Four Sinclair Corporate Execs Get Promotions

Chris Ripley, president-CEO of Sinclair Sinclair Broadcast Group announced the following corporate executive promotions. Lucy Rutishauser was promoted to EVP-chief financial officer from SVP-chief financial officer. Del Parks becomes EVP-chief technology officer from SVP-chief technology officer. Don Thompson named EVP-chief human resources officer from SVP human resources. Scott Shapiro is now SVP-chief development officer from […]

Sinclair, Deltatre Near Sports Streaming Deal

Video streaming service Deltatre is nearing a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group to be the digital video provider for the 21 regional sports networks that the broadcaster bought last year from Walt Disney Co., according to two people familiar with the talks.

Sinclair Promotes Two Corporate Executives

Chris Ripley, president and chief executive officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group announced promotions of two executives. Brian Bark has been promoted to senior vice president/chief information officer from vice president/chief information officer. Don Roberts was promoted to VP/sports engineering and production systems from senior director of TV systems. Ripley commented: “Brian and Don are integral […]

Sinclair Joins NextGen TV’s Pearl Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group is the latest station group and ATSC 3.0 proponent to join the Pearl TV consortium. Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley: “Since the rubber is really going to hit the road here this year, it just made sense to join Pearl and speak … with one industry voice. I think it will speed up the rollout and the ultimate adoption of NextGen TV.”

Sinclair Names Steven Zenker VP, Investor Relations

Sinclair Broadcast Group today appointed Steven Zenker vice president, investor relations. He has more than 30 years of investor relations, financial planning and analysis, communications and investment management experience. Lucy Rutishauser, SVP-CFO of Sinclair, said: “We are excited to have Steve join Sinclair as our company evolves from a leading television broadcaster to a diversified […]

Sinclair Pays Nexstar $60M To Settle Lawsuit

Sinclair Broadcast Group has settled the lawsuit stemming from its failed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media. The merger was scuttled after the FCC referred it to an administrative law judge, making it untenable. Tribune responded by terminating the deal and filing suit against Sinclair in August 2018, alleging breach of contract.

STIRR Offering New Shows On First Anniversary

The free streaming platform now exceeds 1.6 million downloads, offers 100 linear channels, including a new 2020 election live-feed channel, and rolls out local on demand viewing of hit broadcast syndication TV shows.

Sinclair, SK Telecom Debut US 3.0 Business

The new Cast.era joint venture plans to provide NextGen TV solutions for the television industry rollout, starting with Sinclair stations this year. It will focus on three main business areas: cloud infrastructure for broadcasting, ultra-low latency OTT broadcasting and personalized advertising.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Social Media Specialist Opening At Sinclair

The social media specialist’s primary responsibility is to work directly with Sinclair’s stations to define and enhance their social media strategy.

Sinclair Adds Triveni Digital’s NextGen TV Service Quality Assurance Solutions

Sinclair Broadcast is optimizing its service quality assurance operations with Triveni Digital solutions. Sinclair has purchased 30 of Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM MT ATSC 1.0 analyzer and ATSC 3.0 combo units, and 10 StreamScope XM verifier software applications to simplify its transition to NextGen TV. Based on Triveni Digital’s unified, software-based solutions that support both ATSC […]

TVN FOCUS ON CES 2020

TVN Tech | At CES, NextGen TV’s Coming Out Party

Next week’s CES in Las Vegas will once again take over the Strip with a sprawling, frenetic glimpse into tomorrow’s consumer technology. This time, NextGen TV will make its show floor debut, and hopes are high consumers will notice.

Sinclair Makes Local News And Marketing Services Division Promotions

Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the following promotions in its Local News & Marketing Services division effective Jan. 1, 2020. The announcement was made by Rob Weisbord, president of the Local News & Marketing Services division. Weisbord said: “These individuals have made tremendous contributions to the success of Sinclair, and we are fortunate to have […]

Sinclair Raises Minimum Hourly Wage To $15

Beginning Dec. 29, the company will increase pay for employees whose minimum wage was previously tied to state and federal mandates.

Sinclair Ends Political Commentary

Sinclair Broadcast Group will stop producing the must-run political commentary segments that have attracted the company a lot of criticism since former Trump White House staffer Boris Epshteyn began hosting them.

Pelosi Blasts Sinclair Reporter Over ‘Hate’ Question

DMA 28: NASHVILLE

AT&T, WNAB Set Retrans Agreement

AT&T reached a renewal of its retransmission agreement with Nashville License Holdings, which owns the CW affiliate in Nashville, lifting a six-month blackout and ending a dispute that affected a dozen stations that operate under shared service agreements with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Sinclair Skips Out On Impeachment Hearing

Sinclair Broadcast Group appears to have skipped Tuesday’s impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives. Stephanie Ruhle of NBC was happy to jump into its abandoned seat. She posted a picture of her press pass on the vacant Sinclair seat on Twitter. “Well–no risk of @WeAreSinclair popping up with comments,” she tweeted. “On this historic day, their decision not to come has resulted in me getting a seat.”

Sinclair Announces Two Executive Changes

Rob Weisbord becomes president of local news and marketing services division on Jan. 1, while Steven Marks, EVP and chief operating officer of Sinclair’s TV Group will retire at year’s end.

FCC Orders Stations To Negotiate With AT&T

The FCC today ordered nine TV station groups linked to Sinclair Broadcast Group to return to the negotiating table with AT&T’s DirectTV after some consumers have been without access to 20 stations for five months.

EARNINGS CALL

Sinclair Core Strong As It Awaits Record Political

Retrans powers the group’s 3Q, passing ad dollars. While auto is still down, pharmaceuticals, attorneys and insurance are the driving ad categories.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sinclair 3Q Media Revenue Climbs 47%

The growth was fueled by increases in distribution and digital revenues.

Byron Allen On Partnership With Sinclair

Allen is chief executive of television conglomerate Entertainment Studios, which recently partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group, the TV station group owner that has drawn criticism for a perceived conservative bias. Asked whether Sinclair’s political bent concerns him, Allen says, “I don’t let that get in the way. There’s business and there’s politics. And we can put politics aside.”

Sinclair Names New Sales Exec, WJLA GM

Dan Mellon is upped from GM of WJLA Washington to the company’s VP of sales transformation and names Michael Miller to succeed him at the ABC affiliate.

TVN’S TV2020 CONFERENCE

Broadcasters Stress Need For Revenue Diversity

Broadcasters have natural revenue opportunities in business lines like OTT, podcasting and ATSC 3.0, said executives from Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Gray and Bonneville Salt Lake at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 conference.

RETRANS

Sinclair Reaches Retrns Deal With AT&T

The new carriage contract covers Sinclairs O&Os plus the Tennis Channel, Marquee Sports Network, 21 regional sports networks and the YES Network.

Union Disclaims Interest In KHQA Quincy, IL

Sinclair Broadcast Group said it received notice from the International Chemical Workers Union (ICWU) disclaiming interest in representing employees that provide services to Sinclair’s CBS-ABC affiliate KHQA Quincy, Ill. (DMA 174). Sinclair said that after representing employees for more than seven years, the ICWU notified the CBS affiliate that due to “a lack of interest […]

RETRANS

Sinclair Stations Remain On AT&T MVPDs

Sinclair stations remained on AT&T’s U-Verse and DirecTV distribution platforms past the 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, deadline. A source said Sinclair, which ultimately controls the signals, had provided the extension. It was not clear for how long.

AT&T Gives Hill Its Take On Sinclair Impasse

As a blackout looms with the current retransmission consent impasse between Sinclair and AT&T — Sinclair is warning DirecTV and U-Verse customers the stations (136 stations in 86 markets) could be off those AT&T-owned MVPDs by Sept. 27 — AT&T is framing the impasse for legislators concerned about their constituent/viewers as a still-ongoing negotiation with AT&T, not surprisingly, “on the side of the customer.”

Sinclair Warns Of Blackout With AT&T Outlets

Sinclair Broadcast Group is warning that millions of subscribers to AT&T’s pay TV services could be blacked out on Sept. 27 unless a new carriage agreement is reached. Sinclair said its agreement with AT&T was set to expire in August and that it gave AT&T a five-week extension.

Sinclair’s ‘Full Measure’ Returns For 5th Season

Airing Sunday mornings, the investigative news program hosted by Sharyl Attkisson reaches nearly 700,000 households weekly.

AOC Blasts ABC And Sinclair Over Ad

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized ABC and Sinclair for a GOP group’s ad that ran during last night’s Democratic debate in which her picture is shown set on fire. The ad, which ran in cities like New York and Washington, came from the New Faces GOP PAC, which is led by Elizabeth Heng, who last year sought to unseat Democrat Jim Costa in a California House district.

DMA 6: WASHINGTON

Sinclair ABC Affil Airs Anti-Ocasio-Cortez Ad

An inflammatory political attack ad targeting congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aired Thursday on WJLA Washington, an ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group during the third Democratic debate.

ONE Media Reports Successful 3.0 Field Tests

Advanced compression (SHVC), multiplexing and technicolor SL-HDR1 together demonstrate impressive improvements in delivering high-quality video to fixed, mobile devices.

Sinclair, Others Complete Buy Of YES Network

Sinclair acquired a 20% interest in the New York-based regional sports network and is responsible for its distribution on cable, satellite and digital platforms. Amazon and the New York Yankees were also in the buying consortium. Sinclair’s interest is valued at $347 million, while the network is valued at $3.47 billion, according to Sinclair.

Sinclair Promotes Mark Aitken, Scott Shapiro

Aitken moves from VP to SVP of advanced technology, responsible for the company’s development and deployment of next-gen technologies. Shapiro goes from VP to SVP of corporate development, responsible for acquisitions and external investments.

One Media Ups Michael Bouchard To Technology Strategy VP

Sinclair Broadcast Group has promoted Michael Bouchard to vice president of technology strategy for its One Media 3.0. He reports to Mark Aitken, president of One Media and will help drive Sinclair’s development and deployment of ATSC 3.0. Bouchard brings more than 25 years of digital and technology experience. He has spent the last six […]

Dish Vs. Fox Sports: Will Sinclair Sale Help?

Sinclair Closes $10.6B Disney RSN Purchase

Byron Allen is an equity and content partner in the RSN holding company that includes exclusive local rights to 42 professional teams consisting of 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams, and 12 National Hockey League  teams.

Sinclair Kicks Off 2019-20 High School Sports Season

Sinclair Broadcast Group is launching another season of high school sports coverage, starting with its High School football series Thursday Night Lights / Friday Night Rivals and following with High School Hoops basketball programming. “We are thrilled to launch another season showcasing the best of high school football and basketball across America,” said Stephen Mann, […]

Sinclair Stations Help Trump Sell Campaign Swag

At least 20 Sinclair-owned stations posted “stories” on their website starting last Thursday hyping a new “Keep America Great” hat for sale on the Trump campaign’s website. All of the stories appear to have initially linked directly to the campaign’s online store, though that link has since been removed on some of the stories.