NBC’s Craig Melvin To Host Golden Mike Gala

The black-tie event honoring Nexstar Media Group’s Perry A. Sook raises funds for broadcasters in need and takes place March 6 in New York, with entertainment by Grammy-winning duo Sugarland.

ACA’s Polka Slams Nexstar Over Retrans Tactic

American Cable Association President Matt Polka has taken issue with Nexstar’s online effort to sell the importance of its signals to local government and the impact of their absence from Antietam Broadband, with which it is currently at a retrans impasse.

RETRANS

TDS Subs Urged To Complain About Nexstar

TDS Telecom has complained to the FCC about Nexstar and asked its subs to do the same in an online video. TDS Telecom subs in Indiana and Tennessee lost access to Nexstar stations in Indiana, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah and Nevada on Jan. 1 over what TDS CEO Jim Butman said was an unreasonable demand for an “up to 129%” retransmission consent rate increase.

MARKET SHARE

KLAS New Year’s Eve Special Airs In 11 Cities

MARKET SHARE

Nexstar, KXAS Airing New Year’s Special In 21 Markets

Nexstar Settles DOJ Ad Info Investigation

Nexstar has reached a settlement with the Justice Department over DOJ’s investigation into the TV ad market, specifically what DOJ says are anticompetitive exchanges of competitively sensitive information. It has already settled with Sinclair, Raycom, Tribune, Meredith, Griffin and Dreamcatcher, but added Nexstar to the settlement as a defendant Thursday (Dec. 13) and filed a proposed settlement at the same time, as it did with the others, which all settled Nov. 13.

Perry Sook To Receive Golden Mike Award

The Nexstar Media Group executive will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its annual fundraising gala in New York in March.

Perry Sook To Receive Golden Mike Award

The Nexstar Media Group executive will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its annual fundraising gala in New York in March.

DMA 150: PANAMA CITY, FL

WMBB Back On Air Following Hurricane Michael

Winds tore the roof off Nexstar’s Panama City ABC affiliate during a live broadcast as Michael made landfall. The studio has not been repaired yet, so the station is broadcasting remotely.

Antitrust Suits Against TV Groups Consolidated

A judicial panel has consolidated at least 18 antitrust suits against five TV station groups for allegedly colluding on spot pricing in the federal district court in Chicago. The defendants, which include Tribune, Sinclair and in some cases Gray, Hearst, Nexstar and Tegna, had pushed for the consolidation. The proliferatng suits are an outgrowth of a Justice Department review of the merger of Sinclair and Tribune, which was scuttled after the FCC found evidence of misrepresentation by Sinclair. (Free registration required.)

DMA 66: HONOLULU

Nexstar Goes All Out To Enhance KHON Hurricane Coverage

DMA 6: WASHINGTON

Nexstar Names Andrew Wyatt Hagerstown GM

Nexstar Media Group on Monday appointed Andrew Wyatt vice president and general manager of WDVM and associated digital services including LocalDVM.com, serving Central and Western Maryland, South Central Pennsylvania, the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia and Northern Virginia (DMA 6). He replaces Hugh Breslin who retired in June after many years of service. Wyatt’s appointment is […]

Nexstar Declares Quarterly 37 Cent Dividend

Local Pubs Eye Agency Services For Growth

Nexstar grew its digital ad agency services by 38% to $62 million in Q1 2018, and other local publishers are increasingly bullish on the business according to a new Local Media Association survey. Almost one-third of its respondents said digital marketing services were their top growth opportunity, and two-thirds said that side of their business was profitable.

ATSC 3.0 SFN To Be Deployed In Dallas

Sinclair, Nexstar, Univision and American Tower partner on developing a next-gen TV single frequency network that will be a test of a developed model for the transition from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0 and the deployment of SFN sites in preparation for future national deployment of 3.0 broadcast services.

Richard Ransom Joins WATN As Anchor

Wallace New WJHL Creative Services Dir.

QUARTERLY REPORT

A Merged Nexstar Posts Record 1Q Numbers

Net revenue growth of 111% following the Media General merger boosts revenue to $540 million, driving record operating income of $110.1 million. All of the company’s revenue areas are up, except political.

NAB 2017

Nexstar Sees More Acquisitions Ahead

Nexstar CFO Tom Carter is optimistic that a more deregulated era is dawning and the company will be acquiring more stations, though he won’t pin down a growth target. He’s also bullish on ATSC 3.0, and sees the repack as a kickstarter to get it in place.

End Of The Road For ‘Hollywood Today Live’

The syndicated entertainment news and talk variety strip will fade to black on April 28 after two seasons.

DMA 53: BUFFALO, NY

WIVB Returns Traditional Sportscast At 6

The reinstatement of a regular sportscast during the 6 p.m. news at Nexstar’s CBS affil in Buffalo, N.Y., began Monday after almost a two-year absence. Dominic Mancuso, the new GM, and News Director Lisa Polster made the decision. The move is in keeping with Mancuso’s stated goal of rectifying some decisions made by previous management when the station was owned by Media General.

DMAS 62 & 86

New GMs At Nexstar’s WATE, WCIA-WCIX

The station group promotes Coby Cooper to lead WATE Knoxville, Tenn., He’s succeeded as GM of WCIA-WCIX Champaign, Ill., by Gary Hackler, the duo’s former sales director.

DMAS 57 & 87

Nexstar Names GMs In Little Rock, Odessa

Veteran Nexstar local broadcasting and sales management executive Kyle King moves from KMID Odessa-Midland, Texas, to lead KARK and KARZ in Little Rock, Ark., as well as two other stations run under a JOA. He’s succeeded at KMID by Michael Lee, VP-GM of KXXV Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas.

 

JESSELL AT LARGE

Sinclair, Nexstar Show How Big Can Be Better

Evidence is emerging that if station groups are allowed to scale up, they will become better broadcasters, pumping still more news and entertainment into the expanding TV ecosphere to the benefit of all —  viewers and advertisers. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to move to loosen the ownership caps this year. Those opposed had better bring more to the debate than just theories about the inherent badness of bigness.

Nexstar Names Bill Mondora DC Bureau Chief

The 24-year CBS news veteran and former Los Angeles news director to lead Nexstar’s expanding Washington news bureau.

 

DMA 135

Robert Raff New GM Of Nexstar’s Topeka TVs

The local TV and sales management executive is tapped by Nexstar to oversee its KSNT (NBC) and KTMJ (Fox) operations as well as Vaughan Media’s ABC-CW affil KTKA.

EARNINGS CALL

Nexstar Thinking Ahead To Its Next Deal

“Suffice it to say that we are already in discussions, should the [FCC ownership] rules change, about opportunities that might be available to us,” Nexstar CEO Perry Sook told analysts and investors today.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Nexstar 4Q Revenue Up 23% To $310 Million

The big driver for a record fourth quarter was political of $60 million, plus a 23% gain in retrans money and $25.7 million in digital revenue.The earnings report is the first since Nexstar closed on its purchase of Media General in January. The station group says that Media General shareholders will get $479 million from the sale of spectrum in the incentive auction. Nexstar sold no spectrum of its own.

DMA 94: CHARLESTON, SC

Gray Soapes Named VP-GM of WCBD

The Charleston native and former Nexstar sales management executive returns home to lead the NBC-CW affiliate and associated digital services.

DMA 24: RALEIGH, NC

Byron Grandy Tapped As GM of WNCN

The broadcasting Executive with more than 30 years of experience Joins Nexstar from KMGH Denver to lead Nexstar’s CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C.

 

DMA 55: RICHMOND, VA

Nexstar Names Larry Cottrill GM Of WRIC

The local broadcast exec moves from the company’s WBOY Clarksburg, W.Va., to take over operations at the Richmond, Va. ABC affiliate.

 

Melissa Stacy To Head Nexstar Local Content

The station group promotes her from its WFLA to a newly-created position overseeing Nexstar’s broadcast and digital local content initiatives.

DMA 91

Marc Hefner New VP-GM Of WSAV Savannah

The Nexstar executive with 20-plus years of broadcast sales and management experience moves from Jacksonville, Fla., to run operations in Savannah.

DMA 56

Nexstar Ups Daniloff To Wilkes-Barre GM

Steve Daniloff, an executive with more than 25 years of local broadcasting and sales management experience, is promoted to VP-GM of WBRE and WYOU. He succeeds Robert Bee who has been promoted to VP-GM of Nexstar’s ABC affiliate WHTM Harrisburg, Pa.

DMA 25

Patrick Nevin To Lead Nexstar’s KOIN Portland

The station group moves him from its KASW Phoenix to oversee the Portland CBS affiliate.

DMA 30

Nexstar Names Graziano VP-GM In Hartford

The group owner taps Richard Graziano, a veteran broadcast and digital executive, to run its Connecticut ABC-MNT duopoly of WTNH-WCTX .

DMAS 6 & 27

New Nexstar GMs In San Fran., Indianapolis

Christopher McDonnell will oversee KRON San Francisco and Randy Ingram will head the Indianapolis duopoly of WISH-WNDY.

 

Dish, ACA Seek Arbitration For Nexstar-MG

Dish Network and the American Cable Association continue to put pressure on Nexstar’s $4.6 billion purchase of rival broadcaster Media General. Meeting with the FCC along with officials for the International Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance, the pay TV industry reps asked the agency to impose “baseball-style” arbitration for approval of the deal.

ACA To FCC: Deny Nexstar-Media Gen. Merger

The American Cable Association says the $4.6 billion deal will give Nexstar 115 Big Four affiliates in 101 markets and undue leverage in retrans negotiations. With the leverage, Nexstar would “drive up…fees (and, in turn, consumer prices) and…increase the risk and incidence of broadcast programming blackouts.” As an alternative to denial, ACA suggests forcing Nexstar into “baseball-style arbitration” or preventing its use of “after-acquired station” clauses.

BORRELL LOCAL ONLINE AD CONFERENCE

For Legacy Media CEOs, Digital Is The Future

The CEOs of GateHouse Media, Townsquare Media and The Dallas Morning News framed out their companies’ respective futures at Borrell Associates’ conference on Tuesday, and digital was the cornerstone common denominator. A look at how Kirk Davis, Steven Price and Jim Moroney see digital diversification as fundamental to their long-term strategies.