Scripps reports May revenue

Mon, June 13, 2005 by Tim Stautberg

CINCINNATI -- The E. W. Scripps Company's consolidated revenue for May increased 11 percent year-over-year to $214 million. Revenue for the company's most profitable division, Scripps Networks, was up 22 percent to $84.8 million. May advertising revenue at Scripps Networks was up 23 percent and affiliate fee revenue increased 17 percent. The company expects Scripps Networks advertising revenue to be up 25 to 30 percent in the second quarter, consistent with the company's previously issued guidance. Scripps Networks includes the company's portfolio of national cable and satellite television networks, including Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living and Great American Country (GAC).HGTV and Food Network can be seen in 89 million and 88 million U.S. television households, respectively. DIY Network reaches about 33 million households and Fine Living can be seen in about 27 million households. GAC reached about 38 million U.S. households in May.At the company's newspapers, total revenue was up 2.8 percent to $63.9 million in May compared with the same month a year ago. May advertising revenue at newspapers managed solely by Scripps was up 3.8 percent year-over-year to $51.4 million. Newspaper advertising revenue in May by category was: Local, up 2.7 percent to $14.8 million. Classified, up 1.1 percent to $20.3 million. National, up 3.7 percent to $3.6 million. Preprint and other, up 10 percent to $12.7 million. The company's share of profits from its four joint newspaper operations, before editorial costs, was $7.3 million compared with $7.5 million in May 2004. At Shop at Home, the company's television retailing subsidiary, May revenue was up 29 percent to $28.2 million. Shop at Home could be seen in 53 million full-time equivalent television households in May, up 8.6 percent from the same month in 2004.At the company's broadcast television stations, May revenue was down 2.7 percent to $28.9 million. The decline reflects the relative absence of political advertising revenue compared with $1.9 million in political advertising revenue during the same month last year. Broadcast television May advertising revenue, by category, was: Local, up 7.3 percent to $18.6 million. National, down 0.9 percent to $9.3 million. About ScrippsScripps is a diverse media concern with interests in national lifestyle television networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television, television retailing, interactive media and licensing and syndication. All of the company's media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet.Scripps is organized into the following operating divisions. Scripps Networks, including the company's growing portfolio of popular lifestyle television networks. Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country (GAC) and HGTVPro. Scripps Networks Web sites include FoodNetwork.com, HGTV.com, DIYnetwork.com, fineliving.com and gactv.com. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 86 countries.Scripps Newspapers, including daily and community newspapers in 19 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service. Scripps newspapers include the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel and the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. Scripps Television Station Group, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent. Scripps operates broadcast television stations in Detroit; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Phoenix; Tampa; Baltimore; Kansas City, Mo.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Lawrence, Kan.Shop at Home, the company's television retailing subsidiary, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop at Home Web site, shopathometv.com. Shop at Home reaches about 53 million full-time equivalent U.S. households, including 5 million households via five Scripps-owned Shop at Home affiliated television stations.United Media, a leading licensing and syndication company. United Media is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of Peanuts, Dilbert and about 150 other features and characters.

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