Sinclair Broadcast Group has settled the lawsuit stemming from its failed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media. The merger was scuttled after the FCC referred it to an administrative law judge, making it untenable. Tribune responded by terminating the deal and filing suit against Sinclair in August 2018, alleging breach of contract.
Tribune Media-owned Covers Media Group, a player in the sports betting space for almost 25 years, and operator of Covers.com and ProSportsDaily.com, has expanded its Covers.com podcast content library in time for the start of the NFL and NCAAF seasons. This launch includes the addition of a new host for the existing The Sharp 600 podcast while adding three new […]
Tribune Media today reported second quarter 2019 earnings results that included Television and Entertainment Segment revenue of $482.6 million compared to $486.4 million in the second quarter of 2018, a decrease of $3.9 million, or 1%. The company said the decrease was driven by a $17.6 million decrease in political advertising revenues and a $6.4 […]
“Without the required divestitures, Nexstar’s merger with Tribune threatens significant competitive harm to cable and satellite TV subscribers and small businesses,” said antitrust chief Makan Delrahim. “I am pleased, however, that we have been able to reach a resolution of the division’s concerns, thanks in part to the parties’ commitment to engage in good faith settlement talks from the outset of our investigation.”
Nexstar Media Group announced today that it will offer up to $1.12 billion in new senior notes due 2027 to pay for its purchase of Tribune Media. On Nov. 30, 2018, Nexstar and Tribune Media entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Nexstar will acquire all outstanding shares of Tribune. Nexstar said it “intends to […]
The increase to $453.4 million is pegged to 12% higher retrans money and growth in core advertising revenue.
Dismiss, deny and reject. That was Nexstar and Tribune’s advice to the FCC related to the various parties that petitioned the FCC to block their merger as not in the public interest. They were responding to petitions to deny filed six groups and concerns raised by NCTA—The Internet & Television Association and the American Television Alliance, both of which said that without various conditions the deal should be denied.
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.
Peter Kern, Tribune chief executive officer, said: “We’re extremely pleased with today’s vote. We look forward to continuing our work with Nexstar to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals that will enable us to close this transaction later this year.”
The jump to $576.9 million was driven by an $89.2 million increase in political ad revenue and $158.3 million in retransmission and carriage fee revenues, partially offset by a $10.5 million, or 4%, decrease in core ad revenues.
Tribune promotes the station manager of its Fox-CW duopoly in St. Louis to VP and general manager, succeeding Spencer Koch who retired last year.
Nexstar has identified three stations it plans to sell and 11 other markets where it intends to divest stations so that its acquisition of Tribune Media can obtain regulatory approvals. The first stations going on the block are WTKR Norfolk, Va.; WGNT Portsmouth, Va,; and WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Tribune Media Co. and the Chicago Cubs announced Friday that Chicago Entertainment Ventures, the Cubs’ parent company, has completed the purchase of Tribune’s remaining 5% membership interests in Chicago Entertainment Ventures. The transaction occurred pursuant to the exercise of a purchase right under the parties’ agreements and concludes Tribune’s ownership interest in the Cubs and […]
Tribune Media and Charter’s Spectrum cable systems have agreed to extend the deadline for their carriage contract to 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, averting a blackout of 33 TV stations that would have taken effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
The spinoffs necessary for regulatory approval will include stations in at least 13 of 15 markets: Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; Ft. Smith, Ark; Davenport, Iowa; Memphis, Grand Rapids, Mich; Indianapolis, Huntsville, Ala; Hartford, Conn.; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hagerstown, Md.; Richmond, Va; and Norfold, Va. Nexstar CEO Perry Sook says he expects those spinoffs will sell for around $1 billion.
Nexstar Media Group has reached an agreement to acquire Tribune Media for about $4.1 billion, a deal which would make it the largest local U.S. TV station operator, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
Reuters is reporting that Northwest Broadcasting’s Brian Brady is joining forces with private equity Apollo Global Management to make a bid for Tribune Media. The report also says that Nexstar is in the Tribune chase and that if it fails it will turn its sights on Cox Media’s TV group, which includes three Top 25 ABC affiliates.
Bidding on two prime collections of local TV assets — Fox’s 22 regional sports networks and Tribune Media’s 42 TV stations and WGN America — will heat up this week in separate auctions that are expected to be concluded by year’s end. The nature of the players lining up for these properties, which include Amazon and private equity heavyweights, speaks volumes about the transformation of media economics, particularly for outlets that have historically operated with a narrow regional focus.
Voluntary buyouts are being offered to employees of WGN-TV Chicago and news/talk WGN-AM as part of a year-end staff reduction throughout parent company Tribune Media. The move comes despite an 11% increase in third quarter revenues and a “strong operational year” for the company.
Sinclair, which suffered a blow in July when federal regulators stopped its proposed $6.6 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, has been quietly speaking to buyout firms, including Apollo Global Management, about teaming on a new bid for the Chicago-based rival. But so far, it continues to be shut out of the high-stakes media consolidation game and hasn’t been successful in shaping a buyout-backed offer, two sources say.
Ion Media — a privately held operator of 70 stations across the US — has joined buyout firm Cerberus Capital and Hicks Equity Partners in a bid to buy Tribune Media, according to a source close to the situation.
The Justice Department has settled with six TV station groups over what DOJ said was the “unlawful sharing of competitively sensitive” information on advertising that disrupted “the normal competitive process of spot advertising in markets across the United States.” The six: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Raycom Media, Tribune Media, Meredith Corp., Griffin Communications and Dreamcatcher Broadcasting.
Byron Allen, the comedian turned media mogul, is in the hunt to buy Tribune Media, the 42-station TV group, which went on the block for a second time earlier this year. Allen, who paid $300 million for the Weather Channel in April, owns Los Angeles-based Entertainment Studios, an independent movie production company, and has been on the prowl to expand his media footprint.
The jump to $494.6 million was driven by a $37.3 million increase in political ad revenue, a $12 million increase in retransmission revenues and a $9.1 million increase in carriage fee revenues, partially offset by a $5.3 million, or 2%, decrease in core ad revenues.
Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Broadcasting have teamed for a syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Mel Robbins. The one-hour show is sold in over 31% of the country and is slated to debut in fall 2019.
Tom Hicks Jr., the Texas-based chair of America First, a super PAC that’s aligned with Trump, is reported to be teaming up with Cerberus Capital to bid for Tribune Media and its 42 TV stations.
The defunct retailer has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media and other big owners of local TV stations conspired to jack up the prices of local commercials, violating federal antirust laws.
Morning Dose on KIAH Houston, News Fix on KDAF Dallas and the late newscast at WDCW Washington are all ending within the next two weeks. The staff associated with those shows has been let go.
TV station owner Tribune Media is kicking off a new round of talks to sell itself after its planned $3.9 billion sale to peer Sinclair Broadcast Group failed to get regulatory clearance, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Tribune is working with financial advisers Moelis & Co. and Guggenheim Securities To field interest from potential buyers, including rival Nexstar Media Group and private equity firms, the sources said on Wednesday.
Following the collapsed merger and $1 billion lawsuit Tribune filed against Sinclair, Sinclair filed a countersuit, claiming that “Tribune, through its meritless lawsuit, is seeking to capitalize on an unfavorable and unexpected reaction from the [FCC] to capture a windfall for Tribune.”
Perry Sook’s Nexstar Media Group may be hoping to succeed with Tribune Media where Sinclair Broadcasting failed. The chief executive of the second-largest TV station owner in the country met last week with the Justice Department’s antitrust boss, sources say.
Tribune Media will pay bonuses to executives who worked for more than 15 months on its failed merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The bonuses, which were disclosed in a filing on Tuesday, are for the company’s chief financial officer, Chandler Bigelow, as well as its president of broadcast media, Larry Wert, and its general counsel and chief strategy officer, Edward Lazarus.
Following the spectacular collapse of their merger, Tribune and Sinclair have to go back to work. For Tribune, that means putting up the “For Sale” sign again, with plenty of interested buyers out there. For Sinclair, things are ominous. First it must settle Tribune’s billion-dollar lawsuit, and then find a way back into the FCC’s good graces. That could prove costly, too.
Sinclair Broadcast Group’s singularly nasty breakup with Tribune Media on Thursday may put a serious damper on the conservative-leaning broadcast giant’s ability to expand, despite its persisting hunger to do so. Although many suspected Tribune would pull the plug on the merger, few expected it to sue while accusing Sinclair of deception.
The presumption of many is that it is still a seller, but Tribune CEO Peter Kern casts some doubt on that today, telling analysts that company may want to “enhance” its TV station portfolio.
It says Sinclair broke its merger agreement by proposing “extremely risky and highly controversial divestitures to buyers that were specifically disfavored by the FCC staff,” deliberately omitted material facts from FCC applications and generally antagonizing “the regulators at both DOJ and the FCC while seeking their approval.”
At the same time as it ends the $3.9 billion deal, it files a lawsuit seeking compensation “for all losses incurred as a result of Sinclair’s material breaches of the merger agreement.” It also releases its second quarter earnings results that included Television and Entertainment segment revenues of $486.4 million, up 4% from $466.1 million in 2Q 2017.
Wednesday is the first day Tribune can walk away from the $3.9 billion deal that would give the already huge local television company an even broader reach into American living rooms. With Sinclair stuck in regulatory limbo, analysts expect Tribune to seek another buyer. Wednesday was the deal breakup date specified in the original merger agreement. Sources at both companies said Tribune is likely to walk away.
In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent Tuesday, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), the top Democrats on the House committee overseeing the FCC, said that the commission should look into the possibility that Sinclair had conspired with Tribune Media, which it’s trying to acquire.
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.