Top 25 Station Groups 2011

The Top 25 station groups in B&C’s annual list are ranked according to the percentage of U.S. homes they reach. To compile these records, B&C has relied heavily this year on information from media research firm SNL Kagan as a baseline; that research was supplemented by our own studies, Nielsen data and information provided by the companies themselves.

As with last year, B&C considers higher-powered VHF and lower-powered UHF stations to be on equal footing because the transition to digital broadcasting rendered the difference moot, and many VHF stations converted to UHF with no loss in market coverage.

The FCC’s UHF discount, however, remains in place at the commission. By FCC rule, broadcasters are limited to owning stations that cover no more than a total of 39.4% of the country; since the transition, however, that rule has been ignored. Three groups— Ion, Univision and Trinity—now exceed that limit.

In most cases, B&C counts local market and other management agreements in a group’s station ownership count, due to the influence that managing a station allows a group to wield in a market. In the cases of ownership of multiple stations in one market—duopolies, triopolies, repeaters and satellites—the market is only counted once in the coverage tally.

B&C does not include non-commercial or nonprofit groups on this list. As a result, otherwise large groups such as Daystar are excluded.

1 ION Media Networks

Ownership: Privately held
64.9% coverage
60 stations

Ion Media Networks
601 Clearwater Park Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Brandon Burgess, chairman and CEO

2 Univision Communications

Ownership: Privately held by Broadcasting Media Partners, an investor group including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Saban Capital Group, Thomas H. Lee Partners and TPG

45.2% coverage
62 stations

605 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10158

Haim Saban, interim executive chairman
Randy Falco, EVP/COO

3 Trinity Broadcasting

Ownership: Privately held
44.76% coverage
35 stations

2442 Michelle Dr.
Tustin, CA 92780

Paul F. Crouch, president
Paul Crouch, Jr., chief of staff

4 CBS Television Stations

Ownership: CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS, CBS.A)
37.8% coverage
28 stations

51 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

Sumner M. Redstone, executive chairman
Leslie Moonves, president/CEO
Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations

5 Fox Television Stations

Ownership: News Corp. (NASDAQ: NWS)
37.21% coverage
27 stations

1211 Ave. of the Americas, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10036

K. Rupert Murdoch, chairman, News Corp.
Chase Carey, deputy chairman, president and chief operating officer, News Corp.
Roger Ailes, chairman/CEO, Fox News; chairman, Fox Television Stations; chairman, Twentieth Television
Jack Abernethy, CEO, Fox Television Stations
Dennis Swanson, president, Fox Television Station Operations

6 Comcast/ NBCUniversal

Ownership: Comcast, 51%, and General Electric, 49%; Comcast's acquisition of a controlling interest in NBCUniversal closed in January. (NYSE: CMCSA, GE)

35.89% coverage
25 stations, including NBC's 10 stations and Telemundo's 15 stations
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Stephen B. Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal; EVP, Comcast Corp.
Ted Harbert, chairman, NBC Broadcasting Valari Dobson Staab, president, NBCUniversal Local Media
John Wallace, president, NBCUniversal Media Works
Don Browne, president, Telemundo
Ronald Gordon, president, Telemundo Stations Group

7 Tribune Co.

Ownership: Employee-owned
35.4% coverage
23 stations

435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Eddy Hartenstein, co-president, Tribune Co.; publisher and CEO, Los Angeles Times
Tony Hunter, co-president, Tribune Co.; president, publisher and CEO, Chicago Tribune
Nils Larsen, co-president, Tribune Co.; chief investment officer
Donald J. Liebentritt, co-president, Tribune Co.; chief restructuring officer
Jerry Kersting, president, Tribune Broadcasting

8 Liberman Broadcasting, Inc.

Ownership: Privately held
23.09% coverage
9 stations

1845 Empire Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504

Jose Liberman, founder
Lenard Liberman, president/CEO
Winter Horton, COO

9 Disney/ABC

Ownership: Public (NYSE: DIS)

22.37% coverage
8 stations

77 W. 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Robert Iger, president/CEO, The Walt Disney Co.
Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group
Rebecca Campbell, president, ABC Owned Television Stations Group

10 Sinclair Broadcast Group

Ownership: Public: (NASDAQ: SBGI)
21.17% coverage
57 stations

10706 Beaver Dam Rd.
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

David D. Smith, president/CEO/chairman
Steven M. Marks, VP/COO, television

11 Hearst Television

Ownership: Wholly-owned subsidiary of Hearst Corp.
18.3% coverage
29 stations

300 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Frank A. Bennack Jr., vice chairman/CEO, Hearst Corp.
David J. Barrett, president/CEO, Hearst Television

12 Gannett Co.

Ownership: Public (NYSE: GCI)
18.2% coverage
23 stations

7950 Jones Branch Dr.
McLean, VA 22107

Craig A. Dubow
, chairman/CEO
Dave Lougee, president, Gannett Broadcasting

13 Belo Corp.

Ownership: Public (NYSE: BLC)
14.56% coverage
20 stations

400 S. Record St.
Dallas, TX 75202-4841

Dunia A. Shive, president/CEO
Peter L. Diaz, president, media operations

14 Entravision Communications Corp.

Ownership: Public (NYSE: EVC)
13.94% coverage
53 stations

2425 Olympic Blvd.
Suite 6000 West
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Walter F. Ulloa, chairman/CEO
Philip C. Wilkinson, president/COO

15 Raycom Media

Ownership: Employee-owned
12.5% coverage
42 stations

RSA Tower, 20th Floor
201 Monroe St.
Montgomery, AL 36104

Paul McTear, president/CEO

16 Nexstar Broadcasting Group

Ownership: Public (NASDAQ: NXST)
11.5% coverage
62 stations

5215 North O'Connor Blvd.
Suite 1400
Irving, TX 75039

Perry A. Sook, chairman, president, CEO

17 Local TV LLC

Ownership: Privately held by Oak Hill Capital Partners
10.74% coverage
19 stations

1717 Dixie Hwy., Suite 650
Ft. Wright, KY 41011

Bobby Lawrence, CEO

18 Cox Media Group

Ownership: Subsidiary of Cox Enterprises
10.46% coverage
15 stations

6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30328

James C. Kennedy, chairman/CEO, Cox Enterprises
Jimmy W. Hayes, president/CEO, Cox Enterprises
Doug Franklin, president, Cox Media Group

19 E.W. Scripps Co.

Ownership: Public (NYSE: SSP)
9.84% coverage
10 stations

312 Walnut St., Scripps Center 2800
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Richard A. Boehne, president/CEO
Brian G. Lawlor, senior vice president, television

20 Meredith Corp.

Ownership: Public (NYSE: MDP)
9.12% coverage
12 stations

1716 Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Stephen M. Lacy, chairman/CEO
Paul Karpowicz, president, Meredith Local Media Group

21 WRNN License Co.

Ownership: Privately held
9.02% coverage
2 stations

800 Westchester Ave.
Suite S-640
Rye Brook, NY 10573

Richard French, owner

22 Newport Television

Ownership: Privately held by Providence Equity Partners

8.8% coverage
50 stations

460 Nichols Rd., Suite 250
Kansas City, MO 64112

Sandy DiPasquale, president/CEO

23 LIN Television Corp.

Ownership: Public (NYSE: TVL)
8.53% coverage
32 stations

1 W. Exchange St., Suite 5A
Providence, RI 02903

Vincent Sadusky, president/CEO

Scott Blumenthal, EVP, television

24 Media General

Ownership: Public (NYSE: MEG)

8.21% coverage
18 stations

333 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23219

J. Stewart Bryan III, chairman, Media General
Marshall N. Morton, president/CEO

25 Post-Newsweek

Ownership: The Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO)
7.36% coverage
6 stations

550 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226-3123

Donald E. Graham, chairman/CEO, The Washington Post Co.
Alan Frank, president/CEO, Post-Newsweek Stations

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for more than 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for The Global Entertainment Marketing Academy of Arts & Sciences (G.E.M.A.). She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 - September 2002.