TV and Media Company Stocks in Broad Decline

TV and media company stocks fell sharply on Wednesday, with Viacom and AMC Networks dropping more than 6% in late trading.

It wasn't clear what was fueling the selling. Some tied the declines to the launch of Hulu's live package, which could put pressure on ratings and traditional pay-TV subscription. Another negative was Time Warner reporting that its Turner unit's ad sales fell 2%, possibly signaling a weak ad market and a slower than expected upfront. Last week, Comcast's NBCUniversal said ad sales at its cable networks were also down in the first quarter.

Time Warner's earnings overall were better than expected and its stock was down only slightly.

21st Century Fox, Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive dropped more than 4%; Comcast, CBS and Disney were down more than 2%.

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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.