DMA 27: NASHVILLE

Ex-WSMV Anchor Sues, Charging Gender Bias

PLAYOUT

Meredith Selects Comark Parallax TX For 6 Stations

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

Watchup Lets Mobile Users Build Newscasts

The app generates customized newscasts for consumers who have registered their preferences on everything from location to topics of interest. Broadcasters on board include the Tribune, Meredith, Scripps, Bonten and Lilly station groups and Cowles-owned KHQ Spokane, Wash.

Meredith Local Media Names General Counsel

Joshua Pila moves from LIN Media to succeed Perry Bradshaw, who is retiring in January 2015 after a 36-year career at Meredith. 

DMA 22 (PORTLAND, OR)

Meredith Names News Chief, New Portland GM

Patrick McCreery, VP-GM of KPTV-KPDX Portland, Ore., is promoted to Meredith Local Media Group news and marketing VP. Succeeding him is Andy Delaporte, the duopoly’s sales director.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Meredith Local Media Revenue Rises 14%

The rise comes from higher ad sales, greater retrans money and one month of operating KMOV St. Louis.

NEWS ANALYSIS BY PRICE COLMAN

To Some, Selling Spectum Could Makes Sense

For some group owners, especially those with multiple stations in major markets, the FCC’s upcoming incentive auction is starting to look like an opportunity to reap a cash windfall. Both LIN and Meredith say they’re considering participating. And for others like Ion and Univision, the financial rewards are very tempting.

COMMENTARY

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On Oct. 3, at an investors’ conference in Texas, LIN Media CEO Vince Sadusky and CTO Brett Jenkins acknowledged that the station group might sell some of its TV spectrum in the FCC’s planned incentive auction. It would be a way of turning Class A low-power stations and full-power duopoly stations into cash, Sadusky said. […]

Meredith Backs TVB On Live+Same Day

Paul Karpowicz, president, Meredith Local Media Group: “Without accounting for time shifting, we are leaving a significant number of impressions unaccounted for our advertisers, and that shortfall will only increase as the industry adds more time-shifting to the ratings standard.”

DMAS 31 & 40

Meredith Names New GMs In KC, Las Vegas

Darrin McDonald moves from KVUU Las Vegas to head KCTV-KSMO Kansas City and is succeeded by KVVU general sales manager, Todd Brown.

TVNEWSCHECK FOCUS ON NEW MEDIA

Skitter Chief: ‘We Would Be Great Partners’

Bob Saunders, president of the broadband DSL cable provider, sees a business in streaming broadcast signals and other programming via the Internet to paying subscribers in small, rural communities. While broadcasters are wary of others distributing their signals, Saunders says he’s not trying to get something for nothing: “We want to pay retransmission where it’s required. We want to be a good actor on the scene.”

NATPE 2012

Sook: Stations Could Get $2 Per Sub Retrans

A NATPE panel offered predictions on the future of retransmission consent at stations. Deb McDermott of Young Broadcasting said that she was not opposed to sharing the retrans revenue with the networks “as long as it is the right division of revenue — as long as they don’t get greedy.” And Nexstar’s Perry Sook suggested that even sending half of the revenue to the networks is not unreasonable.

NATPE 2012

Sook: Stations Could Get $2 Per Sub Retrans

A NATPE panel offered predictions on the future of retransmission consent at stations. Deb McDermott of Young Broadcasting said that she was not opposed to sharing the retrans revenue with the networks “as long as it is the right division of revenue — as long as they don’t get greedy.” And Nexstar’s Perry Sook suggested that even sending half of the revenue to the networks is not unreasonable.

Meredith Goes With LiveU For Mobile Uplink Gear

LiveU, a provider of portable video-over-cellular solutions, has been chosen by the Meredith Local Media Group to provide its mobile uplink technology for electronic newsgathering operations within the TV station group.  The long-term agreement will deploy the company’s flagship LU60 solution to Meredith’s stations. “We selected LiveU to power our ENG services around the country […]

TVNEWSCHECK FOCUS ON NEW MEDIA

Stations Amp Up Viewing With OTT Apps

Over the past year or so, dozens of TV stations have begun quietly experimenting with technology that can deliver content to Internet-connected TV sets and conventional TVs linked to the Net through Blu-ray players, game consoles, DVRs and specially designed set-top boxes from Roku, Western Digital and others. These over-the-top (OTT) apps promise to extend their brands and drive revenue.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

WKRN, WZTV Making Nashville All-HD Town

They are the market’s final stations to convert their news operations to high def. Sinclair’s WZTV will feature an interactive set, while Young’s WKRN has HD capability from the field ready to go. And Nashville’s other news producers — WSMV and WTVF — aren’t resting on their laurels either, adding new sets, graphics, file-based editing systems and news automation to stay cutting edge.

TVNEWSCHECK FOCUS ON BUSINESS

McGraw-Hill Sale Could Fetch $200 Million

McGraw-Hill has begun shopping its four-station group and is said to be drawing interest from the likes of Nexstar, Meredith and Belo. Based on its financials for 2010 and 2011, the group is worth between $150 million and $200 million, although bidding and the expection of big revenue gains from political advertising in 2012 could push the number higher.

Meredith Sites Launch On WorldNow Platform

Meredith Local Media Group has completed the roll out of 10 of its television station Web sites usinge WorldNow’s Web publishing platform.

WorldNow Brings Meredith Back Into Its Orbit

Four years after leaving WorldNow, Meredith Local Media Group has returned to the company for its online technology and sales support. The two companies signed a four-year contract that covers all 12 Meredith stations and starts in June.

Meredith Names Two Station Digital VPs

CoxSchwaidTom Cox becomes VP of digital sales while Steve Schwaid is named VP of digital content at Meredith’s Local Media Group.