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TBS REPORTS 3RD Q LOSSES BUT HIGH OPERATING PROFITS
Published November 4, 1994
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. "sharply lowered" its losses during the 3rd quarter. While TBS continued to show a net loss, the company's operating profit rose to $88M, up 46% from the same period a year ago. The company attributed its "overall improved finances to three factors": 1) The costs of The Goodwill Games were behind them; 2) TBS took a $306M charge for accounting reasons last year; 3) Higher ad rates and subscriber fees. Most of TBS' segments improved during the quarter. TBS's news operating profits were 20%; the Cartoon Network "registered the best performance in terms of growth in ad revenue and subscribers." Overall, TBS' entertainment group saw its operating profit jump 78%. Most of the improvement was attributed to a "decline in the company's cost" of airing NFL games on TNT. One weak spot was the Braves. TBS "suffered" a $15M operating loss because of the baseball strike (Charles Haddad, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/4). Last night on "NBR," the quarterly report was characterized differently: TBS "took a hit," reporting a $5M loss which the company attributed to the baseball strike. TBS stock gained 5/8 (PBS, 11/3).