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Sinclair’s sharing system fosters a culture of collaboration. Every station group shares content in some fashion, but Sinclair has made it a priority and built an elaborate system to get the job done.

DMA 10: ATLANTA

WGCL, WUVG Form News Sharing Partnership

The CBS and Univision outlets in Atlanta will work together on regional and national news.

DMA 36

WXIX Cincinnati, Paper Near News Partnership

The Enquirer and Raycom-owned Fox affiliate WXIX Cincinnati are close to finalizing a partnership agreement to share news content. TV viewers saw the first evidence of the co-operation on WXIX’s 10 p.m. news Tuesday.

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DMA 8 (WASHINGTON)

WUSA, Wash. Post In News Sharing Deal

Gannett-owned CBS affiliate WUSA Washington and The Washington Post today formed an editorial partnership and video sharing agreement effective immediately. The agreement calls for WUSA video, video reports, and some live video streaming coverage to appear on The Post’s website. Links to WUSA content will also be available on The Post’s regional homepage. The partnership will also allow for Washington Post video and photography to appear on WUSA newscasts and wusa9.com.

DMA 6 (SAN FRANCISCO)

KGO And KDTV Launch News Collaboration

The two Bay Area outlets will cross-promote newscasts and share unique news content.

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WXIN, Paper In News, Promo Partnership

The Indianapolis Fox affil and Indianapolis Star join efforts to expand local coverage of weather, sports, breaking news and investigative stories. They will also develop joint community events.

RTDNA/HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY SURVEY

Newsgathering, Sharing Agreements Evolve

The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey continues to show that the TV news business isn’t limited to TV anymore, but the numbers also show a stabilization in the outside reach of a TV newsroom. The percentage of stations involved with other media slid about two and a half points from last year to 75.9%.

DMA 5 (DALLAS )

WFAA, Star-Telegram In Content Partnership

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram announced that they have formed a content partnership serving all their platforms, including broadcast, print and digital.

DMA 4 (PHILADELPHIA)

WPVI, WUVP In Hispanic News Collaboration

The ABC and Univision O&Os will share news resources both on air and across their digital and mobile platforms.

DMA 81 (CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO)

KBSI,KFVS Extend News Sharing Arrangement

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox affiliate KBSI Cape Girardeau, Mo. (DMA 81) has reached an agreement with Raycom Media’s KFVS to continue the 9 p.m. newscast on KBSI. Heartland News at Nine on KBSI provides local news, weather, and national coverage for the Cape Girardeau, MO.-Paducah, Ky.-Harrisburg, Ill., market and airs seven nights a week. Heartland News […]

DMA 3

Second Chicago Station Leaving News Pool

Since May 2009, four Chicago stations — CBS-owned WBBM, NBC O&O WMAQ, Fox-owned WFLD and Tribune’s CW outlet WGN — have been pooling camera crews, assignment editors and other resources in order to share run-of-the-mill news content on the cheap. First to announce it was bailing was WMAQ and now WGN says it’s leaving too.

DMA 14 (TAMPA, FL)

WTSP Opts Out Of News Sharing Agreement

According to WTSP GM Elliott Wiser, the local news sharing agreement that Tampa, Fla., stations WTSP, WFTS and WTVT have participated in since 2009, “had expired back in 2012.” Since the expiration of the LNS, all three continued to participate in the sharing of video/resources, ad hoc until this past month. Wiser said that the current LNS situation was “just not working” for his station.

DMA 115 (LANSING, MI)

WLNS To Simulcast Newscasts On WLAJ

New Young Broadcasting’s Lansing, Mich., CBS affiliate WLNS is simulcasting its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news shows on ABC affiliate WLAJ with which it has an SSA, starting April 1. The station will also simulcast its morning show from 5 to 7 a.m. on WLAJ starting Monday, April 15.

DMA 38 (WEST PALM BEACH, FL)

WPEC, Paper In Content Sharing Deal

The Sinclair CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the Sun Sentinel will share photos, videos, weather and other forms of content, and staffers will cross media platforms.

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News Sharing: Fox Holds Firm, NBC Rethinks

Begun as a bottom line necessity for many stations back in 2009, the pooling of news coverage and helicopters is still growing, even though one of the original participants, the NBC stations, is getting out or reducing its involvement in several markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Other broadcasters remain bullish: “This is about enhancing our coverage; this is not about skimping,” says Scripps Television’s Lana Durban Scott.

DMA 17 (DENVER)

Stations Pool Theater Shooting Interviews

What began as a routine way for Denver stations to share the most mundane coverage of everyday press conferences and staged events has turned into a way for victims of last week’s theater shooting, and their families, to do one TV interview rather than dozens.

The Growing Popularity Of News Sharing

Agreements in which local TV stations share news operations are seen by the stations as a survival strategy, and by critics as a barrier to competition.

DMA 30 (HARTFORD, CT)

WFSB, Newspaper Form News Partnership

The Meredith-owned CBS affiliate in New Haven, Conn., is joining forces with the Norwich Bulletin. The arrangement includes sharing video clips, stories and exclusive daily meteorology content.

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WXLV, TWC Share And Share (News) Alike

As part of a retransmission consent deal, Time Warner Cable’s statewide 24-hour news channel in North Carolina, is producing three newscasts a day for WXLV Greensboro, Sinclair’s ABC affiliate. Executives on both sides of the agreement say their goal is to use the newscasts to lure and hook more viewers, resulting in ratings for WXLV and subscribers for Time Warner Cable.

DMA 3 (CHICAGO)

WMAQ, FM Station Testing News Partnership

Nobody knows where it’s headed, but starting this week a news sharing partnership is quietly being tested between Chicago’s NBC-owned WMAQ and Merlin Media’s all-news  WIQI-FM. The two are taking a few tentative steps toward an arrangement similar to that between two of Chicago’s CBS-owned stations — WBBM-TV and all-news WBBM-AM.

CBS News, Tokyo Broadcasting Renew Pact

The two organizations sign a 10-year contract continuing the sharing of news materials and programs, newsgathering and transmission facilities as well as news bureaus in Tokyo and New York.

Study: Unexpected Results Of News Sharing

Local TV news advertisers may not be getting all they bargained for when it comes to buying different TV stations’ news programs. A new report from University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research and Service says TV news programs operating through local marketing agreements or joint operating agreements — where one entity owns or operates two or more stations in a market — do not deliver unique news content to its local TV viewers most of the time.

DMA 84

WICD Sharing Weekend News With WICS

Weekend newscasts on WICD Champaign, Ill., will originate from Springfield, beginning March 26. WICD and its Sinclair sister station in the market, WICS, will begin sharing weekend newscasts that day.