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Nexstar Announces Record Third Quarter

Nexstar reported a 2.3% increase in third quarter revenue today, boasting a record $74.8 million for the period.

“Nexstar’s record third quarter revenue reflects our eighth consecutive quarter of core television advertising revenue growth,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook said.  “The 5.3% rise in core ad revenue growth, 17.5% increases in e-Media revenue, 30.5% in retransmission fee revenue and 21.0% improvement in management agreement revenue more than offset the impact of a 74.3% year-over-year reduction in political revenue.”

In announcing its third quarter financial results, Nexstar emphasized its expanding media footprint, which now includes WFRV and WJMN in Wisconsin and Michigan as well as WEHT in Evansville, IN. Read more

Anchor Tammy Elliott Resigning From WFRV

Anchor Tammy Elliott announced this week that she will be resigning from WFRV at the end of the month.

Elliott, who began with the Green Bay CBS-affiliate as an intern in 1990 and eventually worked her way up to anchor, says that the move is based on her desire to spend more time with her family.

“I’ve always put family first,” Elliott explained, in announcing her resignation. “Right now I’ve chosen to step back in my career to devote more time to my other career–being a mom.”

Following Elliott’s departure on September 30th, Tom Zalaski and Erin Davisson will team up to co-anchor WFRV’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Read more

WFRV-WJMN President-GM Plans to Retire as Nexstar Takes Over

WFRV-WJMN president and general manager Perry Kidder, who has been with the Wisconsin-Michigan partner stations since 1974, announced that he will retire as soon as Nexstar Broadcasting‘s acquisition of the stations is finalized (WFRV report above).

“After 40 years in the business and 37 with this company, I made this thoughtful decision to retire,” Kidder said. “I am particularly gratified and honored to have worked with the talented and wonderful people at Channel 5 and Channel 3.”

WFRV (channel 5) is a CBS-affiliate based in Green Bay, WI and WJMN (channel 3) is run as its semi-satellite in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula. In April, Nexstar inked a deal to acquire the two stations from Liberty Media Corporation for $20 million.

Kidder joined WFRV-WJMN in 1974 and, after working in numerous sales positions, was named vice president and general manger in 1993. He was promoted to president-GM in 2007.

Video of the announcement inside… Read more

Nexstar Plans to Launch Local News at Recently Acquired WJMN

When its recent deal for two affiliated stations in Green Bay and Marquette, MI closes, Nexstar Broadcasting plans to launch local news for the Marquette area.

Marquette’s WJMN is currently run as a satellite station of Green Bay’s WFRV, rebroadcasting its programming with the assistance of a small local crew. Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook tells Broadcasting & Cable that the company plans to develop a unique, local identity for WJMN.

“We’ve found ways to make a lot of money on news in markets that size,” Sook told B&C. “We plan to develop a separate news presence and sales staff; local news is definitely a part of the future for that station.”

Nexstar agreed to a $20 million deal for the two stations earlier this week.

Nexstar Broadcasting Inks Deal for CBS-Affliates in Wisconsin and Michigan

Nexstar Broadcasting is set to acquire two CBS-affiliates, WFRV in Green Bay and WJMN in Marquette, MI, from an affiliate of Liberty Media Corporation for $20 million.

The deal boosts Nexstar’s standing “as a leading consolidator of stations in mid-sized markets through accretive transactions,” as Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook romantically described it in a news release.

If approved by the FCC, the acquisition of WFRV and WJMN, which operates as a semi-satellite of the Green Bay station, will increase the number of CBS-affiliates in Nexstar’s stable to 13, and expand the number of stations, most of them in sub-100 DMAs, that the company owns and/or operates to 65.

Nexstar plans to make good on its investment in the stations by ringing out additional retrans revenues from WFRV and WJMN while also bolstering their online advertising.

Green Bay and Milwaukee Stations Cover Packers’ Return Live

All four major Green Bay stations provided live coverage of the Super Bowl champion Packers’ return from Dallas.

ABC-affiliate WBAY, CBS-affiliate WFRV, NBC-affiliate WGBA, and Fox-affiliate WLUK (video above) all preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Monday afternoon to show the team’s arrival at the airport and motorcade through the city.

News crews from all four major stations in Milwaukee were also on-hand to provide live, local coverage.  Buses decorated in green and yellow carried the players from the airport as thousands of cheering fans lined the route.

The stations will also broadcast live coverage of the Packers’ official “Return to Titletown” celebration on Tuesday afternoon, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Green Bay Crews Descend on Dallas for Super Bowl

Green Bay news crews are descending on Dallas this week to cover the hometown Packers in the Super Bowl.

“It’s an adventure. This is what you get in the business for,” WLUK sports director Drew Smith told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Going to Dallas means seeing history, being part of history, and of course, documenting history.”

WLUK, a Fox-affiliate (Fox is the network home of this year’s Super Bowl), has sent a crew of 13 to Dallas and will air a nightly half-hour “Super Bowl Report” at 9:30 p.m. Read more

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