Scripps Widens Q3 Profit On Syndication And Licensing Biz

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By: E&P Staff

Syndication and licensing was a bright spot in E.W. Scripps third-quarter earnings report Friday.

While the newly spun-off company reported a $16.8 million loss on the quarter, the syndication segment increased both revenue and profits — even as newspapers across the country were launching cut-down redesigns that remove some syndicated material.

Scripps said revenue was up $22.2 million from $21.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Scripps held cash expenses essentially flat year over year, pushing the segment profit to $1.5 million from $1.3 million.

Scripps’ United Media unit syndicates comic strips inlcuding “Peanuts,” “Dilbert,” and “Pearls Before Swine,” and such columns as “Miss Manners.”

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