Turner Broadcasting eked
out a 1% gain in advertising revenues in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 5% for the entire year -- this as part of Time Warner’s overall earning report.
Turner’s domestic cable
news networks witnessed declines in the last three months of 2013 due to unfavorable comparisons to the fourth quarter of 2012, as a result of the U.S. presidential election. But advertising revenues
grew at Turner’s domestic entertainment networks, due to increased pricing and demand.
Total revenues at Turner were up 3%, or $73 million, to $2.55 billion -- a 6% climb, or $69
million in subscription fees and 1% more, or $6 million, in overall advertising revenues. For the year as a whole, revenues were up 5% to $9.98 billion, with subscription fees 5% higher, or $236
million. Advertising revenues were up 5%, or $219 million. Turner’s operating income sank 10% ($95 million) to $853 million.
revenues grew 6% in the fourth quarter to $1.3 billion and 4% for the full year to $4.9 billion. Operating income slipped 4% ($17 million) to $413 million. There were higher programming expenses as
well as consolidation expenses in its Asia and Nordic operations.
Warner Bros. witnessed revenues up 7% during the period to $4.0 billion from strong theatrical films and video games. Big
theatrical titles included “Gravity” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Strong-selling video titles included “Batman: Arkham Origins.” Operating income
improved 8%, or $96 million, to $1.3 billion.
Magazine group Time Inc., poised for a spinoff from Time Warner, saw its revenues virtually flat during the fourth quarter at $966 million.
There was a decrease of 6% ($19 million) in subscription revenues and a small 2% gain ($13 million) in advertising revenues. Other revenues added $5 million -- a 6% hike versus the same period a year
Overall fourth-quarter profits at Time Warner were down 12% to $983 million, with revenues up 4.9% to $8.57 billion.