KSAW Twin Falls Launching Weeknight Newscasts

Television viewers in the Twin Falls, Idaho (DMA 191), area will be able to watch weeknight local newscasts on Scripps-owned ABC affiliate KSAW beginning April 13. Sister station KIVI Boise, Idaho, is expanding its commitment to local audiences within the Magic Valley region of south-central Idaho by launching original local news at 5:30-6 p.m. and […]

Scripps, Nielsen Sign New Ratings Deal

The group’s television stations will have access to the full suite of TV solutions including Nielsen’s Local TV Measurement, Nielsen Scarborough, NLTV, Ad Intel, Arianna and Nielsen Grabix.

DMA 16: MIAMI

WSFL Miami To Launch News In 2020

The recently acquired Miami CW affiliate extends Scripps’ coverage in the key political battleground state of Florida to six stations.

Kerry Oslund Joins Scripps As Strategy VP

The former VP of strategy and business development for Tribune Broadcasting will lead the company’s next-generation television efforts including its ATSC 3.0 strategy and will help identify, develop and evaluate investment and partnership opportunities.

MULTICASTING 2019, PART I

The Diginet World Is Having A Moment

Broadcasters including Scripps, Tegna, CBS, Sinclair, Ion and Gray have been laying bigger bets in the multicasting business, acquiring some of the more popular diginets and partnering to develop new ones in a market showing signs of further expansion. CBS’s new diginet DABL, for instance, is bringing back the classic lifestyle programming of Martha Stewart and others in the fall.

DOJ Settles With Five TV Companies

The agreement with CBS, Cox, Scripps, Fox and Tegna requires them to “terminate and refrain from sharing revenue pacing information and other competitively sensitive information.”

DMA 73: TUCSON, AZ

Kara McNeely Named GM of KGUN-KWBA Tucson

Kara McNeely moves from VP of brand strategy at KABC Los Angeles to run the Scripps ABC-CW duopoly in Tucson, Ariz., succeeding Leon Clark.

DMA 29: SAN DIEGO

Leon Clark New VP-GM Of KGTV San Diego

Scripps moves him from KGUN-KWBA Tucson, Ariz., to lead its ABC affiliate in San Diego beginning next month.

Scripps Buying Digital Audio Firm For $150M

It’s purchasing Triton Digital, which serves the growing digital audio marketplace through a software-as-a-service business-to-business revenue model. Triton powers or measures streaming music and podcasting for many of the biggest names in audio.

Sale Could Result In Ad Boon For Scripps

Whether its Viacom or Discovery that buys Scripps, the resulting media giant would be far better positioned to offer advertisers a compelling audience mix, more high quality programming under one roof, and advanced ad-targeting products, according to The Wall Street Journal. A Discovery-Scripps tie-up would create a must-buy network group for advertisers interested in targeting women. A Viacom deal could inject some of its ad-targeting prowess into Scripps’ business and offer advertisers programming reaching a broad range of demographics. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.

Viacom Willing To Pay All Cash For Scripps

Viacom Inc. has informed Scripps Networks Interactive it is willing to pay all cash to acquire the U.S. TV network operator, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The move by Viacom, which had $12.17 billion in debt as of March 31, could potentially mean that the $14.3 billion media company would lose its investment-grade status to buy the $10.6 billion Scripps.

DMA 17

Dean Littleton Named KMGH Denver GM

E.W. Scripps chooses the former GM of WATE Knoxville, Tenn., to head its ABC affiliate in Colorado.

DMA 71: TUCSON, AZ

Leon Clark Made Permanent KGUN-KWBA GM

The head of Scripps’ radio properties in Tucson now is in charge of its ABC-CW duopoly there.

 

DMA 33: KANSAS CITY

KSHB Journo Suing For Discrimination

Reporter Lisa Benson alleges in a lawsuit that she has been discriminated against by the Scripps Kansas City NBC affiliate because of her race.

EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK

Scripps Shines With Local News, New Media

The 138-year-old company with 33 TV stations in 24 markets is moving boldly into the digital universe. Outgoing CEO Rich Boehne (left) says it’s following its audience, but admits it’s risky and that the journey isn’t for the faint of heart. Incoming CEO Adam Symson (right) shares Boehne’s enthusiasm, but doesn’t see it as quite so radical. In light of this foreward-looking strategy and the company’s continued commitment to producing the best in local news, TVNewsCheck named E.W. Scripps its Station Group of Year for 2017. (Collage by Bill Knight)

DMA 40: LAS VEGAS

GM Jim Prather Gone From KTNV

Prather left the Scripps-owned ABC affil in Las Vegas last Monday after working there for more than 25 years. Scripps wouldn’t say why he left.

NATPE 2017

Scripps Pitching Kellie Pickler Talk Show

The station group is drumming up interest for hour-long strip Ben & Kellie, which would feature country artist Pickler and Ben Aaron, a feature reporter on NBC O&O WNBC New York.

TVNEWSCHECK STATION GROUP OF THE YEAR

Behind Scripps’ Podcasting Bet

Adam Symson, E.W. Scripps Co.’s incoming CEO, is unflappably bullish on podcasting’s potential — both as a narrative product and monetization engine. “Podcasting represents one of the most important platforms for the future of storytelling in journalism,” he says, explaining Scripps’ motivation to acquire both producer/distributor Midroll Media and podcasting tech platform Stitcher. They can […]

TVNEWSCHECK STATION GROUP OF THE YEAR

From Boehne To Symson: In Sync On Digital

BoehneSymsonRich Boehne will retire as CEO later this year and, in just one of many signs of the company’s digital ambitions, Chief Digital Officer Adam Symson has been tapped to be his successor.

 

Newsy Goes #OffTheTrail For Young Voters

Newsy, the E.W. Scripps-owned video news service, is launching a series leading up to the election to explore issues it believes need more attention.

UPDATED 4:05 PM ET

WCPO Hit With Complaint Over Issue Ad IDs

The Campaign Legal Center reiterates its charge that many stations are not complying with rules to make available online information about their political advertising, including who is paying for the spots. It adds the Scripps-owned Cincinnati ABC affiliate to its earlier list and urges the FCC to move before the election “to ensure transparency in our electoral system and to protect voters’ right to know by whom they are being persuaded.”

Newsy Expands From OTT To Cable

The news service from Scripps has launched on a channel on Cincinnati Bell Fioptics system.

TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).

Scripps Eliminating ‘The List’ Local Segment

Scripps announced that it will eliminating the two-minute local segments, along with the staff, on the nationally syndicated magazine show that airs on 13 stations. Scripps SVP Brian Lawler says the show will now be 100% national, produced from its Phoenix studio.

Amazon Drops Discovery And Scripps Shows

DMA 19 (CLEVELAND, OH)

WEWS News Director Jill Manuel Out

APPCHECK: STORM SHIELD

Turning Smartphones Into Weather Radios

Scripps’ new Storm Shield app lets users customize the type and number of severe weather warnings they receive for as many as five locations, essentially turning their smartphones into emergency weather radios.

10 Groups, ConnecTV To Offer 2nd Screen

The partnership will offer a “second screen” app in early 2012, allowing viewers to tap into related content and swap comments with friends watching the same broadcast TV show at the same time. Broadcasters hope the app with lead to increased revenue, greater engagement and better tune-in promotion. Participating station groups include those of Pearl, the joint venture formed last year to pursue the mobile DTV business. They include Belo, Cox, Scripps, Gannett, Hearst Television, Media General, Meredith, Post-Newsweek and Raycom.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

DC Bureaus Give Stations A Local Edge

As TV stations struggle to distinguish themselves with hyperlocal strategies, one old solution is looking new again. A number of station groups — including Hearst, Belo, Cox, Gannett and Scripps — are finding that the specialized, localized reporting they get from their Washington bureaus has become a differentiator for them. As the head of Cox’s bureau says: “Our sole mission is to give stations hyper-local, unique coverage they can’t find anywhere else.”

DIGITAL DMAS

Gannett Tests Hyperlocal Model In Tampa

In a market with fierce competition from a myriad of newspaper and television sites vying to be No. 1, Gannett chooses the sunny Tampa-St. Petersburg market as the online proving ground for its bold experiment in hyperlocal news sites.

Time Warner Cable Digs In Its Heels

Does Time Warner Cable have the right to provide iPad users with live TV channels? That’s at the center of a dispute between the cable operator and several large media companies, including Scripps Networks, Viacom and Discovery Communications. All three answer that question with an emphatic “no.” The Wall Street Journal reports today that TWC […]

Fisher Tops Rev Gainers In Alcamo Report

The strong fourth-quarter results marked the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth for the seven pure-play broadcasting companies and eight integrated media companies tracked by the investment bank M.C. Alcamo & Co.

DMA 33

Steve Thaxton Named WCPO VP-GM

Scripps chooses the former Gannett station exec to lead its ABC affiliate in Cincinnati.

CAPEX 2011

Scripps’ Spending Supports Good Journalism

Mike Doback, the chief technologist for the Scripps 10-station TV group, says he’s being careful and conservative in his tech purchases. His priorities include improved work flow, more automation and the latest offering from his camera vendor of choice (JVC) and introducing mobile DTV in two more markets. He’s also making sure that the technologies are in place so that the stations can work across all four platforms effectively and produce quality products.

DMA 12

KNXV GM Janice Todd Retires

The 25-year Scripps veteran leaves the groups’s Phoenix ABC affiliate to spend more time with her family in Tulsa.

DMA 1

Multicultural Handing Over WSAH To Trustee

In the wake of credit defaults, Arthur Liu’s Multicultural Television Broadcasting is now turning over the last of  the five stations it acquired from Scripps to trustee Lee Shubert for liquidation. Multicultural bought the stations in 2006 for $170 million.

DMA 11

WXYZ Launches Community Impact Project

Scripps Names Secretary, Chief Ethics Officer

Attorneys Julie McGehee and Dave Giles have been appointed to expanded roles by the board of directors of The E.W. Scripps Co.. Effective immediately, McGehee, 48, will add corporate secretary to her existing role as VP of compensation and benefits. Her new responsibilities include coordinating all activities of the full board and its committees, facilitating […]

QUARTERLY REPORT

Scripps 3Q TV Revenue Rises 31%

The increase to $79 million is led by almost $15 million in political ad money. Local revenue was up 5%, while national grew by 25%.