Scripps Completes Sale Of Stitcher To SiriusXM

The Stitcher company includes the Midroll advertising rep firm; owned-and-operated podcast networks including the comedy-focused Earwolf; and the Stitcher podcast listening platform.

Here Come The First Ion Media Spinoffs

On Sept. 24, one of the biggest broadcast media mergers in recent memory was announced. The E.W. Scripps Co. is agreeing to buy Ion Media — the broadcast media network with roots in the Paxton family media operation — for $2.65 billion. The deal will not run afoul of FCC Top 4 regulations, as Scripps said it will divest of 23 Ion stations. On Oct. 14, details regarding those station spinoffs became known, thanks to an FCC filing by Ion.

Scripps Taps Knutson, Tomlin For New Roles

EVP-CFO Lisa Knutson will lead the new Scripps national television networks business, and EVP, National Media Laura Tomlin will become chief administrative officer of the company.

Scripps National Campaign Will Distribute 165,000 Books To Kids

The national “If You Give a Child a Book…” campaign will distribute more than 165,000 books to kids in low-income households across the country this school year after raising $825,369 during its annual fundraiser this fall. The childhood literacy campaign is led by the Scripps Howard Foundation and supported by employees of The E.W. Scripps […]

Optimizing Multiplatform Audiences At TV2025

Executives from Tegna, Gray Television and E.W. Scripps will look at how to convert their surging pandemic audiences into longer-term viewers on their digital and broadcast platforms at TVNewsCheck’s TV2025: Monetizing the Future virtual event later this month. Register here.

Scripps Amps Up Voter Information Efforts

Ranging from local digital voter guides and precinct-by-precinct coverage to in-depth national coverage, Scripps TV stations and national media businesses are producing coverage that breaks down the voting process as it unfolds and encourages voters to be actively engaged in the democratic process.

No Retrans, No Problem For Scripps-Ion

One rarely hears about a station group deciding not to pursue lucrative retransmission consent fees but when E.W. Scripps agreed to acquire Ion Media for $2.65 billion, it said the Ion stations would stick to must-carry. Analysts initially said they were surprised by the unusual strategy and asked about it during a conference call in which Scripps executives went over details of the transaction.

Talking TV | Scripps Buys Ion, OTT’s Boom Year

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell unpack what matters about E.W. Scripps’ acquisition of Ion Media and recap last week’s OTT News Summit, which spotlighted the “operational agility” of streaming news in a year of surging pandemic audiences.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

OTT Ad Impressions Spike During COVID Crisis

Streaming executives from E.W. Scripps, NBCUniversal Owned Stations, CBC and Sinclair say the pandemic drove record numbers to their streaming sites, boosting ad impressions and creating more inroads to advertisers.

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | As Elections Near, TV’s Fact-Checking Surges

Broadcasters, including CBS, E.W. Scripps, Hearst, Tegna and Graham Media, are bolstering their fact-checking operations as the 2020 election looms closer, partnering with outside groups like Politifact, FactCheck.org and First Draft to ensure their own trustworthiness with local viewers.

Scripps Channels Restored To Dish

E.W. Scripps released this statement Sunday: “Scripps has reached an agreement with Dish, and all Scripps stations are back on the air for Dish subscribers. We apologize for the disruption in service our viewers experienced and thank them for their loyalty and patience through this period.”

Scripps Blasts Dish As ‘Dishonest’ In Fee Fight

Scripps says Dish is not being honest in their carriage dispute, and further alleges the satcaster is not motivated to settle because it’s making a profit from the blackout. Dish has been without Scripps’ 60 local network affiliates in 42 markets since July 25 when the two companies could not agree on a new carriage pact. The satellite service claims that Scripps is asking for excessive fees to carry its signals, a 250% increase over the previous rate. But in a statement released Monday, Scripps says Dish is not agreeing to a new deal because it does not have to pay the broadcaster during the blackout.

Some LA, TX Scripps Stations Back On Dish

Programming For Elections At OTT News Summit

News leaders from CNN, ABC News, E.W. Scripps, Gray Television and Yahoo Finance will explore the programming options enabled by the 2020 election at TVNewsCheck’s virtual event on Sept. 23. Register here.

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps: Recovery Spans Nearly All Ad Categories

Each month of the second quarter was sequentially better, so Local Media President Brian Lawler is optimistic: “We do believe, based on everything we’re seeing now, that August will be better than July, and September will be better than August in terms of year-to-year improvement, in terms of dollar growth,” he said.

QUARTERLY REPORT | UPDATED 2:08 PM ET

Scripps 2Q Adjusted Local Media Rev Down 12%

The decrease to $277 million was significantly impacted by the economic downturn, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the greatest impact in April. Scripps said it saw improvements in advertising revenue from April to May and from May to June.

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

TVN Focus On Journalism | Local TV Plans Reduced Convention Presence

Station groups say they will send fewer correspondents to August’s largely virtualized political conventions and centralize their reporting resources. At the same time, they see local coverage opportunities of the conventions expanding, largely down to use of the remote production technology they’ve already been mastering for months during the pandemic.

Scripps Stations Go Dark To Dish Subs

The station group and satellite TV provider have failed to reach a new carriage deal, so Dish subscribers in 42 markets have lost access to Scripps stations.

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Scripps Stations Help Raise Over $2 Million For Food Banks

WORKING LUNCH WEBINAR

TVN To Present Second Webinar On Optimizing Spot TV In A Tough Year

Leading executives in the spot TV advertising ecosystem will talk about ways to entice a larger number of marketers to invest in local TV during a TVNewsCheck webinar on Aug. 6. The event, which will focus on short- and long-term issues facing the industry, will feature (top, l-r): Frank Friedman, E.W. Scripps; Jane Meyerson, ICON International; Joe Cerone, Zenith; (bottom, l-r):  Rob Weisbord, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Mark Gorman, Matrix Solutions and Ted Kramer, ProvantageX.  Register here.

DMA 1: NEW YORK

Mission Broadcasting Buying WPIX From Scripps

Nexstar has transferred its option to purchase Scripps’ New York CW affiliate WPIX to Mission Broadcasting and Mission has exercised its option to purchase the station for $75 million plus accrued interest, to be calculated on the period between the Sept. 19, 2019, purchase date of WPIX by Scripps and the option sale closing date.

Scripps Sells Podcast Biz To SiriusXM For $325M

The deal includes three distinct podcast business lines: the Midroll advertising rep firm; owned-and-operated podcast networks including the comedy-focused Earwolf; and the Stitcher podcast listening platform.

TVN FOCUS ON DIVERSITY

TVN Focus | Scripps Took An Early Lead On Diversity Efforts

Many broadcasters are now reassessing diversity and inclusion in their operations following the wave of U.S. protests against racial injustice. The E.W. Scripps Co. started its own top-to-bottom initiative two years ago. Above, WXYZ Detroit Anchor Glenda Lewis at Campus Martius Park in Detroit with a “7 In Your Neighborhood’ community segment.

DMA 65: TUCSON, AZ

Tregg White Named KGUN-KWBA GM

Scripps chooses the former news and sales exec and Cheyenne, Wyo., GM to lead its ABC-CW duopoly in Tucson, Ariz.

Las Vegas Stations Launch 3.0 Broadcasts

Powered by ATSC 3.0, Sinclair’s KSNV (NBC) and KVCW (CW), Nexstar’s KLAS (CBS) and Scripps’ KTNV (ABC) are now broadcasting with the new NextGen TV technology.

Scripps Family Fund Donation To Support Scripps Employees, Communities During Pandemic

Employees of The E.W. Scripps Co. and communities where it does business in more than 40 markets across the country will benefit from a gift from the Scripps Family Impact Fund. The fund is giving $1.6 million to three initiatives, including two related to the company and its foundation: Scripps COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund — The […]

DMAS 102 & 191

Matt Hamilton New GSM At KIVI-KSAW

He joins from iHeartMedia in Portland, Ore., to oversee sales at the Scripps ABC affiliates in Boise-Nampa and Twin Falls, Idaho.

Project OAR Expands With Scripps And ViacomCBS

The E.W. Scripps Co. and an expanded group from ViacomCBS have joined Project OAR, the consortium working to recommend open standard protocols for TV programmers and platforms to easily manage, sell and deliver more relevant advertising experiences within linear and on-demand formats on smart TVs. The two media network groups join the consortium on the […]

EARNINGS CALL

Scripps Sees Business Starting To Return

EVP-CFO Lisa Knutson said ad pacings are improving sequentially month-over-month, with May pacing ahead of April and June pacing ahead of May. Brian Lawlor, president of local media, added that it is unusual for June to grow over May if advertising were normal.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 1Q Adjusted Local Media Rev Up 9%

The increase to $322 million was aided by a jump in retrans revenue. When factoring in the acquisition of 23 stations last year, that local media revenue percent gain climbs to 58%.

Scripps Issues Second-Quarter 2020 Dividend

The board of directors of The E.W. Scripps Co. today declared a cash dividend for the second quarter of 2020. Scripps shareholders of record as of June 15, will receive 5 cents per share, payable on June 25. The dividend will be paid out of the company’s surplus.

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KNXV’s Investigation Into Police Abuse Earns Hillman Award

Scripps Names Pat Browning CIO

Beginning April 1, he succeeds the retiring Bob Carson in leading the company’s enterprise technology strategy and operations.

Scripps Offering Viewers Recovery Resources

The Rebound is a companywide service-oriented content initiative that provides audiences with the information, tools and resources they need as the country moves forward during the pandemic.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH ADAM SYMSON

Executive Session | Scripps On ‘Business Equivalent Of Adrenaline’

E.W. Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson feels the audience increase its stations have experienced since the pandemic will endure through to the other side of the crisis. For now, he says, the company is on a firm financial footing and jobs are secure, “but the real questions that we have to wait and see on are how deep this goes and how long it lasts.”

Scripps CEO, Execs Take Pay Cut

The company said it will donate an amount equal to those cuts to a fund to support its employees affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Scripps Taps Monica Dias To Support Local TV Newsrooms’ Public Access Efforts

Building on its commitment to advance public records access for TV stations, E.W. Scripps appointed Monica Dias as senior counsel of content and intellectual property, effective Monday, April 6. In this role, Dias will manage Scripps’ copyright and trademark portfolio and will work directly with Scripps journalists on newsgathering issues related to public records access. She […]

For Newsy, Digital Nativity Aided Its Virus Pivot

As a digital-centric news organization, Newsy was better prepared than many to shift to remote working conditions. What’s changed is a tighter collaborative relationship with other E.W. Scripps-owned sister companies, including Court TV and TV stations.

Scripps Fund To Provide Virus Assistance

Qualified Scripps employees can apply for up to $1,000 for eligible expenses related to hardships caused by COVID-19.

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Scripps PSA Campaign For Local Businesses: We’re Open