April was a down month for the newspaper biz at Journal Communications, but up for Journal Broadcast Group. For television, revenues rose 1.5% to 10.86 million, apparently replacing all political revenues from the previous year – and then some. Radio revenues rose 4.3% to 6.57 million.
On a same station basis, excluding two stations which were sold in the past year, radio revenues were up 6.5%. The company didn't offer any details for the month, but Journal has been successful over the past several quarters in building revenues at its developmental radio stations.
For Journal Broadcast Group in total, revenues were up 2.5% to 17.42 million. Meanwhile, publishing revenues were down 6.8% to 23.84 million, with ad revenues down 9.1% to 17.06 million. Both the flagship Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the company's community newspapers and shoppers posted ad revenue declines.