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Scripps 3Q TV Station Revenue Up 22%

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The E.W. Scripps Company today reported that its TV station revenue was $121 million in the third quarter of 2014. That’s up $21.8 million, or 22%, from the same quarter in 2013. According to TVNewsCheck, the increase was fueled by a combination of higher local, political and digital revenue.

Here’s what the ad revenue looked like, broken down into categories:

  • Local, up 1.8% to $55.6 million
  • National, down 2.8% to $26.6 million
  • Political, $17.4 million compared to $1 million in the 2013 quarter
  • Retransmission fees, up 46% to $15.2 million
  • Digital revenue increased 8.5% to $4.6 million

High network fees linked to the increase in retransmission revenue was responsible for $2.3 million of the $10.9 million increase.

“Our local TV brands proved to be the venue of choice for candidates and issue backers in several of the most active election states,” Scripps chairman-president-chief executive officer Rich Boehne said in a statement. “For us, this is a low-cost revenue stream that at its peak displaces some core local advertisers. Now with the elections behind us, we expect core advertisers to return through the remainder of the fourth quarter.”

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Former Employee Suing Scripps for Putting Hidden Camera in Men’s Bathroom

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Brad Brown, a former promotions producer at Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, is suing the station’s parent company for keeping a hidden camera in the men’s bathroom over the summer.

Cleveland.com reports that Brown filed the lawsuit against E.W. Scripps Co. Inc., and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, plus attorneys’ fees.

The lawsuit blames Berry Pinney, then the station’s director of engineering and operations, for placing the hidden cameras in the men’s bathroom. According to the suit, Pinney told an employee to place a camera in a non-functioning sprinkler in the ceiling of the first-floor men’s room with the goal of catching a vandal. The suit claims that on July 13, an employee noticed video images from the men’s restroom on a security-desk monitor. Once employees learned of the camera, the recordings were promptly deleted, the suit claims.

“They spied on their own employees while we were using the toilet,” Brown said in a statement. “It is hard to imagine anything more outrageous.”

Brown has since left WEWS and now works at Tribune owned FOX affiliate WJW.

Scripps Drops ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ at KMGH

KMGH-1A few years ago we reported on Scripps Television’s decision to swap ”Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”, two hugely popular syndicated game shows, for programming they produced. Back in 2012, the company brought in two of their own shows so they could have more control over their content (and not have to pay those pesky syndication fees).

Well, it looks like it’s happening again.

The Denver Post reports that ABC affiliate KMGH will lose “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” on September 8, to be replaced by a new 6:00 p.m. newscast and a half-hour newsmagazine, a Scripps-produced show called “The List.” According to a KMGH press release, the new show’s “upbeat, fast-paced style brings viewers non-stop weather coverage and the very latest on developing stories from the studio and in the streets.”

We reached out to KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy to see if other Scripps stations will be adopting this model in the coming months. He did not immediately respond to our email.

Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. Read more

Scripps Home-Grown Syndicated Shows Gaining Viewers

Last September the E.W. Scripps Company dropped syndicated dinosaurs “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” at some of its owned stations and replaced them with its own programming.

The station group developed two shows, “Let’s Ask America” a game show using Skype which it developed in conjunction Warner Bros. Telepictures and pop culture show “The List.” It then programmed seven of its owned stations with “Let’s Ask America” and six with “The List.” TVSpy checked in with Scripps to see how the shows were doing.

“We are very happy with the performance of both shows,” Robert Sullivan, vice president of content for Scripps told TVSpy. “Both have grown book to book in key demos since their launch last fall.” Read more

Scripps TV Revenue Rises to $152M in Q4

Revenue from The E.W. Scripps Company’s television stations rose to $152 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from $84.7 million in the year-ago quarter. On a same station basis, revenue was up 39%.

Excluding the company’s newly-acquired stations, political advertising totaled $44.1 million for the quarter. The political ads were up significantly compared to the previous election cycle in Q4 2010 ($28.1 million) and the previous Presidential election cycle in Q4 2008 ($26.0 million).

Local advertising was up 11% to $54.9 million, while national advertising was up 12% to $25.9 million. On a same-station basis, local was down 12% and national was down 17% due to displacement caused by a surge in political advertising.

“Investing to expand our television portfolio and to improve our local news programming resulted in an attractive platform for political advertising and the most effective voice for election-year journalism ever staged by Scripps,” president and CEO Rich Boehne said in a statement.

Q3 Earnings: Scripps Reports 41% Increase in Same-Station Revenue

The E.W. Scripps Company today reported third quarter revenue of $125 million for its station group, compared to $70 million during the same period last year. On a same-station basis, Scripps says revenue increased +41%, to $98.8 million, in Q3.

Compared to the year-ago quarter, the station group reported a +25% increase in local advertising and a +39% increase in national advertising. Political advertising for Scripps brought in $33.9 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $2 million in the 2011 quarter.

“In the television division, our investments in local news content, original programming to replace underperforming syndicated shows, and in sales infrastructure to maximize political dollars are all showing strong returns on investments,” Scripps president and CEO Rich Boehne said in a statement.