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Meredith’s Local Media Group Revenue Up 39% to $125 Million in Fiscal First Quarter

meredith_1Meredith Corp.’s Local Media Group has reason to celebrate. According to a new report, the company’s 15 local television stations generated $125 million in total revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which is up 39% from the same period a year ago.

The uptick was fueled in part by political advertising, digital ads and the company’s recent acquisition of KMOV in St. Louis and KTVK in Phoenix.

Here’s a more detailed look at the Local Media Group’s first quarter performance, compared to last year:

  • Total advertising revenues increased 43 percent to $93 million, a first quarter record
  • Political advertising revenues were $13 million
  • Non-political advertising revenues grew 24 percent to $80 million, benefiting from the recent acquisitions and strong digital advertising revenue performance
  • Other revenues and operating expenses both increased, due primarily to growth in retransmission revenues from cable and satellite television operators and higher programming fees paid to affiliated networks

Meredith Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz was certainly happy with the results. “This was our first full quarter operating both KTVK in Phoenix and KMOV in St. Louis, and they are great additions to the Meredith portfolio,” He said. “We were also very pleased to see political advertising strengthen as the quarter progressed.”

You can view the full report, with details on Meredith’s National Media Group and more, here.

Nexstar to Buy KASW in Phoenix for $68 Million

nexstar logoNexstar Broadcasting says it’s buying Phoenix CW affiliate KASW from Meredith Corporation and SagamoreHill of Phoenix for $68 million plus working capital.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group president and CEO, Perry Sook said in a statement, “[T]he transaction offers Nexstar entrée to the Arizona and Phoenix markets which represent a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States.”

RELATED: Sook tells MediabistroTV local stations are “basically the newspaper of record.”

Sook also said Nexstar plans to have KASW increase its focus on local programming and the community.

Meredith and SagamoreHill bought KASW from Gannett and Sander Media as part of its Belo purchase. “As part of Federal Communications Commission approval, Meredith and SagamoreHill voluntarily agreed to divest KASW to an independent buyer within 90 days of its June 19, 2014 closing.”

The buy is subject to FCC approval.

Reporter Shannon Kettler Departs WCPO for PR Job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

kettler3_1375895354586_696860_ver1.0_640_480Shannon Kettler has left Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, announcing via Twitter that she’s taken a public relations job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Kettler joined WCPO in 2001 after working at WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kettler graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

WTVJ Adds Weekend Sports Anchor

Stefano Fusaro is joining Miami NBC owned station WTVJ as weekend sports anchor.

In a statement, Migdalia Figueroa, WTVJ VP of News said, “His energy and commitment to covering our local sports teams will really resonate with our viewers.”

Fusaro was the sports director at Houston Univision station KXLN.

On the Move, 10/22/14

Susanne LaFrankie named Chief White House Correspondent for EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network. She has worked as a reporter at WPVI in Philadelphia.

Natasha Williams signs on as Investigative reporter and fill-in anchor at WKEF-WRGT in Dayton. Ohio. Williams had been freelancing at the ABC and Fox affiliate since May.

Nia Wong joins KEYT in Santa Barbara, California. Wong comes from KVAL in Eugene, Oregon where she was an anchor and reporter.

Meteorologist Lisha Scott has moved to weekend mornings at WVEC in the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News market. She comes from WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

Darryl Hood has joined WAKA in Montgomery, Ala. as primary anchor. He last worked as an anchor at WACH in Columbia, S.C.

Hood and Scott are represented by Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent.

LaFrankie, Williams, and Wong are represented by David Brunner of DB & Associates.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move

Twitter Fail: KC Station Apologizes for Offering Viewers Gruesome Break from World Series

KCTV joined the growing ranks of TV stations that have discovered social media can be a fickle friend.

While home town heroes Kansas City Royals were getting their crowns handed to them by the San Francisco Giants in game one of the World Series Monday night, the Kansas City CBS affiliate tweeted out: “Need a break from the game? Watch our 10 p.m. news for the latest on a body found in the Little Blue River & more.”

A USA TODAY baseball editor saved the tweet by retweeting it:

They tried again with a lighter story:

KCTV later apologized for the awkward choice they presented:

[Yahoo Sports]

FCC Hits Texas Station with Fine for Violations Possibly Dating Back 22 Years

fcc-logo_white-on-blackThe Federal Communications Commission levied an $86,400 fine on the parent company of Midland and Odessa,Texas NBC affiliate KWES.

The FCC says it asked Midessa Television, which also owns KTLE in Odessa, KWAB in Big Spring and KTLD in Midland, about its use of Broadcast Auxiliary Services for audio and video feeds between its studio and transmitter sites.

Midessa responded on January 31, 2014, and admitted that it operated three BAS facilities without authorization and failed to operate six BAS facilities in accordance with their respective authorizations. Midessa noted that it learned of the violations in May 2012 in the course of conducting an audit of its BAS facilities.

TVTechnology writes the violations surfaced when Midessa applied “for three new as-built stations and six modified stations in April of 2013.”

“Midessa stated that, even after interviewing former station staff, it could not identify the exact dates the violations occurred, but that they probably were ongoing at various times for at least four years,” the Notice said. “Further, Midessa stated that it could not rule out the possibility that some of the stations were noncompliant at the times of their acquisitions in 1991 and 2001.” Read more

WYFF Viewers Asked to ‘Like for Prayers’ on Facebook Report About Deadly Car Crash

Greenville, SC NBC affiliate WYFF might be guilty of using someone else’s tragedy for its own social media gain, while couching it in a religious message.

WYFF reports, a teen died and four others were injured in the crash at a local gas station.

Reaction amongst viewers seemed split. “Seriously now we are ‘liking’ for prayers!!!! News 4 is ridiculous,” commented one viewer. While another said, “what’s wrong with praying…..from the looks of it they could use the prayers. Thanks channel 4.”

‘We’re Basically the Newspaper of Record,’ Nexstar CEO Talks About Local TV

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Nexstar CEO, chairman and president Perry Sook was one of 12 industry leaders to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

MediabistroTV caught up with Sook to ask about Nexstar’s next move and his views about the state of local TV.

“With the decline of newspaper and circulation and also the decline of days of publication, we’re basically the newspaper of record,” said Sook. “I think the services we provide to markets like Burlington, Vt. and Rochester, N.Y. and Salt Lake City, Utah are absolutely essential and hard to duplicate anywhere else.”

Madison MMJ Leaving TV

Max+Hess200Max Hess, multi-media journalist for Madison, Wisc. NBC affiliate WMTV, has announced he is leaving the business after less than a year on-air.

“It’s the breaking news look! But tonight, I have some news of my very own,” Hess wrote on his WMTV facebook page. “Working at NBC15 has been a great honor, but it is with mixed emotions that my last day will be Monday, November 3rd.”

He also tweeted out a still from his personal facebook page, “I am extremely excited to say that I’ll be joining the EPIC Creative team in West Bend as a PR Account Executive on December 1, 2014. On top of it all, I’ll be moving back to my beloved Milwaukee.”

Hess started at WMTV in January 2014. His first local TV job was at WTMJ in Milwaukee as an assignment desk editor.

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