Scripps reports Q1 2023 financial results.

CINCINNATI: The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) delivered $528 million in revenue and $72.4 million in segment profit for the first quarter of 2023, both down from the prior-year quarter as inflation and consumer uncertainty continued to contribute to softness in the advertising marketplace.

Loss attributable to the shareholders of Scripps was $31.1 million or 37 cents per share. Restructuring costs for the quarter increased the loss attributable to shareholders by 15 cents per share.


On April 20, the WNBA and Scripps Sports announced a multi-year agreement to televise Friday night regular-season games on ION. The WNBA Friday Night Spotlight on ION will include games available nationally as well as games made available on a regional basis.

On May 4, the Vegas Golden Knights and Scripps Sports announced a multi-year agreement to televise the National Hockey League team's games in Las Vegas and surrounding markets. Scripps will air the games on its local station KMCC, and its Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV will provide marketing and promotion.

On Jan. 5, Scripps launched a reorganization of the company that is expected to result in at least $40 million in annual savings. The goal of the reorganization is to leverage the company's strong position in the U.S. television industry and propel its growth across emerging media marketplaces.

Scripps and Nexstar, in collaboration with HPE and Sony, have built an ATSC 3.0 core network to lay the groundwork to leverage the new television standard to create new datacasting opportunities. Independent estimates by BIA Kelsey have put the local broadcast industry's datacasting opportunity at ramping up to more than $10 billion by 2030.

At the end of the first quarter, the company renewed 26% of its pay TV households, a critical first step toward the successful renewal of 75% of its pay TV subscriber base this year. Total pay TV households were up 1% in the most recent reporting period, compared to the prior quarter.

During the first quarter, connected TV revenue for Scripps' national networks grew 46% over Q1 2022. ION, Bounce, Grit and other Scripps Networks brands gained further distribution across all the major streaming services. The company is on track to generate more than $100 million in networks CTV revenue in 2023.

In early April, 25,000 underprivileged American children received a free book from the Scripps Howard Fund to celebrate the 1 millionth book donated to its "If You Give A...

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