E.W. Scripps Co.


  • Jessell: Uncertain Political Is Broadcast Wake-Up Call

    Lower-than expected spending by the Trump campaign is causing some groups to reforecast their political revenue and depressing stock prices. More important, it highlights the need for adoption of ATSC 3.0. The new broadcasting standard will allow stations to offer zoned, targeted and interactive advertising and maintain their lion's share of the political advertising dollars. More | Comments (3)
  • Front Office: How To Invest Best To Grow Revenue

    Don’t you wish you could determine in advance which new ventures are likeliest to become the most profitable? A tough advertising environment has added to the pressure, prompting media leaders to try to accelerate revenue diversification. While no one has a crystal ball, A.T. Kearney’s Greg Portell shares some guidelines that can help planners identify which new revenue opportunities to avoid or seize.   More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: Serious Study Needed To Get Drone License

    The exam for FAA Part 107 certification to fly a commercial drone under 55 pounds, which first became available Aug. 29, covers far more than the drone itself. A mastery of knowledge on aeronautical concepts, charts, airspace and meteorology from an aviation perspective are among the areas emphasized on the initial test. Is it overkill for a media organization that will fly a done no higher than 400 feet? Not really, when seen in the context of maintaining safety, says the FAA. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
    More | Comments (1)
  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (1)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
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Quarterly report
Scripps 2Q Television Revenue Up 15%
TVNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2016, 7:52 AM EDT
Strong political and retrans drive the total to $192 million. The digital segment adds another $15.2 million to the company’s overall total. Full Story | Add comment
dma 36: Columbus, OH
WCPO Is Building A Digital-First Newsroom
Columbia Journalism Review, Jul 29, 2016, 3:18 PM EDT
Anna Clark goes in-depth on WCPO, the Scripps-owned CBS affiliate in Cincinnati that several executives described as a "petri dish" of digital experimentation. The idea, Clark writes, "is less to demonstrate an entire model that can be replicated elsewhere than to test a variety of editorial, technological, and marketing strategies." Link | Comments (1)
Dma 126: Bakersfield, CA
Scripps Names Adam Chase KERO GM
TVNewsCheck, Jun 30, 2016, 3:14 PM EDT
He moves crosstown from KGET where he was general sales manager to take over the top spot at the market’s ABC affiliate.   Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Finds New National Digital Strategies
Nieman Lab, Jun 13, 2016, 2:58 PM EDT
Digital still makes up a sliver of Scripps’ revenues, but the company is making big investments in podcasts. Link | Add comment
Scripps Names Lagrone Fla. Investigative Reporter
TVNewsCheck, Jun 8, 2016, 10:48 AM EDT
earnings call
Scripps Swaps Some Local For Political
TVNewsCheck, May 6, 2016, 1:16 PM EDT
Broadcast SVP Brian Lawlor: “We did make some conscious decisions about cramping some core advertisers in favor of political [in the first quarter]. We look at it terms of what’s the total revenue we can drive and we have a heck of a quarter, up over 13%, and we’re looking at second quarter in the same way.” Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 1Q Television Revenue Up 13%
TVNewsCheck, May 6, 2016, 7:53 AM EDT
Strong political and retrans drive the total to $180 million. The digital segment adds another $12.3 million to the company’s overall total.   Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Taps Sacks For Political Coverage
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2016, 7:34 PM EDT
Veteran political journalist Mike Sacks will lead the station group’s national coverage from Washington as part of Scripps’ commitment to air 100 minutes of political coverage each week in the 45 days leading up to Election Day on all of its stations.   Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Sees OTT Play In $39M Cracked Buy
NetNewsCheck, Apr 13, 2016, 6:37 AM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. sees its Cracked.com acquisition as an extension of the millennial audience courtship it began with its Newsy and Midroll buys. Scripps digital chief Adam Symson says Cracked’s brand of smart humor will give Scripps an edge in the over-the-top space and a strong voice for branded content opportunities. Link | Comments (2)
Scripps Buys Cracked From Demand Media
NetNewsCheck, Apr 12, 2016, 4:31 PM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. has added humor brand Cracked to its ever-eclectic array of media assets, the company said Tuesday. Scripps is buying the company from Demand Media for $39 million cash. Cracked had $11 million in revenue in 2015. Link | Add comment
Market Share (DMA 36: Cincinnati)
Scripps, WCPO Expose VA Hospital Wrongdoings
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 24, 2016, 7:55 AM EST
dma 29: Nashville
WTVF Reporter, Scripps Sued Over News Story
The Tennessean, Feb 5, 2016, 7:26 AM EST
Scripps-TWC Reach Retrans Agreement
TVNewsCheck, Feb 1, 2016, 9:41 PM EST
The new multi-year deal covers more than 3 million households in14 markets. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Names National News Recruiting Dir.
TVNewsCheck, Dec 8, 2015, 2:20 PM EST
Chip Mahaney, the station group’s former regional general manager for the digital division, will hire news directors, assistant news directors and executive producers across the company’s news-producing stations. Full Story | Add comment
Dma 17: Denver
Investigative Expert Kovaleski Back At KMGH
TVNewsCheck, Nov 11, 2015, 3:06 PM EST
In addition to reporting for the Denver ABC affiliate, Tony Kovaleski will also train investigative journalists for Scripps stations across the country. Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 3Q TV Revenue Dips 3%
TVNewsCheck, Nov 6, 2015, 7:55 AM EST
The drop to $157 million is a result of flat local advertising and lower national and political dollars and higher expenses that couldn’t be offset by a 52% spike in retrans revenue. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Picks Binda To Ramp Up Originals
TVNewsCheck, Oct 30, 2015, 7:37 AM EDT
Mark Binda is named senior director of programming for the Scripps television station group, charged with working with station managers to develop original programming and explore syndication deals. Full Story | Comments (1)
Scripps, PolitiFact Team On Political Coverage
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2015, 3:50 PM EDT
A new agreement covers exclusive rights to fact-checking resources for broadcast/digital coverage in Ohio, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. Full Story | Add comment
Lee Returns To Scripps As Programming VP
TVNewsCheck, Sep 10, 2015, 11:59 AM EDT
Cater Lee, the broadcast group’s senior director of TV program development for the Scripps broadcast division from 2011 to 2014, is returning. Scripps SVP of Broadcasting Brian Lawlor says: “She has a tremendous instinct for what makes a successful show; has the connections to get the right people in the right spots; and has broad experience in taking a show from its early development concepts all the way to national syndication.” Full Story | Add comment
earnings call
Scripps Likes Spectrum, Post-Auction Outlook
TVNewsCheck, Aug 7, 2015, 12:53 PM EDT
The company execs say they see many opportunities, including buying stations after the auction when others are unsatisfied with the prices offered for spectrum. Scripps is also bullish on the opportunities that ATSC 3.0 can bring. Full Story | Add comment
quarterly report
Scripps 2Q TV Revenue Up 2.7%
TVNewsCheck, Aug 7, 2015, 8:14 AM EDT
The gain to $167 million is aided by higher retransmission revenue and offset somewhat by an increase in network compensation tied to the renegotiation of the ABC affiliation agreements for 10 stations. Full Story | Add comment
High CPMs Drive Scripps’ Podcast Acquisition
NetNewsCheck, Jul 23, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. entered the growing podcast space with its acquisition of Midroll Media on Wednesday, and the company says it was drawn by the form’s high CPMs and “rabid” audiences. NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp looks at the growing monetizing opportunities Scripps sees in podcasts and the potential integrations it’s planning with its television and radio stations. Link | Add comment
Scripps Acquires Podcast Co. Midroll Media
NetNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2015, 12:53 PM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. is getting into the podcast business via its acquisition of Midroll Media, an L.A.-based company that creates original podcasts and operates a revenue-generating network for more than 200 shows. Terms of the deal were not disclosed Link | Add comment
dma 29 (Nashville)
Scripps, CBS Renew WTVF Affiliation
TVNewsCheck, Jul 14, 2015, 8:47 AM EDT
New owner Scripps signs a three-year renewal for its Nashville CBS outlet. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps In Multi-Net Deal For Katz Diginets
TVNewsCheck, May 18, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT
The deal covers 18 markets, makes multicast networks Grit available in 93 million households, Escape in 70 million and Laff in 64 million. Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 1Q Same-Station TV Rev Climbs 11%
TVNewsCheck, May 8, 2015, 8:26 AM EDT
In the last quarter before completion of the Journal merger, results were boosted by retrans and Super Bowl advertising. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Makes Corporate, Station Promotions
TVNewsCheck, Apr 3, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT
In the wake of the Journal merger, the company promotes Debbie Turner, Ed Fernandez and Steve Wasserman and names their successor GMs in Nashville, Detroit and West Palm Beach. The new GMs are Lyn Plantinga (WTVF), Mike Murri (WXYZ-WMYD) and Lloyd Bucher (WPTV). Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Completes Journal Merger, Spinoff
TVNewsCheck, Apr 1, 2015, 8:05 AM EDT
Scripps and Journal simultaneously spun off and merged their newspaper operations to form Journal Media Group and immediately thereafter merged their broadcast operations, making Scripps one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners.  Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Adds Local TV Programmatic Ad Buys
MediaPost, Mar 19, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT
Empower MediaMarketing, an independent media agency, has announced plans to allow advertisers to buy local broadcast TV inventory via programmatic channels. Empower has partnered with the E.W. Scripps Co. and invested in Savveo, an ad tech startup focused on local media, to put the pipes in place. Local programmatic ad inventory from Scripps-owned TV stations is expected to be available to Empower clients by the second quarter of 2015. Link | Comments (2)
Scripps, Journal Shareholder OK Mergers
TVNewsCheck, Mar 11, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT
Upon closing of the transactions, Scripps and Journal will merge their broadcast operations, creating an expanded Scripps, while simultaneously spinning off and merging their newspaper operations to form a new publicly traded company called Journal Media Group. Full Story | Add comment
Journal-Scripps Deal Likely To Close In April
Milwaukee Business Journal, Feb 2, 2015, 3:33 PM EST
By mid-April, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel likely will be part of a new Milwaukee-based newspaper company — and Milwaukee broadcast icons WTMJ-AM-TV likely will be run from a headquarters in Cincinnati. That is the timetable expected to be set in motion assuming shareholders from Journal Communications and E.W. Scripps approve a merger of the two companies' broadcast units and a spinoff of the newspaper group. If that happens, both companies will hold special meetings scheduled for March 11 in Milwaukee for Journal shareholders and in Cincinnati for Scripps shareholders. Link | Add comment
Scripps, Gannett Ready For Apple Watch
NetNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2015, 3:14 PM EST
Most local media companies are keeping mum about their plans for the forthcoming Apple Watch, but E.W. Scripps and Gannett say they're ready with apps to follow right behind its March launch. USA Today will display its five top stories plus breaking news on its app, and Scripps' apps are likely to feature weather, traffic, push notifications and geolocation. Link | Add comment
DMA 19 (Cleveland, OH)
WEWS Sued By Boy's Father Over Hidden Camera
TVSpy, Jan 6, 2015, 3:25 PM EST
Scripps Adds Siegel As News Strategy Dir.
TVNewsCheck, Jan 5, 2015, 4:13 PM EST
The group brings in former WWL New Orleans news director Bill Siegel to fill the new position in advance of its closing on the Journal stations. Full Story | Comments (1)
Scripps-Journal Merger Gets FCC OK
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2014, 5:42 PM EST
The two companies are merging their broadcast operations under the E.W. Scripps Co. name while spinning off their newspaper interests into a new company, Jounal Media Group. Full Story | Comments (2)
How A Landslide Win Cost Two Stations $10M
Cincinnati Business Courier, Nov 12, 2014, 9:33 AM EST
Ohio Gov. John Kasich's landslide victory last week probably cost E.W. Scripps Co. $10 million in revenue this year from its WEWS Cleveland and WCPO Cincinnati. Link | Add comment
Scripps Extends CEO Boehne’s Contract
TVNewsCheck, Nov 10, 2014, 10:46 AM EST
Rich Boehne, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, is now on board through 2016, with options for year-to-year renewals after that. He's been with Scripps for 30 years. Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 3Q TV Station Revenue Grows 22%
TVNewsCheck, Nov 7, 2014, 8:06 AM EST
The increase to $121 million was fueled by higher local, political and digital revenue as well as a 46% rise in retrans money. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Acquires App Fav WeatherSphere
NetNewsCheck, Oct 8, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. has acquired WeatherSphere, a provider of weather apps. WeatherSphere, which now has eight iPhone apps and two for Android, including NOAA High-Def Radar, RadarCast, NOAA Snow Forecast and WeatherAlerts, will be used to leverage enhanced radar technology into Scripps’ existing Storm Shield, a paid national weather app geared at providing emergency alerts.   Link | Add comment
Dma 19 (Cleveland)
WEWS Sued Over Hidden Bathroon Camera
Cleveland.com, Sep 25, 2014, 8:06 AM EDT
A former employee of Clevealnd ABC affiliate WEWS has sued the station's parent company, E.W. Scripps, saying an engineer had placed a hidden camera in the men's bathroom this summer. Link | Add comment
WCPO Plays Long Game With Paywall Gamble
TVNewsCheck, Sep 24, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT

The Scripps Cincinnati station is betting big that people will pay for in-depth local content with value-added member benefits. Full Story | Add comment

Market Share
Scripps' ‘The Now’ Is News, But Not A Newscast
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 22, 2014, 8:21 AM EDT
Scripps Taps Beck As A Group News Exec
TVNewsCheck, Sep 10, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT
Cameryn Beck, KTVK Phoenix news director, will join the station group as a senior director of news strategy, working with Lana Durban. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps' Boehne: Local TV Still The 'Big Dog'
Milwaukee Business Journal, Sep 10, 2014, 5:59 AM EDT
E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne believes in the staying power of the company’s television stations. “Television is one of the greatest businesses that God ever created,” he said. “I mean, it’s just a fabulous business.” Link | Add comment
Dma 14
WFTS Tampa To Premiere New Afternoon Newscast
TVNewsCheck, Sep 2, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
analysis by Michael Depp
For E.W. Scripps, Digital Is Its Destiny
NetNewsCheck, Aug 15, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT
Under the leadership of CEO Rich Boehne and Digital SVP Adam Symson, the E.W. Scripps Co. is engaged in an earnest effort at multifront innovation to do a rare thing in local media — proactively getting in front of its destiny. Here are some lessons that other media companies can learn from. Link | Add comment
Scripps 'Learning Quickly' On Digital Sales
NetNewsCheck, Aug 14, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. has been hiring digital-only reps at a rate of about 75 a year, sellers who may not bring with them a book of business but must be uniquely hungry and able to adopt a longer-term sales approach with SMB clients. It is also offering a widening suite of digital marketing services with mobile and video taking on growing importance among its product offerings. This is the sixth in a series of Digital Deep Dive special reports on Scripps. Link | Add comment
Inside Scripps' Entrepreneurial A-Team
NetNewsCheck, Aug 13, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT
E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne says he’s “never seen real R&D units work,” so he created the Digital Solutions Group, a unit directly tasked with executing Boehne’s vision of aggressively developing new business lines in this increasingly digital time. The five-person team works side by side with the company’s corporate leaders. This is the fourth in a series of Digital Deep Dive special reports on Scripps. Link | Add comment
Scripps Leaders Put Digital At Center
NetNewsCheck, Aug 12, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT
At the E. W. Scripps’ Co., there surfaces a picture of two men determined to confront the digital revolution head on, getting out in front of competitors with aggressive experimentation and investing in new products and distributed risk. The zeal and urgency for change generated by Rich Boehne and Adam Symson has pervaded and emboldened Scripps, whose entrepreneurial culture is manifesting on multiple digital fronts. This is the second in a series of Digital Deep Dive special reports on Scripps. Link | Add comment
Inside Scripps’ WCPO Paywall Gamble
NetNewsCheck, Aug 11, 2014, 8:28 AM EDT
The WCPO Cincinnati experiment, whose boldness derives from an unprecedented ask of its users, ultimately has The E. W. Scripps Co. re-examining its entire approach to TV news content and cross digital/broadcast news production. Scripps is reframing its marketing message to consumers, and, in the process, re-examining how to give value to consumers beyond a content play, using the consumer data it’s now more closely collecting and parsing to heighten user affinity and personalization. The first in a series looking at digital innovation across Scripps. Link | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 2Q TV Station Revenue Grows 4%
TVNewsCheck, Aug 8, 2014, 7:57 AM EDT
The increase to $116 million was fueled by higher local, political and digital revenue as well as a 21% rise in retrans money. Full Story | Add comment
‘Let’s Ask America’ Clearances Top 33%
TVNewsCheck, Aug 4, 2014, 5:44 AM EDT
The Scripps game show adds non-Scripps stations prior to its third season launch in September. Coverage rises to 70% with a new cable run on GSN factored in. Full Story | Add comment
conference call
Scripps-Journal Deal Called ‘A Natural Fit’
TVNewsCheck, Jul 31, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT
That’s how Rich Boehne, Scripps president-CEO, described the agreement that will combine the two companies’ broadcast operations and spin off the newspapers, creating two companies. Investors and analysts were bullish too, with both companies’ stock up by double digits today. With the deal, Scripps becomes the fifth largest independent station group in terms of reach, covering 22 million U.S. television households — roughly 18 % —  with 34 stations in 24 markets, including 14 in top 50 DMAs. Full Story | Add comment
E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops
TVNewsCheck, Jul 30, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT
The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Co. name. Both companies' newspapers will be spun off into a new company to be called Journal Media Group, which will be headquartered in Milwaukee. The new Scripps will operate 34 TV stations reaching 18% of TV homes and 35 radio stations in eight markets. Current Scripps shareholders will end up with majority stakes in both companies. More on this story after the companies' conference call with reporters at 9 a.m. ET. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps' 'The Now' Off To A Good Start
TVNewsCheck, Jul 18, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT
The live 4 p.m. show posted encouraging ratings in its first week on the air on ABC affiliate KMGH Denver and NBC affiliate KSHB Kansas City, Mo. Full Story | Add comment
'The Now': Newsy Talk With A Social Slant
TVNewsCheck, Jul 14, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT
The new 4 p.m. show debuts today on KMGH Denver and KSHB Kansas City, Mo., with a focus on topics that are trending on social media networks. The content will be include viral videos, breaking news stories, content from Scripps stations and websites, original local content and national content that will originate from KMGH. It will eventually get rolled out to six more Scripps stations. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Stations Rolling Out Matrix Software
TVNewsCheck, Jul 9, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT
In addition to using the CRM and sales intelligence software, Scripps is joining Matrix’s digital development program . Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 1Q TV Station Revenue Grows 5.4%
TVNewsCheck, May 9, 2014, 7:47 AM EDT
Strong local advertising, retransmission revenue growth, Olympics and higher-than-expected political money boost the TV group to $102 million. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Sees Bright Future In Live Plus Local
TVNewsCheck, Apr 15, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT
Quarterly report
Scripps 4Q Core TV Station Rev Up 17%
TVNewsCheck, Mar 4, 2014, 7:55 AM EST
Political disparity is the big culprit. Core local and national television advertising revenue rose 17%, retrans grew 42% and digital revenue was up 7.9% Full Story | Comments (1)
Scripps Developing Live 4 P.M. Show For Fall
TVNewsCheck, Feb 21, 2014, 2:21 PM EST
The news-oriented program will have nationally focused content and some local content. It will air on ABC affiliate KNXV Phoenix and NBC affiliate KSHB Kansas City, Mo. and six other Scripps stations. Full Story | Comments (2)
DMAs 52 & 11
Scripps Buying Granite TVs In Buffalo, Detroit
TVNewsCheck, Feb 10, 2014, 8:14 AM EST
The E.W. Scripps announced this moring that it has a deal to buy two Granite Broadcasting stations -- ABC affiliate WKBW and MNT affiliate WMYD Detroit -- for $110 million in cash. Full Story | Comments (7)
Star Jones Talker Debut Moved To Fall 2015
TVNewsCheck, Jan 16, 2014, 3:49 PM EST
E.W. Scripps/Debmar-Mercury says they are shooting to roll out the syndicated legal show nationally next year. Full Story | Comments (1)
Granite Stations Subject Of Sale Speculation
Buffalo Business First, Dec 11, 2013, 9:58 AM EST
Despite the fact that representatives from E.W. Scripps Co. toured WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.’s operations last week, broadcasting industry insiders say don’t assume anything. Scripps, according to several industry reports, is one of several media groups reportedly interested in Granite Broadcasting Corp.’s eight TV stations, including WKBW. Granite officials declined to comment. The tour, insiders say, was just that — a tour. Link | Comments (3)
Scripps Pays $35M For Newsy Digital Video
NetNewsCheck, Dec 9, 2013, 4:20 PM EST
E.W. Scripps will use Newsy, which produces and curates video news reports for Web and mobile, as a news source on the Scripps digital products in local markets across the country. Link | Add comment
Scripps Ends Wire Service, Restructures DC
NetNewsCheck, Nov 13, 2013, 3:24 PM EST
E.W. Scripps has inked an agreement to move its Scripps Howard News Service clients to McClatchy-Tribune Information Services and has purchased political news startup DecodeDC. The company will also restructure its Washington, D.C., beureau, which will now provide content for all Scripps-owned media platforms. Link | Add comment
Syndie Panel Talker With Star Jones In Works
Deadline, Oct 4, 2013, 7:56 AM EDT
Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury is finalizing a deal with TV station owner E.W. Scripps to partner on a syndicated legal panel talk show with The View alum Star Jones as one of the co-hosts. There isn't a full-fledged pilot for the project yet, but segments with Jones have been taped. Link | Comments (3)
Earnings call
Scripps Ready To Buy, But Not Desperate
TVNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
Rich Boehne, chairman-CEO-president: "The industry is far less consolidated than the headlines would suggest. There'll be opportunities in the future. We have to be patient and focused. There's not necessarily a benefit to winning an auction. We'll pick our spots." Scripps would like to add stations in its existing markets but is open to broadening its market reach with the right deal, he added. Full Story | Comments (9)
Quarterly report
Scripps 2Q Spot Rev: Total, -8.3%; Core, +2.1%
TVNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2013, 8:26 AM EDT
Overall, TV revenue was down 4.9%, to $111.4 million, with the shortfall in political spending unable to offset a 34% gain in retransmission consent revenue from $7.8 million to $10.5 million. The television division’s segment profit in the second quarter was $30.5 million, compared to $34.9 million in the year-ago period. Full Story | Comments (1)
Scripps VP Engineering Mike Doback To Retire
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Jun 15, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT
After 42 years in the business, Mike Doback is ready for a retirement that will include a lot of time on the lake at his home in Michigan with family, and, in the short term, planning his daughter's wedding. Under his leadership, all Scripps-owned stations now have uniform technology for all their news acquisition and production operations. Link | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 1Q TV Station Revenue Slips 2.8%
TVNewsCheck, May 6, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT
Increases in retransmission fees (35%), digital (23%) and national advertising (4.6%) were not enough to offset expected declines in political and local advertising. The television division’s segment profit in the first quarter was $16.5 million, compared to $17.9 million in the year-ago period. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Names New Head Of Communications
TVNewsCheck, Mar 13, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT
Scripps Promotes CDO Symson To SVP
TVNewsCheck, Mar 5, 2013, 10:34 AM EST
Quarterly report
Scripps 4Q TV Revenue Climbs 39%
TVNewsCheck, Feb 26, 2013, 8:01 AM EST
Political ad money fueled the rise in same-station revenue, aided by an 11% gain in local, a 12% rise in national and a 41% increase in retrans revenue. Full Story | Comments (1)
Ellen Weiss To Head Scripps DC News Bureau
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2013, 2:16 PM EST
Starting In February, the longtime NPR journalist and executive becomes VP and bureau chief overseeing a team of investigative reporters and leading the Scripps Howard News Service. Full Story | Add comment
UBS Global Media Conference
Scripps Bets People Will Pay For Content
TVNewsCheck, Dec 4, 2012, 5:25 PM EST
The company is aggressive in introducing paid apps for access to content to both its TV stations and newspapers. “Most of our apps today are paid and we will continue to introduce more and more paid apps on the TV side,” Scripps President Rich Boehne told the UBS Global Media and Communications conference Tuesday. Full Story | Comments (6)
Quarterly report
Scripps Same-Station Rev Rises 41% In 3Q
TVNewsCheck, Nov 9, 2012, 8:00 AM EST
Strong political advertising, double-digit rises in local, national and retrans fueled the best third quarter ever reported by the company’s TV operations. Full Story | Comments (2)
Scripps Heir Dies; Sale Speculation Rises
Associated Press, Oct 22, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT
The Edward W. Scripps Trust, which has controlled The E.W. Scripps Co. since the trust's inception in 1922, ended last week after the death of the founder’s grandson Robert P. Scripps. Investors speculated that the family might sell its stake. Full Story | Add comment
Rentrak Adds Five Scripps Stations
TVNewsCheck, Oct 8, 2012, 8:16 AM EDT
The ratings services adds Scripps’ ABC affiliates in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit and West Palm Beach, Fla. The expansion makes Cleveland the first top-20 market to have all major TV affiliates subscribing to Rentrak's local ratings. Full Story | Add comment
Former McGraw-Hill Stations Intro New Sites
Newscast, Sep 17, 2012, 7:26 AM EDT
The stations, including KMGH Denver, have begun switching over to the standardized websites used by new parent Scripps Broadcasting. Scripps, which bought the stations in 2011, is rolling out the new sites in batches, with KMGH and KERO Bakersfield, Calif., part of the initial rollout. Link | Add comment
Earnings call
Scripps To Launch Two New Shows In Sept.
TVNewsCheck, Aug 7, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT
By replacing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with home-grown shows, it will control all of the access ad positions. Plus, it hopes to syndicate Let’s Ask America and The List to non-Scripps stations as well to generate more revenue. Full Story | Comments (2)
Quarterly report
Scripps Same-Station Rev Rises 16% In 2Q
TVNewsCheck, Aug 7, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT
A better-than-expected surge in political advertising, the contribution of television stations that were acquired in late 2011, and solid growth in spot television advertising led The E.W. Scripps Co. to report significant year-over-year improvement in operating results for the second quarter of 2012. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Replaces Syndies With Own Shows
TVNewsCheck, May 22, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT
Beginning Sept. 17, Let’s Ask America and The List will move into access and early fringe lineups in seven markets. When contracts for syndicated shows expire in the remaining Scripps markets (Detroit, Denver, San Diego, Indianapolis, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Bakersfield, Calif.), the two new half-hours will move into those timeslots. The series will be made available outside of the Scripps markets through Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a fall 2013 national launch. Full Story | Comments (3)
Quarterly report
Scripps 1Q Same-Station TV Rev Up 12%
TVNewsCheck, May 8, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT
Retrans money increases 37%, digital revenue up 20%, local revenue grows 7.4%, while national dips 4.6%. The numbers are higher when the results of its nine stations acquired last year are added in. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Taps Volicon Monitoring For Its Stations
TVNewsCheck, May 2, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT
Q&A with Rich Boehne
Digital Differentiation Is Key At Scripps
NetNewsCheck, Apr 16, 2012, 7:43 AM EDT
Rich Boehne, president and CEO of E.W. Scripps Co., discusses how the company — which owns 19 TV stations and newspapers in 13 markets — benefits from the digital advantages for each medium and how local TV and newspapers might leverage those assets in neck-and-neck battles, laments a still-fragmented newspaper industry, and speculates on how digital might yet be a galvanizing force. Link | Add comment
Scripps Expands Investigative Efforts in DC
TVNewsCheck, Feb 27, 2012, 2:56 PM EST
The Scripps Washington bureau, home of Scripps Howard News Service (SHNS), is becoming a fully multimedia, national news organization pursuing enterprise and investigative stories for broadcast TV, newspapers and digital platforms. Full Story | Comments (1)
Earnings call
Scripps To Swap Syndie Fare For Own Shows
TVNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2012, 1:14 PM EST
By replacing some syndicated programs with shows it effectively owns, Scripps could theoretically reduce programming costs and boost revenues while exploiting locally generated revenues. Full Story | Comments (4)
Quarterly report
Scripps Posts 11.4% Gain In Non-Political Rev
TVNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2012, 8:36 AM EST
A 14% rise in local and a 30% boost in retransmission consent revenue were the quarter’s drivers. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Stations Expand Free Airtime Offer
TVNewsCheck, Feb 7, 2012, 3:12 PM EST
As part of “Democracy 2012,” the Scripps stations in all 13 of the company’s television markets will provide a minimum of five minutes of free airtime to candidates nightly between 5 and 11:35 p.m. in the 30 days preceding primary and general elections as well. This year the stations are also adding multiplatform coverage. Full Story | Add comment
E.W. Scripps Co. To Receive NAB’s DSA
TVNewsCheck, Jan 30, 2012, 1:29 PM EST
The multimedia company will be honored with the association's Distinguished Service Award on April 16 during the opening session of this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Full Story | Comments (1)
Scripps Expects Higher TV Revenue In FY12
RTT News, Jan 18, 2012, 6:24 AM EST
For the full year 2012, the company expects total television revenues to increase by more than 50%. That includes more than $100 million of revenue for the stations that were acquired from McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Co. on Dec. 30, 2011. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps completes McGraw-Hill Stations Buy
TVNewsCheck, Dec 30, 2011, 12:24 PM EST
The $212 million deal comprises full-power ABC affiliates in Denver (KMGH); San Diego (KGTV); Bakersfield, Calif. (KERO); and Indianapolis (WRTV) and low-power Azteca America affiliates in Denver; Fort Collins, Colo.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; San Diego; and Bakersfield, Calif. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Purchase Of McGraw-Hill TVs OK'd
TVNewsCheck, Nov 29, 2011, 3:38 PM EST
The FCC today approved E.W. Scripps’ application to buy the McGraw-Hill TV station group for $212 million in cash. The deal comprises full-power ABC affiliates in Denver (KMGH); San Diego (KGTV); Bakersfield, Calif. (KERO); and Indianapolis (WRTV) and low-power Azteca America affiliates in Denver; Fort Collins, Colo.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; San Diego; and Bakersfield, Calif. | Comments (1)
Quarterly report
E.W. Scripps 3Q TV Revenue Down 11%
TVNewsCheck, Nov 8, 2011, 7:49 AM EST
But the $70 million was a 17% gain from the same period in 2009, the last non-election third quarter. Local was up 11%, national was down 6.6% and retrans grew 32%. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett: Scripps Deal Backs Station Values
TVBR, Oct 18, 2011, 7:38 AM EDT
Gannett CEO Gracia Martore isn’t saying whether her company was a bidder for the McGraw-Hill TV stations bought by Scripps, but she does say that the pricing supports the value of the 23 TV stations in the Gannett portfolio. And Gannett has been buying back its own stock because of the market prices. Link | Add comment
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Scripps Buys McGraw-Hill Station Group
TVNewsCheck, Oct 3, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT
The four ABC affiliates in Denver, San Diego, Bakersfield, Calif., and Indianapolis and five low-power Azteca affiliates go for $212 million in cash. "We are energized by the addition of good people at good stations in good markets," says Scripps SVP Brian Lawlor. Full Story | Comments (3)
Scripps Merges All TV, Paper Digital Efforts
TVNewsCheck, Sep 19, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT
Adam Symson is picked to lead the digital and mobile businesses for all Scripps television stations and newspapers. Full Story | Comments (1)
Scripps Names Wesolowski CFO-Treasurer
TVNewsCheck, Aug 30, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT
Earnings call
Scripps Downplays Interest In McGraw-Hill
TVNewsCheck, Aug 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT
With no debt and nearly $160 million in cash at the end of the quarter, Scripps is well situated should it decide to boost its 10-station portfolio, but executives say any future acquisitions would have to generate a “strong cash return.” Full Story | Comments (3)
Quarterly report
Scripps 1Q TV Revenue Climbs 3.2%
TVNewsCheck, May 10, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT
But excluding Olympics dollars, it records a 4.4% rise. Local was up 3.5%, national dipped 1%, retrans grew 47%, while digital revenue was up 29%. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Names Rappaport Marketing VP
TVNewsCheck, Mar 28, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT
Jessica Rappaport will work closely with the group’s station leaders to develop strategies that “strengthen relationships with current advertisers and engage new content consumers.” Full Story | Add comment
Earnings call
Scripps Forecasts Retrans Gains This Year
TVNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EST
In today’s call with analysts, CFO Tim Stautberg says retransmission consent revenue “will move the needle for us in 2011.” But at the same time, new affiliation deals will take some of that increase. Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 4Q TV Revenue Soars 37%
TVNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2011, 8:16 AM EST
Hot political races in some of its markets drove the boost to $101 million, aided by higher local and national ad revenue as well as an 18% rise in retransmission consent dollars and a 39% rise in digital revenue. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Sees Modest 2011 TV Ad Growth
MediaPost, Dec 9, 2010, 7:59 AM EST
E.W. Scripps says its television stations will see modest advertising increases in the first half of 2011. Television ad revenues will increase in the low- to mid-single-digit range — which comes on top of a very strong fourth-quarter period — that other TV station groups have also seen. Link | Add comment
Scripps Names Secretary, Chief Ethics Officer
TVNewsCheck, Dec 1, 2010, 11:11 AM EST
quarterly report
Scripps 3Q TV Revenue Rises 31%
TVNewsCheck, Nov 2, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT
The increase to $79 million is led by almost $15 million in political ad money. Local revenue was up 5%, while national grew by 25%. Full Story | Add comment
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