Special ItemsDuring the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, the Company reversed $36.1 million of Federal and state valuation allowances related to its deferred tax assets, primarily due to the Company’s recent history of taxable income, and its projected ability to generate sufficient taxable income prior to the expiration of certain net operating loss carryforwards. Also, during the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, the Company accrued $0.6 million, or $0.4 million after-tax, and $4.7 million, or $3.1 million after-tax, respectively, for its share of probable and estimable funding of debt service shortfalls at its joint venture with NBCUniversal. The Company believes that additional debt service shortfalls beyond those currently accrued are not probable.
|Three Months Ended||Year Ended|
|December 31, 2011||December 31, 2011|
|Income before(benefit from)provision forincome taxes||Income fromcontinuingoperations||Income before(benefit from)provision forincome taxes||Income fromcontinuingoperations|
|Reversal of valuation allowances||$||-||$||36||.1||$||-||$||36||.1|
|NBC JV shortfall funding accrual||(0||.6)||(0||.4)||(4||.7)||(3||.1)|
- During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company ranked number one or number two in 83% of its ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC news stations in its local markets based on viewership among key demographics. 2
- Core local and national advertising sales combined, which exclude political advertising sales, increased by 4% in the fourth quarter and were up 1% for the full year compared to 2010.
- Five of the top ten advertising categories increased in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Six of the top ten advertising categories increased during the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to the prior year.
- The automotive category, which represented 25% of local and national advertising sales in the fourth quarter of 2011, increased by 12% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, during which the automotive category represented 23%. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the automotive category represented 24% of local and national advertising sales, and was essentially flat compared to the prior year, during which the automotive category represented 23%.
- The Company launched its 11 th local lifestyle show and delivered approximately 1,350 more local programming hours during 2011, compared to 2010.
- During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company delivered over 139 million total video impressions, and engaged 9.2 million monthly unique visitors on its stations’ web sites, an increase of 17% compared to 2010. Average time on site during the year was 21 minutes.
- According to comScore’s December 2011 report, 100% of the Company’s measured station web sites ranked number one or number two in their local market for time spent on site, and 93% ranked number one or number two in their local market for unique visitors and page views, versus the Company’s measured local broadcast competitors. 3
- Mobile impressions, which include usage of the Company’s mobile web sites, smartphone and tablet applications, reached over 1 million downloads in 2011 with over 384 million page views, compared to 207 million page views during 2010, an increase of 85% year over year.
- During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company delivered over 1 billion user actions, an increase of 26% over 2010.
- The Company continued its tradition of bringing innovative products to market and making it more convenient for users to access its local content on the most popular electronic devices, with the launch of its new and enhanced iPad app – “Report !t SM”, which combines LIN Media’s award-winning local content, video and citizen journalism technology, among other unique features, in a user-friendly experience that is customized and optimized for the tablet.