Free cash flow after capital expenditures and interest expenses was negative $4.2 million, up from 2006’s negative $26.1 million.
“With our recapitalization process completed, we have turned our attention to building a sustainable business,” ION chairman and CEO Brandon Burgess said. “2008 will require greater investment to grow our network through higher programming spending, consumer marketing and digital capital expenditures.”
ION’s 2008 budget calls for dramatically reduced broadcast cash flow of $10.4 million (versus $98.3 million in 2007) and negative free cash flow of $94.8 million (versus negative $4.2 million in 2007). The 2008 budget projects a $27.3 million increase in program spending and a $19.5 million increase in capital expenditures.