (4.6%) were not enough to offset expected declines in political and local advertising. The television division’s segment profit in the first quarter was $16.5 million, compared to $17.9 million in the year-ago period.

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. “At Scripps we put a high value on effectively communicating our story with shareholders, employees and the great communities where we do business across the country,” said Rich Boehne, Scripps president-CEO. “Carolyn’s extensive experience […]

Scripps Promotes CDO Symson To SVP

The E.W. Scripps Co. today announced that Adam Symson, the company’s chief digital officer since 2011, has been promoted to senior vice president, effective immediately. “Adam has shown skill and courage during an aggressive build-out of new digital-media products and services, and the adventure is just beginning,” said Rich Boehne, Scripps president-CEO. “His promotion affirms […]

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 4Q TV Revenue Climbs 39%

Political ad money fueled the rise in same-station revenue, aided by an 11% gain in local, a 12% rise in national and a 41% increase in retrans revenue.

Ellen Weiss To Head Scripps DC News Bureau

Starting In February, the longtime NPR journalist and executive becomes VP and bureau chief overseeing a team of investigative reporters and leading the Scripps Howard News Service.

UBS GLOBAL MEDIA CONFERENCE

Scripps Bets People Will Pay For Content

The company is aggressive in introducing paid apps for access to content to both its TV stations and newspapers. “Most of our apps today are paid and we will continue to introduce more and more paid apps on the TV side,” Scripps President Rich Boehne told the UBS Global Media and Communications conference Tuesday.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps Same-Station Rev Rises 41% In 3Q

Strong political advertising, double-digit rises in local, national and retrans fueled the best third quarter ever reported by the company’s TV operations.

Scripps Heir Dies; Sale Speculation Rises

The Edward W. Scripps Trust, which has controlled The E.W. Scripps Co. since the trust’s inception in 1922, ended last week after the death of the founder’s grandson Robert P. Scripps. Investors speculated that the family might sell its stake.

Rentrak Adds Five Scripps Stations

The ratings services adds Scripps’ ABC affiliates in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit and West Palm Beach, Fla. The expansion makes Cleveland the first top-20 market to have all major TV affiliates subscribing to Rentrak’s local ratings.

Former McGraw-Hill Stations Intro New Sites

The stations, including KMGH Denver, have begun switching over to the standardized websites used by new parent Scripps Broadcasting. Scripps, which bought the stations in 2011, is rolling out the new sites in batches, with KMGH and KERO Bakersfield, Calif., part of the initial rollout.

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps To Launch Two New Shows In Sept.

By replacing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with home-grown shows, it will control all of the access ad positions. Plus, it hopes to syndicate Let’s Ask America and The List to non-Scripps stations as well to generate more revenue.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps Same-Station Rev Rises 16% In 2Q

A better-than-expected surge in political advertising, the contribution of television stations that were acquired in late 2011, and solid growth in spot television advertising led The E.W. Scripps Co. to report significant year-over-year improvement in operating results for the second quarter of 2012.

Scripps Replaces Syndies With Own Shows

Beginning Sept. 17, Let’s Ask America and The List will move into access and early fringe lineups in seven markets. When contracts for syndicated shows expire in the remaining Scripps markets (Detroit, Denver, San Diego, Indianapolis, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Bakersfield, Calif.), the two new half-hours will move into those timeslots. The series will be made available outside of the Scripps markets through Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a fall 2013 national launch.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 1Q Same-Station TV Rev Up 12%

Retrans money increases 37%, digital revenue up 20%, local revenue grows 7.4%, while national dips 4.6%. The numbers are higher when the results of its nine stations acquired last year are added in.

Scripps Taps Volicon Monitoring For Its Stations

Volicon today announced that Scripps Media is standardizing on the Observer TS (transport stream) digital video monitoring and logging system across all 13 of its stations. Each Scripps Media station will use an Observer system for CALM Act compliance, ad verification, quality of experience (QoE), NAVE monitoring, and ratings analysis. E.W. Scripps headquarters in Cincinnati, […]

Q&A WITH RICH BOEHNE

Digital Differentiation Is Key At Scripps

Rich Boehne, president and CEO of E.W. Scripps Co., discusses how the company — which owns 19 TV stations and newspapers in 13 markets — benefits from the digital advantages for each medium and how local TV and newspapers might leverage those assets in neck-and-neck battles, laments a still-fragmented newspaper industry, and speculates on how digital might yet be a galvanizing force.

Scripps Expands Investigative Efforts in DC

The Scripps Washington bureau, home of Scripps Howard News Service (SHNS), is becoming a fully multimedia, national news organization pursuing enterprise and investigative stories for broadcast TV, newspapers and digital platforms.

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps To Swap Syndie Fare For Own Shows

By replacing some syndicated programs with shows it effectively owns, Scripps could theoretically reduce programming costs and boost revenues while exploiting locally generated revenues.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps Posts 11.4% Gain In Non-Political Rev

A 14% rise in local and a 30% boost in retransmission consent revenue were the quarter’s drivers.

Scripps Stations Expand Free Airtime Offer

As part of “Democracy 2012,” the Scripps stations in all 13 of the company’s television markets will provide a minimum of five minutes of free airtime to candidates nightly between 5 and 11:35 p.m. in the 30 days preceding primary and general elections as well. This year the stations are also adding multiplatform coverage.

E.W. Scripps Co. To Receive NAB’s DSA

The multimedia company will be honored with the association’s Distinguished Service Award on April 16 during the opening session of this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Scripps Expects Higher TV Revenue In FY12

For the full year 2012, the company expects total television revenues to increase by more than 50%. That includes more than $100 million of revenue for the stations that were acquired from McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Co. on Dec. 30, 2011.

Scripps completes McGraw-Hill Stations Buy

The $212 million deal comprises full-power ABC affiliates in Denver (KMGH); San Diego (KGTV); Bakersfield, Calif. (KERO); and Indianapolis (WRTV) and low-power Azteca America affiliates in Denver; Fort Collins, Colo.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; San Diego; and Bakersfield, Calif.