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Apr 09,2020
TEGNA Sends Letter to Shareholders and Files Investor Presentation

Urges Shareholders to Vote FOR All TEGNA Nominees Using GOLD Proxy Card

Highlights Successful Transformation, Track Record of Value Creation, and Accomplished Board of Directors

TYSONS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 9, 2020-- TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today sent a letter to shareholders about the Company’s highly qualified, engaged and diverse Board and its outstanding track record of shareholder value creation. TEGNA has also filed a new investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing TEGNA’s strategic transformation, track record of value creation and fit-for-purpose Board to oversee the continued execution of TEGNA’s strategy.

The letter and presentation also outline the Board’s serious concerns about Standard General’s self-interested proxy fight and its nominees to the TEGNA Board of Directors. Its concerns include:

  • Standard General’s track record (including at Media General, American Apparel, Radio Shack and Twin River Holdings) and significant investments in and influence over Standard Media Group and Mediaco Holding, two emerging competitors in the broadcasting industry.
  • Standard General’s behavior during this proxy fight, including blatant disregard for the facts about TEGNA and demonstrably false statements about TEGNA’s margins, retransmission rates, deal multiples, debt covenants, engagement with potential buyers, and many other topics.
  • The risks to TEGNA shareholders of replacing any of TEGNA’s Board members with Standard General’s nominees, especially at this time of national crisis.

The letter, investor presentation and additional information related to TEGNA’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for April 30, 2020 can be found at https://www.tegnavalue.com/.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the statements regarding the receipt and consideration by the Board of Directors of TEGNA (the “Board”) of the unsolicited acquisition proposals or the actions of third parties with respect thereto. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to a number of risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results or company actions to differ materially from what is expressed or implied by these statements, including risks relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its effect on U.S. and world financial markets, potential regulatory actions, changes in consumer behaviors and impacts on and modifications to TEGNA’s operations and business relating thereto, TEGNA’s ability to execute on its standalone plan and potential developments involving one or more of the unsolicited acquisition proposals. Other economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors and risks that may affect TEGNA’s operations or financial results are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and in subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). We disclaim any obligation to update these forward-looking statements other than as required by law.

Important Additional Information

TEGNA has filed a definitive proxy statement and form of GOLD proxy card with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for TEGNA’s 2020 Annual Meeting of shareholders (the “Proxy Statement” and such meeting the “2020 Annual Meeting”). TEGNA, its directors and certain of its executive officers will be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in respect of the 2020 Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of TEGNA’s directors and executive officers and their respective interests in TEGNA by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in the Proxy Statement. To the extent holdings of such participants in TEGNA’s securities have changed since the amounts described in the Proxy Statement, such changes have been reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Additional information can also be found in TEGNA’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the SEC on March 2, 2020. Details concerning the nominees of TEGNA’s Board of Directors for election at the 2020 Annual Meeting are included in the Proxy Statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF TEGNA ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain a copy of the definitive Proxy Statement and other documents filed by TEGNA free of charge from the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. TEGNA’s shareholders will also be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive Proxy Statement and other relevant filed documents by directing a request by mail to TEGNA, 8350 Broad Street, Suite 2000, Tysons, VA 22102, or from the TEGNA’s website, https://www.tegna.com.

About TEGNA

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 62 television stations in 51 markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets among independent station groups, reaching approximately 39 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks Justice Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.

For media inquiries, contact:
Anne Bentley
Vice President, Corporate Communications
703-873-6366
abentley@TEGNA.com

George Sard/Stephanie Pillersdorf/Andy Duberstein
Sard Verbinnen & Co.
TEGNA-SVC@sardverb.com

For investor inquiries, contact:
Doug Kuckelman
Head of Investor Relations
703-873-6764
dkuckelman@TEGNA.com

Source: TEGNA Inc.

Contact Investor Relations

 

Douglas Kuckelman
Head of Investor Relations
TEGNA Inc.
Phone: 703-873-6764
E-mail: dkuckelman@tegna.com

Shareholder Services

TEGNA shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol TGNA. The company’s transfer agent and registrar is Computershare. General inquiries and requests for enrollment materials should be directed to:

Computershare
PO Box 505000,
Louisville KY 40233-5000
Phone: 800-778-3299
www.computershare.com/investor