Media Stocks Continue Post-Earnings Free Fall

Media company stocks continued to drop as a round of earning announcements have heightened concerns about both advertising and distribution revenue growth.

In late morning trading Thursday Viacom was down more than 18% after announcing lower earnings and less-than-expected revenue growth. AMC, which also announced earnings this morning, was down 9%

The selloff was sparked on Tuesday when Walt Disney Co. announced that ESPN's profits might grow slower than expected because of declines in subscribers. As more media companies reported earnings and held conference calls with investors on Wednesday, the focus on revenue intensified and share prices fell.

During Thursday's late morning trading, 21st Century Fox was down another 12%; Time Warner was down another 5%, Disney was down another 4%, and Comcast and CBS were down more than 2%.

Jon Lafayette

Jon has been business editor of Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He focuses on revenue-generating activities, including advertising and distribution, as well as executive intrigue and merger and acquisition activity. Just about any story is fair game, if a dollar sign can make its way into the article. Before B+C, Jon covered the industry for TVWeek, Cable World, Electronic Media, Advertising Age and The New York Post. A native New Yorker, Jon is hiding in plain sight in the suburbs of Chicago.