Kennan Oliphant Named WXYZ-WMYD News Director

The Scripps ABC-independent duopoly in Detroit moves him up from interim news director.

KMTV Omaha Names Lisa Volenec VP-GM

Scripps promotes her from local sales manager and an interactive account executive at KNXV Phoenix to oversee its Nebraska CBS affiliate.

Jeff Kiernan Named VP-GM Of KTNV Las Vegas

Scripps moves him from senior director of news at its WXYZ-WMYD Detroit to oversee its Nevada ABC affiliate.

Dave German Named GM Of KXXV-KRHD Waco-Temple-Bryan

Scripps moves him to Texas from KMTV Omaha, Neb., to succeed Andrés Chapparo who is now GM of its WSFL Miami.

QUARTERLY EARNINGS ANALYSIS

Political Ad Projections Keep Rising

Broadcasters widely increased their political revenue guidance for 2022 following an earnings season in which spot saw continued growth across categories except for the still-beleaguered automotive industry.

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EARNINGS CALL

Core Advertising Recovery Continues For Scripps

Brian Lawlor: “We reached our 2019 core advertising performance in Q4 for the second quarter in a row, despite the headwinds of automotive. In fact, our forecast for the first quarter is that we’ll be up in results for five consecutive quarters of core advertising growth for Scripps, which is remarkable since it includes automotive.”

Veronica Placencia Named KERO News Director

Scripps moves her up from assistant ND to oversee journalism at its Bakersfield ABC affiliate.

Andrés Chaparro New GM Of KXXV-KRHD Waco

The former GM of KDEN Denver is tapped by Scripps to lead its ABC affiliates in Texas.

Dave German Named KMTV Omaha VP-GM

Scripps picks the former station manager of KPEJ Odessa, Texas, to oversee its CBS affiliate in Nebraska.

TVN’S TV2025 2021

Ad Execs: Cutting Out Research Middlemen Is An Option

Executives from Dentsu, Publicis Media, UM Worldwide and E.W. Scripps entertained the prospect of buyers and sellers being their own source of TV audience data in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s TV2025 last week, prompted by the industry’s threadbare patience with Nielsen.

Scripps Invests $10 Million In Misfits Gaming

The broadcaster seeks GenZ viewers, ad dollars with eSports deal.

Scripps Gives Bonuses To Pandemic Workers

Some Scripps employees were sent an email Wednesday, informing them that they were getting a one time bonus of $1,000 and an extra day off. The bonus and the PTO day were given to employees whose jobs required them to be in the office or in the field at least 60% of the time during the pandemic.

EARNINGS CALL

E.W. Scripps Sees Surge In Core Advertising

E.W. Scripps said Friday that it topped its guidance with same-station advertising up 48% and services seeing a 35% year-to-year spending jump, leading all other categories.

WPTV West Palm Debuts Studio Upgrade

Scripps-owned WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., has debuted a new set from Devlin Design Group. The upgrade coincides with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, a time when many NBC stations take advantage of increased viewership to run additional promotional spots and debut changes.

Scripps’ Denver Facility Sold, Set For Redevelopment

How Will Hubbing And The Cloud Affect The Future Of TV Station Group Operations?

Executives from Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Hearst Television, Gray Television and Bitcentral will explore the possibilities for hubbing some or all TV station group operations — and how much of a role the private or public cloud may play in those future designs — during an Aug. 5 TVNewsCheck webinar. Speakers are (clockwise from upper left): Dave Burke, SVP and CTO, Gray Television; Kurt Rao, SVP-CTO, Tegna; Ray Thurber, VP engineering, E.W. Scripps; Stefan Hadl, VP engineering, Hearst Television; Sam Peterson, GM, core business unit, Bitcentral. Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck contributing editor, will moderate. Register here.

Scripps Launching Florida Statewide News Network

The Florida 24 Network highlights reporting from Scripps’ six stations in the state and is available over-the-top in every TV market across the state.

Ross White Upped To KOAA Colorado Springs GM

Scripps promotes him from sales director to lead the NBC affiliate, succeeding Evan Pappas.

Scripps Chooses A National Networks CRO

Michael Teicher will be responsible for developing the company’s ad sales strategy for all the Scripps networks across all platforms, including general market, direct response, programmatic/digital, long-form and sponsorship advertising.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Tech Trends For ’21: COVID-Driven Shifts Extend

Trends driven by the pandemic are likely to persist into 2021 and beyond, while transitions to IP infrastructures will accelerate and aging on-prem infrastructure will give way to increased reliance on the cloud. NextGen TV will also likely pick up speed after COVID’s cooling effect on its rollout this year.

Merri Hanson Named VP-GM Of KIVI

Scripps moves her from station manager to oversee its Boise, Idaho, ABC affiliate starting next year.

DMA 115: LANSING, MI

WSYM Lansing Expands News Operations

The Fox affiliate is the latest Scripps station to announce plans to expand local news this year.

Scripps Buying Ion Media For $2.65 Billion

It will combine it with Scripps’ Katz networks and Newsy “to create a full-scale national television networks business” and will spin off  23 of Ion’s 71 stations to comply with FCC ownership regulations. Scripps has agreed to a transaction with a buyer, who has agreed to maintain Ion affiliations for the stations. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway gets a warrant to purchase as many as 23.1 million Class A Scripps shares as part of the deal.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

For News Streaming, Election Is Proving Ground

Executives from CNN, ABC News, E.W. Scripps, Gray and Yahoo say the 2020 election provides them an opportunity to build on the audiences surges they’ve seen on their streaming platforms since the pandemic.

DMA 123: LAFAYETTE, LA

Sean Trcalek Named VP-GM Of KATC

The veteran Louisiana broadcaster is tapped by Scripps to lead its ABC affiliate in Lafayette, La.

DMA 128: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

Scripps Names Pineda GM In Corpus Christi

Sales veteran Ramon Pineda moves from Univision to lead KRIS and KDF in Texas.

Project OAR: Ready For Live TV Deployments

The first phases of dynamic, addressable advertising trials include participation from Fox, ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, Scripps, AMC Networks, Disney Media Networks, Discovery, Hearst Television and WarnerMedia.

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.