RETRANS TALKS

Will LIN Stations Go Dark On TWC Systems?

The broadcaster has begun to warn more than 1.5 million viewers in 14 markets that its stations could disappear from Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network systems at the end of next week unless the companies reach a new retransmission consent agreement. Stations at risk include LIN TV’s NBC, CW, and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Austin, Texas; CBS and CW stations in Buffalo, N.Y.; NBC and CW outlets in Dayton, Ohio; and Fox and CW stations in Green Bay, Wis.

QUARTERLY REPORT

LIN’s 1Q Revenue Climbs 37% To $141M

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and TV station website revenues, increased 47%, while national revenue rose 28%.

LIN Creates On-Air Image, Design Manager

LIN TV Corp. announced today that Kathy Mosher-Boule’ has been appointed to manager of on-air image and design. In this new position at LIN Media, Mosher-Boule’ will collaborate with the company’s creative services, marketing and promotions departments at each of its television stations to ensure their sets, lighting, graphics and other image-related aspects of a […]

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LIN TV 3Q Revenues Climb 36% To $98M

In addition to $20 million in political money, local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fees and station website revenues increased 17% to $73 million, while national revenue was up 11% to $26 million.

EARNINGS CALL

LIN CEO Sees Auto Gains As Sustainable

Vince Sadusky tells analysts that with automotive back to accounting for a pre-recession level of 26% of its revenue, “from where we sit, we view the auto industry as being healthier than it’s been in a long, long time” and sees it continuing. In addition, the company says to expect 3Q revenues to be up 26% to 33% from the year-ago mark of $97.8 million.

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LIN 2Q Revenue Climbs 20% To $121M

In addition to political gains, automotive was up 25% over the same period last year, local revenue (including retrans) was up 14%, national grew 7%, while interactive was up 50%.

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LIN 1Q Revenue Climbs 15% To $103M

Strong political money is a factor, along with local revenue growth of 16%, national up 4% and interactive 41% higher.

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LIN Buying New Vision Stations For $342M

LIN is acquiring network affiliates in eight markets: Portland, Ore. (DMA 22); Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 39); Wichita, Kan. (DMA 67); Honolulu (DMA 71); Savannah, Ga. (DMA 92); Youngstown, Ohio (DMA 110); Topeka, Kan. (DMA 136); and Mason City, Iowa (DMA 153). The price: $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

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LIN’s 4Q Core Revenue Climbs 11%

Local revenue is up 12% to $69.8 million and interactive soars 54% to $8.4 million.

DMA 30

Cox, LIN Reach Carriage Deal In Hartford

Cox Communications and LIN TV Corp. signed a retransmission consent agreement late Wednesday to keep LIN’s Hartford-New Haven, Conn., duopoly of WTNH (ABC) and WCTX (MNT) on Cox’s cable system. The previous deal was set to expire at midnight.

LIN Ups Michael Kelly To VP Of Sales

The group owner promotes its director of interactive/new media sales to oversee all multiplatform sales efforts for the company’s television stations, interactive websites and mobile products.

LIN Promotes Joshua Pila to Senior Counsel

LIN TV Corp. today named Joshua Pila senior counsel. Since joining the company as regulatory counsel in 2010, Pila has been the lead attorney for many initiatives in addition to overseeing regulatory, transactional, litigation and employment matters. Pila’s new role includes handling both traditional broadcast as well as new media issues, including intellectual property, privacy […]

LIN Buys Majority Stake In Nami Media

The TV group owner acquires a 50.1% share of the online traffic quality management firm.

QUARTERLY REPORT

LIN 3Q Revenue Down 3% To $101M

Core local and national advertising sales combined, which excludes political advertising sales, were flat at $85 million.

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LIN 2Q Revenue Climbs 5%

While core revenues were flat, Internet and retransmission consent money grew by 50%

DMAS 59, 62 & 71

Acme Completes Three Station Sales

It gets $17.1 million for WBXX Knoxville, Tenn.; WBDT Dayton, Ohio; and WCWF Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.

DMAS 27, 30, 43, 60, 62

LIN Deal Means More Markets For Bounce TV

The TV group owner will carry the proposed broadcast network for African Americans in Indianapolis, Hartford-New Haven, Norfolk, Dayton and Mobile-Pensacola for a projected 50% clearance at launch this fall.

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LIN 4Q Revenue Climbs 24%

Political ad money and digital revenue, comprising Internet and retransmission consent contributions, lead the gain.

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LIN Posts 27% Gain In 3Q Revenue

Core local and national advertising sales combined, excluding political ad sales, increased 13% to $85.1 million, with automotive up by 41%. Political ads brought in 32% more and retrans money grew by 4%.