A judicial panel has consolidated at least 18 antitrust suits against five TV station groups for allegedly colluding on spot pricing in the federal district court in Chicago. The defendants, which include Tribune, Sinclair and in some cases Gray, Hearst, Nexstar and Tegna, had pushed for the consolidation. The proliferatng suits are an outgrowth of a Justice Department review of the merger of Sinclair and Tribune, which was scuttled after the FCC found evidence of misrepresentation by Sinclair. (Free registration required.)
He will lead the company’s legal team following Todd Mayman, executive vice president and chief legal and administrative officer, who is retiring early next year.
The suite of services is designed to reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, Tegna’s OTT advertising service.
He will step down as head of Raycom’s ABC-NBC affiliate in Albany, Ga., at the end of this year. The station’s general sales manager, Bruce Austin, will succeed him.
The $524 million total was attributed to higher political ad revenue and growth in subscription revenue.
An Alabama law firm that advertised on television is accusing the six biggest owners of TV stations — Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media, Gray Television, Hearst Corp., Nexstar Media Group and Tegna — of scheming to artificially inflate the price of ads, according to a new antitrust class action lawsuit.
Ellen Crooke, VP of news at Tegna, says the company is doing a top-to-bottom overhaul of its approach to local news led by next-generation innovators with a digital mindset. The goal is drawing in younger viewers with binge-worthy investigative, episodic digital content that finds broadcast iterations afterwards.
Tegna taps the KUSA executive to succeed the retiring Susan McEldoon as head of its CBS affiliate in Houston next year.
Former Time Inc., Time Warner and NBCU executive Kurt Rao will oversee the company’s next-generation client and customer technology initiatives.
Tegna’s OTT ad platform is designed to let advertisers be able to target specific audience segments such as auto intenders, travel enthusiasts or homeowners.