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Randy Ingram Named VP-GM Of WBTW

Media General has named Randy Ingram vice president and general manager at WBTW, the CBS-affiliate in Myrtle Beach.

Ingram joined Media General in 2005 as station manager and general sales manager of WYCW in Spartanburg, SC. Since 2010, he has been general manager and general sales manager of WRBL in Columbus.

In announcing the hire, Media General’s Mid-South president and market leader John Cottingham said Ingram is “well-suited to deliver for us in Myrtle Beach-Florence.”

“I am delighted for Randy to bring his many talents and great ideas to our station,” he said. Read more

Media General, Verizon Settle Retrans Dispute

WFLA in Tampa-St. Petersburg and WJAR in Providence are still available to Verizon FiOS customers after last-minute negotiations for a new retransmission consent contract came together on Friday afternoon.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. WFLA interim general manager John Cottingham praised “strong viewer support” as a factor in the successful negotiations.

“This means our loyal local viewers can continue to watch WFLA NBC/News Channel 8 and Me-TV for many years to come,” he said in a statement.

WFLA Asking Viewers For Help In Verizon Dispute

As time runs out for Verizon and Media General to negotiate a retransmission agreement, Tampa-St. Petersburg’s WFLA is enlisting the help of viewers to help prevent a blackout.

“What the viewers are seeing is a crawl that WFLA is putting across their channel saying we are in a dispute,” Verizon spokesman Bob Elk told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The station is urging viewers to contact Verizon and pledge loyalty to the station.

Media General is negotiating with Verizon for carriage of WFLA and WJAR, the NBC-affiliate in Providence. Elek said the parties “are continuing to negotiate in good faith,” noting, “rarely do these things end up with a channel actually leaving the air.”

Changes Atop WFLA as Media General Shakes Up Tampa Leadership

Media General has named John Cottingham interim general manager of WFLA as part of a series of personnel changes connected to the Tampa NBC-affiliate and its news partner The Tampa Tribune.

Citing a Tampa economy that has seemingly plateaued, John Schauss, vice president of Media General market operations, today announced that the company is moving a number of executives out of its Tampa-based Florida division.  According to The Tampa Tribune, those leaving Tampa are John Schueler, president of the Florida division; Denise Palmer, vice president of news; and Cathy Helean, vice president of marketing. Read more

Media General Reports 11% Decline For Q3

Media General announced today that its third quarter revenue was down 11% compared to the same period last year.

The company, which owns 18 network-affiliated stations that are located mostly in the Southeast, attributes the decline to a decrease in political advertising as well as the absence of BP image advertising related to last summer’s oil spill.

Even subtracting the $9.7 million of political advertising brought in during the third quarter last year, Media General’s 2011 Q3 broadcast revenues decreased 2.4%. Read more

Media General Reports Dip in Q2 Revenue

Media General, which announced in June that it would be requiring employees to take 15 furlough days by the end of the year, this week reported a dip in second quarter revenue.

The company, which owns 18 stations across the country including WFLA in Tampa and WJAR in Providence, announced that $70.35 million in broadcast revenue for the second quarter, down nearly 3% from the same period last year.

Media General blames the decrease in revenue on a decrease in political advertising. In a news release, president and CEO Marshall Morton pointed out that, if one excludes political advertising in both yeas, broadcast revenues actually increased 6.6%.

“Our television stations did an excellent job of replacing a large portion of last year’s Political revenues,” Morton said, adding that he expects stations to see a boost in political, as well as automotive, advertising during the second half of the year.

Media General Requiring Employees to Take 15 Furlough Days Before End of the Year

Calling it “a sign that traditional media business models continue to be in transition,” Media General CEO Marshall Morton announced to staff on Thursday that the company is requiring its employees to take 15 furlough days before the end of the year.

“In order to reach our cash flow goal for the year, which has again been lowered from our initial expectations, we must cut expenses in the second half of the year,” writes Morton in a memo obtained by Poynter. “One of the fastest ways to flow expense savings to the bottom line, without broad-based permanent layoffs, is a furlough program – something we had hoped we would not need to do this year.”

Media General owns 18 TV stations, including Providence’s WJAR and Tampa’s WFLA, as well as 21 daily newspapers. Full memo inside… Read more

Lisa Churchville Retiring After 14 Years Atop WJAR

After 14 years running WJAR, Lisa Churchville is retiring as president and general manager of the Providence NBC-affiliate.

“I am very proud to have played a role in the station’s rich history,” Churchville said in announcing her retirement, calling WJAR’s staff “the best people in local television.”

Churchville began her career in TV at New York WABC, before moving on to work for a series of NBC stations. She worked as director of sales at Chicago’s WMAQ and later became vice president of sales at Philadelphia’s WCAU.

Reid Ashe, executive vice president and COO of Media General, which owns WJAR, described Churchville as “an accomplished professional and an inspiring leader.” “We will miss her and we wish her all the best,” he said.

Churchville’s final day with the station is set for June 30th. Video of the retirement announcement inside… Read more

Media General Expected to Issue Layoffs

Media General is expected to begin issuing layoffs next week across its news entities, which include 18 TV stations and 21 daily newspapers.

According to Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times, Media General has informed employees that layoffs are coming at the company’s Florida news platforms, including the Tampa Tribune and NBC-affiliate WFLA.

In April, Media General reported a slight decline in first quarter revenue from its TV stations, but overall the company suffered a net loss of $25.8 million for the quarter.

So far Media General has not returned TVSpy’s requests for comment. A source tells Deggans, though, that the company will not cut “boots on the street.”

Media General Reports Slight Dip in First Quarter

Media General, which operates 18 stations focused mainly in southeastern markets, announced today that first quarter TV revenue had dropped 2.6% compared to the same period last year.

In its earnings report, Media General pointed to the same factors that Gannett mentioned in its first quarter announcement earlier this week: the absence of the Olympics on NBC-affiliates and the Super Bowl on CBS-affiliates caused a dip in revenue compared to 2010.

“We were pleased that our Broadcast television stations continued their strong performance,” said Marshall Morton, Media General’s president in CEO, putting a positive spin on things. “Total Broadcast revenues decreased $1.8 million, or 2.6 percent, from last year, despite the absence of $7.6 million in Olympics revenues and nearly $1 million in Super Bowl revenues.”

The company also reported that its local media websites experienced a strong gain in revenue, pulling in 20% more than the previous year.

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