Cybersecurity For Broadcasters Retreat: Security & Modernizing Broadcast Tech

Executives from Fox Corp., Sinclair, E.W. Scripps and WGBH Boston will discuss how media companies are revamping their technology and building new workflows as a hedge against cybersecurity threats in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat at the NAB New York Show. Register here.

Scripps Launches Website Promoting TV Antennas

E.W. Scripps has launched TheFreeTVProject.org, a website that promotes antenna TV, providing tips and information on what are the best types of TV antennas, available programming and even a chatbot. On a page titled “An antenna is the key to Free TV!” visitors can enter their ZIP code to find available free over the air channels in their area.

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps To Meet Or Exceed 2020 Political

Political revenue for the Scripps TV stations was $24 million in the second quarter, dwarfing the $3.2 million booked a year earlier. Scripps President-CEO Adam Symson: “With well over $8 billion in the nationwide spending arena season, it should be clear that political revenue defies economic trends.”

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 2Q Station Revenue Up 4.5%

The increase to $356 million was powered by climbing political advertising and increased retransmission consent revenue. For the company as a whole, total 2Q revenue was $594 million, an increase of 5.2%, or $29.4 million.

Scripps CEO Adam Symson Gets New Contract

The new pact runs through 2027.

TVN’S STATION GROUP OF THE YEAR 2022

TVN Names E.W. Scripps Station Group Of The Year

The E.W. Scripps Co. is laying down foundations for longevity on multiple fronts, cultivating a strong national TV networks strategy; investing deeply in both OTA and OTT platforms; leading groundbreaking work on NextGen TV and its potential applications beyond broadcast; and never wavering in its commitment to journalism as a core company value.

TVN’S STREAMING NEWS 2022

For News Streamers, Content And Workflow Challenges Are The Next Frontier

Executives from E.W. Scripps, Fox Television Stations, NBCUniversal Local and Cox Media Group told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that hiring challenges are frustrating their efforts to swiftly build out robust streaming channels, but forays into automation and hub-and-spoke models are easing some of the pressure.

Vanessa Strouse Named VP/Digital Chief For Newsy, Court TV

The veteran digital and news exec will be responsible for the overall digital and social media strategies for the E.W. Scripps news group.

Streaming News 2022: Webinar To Explore Optimizing News Content And Workflow Strategy

TVNewsCheck’s Streaming News 2022 kicks off as a two-part webinar event on July 21 focusing on news programming for OTT and how its production can smoothly integrate into newsroom workflows. Executives from Cox Media Group, NBCUniversal Local, E.W. Scripps and Fox Television Stations will discuss how they’re tackling the platform. Register here.

TVN FOCUS ON ADVERTISING

Ad Leaders Say Multimedia Campaigns Must Focus On Client Outcomes

While issues such as attribution, addressability and automation remain challenging, multimedia spot television campaigns are still about relationships and results, leaders from E.W. Scripps, Graham Media, Nexstar, dentsu X and Compulse told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week.

Scripps, Google Partner To Bring More Journalists To Broadcasting

The Scripps Journalism Journey is a multi-year initiative to move experienced journalists with primarily print news backgrounds into broadcast news careers. Participants will be hired into full-time career positions in Scripps local and national media newsrooms. The program provides mid-career transitions into video-driven storytelling through extensive training and support, including mentoring, job shadowing, hands-on work and individual coaching.

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps Sees OTA Gaining From Inflation

Scripps CEO Adam Symson said that is one of the factors making this a good time for the company’s ad campaign for free, over-the air TV. “We really expect to take advantage of this moment when consumers are frustrated with the increases they’re seeing by subscription video-on-demand services. They’re frustrated by the content flood. And they’re experiencing a level of ‘plus fatigue.’”

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 1Q Station Revenue Up 4.5%

The increase to $327 million is pegged to increases in core advertising and retransmission consent revenue.

Scripps Shareholders Add Two Directors To Board

Shareholders of The E.W. Scripps Co. on Monday elected two new members to the company’s board of directors during the annual shareholder meeting. Burton Jablin, 62, and Leigh Radford, 57, will join the board, effective immediately. Jablin was elected by the Class A shareholders, and Radford was elected by the common voting shareholders. Wonya Lucas, […]

TVN FOCUS ON PROGRAMMING

Local TV Content Still The ‘Best Stuff,’ But Only If Investments Are Made In Its Producers

Executives from Fox Television Stations, E.W. Scripps, Tegna, Gray and Blackbird said in a TVNewsCheck webinar Thursday that local content is becoming increasingly crucial in a world of shrinking syndication options, but to pull it off more resources need to be invested in local people and the technology to support them.

Andrés Chaparro Named GM Of WSFL Miami

Scripps is moving him from its Waco, Texas, duo to oversee its CW affiliate in South Florida.

Scripps-Led Consortium Aims To Delivers Scale And Efficiency For CTV Political Advertisers

Cox Media Group, Capitol Broadcasting, Graham Media Group and other broadcasters are participating. Magnite, an independent omnichannel sell-side advertising platform, will make CTV inventory available to agencies and programmatic buyers.

Scripps: ‘Plus-Fatigue’ Will Drive OTA Growth

E.W. Scripps CEO Adam Symson told a Deutsche Bank media conference Tuesday that the proliferation of streaming subscription channels, coupled with internet access costs, are driving many younger consumers to “discover” free TV once more.

TVN TECH

In Outfitting The MMJ, Lightness And Flexibility Top The Wish List

As solo acts in the field, multimedia journalists are very particular about the kit they carry. From cameras to lights and audio, connectivity tools to editing software and apps, experience has taught them that flexibility and portability are among their gear’s most important qualities. Above: Sony’s remote production package, which includes the PXW-Z280 4K handheld camera, allows MMJs to remotely control, capture and transfer high-quality content in real time from any location.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 4Q Adjusted Station Rev Down 24%

The drop to $351 million is pegged to lower political ad revenue that more than offset an 8% increase in core advertising to $183 million.

TVN TECH

CEOs Beware: Ransomware Attacks On Broadcasters Hit ‘Ocean’s 11’ Sophistication

Broadcasters need an arsenal of ways to protect and mitigate against smarter ransomware attacks, particularly targeted against vulnerable CEOs as a “when,” not “if” predicament. These are the questions those CEOs should be asking.

Talking TV: Scripps Gets Inclusive In Its Journalism

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Marcus Riley, senior director of content strategy and inclusive journalism at E.W. Scripps, about what inclusivity looks like on a newscast and how newsrooms can begin addressing it right from a story pitch.

SPONSORED BY LTN GLOBAL

Broadcasters eye datacasting for early 3.0 revenues

ATSC 3.0 infrastructure will position TV stations to not just create their own OTT platforms, but also lease a portion of their spectrum for datacasting, location services and many other new revenue possibilities. Leading experts on monetizing NextGen TV offered their predictions and blueprints at a TVNewsCheck webinar last week sponsored by LTN Global. Above, map showing ATSC 3.0 coverage at the end of 2021 from E.W. Scripps.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Bumping Against Cap, Station Groups Have Their M&A Wings Clipped

With no ownership cap relief in sight from the FCC, broadcasters look to pick up ones and twos along with pursuing other avenues to grow their businesses. Meanwhile, the industry waits to see if Tegna will be sold. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH ADAM SYMSON

Hybridity To Be Permanent At E.W. Scripps

E.W. Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson says the company will be very flexible about work from home hybridity after the pandemic abates, seeing multiple advantages to the new way of working on both the station and corporate levels. Read part one here.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH ADAM SYMSON

Scripps’ Symson: Omicron Won’t Stop Spot TV’s Upward Trajectory

E.W. Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson weighs in on the company’s streaming and diginet strategies, ad tech’s performance, Newsy’s overhaul and the ever-present threat of ransomware attacks against broadcasters in part one of a two-part exclusive interview.

Joseph Naylor Joins Scripps As VP Of Emerging Products

The veteran Cox executive will oversee the Local Media division’s digital thought leadership, vision, strategy, development and execution of non-linear opportunities for Scripps’ 61 television stations in 41 markets.

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps Targets New Advertisers To Grow Core

“In addition to a strong ad market, our core revenue was being bolstered by our success capturing new-to-TV advertisers,” Local Media President Brian Lawlor told analysts this morning. “In this quarter we again had over 1,000 new-to-TV businesses advertising, who have been developed by our local sellers over the pandemic. Across our footprint, we are focused on maintaining a strong and consistent effort to bring new business to local television.”

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 3Q Adjusted Station Rev Down 15%

The drop to $331 is pegged to lower political ad revenue, that more than offset an 18% increase in core advertising to $167 million.

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Scripps Literacy Campaign Distributing 200,000 Books To Kids

Scripps National Spelling Bee To Air Live On Ion & Bounce In 2022

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will air live on two U.S. broadcast television networks in 2022, making it accessible to the widest audience in its nearly 100-year history. The 2022 national competition on June 2 will mark a new chapter for the Bee as it makes its primetime debut on Ion and Bounce, available free […]

It’s Anchors Away — Away From The Studio And Back To The Street

Scripps tries to redefine a traditional newsroom role by getting its stations’ anchors back in the field — not just for sweeps specials or big events, but for enterprise beat reporting.

Talking TV: Newsy Gets A Major Reboot

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Eric Ludgood, head of E.W. Scripps-owned Newsy, which saw a major overhaul and expansion of its programming this week as it now reaches 90% of U.S. television homes with a significant OTA expansion.

Newsy Adds Journalists To 14 Bureaus

The Scripps news network beefs up with 35 hires spread across Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Los Angeles; Missoula, Montana; Nashville, Tennessee; New York, Phoenix, Seattle, Tampa, Florida; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Washington, D.C.

Newsy Launches Today Over The Air In 90%+ Of U.S.

The Scripps-owned news network’s programming expands to 17 hours of daily news with 14 bureaus covering the country.

TVN’S TV2025 2021

Targeted Ads Lead NextGen TV’s Revenue Chase, Execs Say

Representatives from NBCUniversal Local, E.W. Scripps and Pearl TV claim that NextGen TV’s ability to deliver targeted ads to connected TVs is the most promising and immediate among the technology’s potential revenue streams, and a proliferation of NextGen-ready sets is bringing monetization closer.

Newsy Preps For Over-The-Air Launch With New Programming Lineup, News Teams

While already available on nearly every major over-the-top and connected TV platform, Newsy also will launch over the air in roughly 90% of U.S. television homes — and in all major markets — on Oct. 1. It will be carried primarily over Scripps-owned broadcast stations’ spectrum as well as that of partner broadcasters.

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Scripps Donates 500,000 Books Through Childhood Literacy Campaign

Scripps To Require Covid Vaccination For Employees Starting In December

Scripps said the vaccination mandate will take effect Dec. 1 and includes workers who are 100% remote.

Scripps Expands Leadership For Newsy, Court TV

Ethan Nelson has been appointed head of program development, and Christina Hartman has been appointed head of news standards, effective immediately.