Mo. Broadcasters To Honor Schurz’s Marci Burdick

Calkins Signs OTT Deals With WRAL, Schurz

Calkins Digital will develop apps for Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL Raleigh, N.C., and Schurz Communications’ newspapers on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices, the company said on Sunday. WRAL’s Amazon Fire TV app has already debuted, and the rest will debut for both companies this spring.

FCC Launches Investigation Of Media General

The agency’s deputy general counsel tells a federal court that the probe is to determine whether to subject Media General to a license revocation hearing. The FCC is upset by Media General’s attempts in court to block Gray Television from ending the JSA it has with Media General for WAGT Augusta, Ga., and from selling the station in the incentive auction.

Gray Television Closes Schurz Acquisition

Gray Television said Tuesday that it has closed its purchase of television stations from Schurz Communications and related station acquisitions and divestitures with other parties. Gray CEO Hilton Howell said: “Today, we are thrilled to welcome the many talented individuals from the Schurz stations and WLUC to the Gray corporate family.” The acquisition cost was approximately $415.3 million.

FCC OKs Gray-Schurz Deal With Strings

The commission approves the $442.5 million deal, granting some waivers of the local ownership rules and denying others. Among other things, it will have to terminate its JSA in Wichita, Kan.

Justice Dept. OKs Gray-Schurz Transactions

Gray and Schurz have entered into a proposed consent decree with the DOJ that requires the divestiture of television stations in the Wichita, Kan., and South Bend, Ind., markets.

Gray Sells Radio Stations From Schurz Deal

The Schurz radio stations in the deal announced in September in South Bend, Ind., will go to Mid-West Family Broadcast Group; those in Lafayette, Ind., to Neuhoff Communications; and The HomeSlice Group gets the Rapid City, S.D., properties. the three deals will bring Gray $16 million.

DMAS 62, 65, 96, 148, 171, 180

Gray Television Sells Some, Buys Some

To facilitate FCC approval of its purchase of Schurz Communicaitons’ television and radio stations, Gray is selling stations in three markets, while buying three more. The affected markets are Wichita, Kan.; Knoxville, Tenn.; South Bend, Ind.; Marquette, Mich; Rapid City, S.D.; and Anchorage, Alaska.

Gray Interested In Continued TV Expansion

Even with its latest purchase of Schurz, CEO Hilton Howell says “we will continue to look for acquisitions that add to what we’re doing.” But SVP Kevin Latek says buying opportunities may be limited. The Schurz deal grows Gray’s reach to 49 markets in 28 states.

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Gray Buying Schurz For $442.5 Million

The deal will expand Gray’s operations to a total of 49 television markets and 28 states. “In a rapidly consolidating industry where size and scale matter more than ever before, we have come to the realization that Gray Television would be the best steward to ensure our stations succeed over the long-term,” explained Todd Schurz, president-CEO of Schurz.

Schurz Known For Local News Commitment

The live TV ambush murders of a reporter and photographer at WDBJ Roanoke, Va., have devastated the family-owned firm that owns the station. The respect that Mishiwaka, Ind.-based Schurz Communications commands in the close-knit world of broadcasters has prompted an outpouring of support from station owners around the country.

Schurz Sees Revenue Opp In Infographics

Schurz Communications, working with pollster Civic Science, debuted a “custom-cloned” feature on its digital properties Wednesday that uses infographics to illustrate local users’ responses to polling questions. Schurz SVP Kerry Oslund sees a revenue play for it in both the sponsored content space and by licensing other publishers to use the platform.

DMA 67 (ROANOKE-LYNCHBURG, VA)

Schurz’s WDBJ Draws $325K Indecency Fine

After an investigation, the FCC says the CBS Roanoke, Va., affiliate during a July 2012 newscast apparently aired “extremely graphic and explicit sexual content, specifically a video image of a hand stroking an erect penis.”

Schurz Names J.B. Ozuna Digital Media VP

J.B. Ozuna has been promoted to VP of digital media for Schurz Communications, effective Sept. 1. Ozuna has been sales and revenue development director for the last seven years. He has helped SCI launch a variety of digital revenue initiatives across all companies and recently branched out into direct digital sales in two markets.

DMA 67 (WICHITA, KAN.)

KWCH Adds TrafficLand Broadcast Video Service

Schurz Communications-owned CBS affiliate KWCH Wichita, Kan. (DMA 67) has signed an agreement to use TrafficLand’s Broadcast 3.0 traffic camera video management service. The TrafficLand service provides integrated access to live video from Kansas Department of Transportation traffic cameras through a specialized front-end designed for television production and broadcast.  TrafficLand Broadcast 3.0 will give KWCH the ability to set up […]

DMA 173

Price Of KOTA Rapid City, S.D.: $10 Million

What Schurz is paying the Duhamel family for the ABC affiliate was revealed today in an FCC filing seeking approval of the deal. The parties announced the sale on Oct. 31 without disclosing the price.

DMA 173

Duhamel Sells Rapid City ABC Affil To Schurz

After 58 years as a family business, Bill Duhamel says it’s time to sell KOTA. “The rapidly consolidating television industry makes it difficult for a single, stand-alone business to remain competitive and to develop the necessary capital to expand into the digital era,” he said. Acquisition-minded Schurz owns 10 other TV stations. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

A Multimedia Future Demands Agnostic CMS

For TV broadcasters, newspapers and radio stations, a truly cross-platform CMS that can easily cross over legacy lines and integrate disparate systems and workflows is the grail. A future in which media companies become multimedia organizations may be closer than some think. “Those barriers are coming down,” says WorldNow’s Craig Smith. “The industry needs to break down those barriers.” Part three of a three-part special report. Read the full report here.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

CMS Vendors Vie On Changing Terrain

Local newspapers and broadcasters today are seeking content management systems that are faster and more complex than ever before. And while vendors are constantly developing new products to keep up with evolving demands, the industry is facing contraction. “There are just too many players, and nobody is really big enough to have any control,” says Internet Broadcasting’s Elmer Baldwin. “There are some that just aren’t going to survive.” Part two of a three-part special report. Read part one here

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

For Media Firms, CMS World Gets Complex

Content management systems serving the local media industry have taken a quantum leap forward, and choosing the right CMS has become more complicated than ever. Media companies have some difficult choices: select a system from a vendor, build one in-house or use an open-source system. Ron Stitt, VP of digital media at Fox Television Stations: “The pace of development is still constantly accelerating, and the landscape is incredibly complex when you factor in not just the front end but also the underlying platforms, devices, operating systems, display formats, distribution schemes and advertising/tracking requirements.” Part one of a three-part special report. Read the full report here.

Schurz Taps Critical Media For Video Sharing

The media company will use Critical Media’s video publishing, syndication and licensing solutions at its local newspapers, television and radio stations. Critical Media will also help Schurz monetize content through syndication to enterprises and vertical websites while also extending distribution opportunities in the over-the-top TV market.

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Schurz In Partnership With IB, TownNews

Schurz Communications has forged an unprecedented, multi-year, multiplatform deal with two CMS providers — Internet Broacasting and TownNews.com — while also tipping a new “content federation” forged with Hearst Corp., Post Newsweek and The News Press & Gazette. The move could signal a directional shift in the legacy-bound world of CMS providers.

SPECIAL REPORT: MOBILE, PART 1

Responsive Design: App Killer?

Responsive design, which ensures a consistent user experience across various devices, may be a hot topic at media companies these days, but the strategy does not necessarily mean the end of the road for apps. While some executives think that responsive design is a must, others warn that it’s not a catchall solution and apps still have a place in the media quiver. Part one of a two-part special report on local media’s mobile strategies.

DMA 111 (AUGUSTA, GA)

Facility Helps Duop TVs Keep Own Identities

When Media General’s Augusta, Ga., ABC affiliate WJBF took management control of Schurz’s NBC affillate WAGT in 2009, one of its goals was to maintain the distinct personality of WAGT. So, when Media General moved the duopoly into a renovated Barnes & Noble bookstore last fall, each station got its own newsroom and studio. Although the gear is the same, the on-air products are not.

Schurz, Notre Dame Team On Innovation Challenge

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH MARCI BURDICK

Schurz Sees Value For All In Duopolies

The SVP of Schurz Communications says her company’s duopolies benefit not only the stations’ P&Ls, but also their communities. “You can get the back-end efficiencies, but you still have to have robust competitive products for the station to grow long term.” She also explains why Schurz has been quiet in the post-recession station trading market and discusses the success she’s had with Rentrak as a Nielsen alternative.

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DMAS 66 & 75

Rentrak Adds Schurz TVs In Roanoke, Springfield

Multi-screen media measurement firm Rentrak Corp. today announced that it has added four new Schurz Communications stations to its StationView Essentials service and also renewed contracts for three others. Joining the Rentrak client roster are WBDJ (CBS) Roanoke, Va. (DMA 66), as well as KSPR (ABC), K15CZ (CW) and KYTV (NBC) in Springfield, Mo. (DMA […]

DMA 74

Schurz Names Mike Scott Group PD

Beginning March 31, the retiring GM of KYTV Springfield, Mo., will become a programming consultant for all the group owner’s stations