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E.W. Scripps Buys Digital Video News Startup

scripps logoE.W. Scripps has announced it has acquired Missouri-based digital video news provider Newsy for $35 million.

“Scripps is committed to participating in the future of digital media,” Adam Symson, senior vice president and chief digital officer for Scripps said in a statement. “Newsy is built for the digital audience, especially on the platforms we’re seeing emerge now with highly connected consumers.”

The digital video news provider produces and curates video news reports for web, mobile, tablet and connected TV. Newsy makes its money through selling advertising on its digital products, selling news and original content to brands like AOL/Huffington Post, Microsoft and Mashable and syndicating its content. Read more

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Q2 Earnings: Scripps TV Revenue Down 5%

Revenue for the Scripps station group was $111.4 million in the second quarter of 2013, down $5.7 million from the year-ago quarter. An expected decline in political advertising lead to the loss in revenue. Excluding political advertising, the company’s television revenues increased 4.5%

Local and national advertising revenues were up 1.5% and 3.3%, respectively, in the second quarter. Retransmission revenue was up 34%, and digital revenue was up 14%. Expenses for the station group were down 1.6% due to lower syndicated programming costs, and profit in the television division also declined from $34.9 million in the second quarter of 2012 to $30.5 million this year.

“Although masked by the near absence of political advertising in 2013, the off year for elections, our core television revenues showed good growth on the strength of  expanding local audiences,” Scripps chairman, president and CEO Rich Boehne said in a statement.

Rentrak Signs Another Scripps Station

Rentrak Corporation announced it has signed Scripps Television owned KERO, the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, CA to its multi-screen media measurement service.

“KERO-TV is excited to be working with Rentrak,” said Steve Weinstein general manager of KERO. “The ability to access demographic information on a daily basis (rather than just four times a year) is a significant advantage to us and our clients. KERO-TV is already using the information to impact our business in the Bakersfield DMA, and we look forward to more success in the future.”

Scripps initially signed up with Rentrak in August 2010 for its Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. In October 2012 Scripps added its ABC affiliates in Baltimore (WMAR), Cincinnati (WCPO), Cleveland (WEWS), and its West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV.

Rentrak is a television ratings measurement service providing daily measurement of all national TV networks and local media markets in the United States. The service is the only fully integrated system of satellite, telco and cable TV viewing data available commercially.

New News Sets in Greenville, NC and Bakersfield, CA

Station owners and GMs continue to open their wallets for new news sets. The latest at Scripps-owned KERO-TV (ABC) in Bakersfield (upper left) and Media General-owned WNCT (CBS) in Greenville, NC (upper right).

NewscastStudio reports the KERO set is similar to Scripps’ KJRH-TV in Tulsa. KERO was one of the stations added to the Scripps portfolio when McGraw-Hill got out of the TV business late last year.

NewscastStudio says the new set at WNCT is designed around the stations new graphic look and “features a large anchor desk and working weather center.”

But it’s pretty clear that blues and browns are still the color of choice for TV news sets.

Cleveland’s WEWS Debuts New Set

WEWS, the Scripps owned ABC affiliate for Cleveland, unveiled its new set to viewers this weekend.

The new set features plenty of the Scripps blue and has many technological upgrades from the previous set.  It was designed and built by by Broadcast Design International.  Take a look at the old set and see more pictures of the new set after the jump.

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Lloyd Bucher Named Station Manager at WPTV

Lloyd Bucher has been appointed station manager at WPTV, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in West Palm Beach.

Bucher has been the director of sales at WPTV for more than five years. He steps into his new role after Steve Wasserman, WPTV’s general manager, was named as one of Scripps’ three divisional general managers. Wasserman will continue as the WPTV GM.

Wasserman said in a statement that Bucher will “help ensure that we stay focused on the station’s goals and strategic plan.” Read more

KERO Names News Veteran Steve Weinstein GM

Steve Weinstein has been named general manager of KERO in Bakersfield, CA.

KERO was acquired by E.W. Scripps at the end of last year, and Weinstein has served as news director at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, since 2006.

“Steve has the ability to inspire quality journalism while addressing business opportunities in the vibrant market of Bakersfield,” Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.  “He is an award-winning video journalist who has strong business acumen, so he can effectively manage content issues while helping our sales executives devise customer-driven solutions on multiple platforms.” Read more

Scripps Taps WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan to Oversee Content for All Stations

Jeff Brogan is leaving his post as news director at WPTV to oversee news strategy and content development for all of Scripps’ 19 stations.

Scripps announced today that Brogan has been named senior director of news strategy and operations. In the role, Brogan will work in tandem with Lana Durban Scott, Scripps’ current senior director of news strategy and operations, on helping the company’s stations develop their content and strategic plans.

Brogan joined WPTV, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in West Palm Beach, in 2010. The station is now searching for his replacement as news director. Read more

Scripps Expands National Investigative Bureau

Scripps announced today that it is expanding its D.C.-based national investigative bureau.

“Scripps has earned a solid reputation, through its local news organizations and across all media platforms, for providing investigative reporting that informs and empowers the communities it serves,” the company stated in a press release.  “Now Scripps is enhancing its TV investigation team to provide stories with national impact in addition to the award-winning local stories the company covers today.”

Scripps has tapped Jim Osman (left) as the lead reporter of the investigation team and Lawan Hamilton as its executive producer. Read more

Scripps Reports 16% Decrease in Q4 Revenue, Looks to Future Following McGraw-Hill Acquisition

The E.W. Scripps Company today reported fourth quarter revenue of $84.7 million for its station group–a 16% decrease compared to the $101 million brought in during the same period a year ago.

Excluding political advertising, Scripps notched an 11.4% increase for the period, buoyed by a 14% jump in local advertising as well as 30% more in retrans revenue, compared to Q4 2010.

“We substantially repositioned Scripps in 2011, clearing the way for improved performance in 2012, enlarging our television footprint, and enabling an aggressive rollout of new digital products and services,” Scripps president and CEO Rich Boehne said. Read more

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