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.
Scripps moves him from KGUN-KWBA Tucson, Ariz., to lead its ABC affiliate in San Diego beginning next month.
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.
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 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.
E.W. Scripps chooses the former GM of WATE Knoxville, Tenn., to head its ABC affiliate in Colorado.
The head of Scripps’ radio properties in Tucson now is in charge of its ABC-CW duopoly there.
Reporter Lisa Benson alleges in a lawsuit that she has been discriminated against by the Scripps Kansas City NBC affiliate because of her race.
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)
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.