E.W. Scripps Co. is meeting with lenders Thursday about $225 million in add-ons to existing loan facilities, as it prepares to complete a complex merger that will spin-off off its newspaper unit from its broadcast operations.  

According to ratings agency reports, E.W. Scripps – which last year announced plans to merge with Journal Communications, publisher of The Milwaukee Journal – is seeking a $200 million add-on to its existing $198 million term loan B due 2020, and a $25 million upsizing of its revolver to $100 million.  

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