EARNINGS CALL

Tegna’s Big Markets Outperforming Small Ones

“We’re doing better in our larger markets, with local being specifically strong,” Tegna CEO Dave Lougee told analysts today, with good performances from insurance, media and telecom, medical, dental and services categories.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Tegna 3Q Revenue Moves Up 2%

The increase to $552 million was driven by acquisitions and continued growth in subscription revenue and advertising and marketing services, which more than offset the absence of $60 million of political revenue in the same period last year.

Doug Wieder Upped To WVEC Norfolk GM

Tegna moves up the executive news producer to oversee the station group’s ABC affiliate in Norfolk.

Tegna, Fox Renew Affiliation Agreements

The multi-year deal renews station affiliation agreements for six Tegna markets in Texas, Penn., Conn. and Ariz.

Tegna’s Vault Studios Debuts ‘Amy Should Be Forty’ Podcast

Tegna Inc. today announced the launch of Amy Should Be Forty, a five-episode podcast series by Tegna’s Vault Studios that chronicles the kidnapping and murder of Amy Mihaljevic, a case that continues to draw national attention 30 years later. On Oct. 27, 1989, in the suburban Cleveland town of Bay Village, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic disappeared after […]

Tegna’s Lougee To Receive Golden Mike Award

The broadcast group’s president-CEO will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its annual gala in New York on March 4.

Tegna Announces Quarterly Dividend

Tegna Inc. today declared a dividend of 7 cents per share, payable on Jan. 2, 2020, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 6, 2019. “Tegna continues to create value for our shareholders through our operational excellence, rigorous financial discipline, and execution on key strategic initiatives,” said Victoria Harker, Tegna EVP-CFO.

Tegna Investor May Be Seeking Its Sale

Standard General LP, the hedge fund that once sold a collection of newspapers to Warren Buffett, is back in the media business with a stake in TV broadcaster Tegna Inc. and is on the hunt for a deal.

Tegna, Charter Strike Retrans Agreement

Charter Communication said Sunday that it reached a long-term retransmission consent deal with Tegna that will keep the broadcast group’s network affiliates available to the cable company’s subscribers. The new contract follows a week of extensions after the old agreement expired.

RETRANS

Tegna Grants Charter Retrans Extension

Tegna, which hours earlier warned Charter Spectrum customers that they could lose access to programming from their 45 television stations across the country at 10:59 p.m. PT Monday, said it granted the cable operator a temporary extension as talks continue.

Lessons From The Front Line Of News Innovation

Five takeaways from newsrooms that are starting to re-invent local TV journalism.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Executive Session | No Standing Still For Lougee And Tegna

Tegna President-CEO Dave Lougee says he will continue to look for stations that meet his performance and market criteria to the extent the FCC ownership limits allow. He also addresses the advantages of scale, automated spot buying, retrans threats, his decision to take national sales in-house, regulation, the weakness of auto spot, the strength of political spot and his hope for ATSC 3.0.

Tegna Confirms Apollo M&A Contacts

According to a statement released by the station group, Apollo has proposed first acquiring Tegna and later merging it with Cox Media Group. Apollo struck a deal to acquire Cox in February, but that deal has not yet closed.

DMAS 28 & 34

Tegna Completes Acquisition Of Dispatch Stations

The $535 million deal for WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS-AM-FM-TV Columbus, Ohio, closes.

EARNINGS CALL

Tegna Bullish On In-House Rep, Retrans

CEO Dave Lougee said dropping Cox Reps to go in-house will increase automation of national spot sales and reduce the number of points of contact that the agencies have to deal with. “The response from the agencies to what we have announced has been tremendous,” he said. And he told analysts that retransmission consent revenues should account for about half of total revenues beginning in the 2020 cycle and continue to grow thereafter.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Tegna 2Q Revenue Moves Up 2%

The increase to $537 million is powered by subscription revenues and an improvement in advertising and marketing services.

Tegna Taps Larry Delia As SVP Media Operations

The Dispatch Broadcast Group executive will make the move once the sale of its stations to Tegna closes. He will be succeeded as president-GM of WTHR Indianapolis by Michael Brouder.

Bad News For Cox Reps: Tegna Goes In-House

“This is a strategic change in how we go to market, and is aimed at taking advantage of our scale to deepen our relationships with national clients by embracing automation, and focusing our talented marketing executives on solutions that drive client results,” the station group said in a statement.

Tegna Declares 7 cents Per Share Dividend

The dividend is payable on Oct. 1, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 6. “TEGNA’s strategic initiatives, operational excellence and financial discipline continue to deliver stable and growing free cash flow and value for our shareholders,” said Victoria Harker, EVP and CFO.

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.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 7: HOUSTON

KHOU Surprises 8 Nonprofits With $11,000 Each

Tegna’s KHOU surprised eight Houston area nonprofits with community grants of $11,000 each at the station. The representatives were there thinking they were to attend a meeting.

Tegna’s Vault Studios Premieres ‘True Crime Chronicles’ Podcast

The first two episodes of the True Crime Chronicles podcast by Tegna’s Vault Studios dropped Monday. This is Vault Studios’ second offering, after its March debut of Bomber, which investigated the Austin serial bombings of 2018 and the manhunt that ensued. True Crime Chronicles is a weekly true crime podcast hosted by Emmy Award-winning Tegna […]

Tegna To Be Honored For Advancing Gender Parity

Tegna Inc. will be honored by the Women’s Forum of New York at its Breakfast of Corporate Champions on Nov. 7, which recognizes companies for achieving at least 30% female board representation. This biennial event brings together more than 600 thought leaders and change-makers including CEOs, board directors and government officials in support of gender […]

Tegna Completes Justice, Quest Purchase

It closes on the $77 million purchase of the 85% of the two diginets it didn’t own. Tegna taps Brian Weiss, former president and general manager of Cooper Media, as their president.

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.”

DMAS 28 & 34

Tegna Buying Dispatch’s WTHR, WBNS For $535M

In addition to the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, it’s also getting WBNS-AM-FM in Columbus.

Tegna’s Vault Studios Sets Two New Podcasts

True Crime Chronicles to premiere June 24, followed by Bardstown later this summer.

CBS And Tegna Renew Affiliation Agreement

Nearly 11 million television households across 11 markets are covered in the new multi-year deal.

DOJ Still Mum On Tegna-Nexstar Spinoffs

Those looking for Justice’s decision on whether it has any antitrust issues with Tegna’s purchase of Nexstar spin-off stations will have to wait a little longer. That is because for the sixth business day in a row the Federal Trade Commission has issued no early termination notices on any deal, an unusual hiatus for such announcements.

DMA 5: DALLAS

Tegna Promotions In Dallas, Austin, San Antonio

The Dallas ABC affiliate’s current GM Brad Ramsey becomes Tegna senior vice president and Carolyn Mungo, executive news director is promoted to VP-station manager.

TVN FOCUS ON PODCASTS

Stations Finding Sound Reasons To Podcast

Tegna, Tribune, Scripps, Fox and Graham are among a growing number of TV broadcasters who are exploring adding audio content and advertising platforms. A study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers puts podcast ad revenues at $313.9 million in 2017, and projects that it will more than double, to $659 million, by next year.

EARNINGS CALL

Tegna’s 1Q Got Lift From Subscription Strength

The revenue growth was “driven primarily by” subscription revenue growing 18% to $242 million that CEO Dave Lougee said was a “first quarter record,” along with growth in Tegna’s sales, digital and content operations.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Tegna 1Q Revenue Moves Up 3%

But excluding political and estimated incremental Olympic and Super Bowl revenue, revenue was up 8% year-over-year, at the high-end of guidance.

DIGINETS

Tegna Buying Multicast Networks Justice, Quest

It’s paying Cooper Media $77 million for the 85% of the two diginets it doesn’t already own. Brian Weiss, Cooper’s president-GM, will join Tegna and continue to run the two.

John Vilade To Head Premion Ad Sales

Premion, Tegna’s CTV/OTT advertising solution for regional and local advertisers, named John Vilade its new head of sales and vice president. Vilade joins Premion from TRUSTX, where he was chief revenue officer. He is responsible for leading Premion’s national and regional sales organization and driving revenue growth, go-to-market development and execution. Vilade is based at Premion’s […]

TVN'S NEW FACILITIES INSIDER

KHOU Houston Is Back, Better Than Ever

The Tegna-owned CBS affiliate began broadcasting from 43,000 square feet of space on Feb. 17. The two-and-a-half floors include a large, flexible studio space, two control rooms, edit suites and a multiplatform live desk where journalists produce for both KHOU’s on-air newscasts and its various digital platforms.

MARKET SHARE

Four Tegna Stations Earn Cronkite Awards

UPDATED AT 9:55 AM ET

Nexstar Selling 19 TVs In 15 Markets For $1.32B

The spinoffs reflect Nexstar’s regulatory compliance plan to secure approvals for its Tribune Media deal. Tegna is buying 11 stations in eight markets and Scripps gets eight stations in seven markets.

Tegna Unit Using Blockchain To Curb Fraud

Tegna’s over-the-top advertising unit Premion is using a new suite of blockchain-based technology from MadHive to prevent fraud, target campaign and verify ad delivery.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Record Political Ups Tegna’s 4Q Rev 31%

The $642 million total was driven by an increase of $130 million in political ad revenue plus $40 million more in subscription revenue.