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Journal Communications Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

Journal Communications, Inc. (NYSE:JRN) today announced results for its first quarter ended March 25, 2012.

“Journal Communications reported a solid first quarter. Broadcast revenue was up 5.4% with the majority of our markets reporting revenue growth. We also had a number of other broadcast highlights in the quarter. First, we are pleased that our Milwaukee 620 AM WTMJ radio station extended its longstanding radio rights agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, we reached a long-term agreement to originate the Green Bay Packers preseason television network.

“Publishing revenue was down for the quarter, although we posted positive operating earnings on strong cost controls. We faced tough comparisons to the first quarter 2011, during which incremental advertising and circulation revenue was driven by the Green Bay Packer Super Bowl appearance.

“In March we announced an agreement to purchase two FM radio stations in Tulsa, OK from Renda Broadcasting Corporation for $11.8 million, subject to FCC approval. We believe the addition of these stations to our existing Tulsa radio cluster will create a stronger group that will better serve our listeners, customers and the entire Tulsa community. This transaction is consistent with one of our strategic goals of creating additional scale in existing Journal Broadcast Group markets.”

First Quarter 2012 Results

Note that unless otherwise indicated, all comparisons are to the first quarter ended March 27, 2011.

For the first quarter, revenue of $82.3 million decreased 1.9% compared to $83.9 million. Operating earnings of $5.7 million decreased 4.5% compared to $6.0 million. There were no earnings from discontinued operations in 2012 compared to $0.3 million. Net earnings were $2.9 million compared to $3.4 million.

In the first quarter, basic and diluted net earnings per share of class A and B common stock were $0.05. This compares to basic and diluted net earnings per share of $0.05 in 2011. There was no impact on basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock from discontinued operations in 2012 or 2011.

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