Disney’s Secured Spectrum: A New Charter Deal Is Locked

There's no "blackout" worries for any ABC O&Os seen by viewers across Charter Communications' Spectrum cable TV services. Charter and The Walt Disney Company have inked "a comprehensive distribution agreement" that expands the previous deal. It includes the Aug. 22 launch of The ACC Network.

A Tribune CBS Affiliate Tearfully Deals With Reporter’s Death

At just 22 years old, Ivy Anderson joined the reporting staff of a Tribune Media-owned CBS station serving North Alabama's Tennessee Valley. Through tears, the station's anchors late last week announced to viewers that she has unexpectedly passed away.
Viacom

Thirteen Years Of Separation End For CBS, Viacom

The most anticlimatic announcement in years finally arrived from CBS Corp. on Tuesday afternoon -- it is reunifying with Viacom. But, the initial separation in January 2006 and the reasons the move was done are very much worth a look today.

What’s Pay-TV’s Casualty Count For Q2?

The largest pay-TV providers in the U.S. – representing about 93% of the market – lost a whole lot of net video subscribers in Q2. And, the year-over-year increase in cord-cutters is a bit startling, new data from Leichtman Research Group show. Should broadcast TV worry?

Local Agencies: Warming To Advanced TV

The latest "Chart of the Week" from Borrell Associates features a particularly intriguing insight from its recently completed survey of 442 local ad agencies. "[It] looks like they're still in love with broadcast TV, but they've started open relationships with other video platforms," says Gordon Borrell.
Auto / Buying a Car

This Auto Dealer Association Wants Sizzling Sales

Here's something that's become a bit uncommon: an auto dealer association greatly increases its total spot TV play count at the beginning of the month, rather than at the end of the month. As a result, this automotive brand is the only one to appear on the latest Media Monitors Spot 10 report.

CBS & Viacom: The Last Waltz

Over the past 14 years and through massive changes in industry structure, CBS Corp. and Viacom have pursued separate paths and strategies. With new leadership, the companies are operating with similar goals in mind. That's a topic Michael Nathanson addresses in a fresh investor note.

Scripps Stock Sails Southward On Q2 Loss, Poor Q3 Visibility

The E.W. Scripps Co. saw a Q2 revenue gain that surpassed Wall Street estimates. A healthy retransmission fee rise was also seen in the quarter. But, Scripps' costs and expenses also increased. The result: a swing to a net loss. Investors were hardly pleased, sending SSP southward on Friday.

Mixed Signals For Tribune Media On Revenue Miss

"Our second quarter results reflect the great work that continues to be done by our employees in advance of our pending transaction with Nexstar Media Group," Tribune Media's CEO said Friday. How did Tribune Media perform in Q2? EPS beat the Street, but revenue fell short.

What’s on the Horizon for Media Finance Professionals

The Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association, are presenting an opportunity to learn about the issues that will define the media industry in the coming year at a Sept. 12 event in New York.

No Word On CBS/Viacom Merger As Q2 Results Arrive

The hottest rumor of the year, which seemed to last several years, was that CBS Corporation and Viacom were to announce their reunification following the release of the former's Q2 2019 results on Thursday. That hadn't happened as of 4:30pm Eastern.
Entravision Communications Corporation

Entravision Snags A ‘Teleritmo’ Affiliate In TV Move

The greatest strength for Entravision in its just-released Q2 2019 earnings report was its net revenue growth at its TV stations. Now, it will soon have another TV property with which to monetize, and it's a station presently airing a regional Mexican music video network.
Meredith

Ahead Of Fiscal Q4 Report, Meredith Declares Dividend

Within the next few business days, Meredith Corp. is expected to release its fiscal Q4 2019 earnings report. With a date still unknown as of noon Thursday, the owner of local TV stations in 12 DMAs -- presently blocked from DISH subscribers -- declared a regular quarterly dividend.

TEGNA Closes On Dispatch TV Duo and Radio Combo

On June 11 RBR+TVBR first told readers that TEGNA is adding to its stable of properties by acquiring the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis; the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio; and an AM/FM combo in the Buckeye State's capital city. The deal just closed.

Gray Goose: Positive Q2 Can’t Get Stock Flying Upward

Could Gray Television's Q3 guidance be a bit lower than what the Street thinks? That may be the biggest reason why Gray shares were off 10.5% as company President/CEO Hilton Howell Jr. kicked off Gray's Q2 earnings call on Wednesday morning. The quarter was a good one for Gray.

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