Investing in Media Companies

For readers who are interested in investing in broadcasting companies which do business in the northeast, we have tried to identify the major publicly-traded ownership groups. Of course, the information we provide is not and must not be construed as investment advice.


An index of television stocks is published from time to time in North East RadioWatch; this index is weighted by price and by number of stations. (Precise market capitalization is difficult to obtain and even more difficult to relate to the specific television stations in our region.) The table below shows which stocks and stations are included in this index. The ticker symbol has a link to the Yahoo! Finance basic quote page for each company.

Companies with television stations in the northeast
Ticker Company Stations
CCU Clear Channel Communications WXXA, WIXT, WOKR, WUTR, WIVT, WBGH-LP, WETM, WWTI
DIS The Walt Disney Co. WABC-TV
EVC Entravision Communications WUNI, WUVN
FOX Fox Entertainment WNYW, WWOR, WFXT
GBTVK Granite Broadcasting WTVH, WKBW
GE General Electric WNBC, WVIT, WJAR
HTV Hearst-Argyle Television WCVB, WPTZ, WNNE
MDP Meredith Corp. WFSB
PAX Paxson Communications WPXN, WBPX, and nine others
PGTV Pegasus Communications WPXT
SBGI Sinclair Broadcast Group WUTV, WUHF, WSYT, WGME, WGGB
UVN Univision Communications WXTV, WUTF, WFUT, WFTY
YBTVA Young Broadcasting WTEN, WCDC

The current divisor of the Boston Radio Archives Television Index is 1777.06.

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The radio stock index consists primarily of pure radio companies. Where a radio-only tracking stock or subsidiary is available, we have included it rather than the parent company. We have not yet determined a weighting strategy for these stocks.

Companies with radio stations in the northeast
Ticker Company Markets
BBGI Beasley Broadcast Group Boston
CCU Clear Channel Communications Albany, Boston, Burlington-Plattsburgh, Hartford-New Haven, Long Island, Manchester, New York City, NH Seacoast, Providence, Rochester, Springfield, Syracuse, Utica, Worcester
CMLS Cumulus Media Bangor, Central Maine
CXR Cox Radio Fairfield County, Long Island, New Haven
DIS The Walt Disney Co. New York City
EMMS Emmis Communications New York City
ETM Entercom Communications Boston, Buffalo, Rochester
HSP Hispanic Broadcasting
NYT New York Times Co. New York City
ROIA Radio One Boston, Metro-South
SALM Salem Communications Boston, New York City
SBSA Spanish Broadcasting System New York City
SGA Saga Communications Manchester, Portland, Springfield
UNCA Radio Unica New York City
VIA.B Viacom Boston, Buffalo, Hartford-New Haven, New York City, Rochester
YFM Big City Radio New York City

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While cable companies technically aren't broadcasters themselves, they do have an enormous impact on the television business. We haven't yet come up with a weighting scheme for these companies, either. Several of the companies have been very reluctant to disclose information about the size of their subscriber base.

Companies with cable systems in the northeast
Ticker Company Subscribers in Region
AOL AOL Time Warner 2,633,000
CVC Cablevision Systems Not provided
CHTR Charter Communications Not provided
CMCSA Comcast Not provided
COX Cox Communications 431,872

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