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Profit dips for Emmis despite boost from new stations

July 9, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The needle on radio revenue spiked in the first quarter for the Indianapolis broadcasting and publishing firm, but profit sank.
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Emmis dials up improving sales, but profit slows

October 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis media firm's radio and publishing divisions saw healthy increases in revenue in its latest quarter. The company also posted a profit, although much less than in the same period last year.
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Indy publishing legend exits after 32 years

April 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley

Deborah Paul blazed a trail as editor in chief of Indianapolis Monthly, and later headed similar magazines across the country. She cleaned out her desk at Emmis Publishing this week. "It's a mistake to get off the stage too late," she said.

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Longtime editorial director to leave Emmis Publishing

February 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Veteran Indianapolis Monthly chief Deborah Paul is easing into retirement, leaving her full-time gig as editorial director of Emmis Publishing to work as a consultant.
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Local Emmis publication announces new editor

February 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Emmis Publishing has hired Amanda Heckert, senior editor at Atlanta magazine, to replace David Zivan as editor of Indianapolis Monthly, the company announced Thursday.
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Emmis mum on sudden exit of Indianapolis Monthly editor

January 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis communications company confirmed it is seeking a replacement for David Zivan, who had led the magazine for six years.
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Emmis finds silver lining despite deep losses in 2Q

October 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. announced Thursday that second-quarter revenue slipped from last year and losses nearly quadrupled. However, the sale of three radio stations for $120 million, a reduction in debt and increases in advertising give executives hope.
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Soldiering on, Emmis' Smulyan mulls station sales to cut debtRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
The CEO thinks Emmis could cast off some big-market stations, raising ample cash to pay off the company’s bank debt before it comes due in November 2013.
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Equity firm withdraws support for revised Emmis deal

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
A Monday morning announcement from Alden Global Capital puts CEO Jeff Smulyan's efforts to take Emmis private in real jeopardy. His attempts to sway preferred shareholders already have failed five times.
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Emmis smacked with quarterly loss of $135M

October 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. suffered a whopping loss of $135.6 million in its most recent fiscal quarter, the Indianapolis-based media company reported Friday morning.
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NASDAQ threatens to delist Emmis stock

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
NASDAQ has notified Emmis Communications Corp. that it is in danger of being delisted if the company's stock doesn't rise above the minimum bid price of $1 per share within the next six months.
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Emmis struggling to stay in good stead with lendersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. struggles to contain expenses and minimize debts due to radio advertising shortfalls.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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