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E.W. Scripps Company

For Scripps, Political Displacement Yields 2% Core Ad Revenue Dip

How did The E.W. Scripps Co., heavily invested in digital multicast networks thanks to its company-transforming ION Media merger, perform in Q2 2022? Like its free-to-air TV brethren, political advertising surged. As such, core advertising was impacted, as Scripps swung to net income from a Q2 2021 net loss.

Audacy Corp. EPS, Revenue Misses Q2 Street Estimates

With pressure mounting on the corporate leadership at Audacy Corp. to reverse its declining stock value, or risk NYSE delisting, the company formerly known as Entercom on Friday released second quarter earnings that fell short of consensus estimates on both earnings per share and revenue.

Gray Joins Its Peers In Grabbing Big Political Dollars In Q2

Gray Television now anticipates that its political advertising revenue for 2022 will match the $652 million of political advertising revenue that its current portfolio of stations recorded in 2020, a presidential election year. That said, Gray is a much bigger company, asset-wise, than it was in 2020, resulting in combined historical financial information requiring a closer look. Once the magnifying glass is applied, there's no getting around it — Gray's Q2 was great. 
Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia

A Strong Q2 for iHeartMedia Brings Swing To Net Income

The nation's leading audio content creation and distribution company enjoyed a healthy net revenue gain as it swung from a $32.29 million net loss in Q2 2021 to net income of $14.4 million. Operating income soared, aiding company growth in Adjusted EBITDA during the second quarter of 2022.

Massive Political Ad Dollar Growth Displaces Core Spots For Nexstar

If you thought the political dollars achieved in the second quarter by Sinclair Broadcast Group were huge, just wait 'til you see how Nexstar Media Group — the biggest licensee of broadcast TV stations — performed in the three-month period ending June 30. The owner of broadcast TV stations in three Michigan markets, a key primary election state, enjoyed an eye-popping 920% increase in its political ad dollars from the second quarter of 2021. This helped Nexstar soar past Street estimates on both revenue and EPS.

Audacy Corp. President/CEO David Field, shown on the NYSE floor the day the company then-known as Entercom completed its CBS Radio tax-free merger — November 20, 2017.

Audacy Corp. Receives Low Stock Price Warning From NYSE

Audacy Corp., ahead of the release of its Q2 2022 earnings report, shared that it received notification from the New York Stock Exchange on August 1 that its Class A common stock is not in compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standard. It has not been in compliance since June 28.
Saga Communications, Inc.

With Little Political Displacement, Saga Revenue, Income Grow In Q2

As CFO Sam Bush reviewed the "very good performance" for Saga Communications in the second quarter of 2022, he shared one particularly notable trait that puts the radio broadcasting pure-play in a unique position — political ad dollars have yet to make a significant impact for the publicly traded company. No matter. Saga's net operating revenue and net income both jumped ahead nicely, likely making lead shareholder Daniel Tisch and his Towerview LLC pleased.

Audacy, CBS Sports Announce Podcast Sales Deal

The audio content creator and distributor that owns Cadence13 and Pineapple Street has partnered with CBS Sports Digital. The agreement makes Audacy the exclusive, multi-year ad sales and distribution partner for CBS Sports' network of sports podcasts.
Pile of Money

The Impairment Change: Why A Company May Take One

In Q2 2022, both Townsquare Media Group and Beasley Media Group took an impairment charge. Beasley explains it did so "due to an increase in the discount rate used in the analyses to estimate the fair value of FCC licenses and goodwill in a rising interest rate environment." What exactly does that mean? One veteran media broker, along with BIA Advisory Services leaders, shared with RBR+TVBR in layman's terms exactly why an impairment charge would be taken.

Net Revenue Surges In Q2 For Salem, With A Strong Q3 Ahead

There was little to slow down the company dedicated to serving consumers with Christian-themed and conservative talk radio programming in the second quarter. Net broadcast revenue grew, while net income surged. The third quarter guidance is also growth-focused.

The InFOCUS Podcast: Cumulus’ Q2 ’22 Earnings Review

RBR+TVBR's review of the broadcast media industry's second quarter 2022 earnings reports continues with audio highlights from Cumulus Media's Q2 2022 call, featuring CEO Mary Berner and CFO Frank López-Balboa. It's all here in this 20-minute InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM.  LISTEN HERE
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Niagara Falls, Ont., looking at Niagara Falls, N.Y. [Photo: Adam R Jacobson]

A Niagara FM Pair Trade Hands

Two FM radio stations serving Niagara Falls, Ont., each with signals reaching neighbouring Buffalo, N.Y., have been sold. Terms were not disclosed, as the CRTC will now review for its approval.

Soo Kim, who runs Standard General

Pro-MVPD Lobby Pleads To FCC On TEGNA Deal Retrans Concerns

The race to the finish line for the proposed Standard General majority acquisition of TEGNA is inching closer to its conclusion. Regulatory approval of a deal that would see Apollo Global Management take a non-voting minority stake in a "new TEGNA" awaits.  As such, a pro-MVPD and retransmission consent fee foe has called on the FCC to "closely examine" attribution issues and impose "effective conditions" in place to prevent violations of the joint negotiation prohibition.
Chris Ripley, President/CEO, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair’s Q2 By The Numbers, And A Dividend, Too

Sinclair Broadcast Group enjoyed a robust second quarter of 2022, thanks to stunning political ad revenue of $54 million. What was the overall financial picture for the media company, which saw its Board of Directors declare a quarterly dividend for SBGI shareholders?
Adam Symson

Scripps Signs Adam Symson For Five More Years

"Adam's vision and leadership have continually delivered shareholder value through forward-looking strategies that have transformed the company's financial profile and positioned it for further growth and success," said Kim Williams, chair of the board at The E.W. Scripps Co.

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