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Scripps Completes Purchase of 9 McGraw-Hill Stations

Nearly three months after the E.W. Scripps company announced the acquisition of nine stations from The McGraw Hill Company, the purchase is complete.

The FCC approved the $212 million deal earlier this month. In a statement, McGraw-Hill chairman, president and CEO Harold McGraw III said he was pleased with the Scripps purchase.

“I thank the talented men and women of these stations for their valuable contributions to McGraw-Hill and know they are joining a respected media organization where they will continue delivering news, insights and entertainment,” he said.

Stations involved in the deal are ABC-affiliates KMGH in Denver, KGTV in San Diego, KERO in Bakersfield and WRTV in Indianapolis, as well as four Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, San Diego and Bakersfield.

Decrease in Political Advertising Leads to 11% Drop in Revenue at Scripps

Scripps, which owns 10 stations across the country including WFTS in Tampa and WXYZ in Detroit, today announced an 11% decrease in TV revenue for the third quarter, compared to the same period last year.

The company is attributing the double-digit drop to a significant decrease in political advertising. Last year, Scripps stations hauled in $14.8 million in political advertising during the third quarter. This year, the total was $2.1 million.

Excluding political advertising, revenue increased 6.5% on the strength of local advertising (up 11%), digital (up 11%) and retrans (up 32%) revenue.

In total, Scripps’ stations brought in $69.9 million in the third quarter.

Scripps’ SVP On New Stations: ‘We’re Going To Be Really Serious About Good Quality Journalism’

TVNewsCheck has an interesting look at Scripps’ recent nine-station acquisition from the perspective of Brian Lawlor, who is the senior vice president of Scripps’ TV division. Lawlor — who says that Scripps “can’t wait to meet” the former McGraw-Hill employees — talks about what employees at, and viewers of, the nine new Scripps stations can expect:

I think we have been very focused on quality journalism, making sure that our story telling and our story selection is representative of the community — not the easy stuff, just chasing fires and crime — but really trying to find those issues that are core, that are really going to get some discourse and that are going to be meaningful. So I think they can expect that we’re going to be really serious about good quality journalism that’s going to make a difference in their communities.

Read TVNewsCheck’s full interview with Lawlor here.

WPTV Launching 4 p.m. Newscast on WFLX

WPTV, a Scripps-owned NBC-affiliate, and WFLX, a Raycom-owned Fox-affiliate, are set to debut a new, half-hour newscast at 4 p.m.

At the beginning of this year, WPTV began producing newscasts for WFLX under a new partnership. In January, WFLX unveiled a new 10 p.m. newscast with WPTV anchors Shannon Cake and Jay Cashmere, in addition to a revamped morning newscast from 7-9 a.m.

Now, WPTV is expanding its lineup on WFLX with “Fox 29 News First at 4:00,” which will be the market’s only newscast in the 4 o’clock time slot. Read more

Scripps Attributes Advertising Increase to Stations’ Commitment to Enterprise Journalism

Scripps TV reported a 3% increase in second quarter revenue today, compared to the same period last year, with $77 million.

In announcing Q2 financial results, the station group, which owns 10 stations across the country, was quick to point out that revenue was up 26% compared to 2009, the previous non-election year.

“Our television strategy, anchored by continuing investment in high-quality local news programming, is resulting in strong audience gains and revenue growth,” Scripps president and CEO Rich Boehne said.

Scripps saw a 8.1% increase in local advertising for the quarter and a 1.2% bump in national sales. Boehne attributes the increase in advertising to the group’s commitment to enterprise journalism.

“We’re setting our stations apart,” Boehne said, “and getting more than our fair share of the increasing demand for advertising by focusing on enterprise journalism, including investigative reporting, that expands local audiences.”

Anita Helt Returns to Phoenix as KNXV VP-GM

Anita Helt, who has served as president and general manager of Sacramento’s KXTV since October, has been named vice president and general manager of KNXV in Phoenix.

Helt, 49, has considerable experience in the Phoenix market. Before joining Gannett’s KXTV last year, she worked for 15 years at the company’s NBC-affiliate KPNX, where most recently she served as vice president of marketing and programming.

“With her keen market insights and industry leadership, Anita will develop local news and programming that will continue to engage a growing numbers of viewers and advertisers alike,” said Brian Lawlor of Scripps, which owns KNXV.

Helt’s first day with the station is set for June 20th. She is replacing Janice Todd, who retired earlier this year after five years as VP-GM.

Cox, Raycom, Scripps Team Up to Launch Syndicated News Show for Younger Generation

Cox, Raycom, and Scripps, who combined own and/or operate 70 stations across the country, announced this week that they are joining forces to launch a new syndicated show that will attempt to “reach a new generation of news viewers.”

The hour-long show, titled “RightThisMinute,” will try and capture the attention of the younger generation by incorporating social media, citizen journalists, and using unconventional approaches to storytelling.

“All three of the station group owners are known for producing news that appeals to a broad local audience,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Scripps. “‘RightThisMinute’ extends our expertise to an entirely new generation of viewers who have come to expect an interactive experience when accessing relevant news and information.” Read more

In West Palm Beach, WPTV and WFLX Expand Relationship

Raycom Media and Scripps have entered into a new shared services agreement for WPTV and WFLX in West Palm Beach, FL.

Under the deal, Scripps’ WPTV, a NBC-affiliate, will provide “technical, promotional and online operations and certain local programming” for Raycom’s WFLX, a Fox-affiliate.

Since the beginning of the year, WPTV has been producing 17 hours of WFLX-branded newscasts each week and the new agreement is an expansion of this relationship.

“This is a mutually beneficial arrangement because the enhanced relationship allows WFLX to operate more efficiently while giving WPTV the opportunity to generate more revenue from its staff and infrastructure,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Scripps.

WCPO Anchor Clyde Gray Addresses Controversial Involvement with Agency On-Air

During WCPO‘s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts on Tuesday evening, veteran anchor Clyde Gray tried to set the record about his controversial involvement with a recently launched marketing agency.

On February 25th, Gray debuted C. Gray & Associates with a list of clients that included a local casino. Bowing to pressure from members of the journalism community who predicted major conflict of interest issues, as well as his bosses at Scripps, Gray read a prepared statement to viewers last night (video above).

Gray said that he will no longer be involved with the agency besides a “very small, passive minority interest.” Read more

Steve Thaxton Named VP-GM of Cincinnati’s WCPO

Steve Thaxton has been named vice president and general manager of Cincinnati’s WCPO.  Scripps, which owns and operates the ABC-affiliate, announced the move today.

Thaxton comes to WCPO after nearly 13 years as president and general manager of both WCSH in Portland, ME and WLBZ in Bangor.

As Scripps searched for a successor to WCPO’s longtime VP-GM Bill Fee, who retired in December, Thaxton’s “reputation for local news leadership came to our attention,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division. “He has vast experience in producing programming that engages both consumers and advertisers.”

Thaxton came to WCSH in 1998 with a marketing and creative services background, having worked as VP of promotion and production for KARE and VP of marketing for KUSA. His first day with WCPO is March 21. Read more

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