Activist hedge fund Harbinger Capital Management has succeeded in getting its slate of director candidates elected to Media General’s board.
Preliminary results show that shareholders of the Richmond, Va.-based publisher elected Harbinger’s dissident slate of three. Media General, which owns the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Tampa (Fla.) Tribune and WFLA, Florida’s highest-rated television station, among other properties.
The hedge fund and publisher have engaged in a war of words since Harbinger—which criticized Media General’s performance and called on the company to consider “alternatives” for its Florida properties, as well as taking aim at its dual-share structure that gives the Bryan family control of the company—announced its intention to seek board representation. Earlier this month, Media General CEO Marshall Morton said the newly-elected Harbinger-backed directors “cannot hold a candle” to its defeated incumbents.
Harbinger last month won a pair of seats on The New York Times Co. board under an agreement with the Gray Lady.