Premion Adds Al Behmoiras As Head Of Political Sales

The sales veteran will oversee the Tegna unit’s political sales efforts, drive new business development and manage relationships with political agencies and consultants.

Tegna Names Carrie Hofmann GM Of WLTX In South Carolina

Carrie Hofmann has been named president and general manager of Tegna’s CBS affiliate in Columbia, S.C., WLTX, effective October 2. Hofmann has been news director at Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., WCNC, since since 2020. (Image of Hofmann: Business Wire)

Tegna Appoints Carrie Hofmann President, GM Of WLTX In Columbia, S.C.

Tegna today announced that Carrie Hofmann has been named president and general manager of WLTX, the group’s CBS affiliate in Columbia, S.C., effective October 2. Hofmann will be responsible for […]


Tegna: Ad Trends Improving; New CFO Announced

CEO Dave Lougee: “Automotive … has steadily recovered and is generating strong year-over-year growth — and it did so in the second quarter for the fourth consecutive quarter, and is doing it again and is strong in Q3 as well.” Tegna SVP of Financial Planning Julie Heskett has been tapped to succeed the retiring Victoria Harker as CFO.


Tegna 2Q Revenue Drops 7%

The decrease to $732 million is attributed to lower political advertising compared to 2022’s mid-term election cycle.

Charting A Streaming Revenue Strategy For FAST And AVOD At TV2025

Executives from NBCUniversal Local, Disney Advertising Sales Local, E.W. Scripps, Tegna and Ticker News will share the revenue upsides and expectations they’re framing up for different streaming platforms in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s TV2025: Monetizing the Future conference at the NAB Show New York on Oct. 25. Register here.

Local News Initiatives Pay Off In Spades, With The Right Megaphones

Leaders from Graham, Tegna, Cox and Gray told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that station projects with a strong local value proposition — and a deeper collaboration between the newsroom and creative services — can yield remarkable audience engagement.

Valerie Guyton Named GM Of KWES-KIDY-KXVA

Tegna taps the news director of NBC’s KXAS Dallas to oversee its Texas stations in Midland-Odessa, Abilene and San Angelo beginning July 31.

KVUE Tracks ‘Boomtown’s’ Growth In Austin

Austin is now the second-fastest growing city in the country, and KVUE’s Boomtown project reveals how that growth is affecting housing pricing and its very identity.


Inch By Inch, Broadcasters’ Cloud Production Expands

Executives from Warner Bros. Discovery, Sinclair, Tegna, Ross Video and TAG shared the latest in how they’re using the cloud to gain new flexibility and efficiency, from unlocking AI’s progress to “decomposing” news workflows and building “digital backlots,” in a TVNewsCheck webinar last week.


Tegna Snaps Gun Violence Reporting Out Of Its Fog

Collaborating journalists at eight Tegna stations across the country took a deeper look at gun violence to reclaim a signal out of crime reporting’s usual noise. The result, 7 Days, 1,000 Shootings, charts a path to more impactful local journalism on the epidemic.

TVN Webinar: Reinventing The Relationship With Local Audiences

Marketing leaders from Cox Media Group, Graham Media Group, Gray Television and Tegna will discuss projects that get to the heart of localism and how they’ve successfully built high audience engagement around them in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on July 13. Register here.

Tegna Gets 8.6 Million Shares From Standard General

Tegna said it received 8.64 million of its shares from Standard General, whose effort to buy the broadcaster failed as regulatory review extended beyond the data its financing expired. Standard General’s deal with Tegna called for a $136 million termination fee, and Tegna said the shares it received satisfied that obligation.


In Killing Kim’s Deal For Tegna, The FCC Showed Its Prejudice

Thwarted in his bid to buy Tegna by an overlong and deal-breaking FCC review process, Soo Kim (and his right hand Deb McDermott) is indeed a victim of prejudice and discrimination. Only it’s probably not the sort you may think.

TVN To Present Live Production In The Cloud Webinar

Leaders from Warner Bros. Discovery, Sinclair, Tegna, TAG Video Systems and Ross Video will discuss how the cloud’s use for live production is likely to advance this year in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on June 22 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

Tegna’s Lougee: Nobody Knows What The FCC Was Thinking

In the company’s first call with analysts since 2021, the CEO said “I did not have a lot of interaction with the FCC,” during concerning the now-scuttled buyout by Standard General. “Nor did Standard General have a lot of interaction, or as much as they would have liked,” he added.


Tegna Named One Of The Most Community-Minded Companies In U.S.

Tegna has been named a 2023 honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light and the Telecommunications Sector Leader. The Civic 50 honors the most community-minded companies in the United States. This year marks Tegna’s fourth consecutive year on the list, and the third year as Telecommunications Sector Leader.

Republicans Push For IG Investigation Into FCC Handling Of Tegna Deal

The Republican leadership of the House and Senate committees overseeing the FCC has asked the regulator’s acting Inspector General, Sharon Diskin, to look into FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel’s handling of the review of the Standard General-Tegna merger.


What Happens Next For Tegna?

With Standard General’s deal to buy Tegna hanging by a thread, the broadcaster may continue on its pre-deal trajectory or be sold in pieces, analysts say. But the FCC’s glacial review process, which may have been triggered by private equity’s role in the deal, has had a chilling impact on other potential large transactions in the industry. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.


Tegna 1Q Revenue Drops 4%

The increase to $917 million is tagged to the absence of political revenue and Winter Olympics on NBC, the company’s largest Big 4 affiliate portfolio, as well as the Super Bowl airing on NBC last year compared to Fox stations this year.

After Financing Expires And His Bid For Tegna Dies, Standard General’s Soo Kim Will Seek Answers

Even before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied Standard General’s petition to force the FCC to vote on its proposed $8.6 billion acquisition of Tegna, company founder Soo Kim knew his last-ditch legal maneuvers were a long shot. Nevertheless, Kim seemed disappointed, frustrated and chagrined that the deal appears likely to die when the financing he assembled expires on May 22.

Tim Thomas Named GM Of WTLV-WJXX Jacksonville

Tegna brings him back to its Florida NBC-ABC duopoly to oversee all operations.

Robert Dwyer Named President-GM Of KCEN-KAGS

Tegna appoints the former marketing director at WCNC Charlotte, N.C., to lead its NBC affiliates in central Texas.


Tegna 4Q Revenue Climbs 18%

The increase to $917 million is helped by 9% growth in political revenue compared to 2018, the last nonpresidential year.

Tegna Stock Plunges After FCC Sends Standard General Deal To Judge

Tegna stock plunged 25% in after hours trading after the FCC’s Media Bureau sent Standard General’s $8.6 billion agreement to buy Tegna to be reviewed by an administrative law judge on Feb. 24. The move – extending an already lengthy regulatory review of the acquisition – was seen as a blow to the deal, making it less likely to be cleared and closed.


Tegna Stations Celebrate Black History With Programming Trove

Meredith Conte, Tegna’s VP of marketing, shares how some of the Tegna stations are celebrating Black History Month this year. See the examples and hear from the content creators themselves about their approaches.

Dish Says Cox Wants To Include Standard General, Tegna Stations In Blackout Talks

The satellite company calls Cox Media Group’s claims “misleading at best.”

WTIC And Audacy Hartford Form Severe Weather Network Partnership

WTIC, the Tegna-owned Hartford station branded FOX61, and Audacy Hartford announced today the formation of the FOX61 Audacy Hartford Severe Weather Network, a collaborative effort to keep the public informed […]


Tegna 3Q Revenue Climbs 6%

The increase to $803 million is driven by 28% growth in political revenue compared to 2018, the last nonpresidential year.

Talking TV: Tegna’s Verify Finds Hyper-Engagement On TikTok

Tegna’s Verify investigative team has won a following of 100,000 and growing on TikTok, where a younger demographic has been drawn to its simple reportorial mission and authentic voice. TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Verify’s Ariane Datil and Casey Decker about the dos and don’ts of making TikTok work for news. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Tegna And Nexstar Announce Quarterly Dividends

On Thursday, Tegna’s board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of 9.5 cents per share, payable on Jan. 3, 2023, to stockholders of record as of the close of […]

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Broadcasters Want Big Business Changes From Cloud

Tech executives from Tegna, Sinclair and CBS Owned Stations are looking to the cloud for major changes to their processes that offer new flexibility and scalability for their businesses. A single, cloud-based control room is near top of their wish list. Above (l-r): Tegna’s Kurt Rao, Sinclair’s Mike Kralec, Vizrt’s Jon Raidel and CBS Owned Stations’ Jeff Birch (Alyssa Wesley photo).

Tegna Introduces First-Party Audience Solution

This week marks the roll-out of Tegna AudienceOne, one of the few first-party (and third-party cookie-less) audience targeting solutions in the local media landscape. Tegna AudienceOne taps into audience data from Tegna […]


Tegna 2Q Revenue Climbs 7%

The increase to $785 million is driven by growth in both political and subscription revenues.

Tegna Announces Quarterly Dividend

Tegna Inc.’s board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of 9.5 cents per share, payable on Oct. 3, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on […]

Standard General: FCC Tegna Comment Extension Could Cost Millions

Standard General (SGCI) has told the FCC that the two-week comment extension it has granted on the proposed Standard General-Tegna merger could cost the company millions of dollars. SGCI, in opposing a comment extension the FCC ultimately granted, told the FCC that the way the deal is structured the per-share price SGCI has to pay escalates based on the closing date.


KUSA And Tegna Award Denver Nonprofits $35,000 In Grants

Unions Try To Block Tegna-Standard General Deal

The NewsGuild-CWA and and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)-CWA filed a petition to dismiss or deny the deal with the FCC on Wednesday (June 22), the deadline for such filings. They say the deal, which was approved by Tegna shareholders in May, and interrelated transactions — what they labeled an “unprecedented array of sequenced transactions and swaps” — are actually an attempt to “game the commission’s ownership and retransmission consent rules in ways that contravene the commission’s public interest standard.”

Standard General To Tegna Employees: ‘No Intention To Reduce Staff’

In a highly unusual move during a takeover, Standard Media CEO Deb McDermott tries to calm rumors and concerns about staff cuts.

FCC Asks More Questions About Tegna Sale

The FCC is asking more questions about private equity company Standard General’s planned purchase of Tegna and take it private. Tegna’s shareholders recently voted to approve the acquisition and the deal is still expected to close on schedule sometime in the second half of this year. But the transaction must still get regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Among its new questions, the FCC is asking how Standard General would negotiate retransmission agreements with cable providers for rights to carry TV station signals. It also asked about possible layoffs. And it asked for a detailed explanation with supporting data describing how the transaction would serve the public interest.