Another big TV consolidation deal is in the works. Tonight, Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps, and Journal Communications of Milwaukee, announced they will merge their broadcasting operations, while spinning off their newspaper businesses into a new entity. As a result of the deal, which is expected to close in 2015, Scripps will be the 5th largest TV station ownership group operating 34 television stations in 24 cities, reaching 18 percent of the U.S. It will also own 35 radio stations.
Full story: E.W. Scripps and Journal Broadcasting to Merge TV Stations, Spin Off Newspapers (Wed, 7/30)
JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS INC. and E.W. SCRIPPS CO. have announced a merger of their broadcast operations and the spinoff of the companies' newspapers in a stock swap. JOURNAL's radio and television stations and SCRIPPS' television stations will be merged into CINCINNATI-based E.W. SCRIPPS CO., while the newspapers will merge into a new publicly-traded company, JOURNAL MEDIA GROUP.
Full story: Scripps, Journal Merge Broadcast Properties, To Spin Off Newspapers (Wed, 7/30)
WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:
WZZM 13, the ABC affiliate owned by Gannett, is making two major announcements today. Lee Van Ameyde has a new role at WZZM 13. He has been named Managing Editor of the WZZM 13 Watchdog Investigative Team. This will be in addition to the investigative reporter responsibilities he currently handles.
Full story: WZZM 13 announces new role for Lee Van Ameyde, welcomes Nick LaFave (Wed, 7/30)
Radio listeners in Michigan's Great Southwest and beyond have a whole new day coming when they wake up over the next couple of Mondays, with an incredible array of voices new and old dodging and weaving in and out of various dayparts to bring you the very best on-air lineup possible. My colleagues at Mid-West Family Broadcasting are unveiling a major re-cast of the entire scene at 98.3 The Coast next week, and everyone involved is as gidddy as a little girl getting ready for the fun and games coming your way.
Full story: Big changes on your coastal dial (Wed, 7/30)
Grand Rapids Press:
Joan Osborne, The Bad Plus, My Brightest Diamond and Vieux Farka Toure are the four headliners of WYCE's 2014 Live at Wealthy Theatre concert series.
Full story: Joan Osborne among 4 headliners in WYCE's Live at Wealthy Theatre concert series (Wed, 7/30)