|TEGNA INC filed this Form 10-Q on 11/08/2018|
observable price change to any of these investments. The cost method investments are classified in Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy.
We additionally hold other financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, receivables, accounts payable and debt. The carrying amounts for cash and cash equivalents, receivables and accounts payable approximated their fair values. The fair value of our total debt, based on the bid and ask quotes for the related debt (Level 2), totaled $3.06 billion at September 30, 2018, and $3.16 billion at December 31, 2017.
NOTE 10 – Supplemental cash flow information
The following table provides a reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents, as reported on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, to cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, as reported on our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (in thousands):
Our restricted cash equivalents consist of highly liquid investments that were held within a rabbi trust and were used to pay our deferred compensation and SERP obligations.
The following table provides additional information about cash flows related to interest and taxes (in thousands):
NOTE 11 – Other matters
Commitments, contingencies and other matters
In the third quarter of 2018, certain national media outlets reported the existence of a confidential investigation by the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) into the local television advertising sales practices of station owners. We have received a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) in connection with the DOJ’s investigation. The investigation is ongoing.
Since the national media reports, numerous putative class action lawsuits have been filed against owners of television stations (the advertising cases) in different jurisdictions. The advertising cases assert antitrust and other claims and seek monetary damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and interest, as well as injunctions against the allegedly wrongful conduct. We have been named as a defendant in sixteen of the advertising cases.
The advertising cases are in the very early stages, and have been consolidated into a single proceeding in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We deny any violation of law, believe that the claims asserted in the advertising cases are without merit, and intend to defend ourselves vigorously against them.
We, along with a number of our subsidiaries, also are defendants in other judicial and administrative proceedings involving matters incidental to our business. We do not believe that any material liability will be imposed as a result of any of the foregoing matters.
FCC Broadcast Spectrum Program
In April 2017, the FCC announced the completion of a voluntary incentive auction to reallocate certain spectrum currently occupied by television broadcast stations to mobile wireless broadband services, along with a related “repacking” of the television spectrum for remaining television stations. None of our stations will relinquish any spectrum rights as a result of the