QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 3Q Local Media Revenue Grows 23%

The boost to $231 million was attributed to political advertising revenue of $40 million plus $78.8 million in retrans money. Local Media profit was $67.4 million, compared to $30.4 million in the year-ago quarter.

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Scripps Buying 15 Cordillera Stations For $521M

The deal will bring the Scripps station portfolio to 51 stations in 36 markets with a reach of nearly 21% of U.S. TV households and includes three duopolies — in Helena and Great Falls, Montana, and Corpus Christi, Texas. Cordillera is selling its remaining station, NBC affiliate KVOA Tucson, Ariz., to Quincy Media.

Scripps: ‘18 Political Ad Rev Up 50% Over ‘14

The station group says it expects 2018 political advertising revenue to beat its $75 million from 2014 and $101 million from 2016.

Scripps Commits To Midterm Political Coverage

Each of its stations will 100 minutes coverage each week prior to the midterm elections. In addition, Scripps has renewed its Sunday political news show The Race, which debuted during the 2016 election season.

Scripps Sets Accelerated Share Repurchase

The plan is to buy $25 million of its Class A common shares, which it expects to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 2Q Local Media Revenue Grows 6%

The gain to $213 million was driven by retrans plus political advertising revenue of $14.9 million, more than double the $7 million of pro forma political revenue in 2Q 2014, the last midterm election year.

TVN TECH

Dynamic Ad Insertion Is Key To Broadcast OTT

The complications of dynamic ad insertion is one factor keeping local broadcasters from making a bigger run at OTT. But with the promise of higher CPMs from ad targeting as motivation, broadcasters and vendors say solutions are on the horizon.

Scripps Ups Missy Evenson To Local Sales VP

She most recently was director of revenue strategy for Scripps, supporting the sales strategy of the group’s 12 local TV markets in the Western United States.

Scripps Creates Consumer Engagement VP

Frank Friedman will oversee Scripps’ portfolio of local media brands by focusing his consumer and advertising background on local market strategic plans and executions. He will manage teams including analytics and insights, marketing and creative. He also will lead Scripps’ involvement in the testing and implementation of the growing automated advertising marketplace.

NAB 2018

‘Digital’ TV Leaders Have Been Forged By Risk

Broadcast leaders who’ve come up through their companies’ digital ranks have a different vantage point than their C-suite peers. Leaders from Raycom, E.W. Scripps, ABC Owned Television Stations are Capitol Broadcasting say their experience with digital media risks, failures and the process of constant iteration has shaped their approach to the broadcast helm for the better.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Scripps Bonuses Faced Stiff ’16 Comparisons

President-CEO Adam P. Symson, President/Local Brian G. Lawlor, EVP-CFO Lisa A. Knutson and former EVP-CFO Timothy M. Wesolowski all received one-time retention bonuses in the wake of the retirement of former Scripps CEO Richard A. Boehne.

Auto Sales, Auto Spot Stuck In Low Gear

According to most pure-play station groups, this recent sluggishness by auto dealers has been replicated in their automotive advertising sales, which typically account for around a quarter of their spot revenue. However, some group execs see things improving as the year progresses.

DIGINETS

Laff Lands ‘Home Improvement’; Debuts In Fall

Laff, the E.W. Scripps-owned comedy multicast network, has acquired the television rights to Home Improvement from The Disney/ABC Television Group. In the multi-year licensing agreement announced today, Laff acquires the rights to broadcast all eight seasons and 203 half-hours of Home Improvement and will debut the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series in September. “Laff is becoming the […]

DMA 14: DETROIT

Ex-WXYZ Reporter Sues Over Harassment

WXYZ Detroit anchor Malcom Maddox repeatedly propositioned a colleague for “deviant” sex, according to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed Tuesday. Former reporter Tara Edwards sued the station and parent company Scripps Media, in federal court, four months after Maddox temporarily was placed on administrative leave amid allegations involving an unnamed colleague.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 4Q Local Media Rev Falls 17%

The reorganized company finds that increases in core and retrans can’t offset lower political money.

TVN FOCUS ON SPOT REVENUE

Big Data Portends Big Changes To Spot Buys

Ad sellers — broadcasters and cable networks — are wading deeper into data pools so that they are helping advertisers and their agencies program-target their buys and avoid undervaluing their time.

Scripps Announces Quarterly Dividend

The E.W. Scripps board has declared a cash dividend for the first quarter of 2018. Shareholders of record as of March 1 will receive 5 cents per share, payable on March 26. This will be the company’s first quarterly dividend since 2008. “The decision by our board to initiate a quarterly dividend is a sign of confidence in the state of our business and faith in our strategy for the future,” said Adam Symson, Scripps CEO. “We’re focused on strengthening our local media operations, anchored by our television stations, while we support the long-term value creation we see in the high-growth businesses we have in Katz, Midroll and Newsy.”

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Scripps Donates 100,000 Books To Children

Scripps Plans Layoffs, Sale Of Radio Stations

The restructuring is designed to save more than $30 million annually and put a “high priority on configuring a more durable TV station portfolio during this period of changing local market regulations.”

NATPE 2018

Groups Likely To Expand Program Production

The trend of station groups creating and syndicating their own shows has proven itself as a worthy way to create cost-effective programming that speaks to local and regional audiences, according to a panel of executives who spoke Wednesday at NATPE.

Scripps Launches MarketPredict

The new service is designed to help political campaigns and agencies develop smart media campaigns and convert voters.

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

Making News Millennials Will Want To Watch

One of the biggest challenges for news operations is stopping young consumers’ thumbs from moving from a new story to other distractions on mobile devices. Techniques that news organizations are testing to attract and retain millennials include fresh presentations, voice interfaces, automation, augmented reality and creating chat-like apps.

Scripps Promotes Lisa Knutson, Doug Lyons

Knutson becomes EVP-CFO after serving as interim CFO and Lyons is now the company’s to SVP, controller and treasurer.

EARNINGS CALL

Cord-Cutting Cuts Into Scripps Retrans Take

Scripps top TV exec Brian Lawlor says retrans-paying cable and satellite subs are down 2%-3%, but that new carriage-fee revenue from OTT skinny bundles should eventually offset the losses. In any event, retrans will grow 15% next year, while net retrans grows in low double digits.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 3Q TV Revenue Drops 9%

The decrease to $180 million is pegged to lower political and core local and national advertising that weren’t offset by retrans revenue that grew by $10.6 million.

Scripps Begins Search For New CFO

It’s looking for a successor to Tim Wesolowski who left the company this week.

DIGINETS

E.W. Scripps Closes $302M Katz Purchase

Since Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, its net purchase price is $292 million for the multicast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.

Laff Sets Record with ‘That ’70s Show’ Marathon

Laff, the Katz-owned comedy multicast network that’s being acquired by E.W. Scripps, introduced the multiple Emmy-winning sitcom That ’70s Show to its lineup with a daylong marathon on Sunday, Sept. 24. The marathon reached nearly 2.6 million viewers and set a Laff primetime record in household delivery (167,000) and in adults 25-54 (122,000). The marathon peaked with 311,000 […]

DMA 61: FT. MYERS-NAPLES, FL

WFTX Goes Far To Supply Local Irma News

After deciding it had to evacuate its Cape Coral station in advance of Hurricane Irma, Scripps’ Fox affiliate in a technical tour de force  continued to provide full local coverage with an anchor desk in Tampa (above), news production in Detroit and master control in Indianapolis.

NEWSTECH FORUM 2017

Tech To Court Next-Gen At NewsTECHForum

CarvinKeefeRiordanMcCrackenAP’s Andy Carvin, Quartz’s John Keefe, The E.W. Scripps Co.’s Rob McCracken and GateHouse Media’s Penny Riordan will look at how social platforms, bots and voice-enabled technologies are building audience engagement and loyalty among cord-cutting millennials at TVNewsCheck’s sixth annual NewsTECH Forum on Dec. 11-12.

 

Low Ratings Drive Out WRTV’s GM

Larry Blackerby, the VP and GM at Indianapolis’ Scripps-owned WRTV has been ousted with a staffer attributing the move to the station’s low ratings. Blackerby, who held the job for almost seven years, has been replaced by Jeff Block, a Scripps special consultant, on an interim basis. 

Scripps Makes Changes To Top Management

The moves follow Adam Symson’s move to president-CEO earlier this month. The moves are promotions for Brian Lawlor, Laura Tomlin, Lisa Knutson, Tim Wesolowski and William Appleton.

DMA 13: DETROIT

WXYZ Revs Up For Dream Cruise Coverage

It’s time again for classic cars and chrome. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit (DMA 13) will broadcast exclusive coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Ford, on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. Viewers in cities from Los Angeles to New York also can experience the excitement of what the station calls […]

EARNINGS CALL

Short NBA Series Shorts Scripps 2Q Results

Two fewer championship series games took a toll on revenue, as did lower political dollars, but some of that was mitigated by strong gains in retransmission consent revenue.

QUARTERLY REPORT

E.W. Scripps 2Q TV Revenue Inches Up 1%

With all categories of advertising down, a 24% increase in retrans revenue keeps things in the positive column. Digital division 2Q revenue was $19.3 million, up 27.2% from a yer ago.

Scripps Buys Katz Diginets For $302 Million

Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, so its net purchase price is $292 million for Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Founder Jonathan Katz will continue to lead the Katz networks business. The company, with about 130 employees, will remain based in the Atlanta area.

DMA 53: BUFFALO, NY

Hannah Buehler To Anchor WKBW’s ‘The Now’

DMA 17 (DENVER)

ND Holly Gauntt Jumps From KDVR To KMGH

Scripps has filled its news director vacancy at KMGH Denver by hiring Holly Gauntt from crosstown rival KDVR, a Tribune station. Gauntt grew up in Denver, but her peripatetic career in TV news has taken her to Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and Seattle. 

Scripps: Boehne-Symson Move Set For Aug. 8

Nearly eight months after announcing that Rich Boehne (far left) would cede the president and CEO roles to Adam Symson, but continue as chairman, E.W. Scripps finally set the date for the transition: Aug. 8.

 

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WCPO Promo Wins ABC Alpha Award