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  • Fri, Oct. 14, 4:24 PM
    • Newsy, the over-the-top news network bought by E.W. Scripps (SSP -3.5%), has launched on Hulu.
    • The service had previously launched through Web video clips. It's now going to provide 30 news stories a day to Hulu viewers, along with longer-form content including original series. And it recently launched its first cable channel through a carriage deal with Cincinnati Bell.
    • Newsy content is available to all Hulu plans (ad-free or ad-supported).
    • Aside from Hulu, Newsy content can be streamed on Sling TV, Roku, Watchable (Comcast) and Apple TV.
    | Fri, Oct. 14, 4:24 PM
  • Fri, Sep. 30, 7:04 PM
    • E.W. Scripps (SSP +2.2%) defended its station WCPO today amid an FCC complaint regarding political advertising.
    • The company says the complaint, filed with the agency by nonprofits represented by the Georgetown Law Institute for Public Representation, mischaracterizes the station's handling of its political ad file.
    • The complaint alleges that Cincinnati-based WCPO violated regulations regarding how stations disclose information about the purchase of political ads.
    • It's a case of misreading the information, the company says: Ad scheduling and other required information is "listed in the file and associated with the correct advertisements."
    • Scripps did say the complaint identified some areas where the filings could be more descriptive, and it's amended the file accordingly.
    | Fri, Sep. 30, 7:04 PM
  • Thu, Sep. 29, 6:33 PM
    • Cracked, the humor brand/channel bought by E.W. Scripps (SSP -1%) from Demand Media for $39M, has gone over-the-top by setting up its own channel on Roku.
    • The channel will feature daily videos as well as longer-running series, and will even feature content launching exclusively in a Roku time window, Cracked says, starting with a Halloween-focused video series.
    • The brand has 1.2M subscribers to its YouTube channel, and had previously ventured into smaller platforms Pluto TV and Xumo.
    | Thu, Sep. 29, 6:33 PM
  • Mon, Sep. 19, 5:23 PM
    • Newsy, the bite-size streaming news network acquired by E.W. Scripps (SSP +0.8%), is making its first move to TV, thanks to Cincinnati Bell (CBB -0.5%).
    • Newsy is headed to channel 508 on Cincinnati Bell's Fioptics TV service, sitting among local broadcast affiliates on the Fioptics "dial."
    • "Cable is still the most powerful television viewing platform in the world," says Newsy GM Blake Sabatinelli.
    • Newsy Live, a regularly updated feed of news headlines, will populate the new channel.
    | Mon, Sep. 19, 5:23 PM
  • Fri, Sep. 9, 2:54 PM
    • The List, an original TV show from E.W. Scripps (SSP -2.8%) that has become a syndication success, has gotten an expansion to reach viewers in more than 25% of the country.
    • The half-hour newsmagazine is in its fifth season and is available in 44 markets (eight top-20 markets). It's showing in a variety of dayparts across affiliates from all four major broadcast networks.
    • It's gotten a new look, website and mobile app as well, the company says. The show ranked No. 11 among syndicated programs in May.
    • Producer Cater Lee, who had launched The List during a previous stint with the company, rejoined Scripps last fall as head of programming with a mandate to pursue more original successes.
    | Fri, Sep. 9, 2:54 PM
  • Fri, Aug. 5, 1:47 PM
    • E.W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP) is trading 4.1% lower after Q2 revenues missed expectations despite 15% growth paced by solid TV growth.
    • The company swung to a gain on net income. Retransmission revenues rose 46% to $53.4M.
    • Political TV advertising was $8.4M in Q2 and the company notes spending is focused on key states for Scripps (Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin).
    • Revenues by segment: Television, $191.7M (up 14.5%); Radio, $18.2M (down 6.3%); Digital, $15.2M (up 76.8%); Syndication and other, $2.7M (down 1.6%).
    • Earnings by segment: Television, $53.3M (up 19.5%); Radio, $3.9M (down 20.5%); Digital, -$4.7M (improved from loss of $4.92M); Syndication and other, -$1.05M (improved from loss of $1.06M).
    • For Q3, Scripps sees TV revenues up between 35% and 45%, with expenses up in the mid-teens; radio revenue down in mid-single digits, with expenses up mid-single digits; and digital revenue up about 50% (with expenses rising by the same ratio).
    • Press Release
    | Fri, Aug. 5, 1:47 PM
  • Fri, Aug. 5, 7:33 AM
    • E.W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP): Q2 EPS of $0.14
    • Revenue of $227.82M (+15.0% Y/Y)
    • Press Release
    | Fri, Aug. 5, 7:33 AM
  • Thu, Aug. 4, 5:30 PM
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  • Fri, May 6, 11:46 AM
    • E.W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP) is up 9.8% and touching its highest point in six weeks after Q1 earnings beat expectations and revenues from continuing operations showed strong growth.
    • Retransmission revenue nearly doubled, and election-year advertising began to ramp up in key states (Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin). "We continue to be optimistic that the two candidates will require significant television advertising in order to educate and inform voters of their choices."
    • Revenue by segment: Television, $179.9M (up 57.5%); Radio, $14.6M; digital, $12.3M (up 97.7%); syndication and other, $2.67M (up 3.7%).
    • Cash and equivalents were $96M at quarter's end, and total debt a $398M.
    • For Q2, the company is guiding to TV revenues up 15-18%, radio revenues down in the mid-single digits, and digital revenues up in the high 60% range (incorporating the acquisition of Cracked; which also leads it to expect digital revenue up mid-50% for the full year).
    • Conference call link
    | Fri, May 6, 11:46 AM
  • Fri, May 6, 7:32 AM
    • E.W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP): Q1 EPS of $0.06 beats by $0.06.
    • Revenue of $209.5M (+70.3% Y/Y) beats by $2.51M.
    | Fri, May 6, 7:32 AM
  • Thu, May 5, 5:30 PM
    | Thu, May 5, 5:30 PM | 5 Comments
  • Tue, Apr. 12, 4:18 PM
    • News company E.W. Scripps (SSP +1.5%) has acquired youth-focused satire publisher Cracked from Demand Media (DMD +0.8%).
    • Scripps is paying $39M in cash. It notes Cracked has a strong youth following, particularly affluent millennial males, and that 50% of its audience goes straight to the site and spends an average of eight minutes on text and video.
    • Cracked turned a profit in 2015 on revenue of about $11M. For its part, Demand Media (which acquired Cracked in 2007) says the sale will let it further enhance product quality with a more focused portfolio.
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    | Tue, Apr. 12, 4:18 PM
  • Wed, Mar. 2, 1:04 PM
    • Sling TV has added Newsy -- a millennial-focused live and OTT video news service -- to its lineup.
    • The service joins Sling's core $20/month "Best of Live TV" package. Subscribers have immediate access to a "constantly updated" library of on-demand content, and they'll receive Newsy's live stream "in the coming months."
    • Newsy is a wholly owned subsidiary of E.W. Scripps (SSP -4.9%).
    | Wed, Mar. 2, 1:04 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 29, 12:03 PM
    • E.W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP) is off 5.1% as analysts come in with downgrades and target cuts after the company's Q4 miss Friday.
    • Noble Financial and Benchmark both cut their price targets to $25, still 48% upside from the current price of $16.92. Each of those firms has the stock rated at Buy.
    • Meanwhile, Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform and cut its target to $19-$21 from a previous $22-$26. "We really like this management team and balance sheet (esp. in a rocky market/macro environment)," says analyst Marci Ryvicker, "but at the moment, we just materially lowered numbers; and we don’t see any company-specific catalysts on the horizon (yes, there is the auction and elections –- but that isn’t SSP-specific)."
    • Previously: Scripps records Q4 miss despite acquisition-driven revenue growth (Feb. 26 2016)
    | Mon, Feb. 29, 12:03 PM
  • Fri, Feb. 26, 8:39 PM
    • E.W. Scripps closed down 0.7% after an earnings miss in its Q4 results despite revenues that grew 36%, mainly from acquiring TV and radio stations from Journal Media Group.
    • An adjusted net profit again became a headline loss (loss from continuing operations of $21.5M) after a writedown -- in this case, a $45.7M noncash pension settlement charge. Excluding that and acquisition costs of $1M, the company logged $7.8M in profit.
    • Operating revenue by segment: Television, $170.5M (up 20.5%); Radio, $19M (new); Digital, $13.2M (up 93.3%); Syndication and other, $2M (down 12.8%).
    • Retransmission revenues more than doubled to $35.9M, and a new long-term agreement with Time Warner Cable should increase retrans revenues 50% Y/Y in 2016.
    • For Q1, the compay expects TV revenues to grow 11-13% and digital revenue to grow about 45%, while radio revenue should be down in the mid-single digits. Retransmission revenue is forecast for $54M. In the full year, it sees TV revenues growing by about a third, digital gains of more than 40%, and flat radio revenues, and about $220M in retrans revenue (along with $150M-plus in election-year political revenue).
    • Related: E. W. Scripps' (NYSE:SSP) CEO Rich Boehne on Q4 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript (Feb. 26 2016)
    | Fri, Feb. 26, 8:39 PM
  • Fri, Feb. 26, 7:37 AM
    • E.W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP): Q4 EPS of $0.09 misses by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $204.81M (+36.0% Y/Y) misses by $2.63M.
    | Fri, Feb. 26, 7:37 AM