Post-Newsweek reported first quarter revenue of $61.2 million, a 21% slide from the $77.7 million the group made in the first quarter last year. Operating income for the quarter was down 54% to $12.1 million.
"The decrease in revenue and operating income is due to weaker advertising demand in all markets and most product categories, particularly automotive; political advertising revenue also declined by $2.8 million," the company said in a statement.
Parent Washington Post Company reported first quarter revenue of $1,054.1 million, down 1% from the same quarter last year. It stated a net loss of $19.5 million ($2.04 loss per share) for its first quarter, compared to net income of $39.3 million ($4.08 per share) in the first quarter of last year.
Cable television had $183.5 million in revenue for the first quarter, a 5% increase. Newspaper publishing was $160.9 million, down 22%, while magazine revenue was down 14%.
Post-Newsweek owns six stations, including WDIV Detroit and KPRC Houston.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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