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NABET Rejects Latest Contract Offer from Michigan Station

wnem_nabet_304Members of the union representing workers at WNEM have rejected the latest offer from the Meredith owned Saginaw, MI, CBS affiliate.

“WNEM’s latest contract proposal would severely jeopardized (sic) workers’ job security, retirement security, work jurisdiction and reduce on-air employees to ‘at will’ employment status,” Zara Maldonado, president of NABET-CWA Local 54048, said in a statement.

Maldonado told TVSpy, “Meredith is doing fine economically, and these demands are unnecessarily delaying reaching an agreement on a fair contract.”

The two sides have been working on a deal for nearly a year and half. The current contract expires November 3. Read more

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KCTV Names Larry Perret News Director

Larry PerretLarry Perret has been named news director for Meredith owned Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV-KSMO.

Perret last worked for KTVX in Salt Lake City. Before coming to KTVX, Perret was a producer for Entertainment Tonight and before that he was a consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates. He’s also worked at KCOP, KCBS, KCAL and KTTV in Los Angeles.

A Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy Perret starts two weeks from Monday on October 28.

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Meredith Supports Ratings Based on Time Shifted Viewing

Meredith Corporation has joined the growing list of broadcasters who support the TVB analysis that Local Live + Same Day ratings are the most representative of the actual viewing audience.

“For an industry that’s ready to shift its attention to capturing all the impressions that are being accumulated on cross-platform devices, we need to first accept that time-shifting on television – the primary viewing device – is integral to how local viewing is done today,” said Paul Karpowicz, president, Meredith Local Media Group. “Without accounting for time shifting, we are leaving a significant number of impressions unaccounted for our advertisers, and that shortfall will only increase as the industry adds more time-shifting to the ratings standard.”

According to TVB in its July 2013 analysis, Live + Same Day ratings for the last broadcast season were within 5% of the national C3 ratings while Live Only ratings were 16% below C3.

ABC, CBS, NBC and Tribune so far have all issued press releases in support of TVB’s position on Live + Same Day Ratings.

WGCL Rebrands Morning Shows

Meredith’s Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has changed the naming of its early morning news. What used to be “Better Mornings Atlanta” is now”CBS Atlanta News at 4:30 a.m.,” CBS Atlanta News at 5:00 a.m.,” and “CBS Atlanta News at 6:00 a.m.”

No reason was given for the change. The news was posted to the station’s “Better Mornings Atlanta” facebook page, “Many of you have probably noticed the changes we’ve been making to our morning show. We’re no longer calling the 4:30-7am show Better Mornings Atlanta.”

A Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy no changes have been made to the shows and the name “Better Mornings Atlanta” remains on the 9:00 a.m. show.

Meredith Local Media Sees Record Profits

Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group has announced record growth in revenue and operating profit for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2013.

For the first six months of fiscal 2013, revenue for the company’s local media group rose nearly 30 percent to $198 million while operating profit rose nearly 90 percent to $72 million.

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“We continued to excel at our goal of delivering compelling content to viewers across broadcast, digital and mobile media platforms,” said Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz.  “At the same time, we did a great job monetizing the strength of our audience, as local over-the-air television once again demonstrated its unique ability to build brands and deliver unmatched results for advertising clients.” Read more

Meredith Reports 26% Increase in Local Revenue

Meredith Corporation reported a +26% increase in local media group revenues for the fiscal first quarter of 2013, the company announced Thursday.

Net political advertising revenues were $12 million, a record high for a fiscal first quarter. Non-political advertising revenues increased +5%. All of Meredith’s markets grew in both revenues and operating profit.

“We are focused on keeping the momentum going in non-political advertising revenues, along with maximizing our political advertising opportunity this election cycle,” Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz said in  a statement. Read more

Kirk Black Resigns as VP-GM of WGCL in Atlanta

Kirk Black, the vice president and general manager of Meredith Corporation’s WGCL in Atlanta, has parted ways with the station.

“Kirk Black has resigned to pursue other career opportunities,” a spokesperson for Meredith Corporation told TVSpy. “We are not commenting beyond that.”

Black also served as senior vice president for Meredith’s Local Media Group, a role which included oversight of the company’s national sales operations in Chicago and LA and the company’s eastern hub in Atlanta.

Broadcasting & Cable reports other WGCL staffers, including a top sales manager at the CBS-affiliate, departed suddenly today. Read more