Media General (MEG) today reported fourth quarter net profit of $9 million, down from $27.4 million a year ago, due mainly to taxes and interest, the company said.
Revenues were up 7.2 percent to $189.9 million, driven by a 29 percent increase in Media General’s broadcast revenues. That huge jump “reflected strong Political advertising and an overall firming in broadcast transactional business,” the company said.
Publishing revenues fell 8.4 percent to $86 million, while digital revenues were nearly flat at $11 million.
Media General owns papers such as the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Tampa Tribune, and the Winston-Salem Journal, and 18 TV stations mostly in the southeast.