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Q1 Earnings: LIN Media Net Revenues Up 18%

lin media logoLIN Media reported $166.2 million in net revenues for the first quarter of 2014, an 18% increase compared to the year-ago quarter.

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and station website revenues, were up 9% for the quarter. Net national revenues, net political revenues and operating income were also up.

“Our results were driven by an increase in television advertising, higher pay-television subscriber fees and significant growth in digital revenues, which now comprise 15% of our net revenues and has its own reportable segment,” LIN Media president and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky said in a statement. “Our diverse group of assets helped us maximize revenues from the winter Olympics and the Super Bowl and achieve the high end of our first quarter revenue guidance. I am excited about the expansion of our digital portfolio with the addition of Federated Media and the future scale and synergy opportunities from the pending merger with Media General.”

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With Merger, Media General May Add Bargaining Power and Shed Jobs

LIN Media GWhen Media General announced its merger with LIN Media to create what it calls the “second largest pure-play broadcast business in the US,” the speculation machine started up in an attempt to figure out what the merger meant in the long term.

The new Media General will boast 74 network affiliated owned or operated stations.  The Wrap reports there’s bound to be some market overlap and inefficiencies, which as we all know can only lead to one thing: layoffs.

“They’re merging because they’re seeing some of their competitors in the pay TV arena that are getting a lot larger in terms of scale,” Dennis Wharton, Executive V.P. of Communications for the National Association of Broadcasters told TheWrap. “Broadcasters, I think, believe that they have to have scale to compete against providers who are not giving away their programming for free.”

This is particularly true after the recent announcement that Comcast and Time Warner Cable planned to merge.

However, Wharton played down the possibility of newsroom layoffs. “If there are, potentially there will be job losses in the back offices –  in the areas of finance, human resources and IT,” he said. Read more

FCC Expected to Vote on Shared Service Agreement Ban

FCC_304Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to ask the FCC to vote on a ban of some shared-service agreements in the commissions next meeting.

The proposal is also expected to ban local stations from teaming up in retransmission negotiations.

Bloomberg reports Sinclair Broadcasting, along with several other station groups including Nexstar and LIN Media would be forced to give up some stations if the proposal passes.

Sinclair’s revenue last year from the type of arrangement the officials said Wheeler is most directly targeting amounted to $36 million, according to the filing. Sinclair reported $1.36 billion in revenue last year.

Sinclair fell 1.9 percent to $29.51 at 10:12 a.m. New York time. Nexstar lost 1.7 percent to $42.84, while Lin Media declined less than 1 percent to $23.09.

Wheeler needs to win a vote to pass the change at the FCC, where he is part of the three-member Democratic majority. The agency’s next meeting is March 31 in Washington. Read more

Q4 Earnings: LIN Media Net Revenue Down 6%

lin media logoLIN Media reported $183.9 million in net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6% drop compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Net political revenues were down significantly, from $45.5 million in Q4 2012 to $2.9 million in Q4 2013, in the non-election year.

Local revenues for the company, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and station website revenues, were up 14% year-over-year for the quarter. Net national revenues and interactive revenues were also up, increasing 10% and 107%, respectively, compared to the fourth quarter last year. Operating income was down 61%.

“Significant growth of our digital media business and pay TV subscriber fees helped offset comparisons to the prior year
when we earned record political revenues. Excluding political revenues, we increased net revenues by 20% in the fourth quarter
and 35% for the full year,” LIN Media CEO Vincent L. Sadusky said in a statement. “Looking ahead, we are confident in the evolution of our company and our ability to capitalize on our recent acquisitions, this year’s non-presidential elections and the winter Olympics.”

Q3 Earnings: LIN Media Net Revenues Up 23%

lin media logoLIN Media reported $163.1 million in net revenues for the third quarter of 2013, an increase of +23% on the year ago quarter.

Local revenues, including net local advertising revenues, retransmission revenues and station website revenues, were up +44% to $105.5 million. Net national revenues increased +26% to $32.8 million. Political revenues were down in the non-election year, as was operating income.

“We achieved another quarter of significant growth in revenues from our digital businesses and pay TV subscriber fees and our core time sales continue to gain momentum. Excluding record political revenues and our estimate of incremental Olympic revenues in 2012, core advertising revenues increased 3% on a same station basis in the third quarter,” LIN Media president and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky said in a statement.

Helen Swenson Named GM of WIAT in Birmingham

wiat logo_304x200LIN Media has named Helen Swenson president and general manager of Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate WIAT.

The move had been rumored after former GM Bill Ballard‘s contract wasn’t renewed.

Most recently Swenson was the senior vice president of Live Programming for The Weather Channel. Before coming to The Weather Channel she was the senior multimedia consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates. She has also held management positions at local TV stations in Pittsburgh, Miami and West Palm Beach, FL, including a stint as news director for KIRO in Seattle.

“Helen is a highly strategic and skilled broadcast executive with a proven track record of achieving growth by developing innovative and superior products that better meet the needs of our viewers and advertisers, ” Scott Blumenthal LIN Media’s executive vice president of Television said in a statement. “We are pleased that she is stepping into the leadership role at WIAT.”

After Losing Belo to Gannett, Sinclair Reportedly Eyeing Gray, LIN and Raycom

sinclair logoBloomberg News reports Sinclair Broadcast Group is weighing more acquisitions after attempting to “steal Belo Corp. from the clutches of Gannett Co.” Gray Television, LIN Media and Raycom Media are seen as potential acquisition targets:

Sinclair twice tried to top Gannett’s offer for Belo in the days before the shareholder vote, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named because the process was private. Sinclair first sought to assemble a deal with various Belo shareholders, and then attempted to put together an offer with private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners Ltd., the people said. Neither effort led to a bid, they said, and Belo shareholders approved Gannett’s $1.5 billion offer on Sept. 25.

After missing out on Belo’s 20 TV stations, Hunt Valley, Maryland-based Sinclair may have to settle for alternatives. Gray, Lin and Raycom Media Inc. may be potential targets, said Paul Sweeney, a Bloomberg Industries analyst. In two years, Sinclair has announced $2.8 billion of deals as stations negotiate higher fees from cable systems. U.S. TV and broadcast deals have reached $8.7 billion this year, the most since 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

LIN Announces Blumenthal Retiring, Names Howell Successor

linmedia_304x200LIN Media has announced the retirement of Scott Blumenthal, executive vice president television and the appointment of his successor, Jay Howell.

Blumenthal started his broadcast career in 1970 and worked at WTWO in Terre Haute, IN, and WRTV in Indianapolis, IN, before starting his own advertising agency, commercial syndication and animation studio.

He was hired by LIN in 1983 as local sales manager for WISH in Indianapolis and was named president and general manager of WOOD and WOTV in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1994. He came back to WISH as president and GM in 1999 before being named regional vice president for LIN Media in 2002. Three years later he was promoted to vice president television and was named executive vice president television in 2006. Read more

Q2 Earnings: LIN Media Net Revenue Up 36%

LIN Media reported a $164.3 million in net revenues during the second quarter of 2013, a 36% increase on the year-ago quarter.

Local revenues, including net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and television station website revenues, rose to $107.1 million, an increase of 44% compared to the second quarter of 2012. Net national revenues were also up 28% for the quarter.

In the non-election year, net political revenues decreased to $1.5 million from $7.6 million in Q2 2012. LIN Media president and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky said in a statement that the absence of political revenues will “negatively impact growth for the remainder of 2013.”

“Our results were driven by our recent television station acquisitions, higher pay TV subscriber fees and signficiant growth in our digital business, both organically and by adding HYFN and Dedicated Media to our portfolio,” Sadusky said. “…We will continue to remain focused on executing our strategy that has helped transform LIN Media into a more diversified, multimedia company with superior content and marketing solutions for every screen.”

Kathy Mosher-Boule Named Manager of On-Air Image and Design at LIN Media

LIN Media has appointed Kathy Mosher-Boule manager of on-air image and design for its 43 stations.

Mosher-Boule comes from the FX Design Group, where she has worked for 18 years, most recently as the broadcast division’s vice president of business development. In her new role, she will collaborate with each station to “ensure their sets, lighting, graphics, and other image-related aspects of a newscast meet brand-building and integrated marketing strategies.”

“Kathy’s unique creative design solutions, uncompromising visual standards and keen insight into consumer appeal make her the ideal choice to manage the on-air brand image and set design of our television stations,” Scott Blumenthal, LIN Media’s EVP of television, said in a statement. “We are very pleased to welcome Kathy to the team.”

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