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By Eric Siegel T | May 31, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. announced yesterday that it had completed its purchase of WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting for $125 million.As part of the closing, Gillett dismissed a breach of contract lawsuit it had filed after Scripps Howard terminated in February an agreement reached last year to buy Channel 2 for $154.7 million, Cincinnati-based Scripps said in a statement.The parties announced in March that they had reached a tentative pact for the sale of the station and dismissal of the suit.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun television critic | November 22, 2006
Drew Berry, general manager and vice president of WMAR-TV (Channel 2), will leave the station Dec. 1 to join the faculty of Hampton University in Virginia. The 50-year-old executive has been at WMAR since 1997. He was news director and station manager before assuming his current duties in 2000. Neither a successor nor interim manager has been named by the E.W. Scripps Co., which owns the Baltimore ABC affiliate. "I have some mixed emotions about leaving," Berry said yesterday after meeting with station employees to announce his departure.
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By Michelle Singletary and Michelle Singletary,Evening Sun Staff | April 4, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. says it will purchase WMAR-TV for $125 million, about $30 million less than the selling price agreed on seven months ago.But the sale price is not a bargain, according to Susan Putnam, a media analyst for Moran & Associates Inc. in Greenwich, Conn."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 11, 1999
For "distinguished service to literacy," The Sun has won a National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation. The paper was selected for its long-running "Reading by 9" series.Beginning last year, the series has focused attention on a single question: "Why aren't children learning to read by third grade, or age 9?"The Sun committed resources to its 1998 education coverage that were unprecedented in its 162-year history.The Sun will share the award -- one of 16 given in a range of categories from editorial writing to environmental coverage to cartooning -- with Betty Williford, an Elberton, Ga., woman who has volunteered in literacy campaigns for more than 15 years.
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel | February 2, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting says it will not immediately terminate its agreement to purchase WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting, despite the passing of yesterday's deadline to complete the deal.In a two-sentence announcement, Scripps Howard said it had sent a letter to Gillett saying its board of directors will meet next week to review the status of the $154.7 million agreement and "consider the matter of termination."Rich Boehne, director of corporate communications for Scripps Howard, would not elaborate except to say that the board meeting had not been scheduled.
FEATURES
By Eric Siegel | February 1, 1991
Legal challenges to the sale of WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting to Scripps Howard Broadcasting have been withdrawn, but a Scripps Howard spokesman says the deal is still "up in the air."The deadline for closing the $154.7 million purchase agreement is today.Scripps Howard said last week that because of two challenges to Federal Communications Commission approval of the broadcast-license transfer, it was "highly unlikely" that final approval could be obtained by yesterday, the date required in the agreement between the two parties.
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel | April 4, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. said yesterday that it has completed an agreement to purchase WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting and settle a related lawsuit.Scripps Howard said in a statement that the agreement to purchase WMAR at the previously agreed reduced price of $125 million was contingent on the satisfaction of "certain conditions of closing" related to bankruptcy petitions filed in February by creditors of Gillett's parent company, Gillett Holdings Inc.Rich Boehne, director of corporate communications for Scripps Howard, declined yesterday to specify what those conditions were.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 14, 1993
The owner of WMAR-TV (Channel 2) is asking the federal government to step in and stop the sale of WNUV-TV (Channel 54) to a Pittsburgh broadcasting executive.Scripps Howard Broadcasting alleges that the four Smith brothers, who own WBFF (Channel 45), are using Eddie Edwards Sr., an African-American who owns WPTT in Pittsburgh, and their mother, Mrs. Carolyn Smith, in a plan to take control of WNUV.The arrangement, according to Scripps Howard, would give the Smith family control of Baltimore's only two independent TV stations in violation of the Federal Communication Commission's "duopoly" rule, which prohibits anyone from owning more than one TV station in a market.
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By Eric Siegel | March 21, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. has reached a new agreement to buy WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting for $125 million, a figure that is substantially less than the $154.7 million agreed to last summer, according to both parties.The new pact would settle a breach-of-contract lawsuit Gillett filed against Scripps Howard last month after the Cincinnati-based broadcast company terminated the original deal, contending that unspecified closing terms had not been met.Both parties said yesterday that there were additional issues besides price still to be resolved, though neither would specify what they are or even characterize them.
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By Eric SiegelEric Siegel | February 9, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. terminated its agreement yesterday to buy WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting, contending that unspecified terms for closing the pact had not been met.Gillett took sharp issue with that contention and said it had filed suit in federal court in Chicago, charging that the termination was illegal. The suit seeks damages to be determined by the court."We have met all the conditions laid out in the agreement, and we expect Scripps Howard to live up to its part of the deal," George Gillett, chairman of the diversified, privately owned Colorado holding company that owns WMAR, said in a statement yesterday.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1994
Treasury Dept. bars 3 S&LsThe Treasury Department announced late yesterday that it had barred three savings and loans in New Jersey and one in Ohio from changing their charters, saying the institutions had not lent enough money to poor people and minority groups.The Treasury Department's Office of Thrift Supervision took the action under the Community Reinvestment Act. The Reagan and Bush administrations paid relatively little attention to the act, which bankers criticize as interference in their lending decisions.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 16, 1993
Eddie L. Edwards Sr., the Pittsburgh broadcasting executive who wants to run WNUV (Channel 54), responded yesterday to allegations that he is being used as a front by a powerful Baltimore family."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 14, 1993
The owner of WMAR-TV (Channel 2) is asking the federal government to step in and stop the sale of WNUV-TV (Channel 54) to a Pittsburgh broadcasting executive.Scripps Howard Broadcasting alleges that the four Smith brothers, who own WBFF (Channel 45), are using Eddie Edwards Sr., an African-American who owns WPTT in Pittsburgh, and their mother, Mrs. Carolyn Smith, in a plan to take control of WNUV.The arrangement, according to Scripps Howard, would give the Smith family control of Baltimore's only two independent TV stations in violation of the Federal Communication Commission's "duopoly" rule, which prohibits anyone from owning more than one TV station in a market.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | June 23, 1993
Arnold J. Kleiner, who in 12 years took WMAR-TV from last place in local news and made it a contender, resigned yesterday as general manager of the NBC affiliate.On July 16, Mr. Kleiner will take over as president and general manager of the CBS affiliate in San Diego, KFMB-TV, as well as of radio stations KFMB-AM and KFMB-FM.Assistant General Manager Emily Barr will run Channel 2 until a permanent replacement is named."This was not an easy decision for me," Mr. Kleiner said yesterday. "I have good friends and great contacts here.
BUSINESS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer | March 11, 1993
Baltimore radio station WVRT-FM, recognized by jingle listeners as Variety 104, is up for sale along with four other stations around the nation owned by the Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co."Radio has been a very small component of our broadcast business," said Lawrence A. Leser, president and chief executive of both the E. W. Scripps Co. and its broadcast subsidiary."Following a review of our broadcast properties, we decided to focus our attention on what we know best -- television."E. W. Scripps said its radio operations generated $12.5 million last year, or about 1 percent of the company's revenue.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | March 11, 1992
COLLEGE PARK -- A year ago, Maryland guard Walt Williams was a nearly forgotten player on a virtually ignored team. Because of a broken leg, he appeared in only 17 games for a team that was banned by the NCAA from live television and postseason competition.The Terrapins are still ineligible to play after this week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but the 6-foot-8 senior from Temple Hills is getting the attention that eluded him for most of his college career. On Monday, he was named first-team All-ACC.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1994
Treasury Dept. bars 3 S&LsThe Treasury Department announced late yesterday that it had barred three savings and loans in New Jersey and one in Ohio from changing their charters, saying the institutions had not lent enough money to poor people and minority groups.The Treasury Department's Office of Thrift Supervision took the action under the Community Reinvestment Act. The Reagan and Bush administrations paid relatively little attention to the act, which bankers criticize as interference in their lending decisions.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 16, 1993
Eddie L. Edwards Sr., the Pittsburgh broadcasting executive who wants to run WNUV (Channel 54), responded yesterday to allegations that he is being used as a front by a powerful Baltimore family."
BUSINESS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 13, 1991
The Baltimore family that owns WBFF-TV (Channel 45) has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to take over WMAR's spot -- Channel 2 -- on the VHF frequency.More viewers can tune in to VHF channels (2 through 13) than UHF frequencies. Therefore, if approved, the unorthodox move would give the Smith family access to an audience almost double the size they now reach with WBFF, Baltimore's Fox affiliate.It would also leave WMAR, the NBC affiliate, scrambling for a new channel on which to broadcast.
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel T | May 31, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. announced yesterday that it had completed its purchase of WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting for $125 million.As part of the closing, Gillett dismissed a breach of contract lawsuit it had filed after Scripps Howard terminated in February an agreement reached last year to buy Channel 2 for $154.7 million, Cincinnati-based Scripps said in a statement.The parties announced in March that they had reached a tentative pact for the sale of the station and dismissal of the suit.
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