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August 21, 2014
06:20 EDTLIN, CBS, MEGCBS seeking bigger share of pay-television revenue from affiliates, WSJ reports
CBS last week stripped an Indianapolis station of its affiliation due to a fee disagreement as it seeks a bigger share of pay-television revenue, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Indianapolis station's owner LIN Media (LIN) was set to be acquired by Media General (MEG) for $1.6B this year, but Media General cut its acquisition price Wednesday by 7%, or more than $100M, with the move from CBS cited as one of the reasons. According to Gabelli & Co., the lack of a CBS affiliation may cost the statio tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue to decline. Reference Link
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February 3, 2016
16:26 EDTCBSCBS says Shari Redstone offered, declined non-executive Chair role
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16:15 EDTCBSCBS jumps 3.7% after Redstone resigns as Executive Chairman
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16:14 EDTCBSCBS names Moonves as Chairman, Redstone to be Chairman Emeritus
CBS announced that Leslie Moonves has been elected the next Chair of the CBS Board of Directors. He also will continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, positions he has held since 2006. Moonves' election by the Board follows the recent resignation of Sumner Redstone from his position of Executive Chairman, which was effective February 2, and his appointment to the role of Chairman Emeritus. Shari Redstone, Mr. Redstone's daughter, will continue to serve as Vice Chair of the CBS Board.
16:12 EDTCBSCBS says Redstone resigns as Executive Chairman, Moonves named Chairman
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February 2, 2016
15:46 EDTCBSEarnings Watch: Media networks report amid shifts in streaming, TV landscape
Comcast (CMCSA), CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA), and 21st Century Fox (FOX) are among media companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks. EXPECTATIONS: Comcast is expected to report EPS of 82c on revenue of $18.77B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 93c, Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $7.53B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.18 on revenue of $3.26B, and Fox is expected to report EPS of 44c on revenue of $7.54B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast, Fox, and viacom reported mixed results for the previous quarter, while CBS and Time Warner beat on both top and bottom lines. NEWS: On November 10, Comcast announced it expanded its advanced fiber network to Modesto, California as part of the company's ongoing response to Google (GOOG) Fiber. On November 12, the Wall Street Journal broke news that Hulu, a video streaming joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast and Fox, is in talks to sell a stake to Time Warner, though the Journal said on January 31 that the company has expressed dissatisfaction with Hulu's inclusion of current-season TV episodes, which it believes contributes to cord-cutting. On December 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube was holding talks with Hollywood studios and production companies to seek content licenses amid intensified competition with Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu. On December 9, Re/code reported that Apple (AAPL), rumored to be working on a subscription TV service, walked away from its negotiations with the major networks after being pressed to include "filler" channels in its hypothetical service. Speaking at a January 7 media conference, Time Warner CFO Howard Averill said the company was negotiating to make full seasons of TV shows available to pay-TV customers on demand, mirroring the "binge watching" offered by Netflix. On January 8, the New York Post reported that Corvex Management was considering an activist position in Time Warner. That same day, Benzinga reported that Twenty-First Century Fox remained interested in the company and had made a $105 per share acquisition offer, though Fox later denied the report. On January 14, the New York Post reported that Comcast has begun "ripping up" agreements with cable networks, moving them from basic cable onto digital tiers in response to consumer demand for smaller bundles. On January 27, Reuters reported that SpringOwl Asset Management is urging Viacom to seek outside investment from strategic partners. On January 30, the New York Post reported that Nelson Peltz is considering an activist position in Time Warner. On February 1, the National Football League announced a broadcasting agreement with CBS and Comcast's NBC which will see the two companies paying roughly $225M each for rights to the next two seasons of Thursday Night Football. Also on February 1, it was reported that Fox offered certain employees voluntary buyouts as part of a $250M cost cutting target. STREET RESEARCH: On November 5, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded Time Warner to Market Perform after its "huge" guidance cut last quarter, with the shares also seeing downgrades at CLSA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. On December 22, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne called Comcast one of his top large cap picks for 2016, saying the company can use skinny bundles to take market share and potentially add net video customers for the first time since 2006. On January 8, research firm Stifel cut its price target on CBS to $54 from $66, citing a belief that industry syndication and SVOD revenues will significantly decelerate going forward, with CBS having more exposure to those areas than its peers. Meanwhile, JPMorgan added the company to its U.S. focus list on January 11, citing its heavily discounted stock and potentially strong EPS growth in 2016. On February 1, Pacific Crest argued that Comcast shares should be owned going into fourth quarter results, contending that the company's video and broadband investments will likely translate to increased market share and strong cash flows this year. PRICE ACTION: Comcast and Fox, the first of the media giants to report quarterly earnings, are down 2% and 3.6%, respectively, amid the broader market selloff.
February 1, 2016
13:54 EDTCBSNFL says CBS to retain Thursday night rights, NBC added as partner
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13:33 EDTCBSCBS, NBC to split rights to Thursday Night Football, WSJ reports
The National Football League has agreed to a rights deal with CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC under which each will broadcast five Thursday night games that also will be simulcast on the NFL Network, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Each network will pay about $225M for the rights under the new deal, or $450M in total, which is an increase $300M CBS paid to the NFL this season, the report noted. Reference Link
13:20 EDTCBSNFL reaches deal with CBS, NBC for Thursday night football, Dow Jones says
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13:18 EDTCBSNFL near deal with CBS, NBC to split up Thursday games, Bloomberg says
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January 28, 2016
10:35 EDTMEGCox Communications: Nextar, Media General merger 'not in the public interest'
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07:25 EDTMEGMeredith likely to be range bound for a few quarters, says Wells Fargo
After Meredith (MDP) and Media General (MEG) terminated their merger, Wells Fargo expects Meredith's stock to be range bound for a few quarters, since it believes that no M&A deals in the broadcast sector will take place until the spectrum auction is over 6-9 months from now. Wells says that Meredith's magazines business continues to weaken its results, and it keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
January 27, 2016
09:43 EDTMEGNexstar & Media General to host joint conference call
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09:07 EDTCBSCBS signs long-term licesing agreement for Showtime programming in Australia
CBS and Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media, signed a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement that will bring all future Showtime series and programming to the Australian streaming service. CBS has signed similar exclusive deals for Showitme with Sky in Europe and Bell Media in Canada.
08:48 EDTMEGMeredith and Media General agree to terminate merger agreement
Meredith Corporation (MDP) and Media General (MEG) said they have agreed to terminate immediately the binding merger agreement they entered into on September 8, 2015. In exchange for terminating the merger agreement, Meredith will receive: $60M in cash payable immediately, and an opportunity to negotiate for the purchase of certain broadcast and digital assets currently owned by Media General. There is no assurance that Media General and Meredith will reach agreement with respect to a purchase of any broadcast and digital assets, any such transaction being subject to approval of Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) under Media General's merger agreement with Nexstar. Meredith Chairman and CEO Stephen Lacy commented, "While we still believe in the strategic and financial benefits a merger with Media General would have created, we are pleased with the financial benefits of the termination agreement and the shareholder value created." Media General CEO Vincent Saduskey said, "We are pleased to have this matter behind us and look forward to working towards completion of our transaction with Nexstar, which we believe is in the best interest of Media General and delivers superior value to our shareholders."
08:48 EDTMEGNexstar enters into definitive agreement to acquire Media General for $4.6B
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08:46 EDTMEGMeredith and Media General agree to terminate merger agreement
08:46 EDTMEGNexstar to acquire Media General for $4.6B
January 26, 2016
11:50 EDTMEGMeredith near deal to end Media General pact, allow Nexstar deal, Bloomberg says
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11:22 EDTMEGMeredith close to allowing Media General, Nexstar deal, Bloomberg reports
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January 25, 2016
19:35 EDTMEGNexstar nearing $2.3B deal for Media General, NY Post says
Nexstar (NXST) is preparing to sign within days a $2.3B agreement to acquire Media General (MEG), reports the New York Post, citing sources. Following its announcement, the deal is expected to be placed on hold because Media General has already agreed to a merger with Meredith (MDP), but Media hopes the deal will pressure Meredith to settle the termination fee related to the agreement, sources told the publication. Reference Link
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