DMA 11: PHOENIX

KPHO-KTVK GM Ed Munson To Retire

After 40 years in broadcast TV, he will step down as head of Meredith’s Phoenix duopoly on Sept. 7. A search is underway for his successor.

Meredith To Sell Time, SI, Fortune, Money

The magazines, some of the most celebrated titles in the industry, clash with the lifestyle publications favored by Meredith, which bought Time Inc. last year.

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.

A Heartland Company Leads The Media Race

After buying Time Inc. for $2.8 billion, Meredith is the largest magazine company in the United States, but it’s not about to change its unassuming style.

Meredith To Lay Off 700 Time Inc. Employees

Less than a week after taking over Time Inc., Meredith is planning to ax 700 people in its Tampa, Fla., Time Customer Service center.

Meredith Adds CEO To Tom Harty’s Portfolio

In his new role, Harty, 55, will continue to lead Meredith’s National and Local Media Groups, and direct the integration of the Time Inc. acquisition. He will add responsibility for Meredith’s finance and legal functions. Current CEO Steve Lacy will become executive chairman.

DMA 9

WOW! Battling Meredith Over Atlanta Retrans

Amid what is relatively light turn-of-the-year infighting between broadcasters and their MVPD partners, WideOpenWest-owned Atlanta-area operator NuLink has lost access to Meredith’s local CBS affiliate WGCL and co-owned independent WPCH (Peachtree TV).

Meredith Ups McCreery To Operations EVP

Patrick McCreery will have oversight of all the Meredith Local Media Group station operations and general managers and will continue to be based in Phoenix.

Time Inc. Sells Itself To Meredith For $2.8B

Time Inc. announced on Sunday night that it had sold itself to the Meredith Corp., in a deal backed by Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers known for using their wealth and political connections to advance conservative causes. Under the terms of the deal, Meredith will pay $18.50 a share for Time — the publisher of once-premier glossy titles including Time, Sports Illustrated and People — in an all-cash transaction valued at nearly $3 billion. The boards of Time Inc. and Meredith finalized the deal on Sunday evening.

Time Inc. May Resist Meredith Takeover

EARNINGS CALL

Meredith Reports Ongoing Growth In Core

While the just-reported quarter saw an expected big drop in political money, local core was up 4%, to $88 million, a gain of approximately $3.5 million. According to Chairman-CEO Steve Lacy, growth in core should pick up steam going forward, with gains expected in the mid- to high single-digit range.

DMA 10

‘CBS46 News At 9’ To Air On WPCH Atlanta

Meredith will debut an hour evening newscast in Atlanta produced by its CBS affiliate in Atlanta on its independent outlet there.

AT&T, Meredith Knocking Heads Over Retrans

The station group and owner of DirecTV and U-Verse cannot come to terms on a new retransmission consent pack and so exchanging harsh words on their website in battle for hearts and minds of consumers.

PLAYOUT

Meredith Commits To Avid Workflow

WGCL Atlanta Hires 7th ND In 10 Years

He is Steve Doerr, most recently a news consultant with Crawford Johnson & Northcott. But he has had a slew of local TV management jobs in markets including Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas, Providence and Columbus, Ohio. WGCL is a Meredith CBS affiliate.

14. MEREDITH CORP., Des Moines, IA

2016 Spot Revenue: $505.9 million Stations: 28 in 12 markets Coverage:10.8% Ownership: Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP) Key Executives: Stephen M. Lacy, chairman-CEO; Tom Harty, president-CEO; Paul Karpowicz, president, Meredith Local Media Group. What’s Up: In January, Meredith and Cox Media Group created a buying cooperative, designed to give the partners extra negotiating leverage with syndicators, as well as a […]

EARNINGS CALL

Meredith Sees Local Gains Despite Weak Core

Chairman-CEO Steve Lacy said that the Local Media Group’s core advertising is pacing down low- to mid-single digits. On the plus side, automotive is pacing up, as are food and home, while professional services and fast food restaurants are dragging.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Meredith’s Station Revenue Inches Up 1%

Big drops in political and Super Bowl revenue were offset by an increase in retrans money and digital.

FCC OKs Time Warner Sale Of WPCH

The FCC said on Monday it approved Time Warner’s sale of WPCH Atlanta to Meredith Corp. for $70 million, a transaction that could help speed Time Warner’s planned merger with AT&T.

DMA 30: HARTFORD, CT

Lawmaker Asks FCC To End WFSB Blackout

A Connecticut state lawmaker has stepped in to try to end a two-month retrans battle that has kept Meredith’s CBS affiliate WFSB Hartford, Conn., off of Altice USA’s Optimum cable system. Sen. Gayle Slossberg is spearheading a petition to have the FCC intervene in the impasse.

DMA 10

Meredith Buying WPCH Atlanta For $70M

Meredith has been operating the Time Warner-owned independent through joint sales and shared services agreements since 2011. T ime Warner is in the process of merging with AT&T and WPCH is its only station. Disposing of WPCH might help Time Warner side-step FCC review of the merger, which the parties have been pushing for in Washington.

EARNINGS CALL

Meredith: Super Bowl To Hold Down 1Q Rev

After reporting a good 4Q 2016, the company says that the upcoming 1Q will be a loss-leader with lower local ad dollars chiefly because the Super Bowl is on Fox rather than CBS like last year. Meredith doesn’t have as many Fox affils.

Political Drives Meredith TV Rev. Up 27% In 4Q

Political spending hits $40 million, 37% more than in the same quarter of 2014. But core takes a 11.2% tumble partly because of crowding out by political spots. Political was particularly strong in Las Vegas, St. Louis, Phoenix and Kansas City because of down ballot races, the company said.

DMAS 10,12,33 & 72

Meredith Renews Four CBS Affiliations

The new agreement extends affiliation for Meredith’s stations in Atlanta, Phoenix, Kansas City and Flint, Mich. In addition, all seven of Meredith’s CBS Affiliates renew for local live streams on CBS All Access and commit to Hulu Live multichannel digital service and some future digital distribution deals.

DMA 72: FLINT, MI

Attorney: WNEM Suing Ex-Reporter Over Sexuality

Meredith May Enter Bidding For Time Inc.

As the Time Inc. drama played out for a second day, some media insiders were betting that Meredith Corp. will soon enter the fray and trigger a potential bidding war against the billionaire trio of Edgar Bronfman Jr., Len Blavatnik and Ynon Kreiz for the well-known publisher.

Meredith Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Meredith Corp. board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.4950 per share, or $1.98 on an annual basis. The dividend will be payable on Dec. 15 to shareholders of record on Nov. 30. Meredith has paid a dividend for 69 consecutive years and has increased its dividend for the past 23 years.

EARNINGS CALL

Political Turns Out As A Net Plus For Meredith

Fiscal first quarter revenue gains were solely the result of political, which increased $14 million to $16 million, more than making up for a 6% drop ($5.126 million) drop in non-political advertising. That drop in core was largely contained within its four hot political markets, largely due to displacement.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Meredith Station Ad Rev Up 21% In Quarter

Bolstered by gains in political advertising, retransmission consent fees and digital advertising (up 22%), the company reported total revenue for its 17-station Local Media Group increased to $153 million.

MARKET SHARE

Broadcasters Unite For La. Flood Relief Concert

Meredith To Launch Series Based On App

Meredith Corp. is bringing its Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app to televisions across the nation. Titled Dinner Spinner, the weekly half-hour, cooking competition show will begin airing on the CW Network Oct. 1 at 11 a.m

Meredith Names Tom Harty President-COO

He will will oversee Meredith’s National and Local Media Groups. Jon Werther is tapped to succeed him as National Media Group president.

 

Meredith Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Meredith Corp. board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.4950 per share, or $1.98 on an annual basis. The dividend will be payable on Sept.15 to shareholders of record on Aug. 31.

EARNINGS CALL

Meredith Expects To Rise On Political Wave

The TV group has done well with campaign advertising so far, but says there’s a lot more to come. And CEO Stephen Lacy is ready to jump back into M&A mode once the spectrum auction is completed and the station trading market comes back to life.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Meredith Station Ad Rev Up 8.4% In Quarter

Bolstered by gains in retransmission consent fees and digital advertising (up 13%), the company reported total revenue for its 17-station Local Media Group increased to $141 million. For the company’s full fiscal year, the group’s revenue was up 3% to $548 million.

Meredith Is Producing 500 Videos A Month

That’s double what the publisher of Martha Stewart Living was producing last year, Jemma Brackebush reports. She looks more closely at the company’s centralized approach with a team of 30 taking a lot of guidance from audience data, along with its more experimental efforts on Facebook Live.

Meredith TVs Renew Deal With Inform

Inform Inc. today announced partnership renewals with the 17 television stations in Meredith’s Local Media Group, including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Portland. Meredith stations have been partners with inform since 2014, licensing their local news and entertainment videos to the more than 5,000 publishers that use Inform’s video platform.

Meredith Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Meredith Corp. board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.495 per share, or $1.98 on an annual basis. The dividend will be payable on June 15 to shareholders of record on May 31. Meredith said it has paid dividends for 69 consecutive years, increasing them for 23 years straight.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Meredith TV Station Ad Revenue Up 10%

Bolstered also by gains in retransmission consent fees and digital media (up 15%), the company reported total revenue for Local Media Group with its 17 stations increased 14.7% to $140.9 million.

Meredith, Charter Retrans Deadline Looms

Today, stations owned by Meredith began notifying their viewers that Charter Cable may drop the stations from its lineup after April 30. Meredith said: “By law, cable companies must negotiate in good faith with television stations before dropping a television station’s signal.” If Charter fails to reach an agreement, the Meredith stations’ programming will not be available on Charter systems after April 30.