Sinclair Expands Its Digital Executive Team

Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced an expansion of the company’s digital executive leadership team with the creation of two new positions. Richard Cooke was named VP, audio programming, and Lou Ferrara was elevated to VP, consumer data and strategy. Both positions will report to Kevin Cotlove, EVP and chief digital officer. “Lou and Richard bring […]

Sinclair Plans To Ramp Up Creation Of Original Content

Sinclair Broadcast Group says it plans to create more original content and use the digital tools available to engage viewers and create revenue opportunities. “The creation of new content continues to be a priority for our company,” said Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley, speaking on the company’s 2Q earnings call Wednesday. “The new content will appear on one or multiple Sinclair platforms or might even be sold to third parties,” Ripley said.

Comscore Consumer Intelligence To Be Used By Sinclair

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Political At All-Time High For Sinclair

President-CEO Chris Ripley noted: “Political revenues were not only very strong, but they were the highest second quarter and year-to-date political revenue in our company’s history. We expect political revenue to drive total ad sales for the remainder of the year, resulting in growth over last year.”

Sinclair, Korean Broadcasters Make NextGen TV Deals

The collaboration with Korean Broadcast System and Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. includes the development of NextGen TV technology and Data Distribution as a Service (DDaaS) business opportunities using the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard.

Diana Wilkin Named GM Of KOKH-KOCB Oklahoma City

The veteran broadcast exec will oversee operations at Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox-CW duopoly in Oklahoma.

Sinclair Names Stephen Clare Vice President, Finance

Sinclair Broadcast Group today appointed Stephen Clare vice president, finance. He will have oversight of the company’s financial planning and analysis as well as business development departments and will report directly to the chief financial officer. He joins Sinclair from Audacy, where he was VP of finance. In making the announcement, Lucy Rutishauser, Sinclair EVP-chief financial officer, said: […]

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Meet The Broadcast Journalism Students Awarded Scholarships By Sinclair

Sinclair Sees ATSC 3.0 As Entrée To Streaming, New Revenue

Scott Ehrlich, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s chief innovation officer, said that broadcasters are excited about NextGen TV because it will give them some of the benefits of streaming (a one-to-one interaction with a viewer) while retaining the benefits of broadcasting (a one-to-many blast to viewers). He said: “Streaming is just moving video over IP. If 3.0 is bringing internet protocol to broadcast, it’s essentially bringing broadcast into streaming.”

Sinclair Makes Finance Organization Promotions

Sinclair Broadcast Group on Monday announced the following promotions within the company’s finance organization: Daniel Gallagher to VP, operations controller from operations controller Derek Nance to VP, corporate controller from corporate controller Sheila Holland to AVP/digital controller from digital controller Chris Hummel to AVP/shared services controller from senior regional controller Chad Kornke to AVP/assistant treasurer […]

Joni Rippen Named VP-GM Of KHGI-KFXL Lincoln

Sinclair moves her up from general sales manager to the top spot at its Nebraska ABC-Fox duopoly.

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Broadcasters Tap Cloud For Content Management

Tech executives from Warner Bros. Discovery, Sinclair, Hearst, Vizrt and Vice Media Group told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week the public cloud’s appeal is growing for content sharing and archiving workflows but cautioned the entire metadata process needs more care and attention to maximize cloud storage’s advantages.

Robert Croteau Upped To GM Of WRGB-WCWN Albany

Sinclair Broadcast Group promotes the sales director to lead its CBS-CW duopoly in the New York state capital.

Chris Daniels Joining Sinclair’s ‘Spotlight on America’ Team

Sinclair’s Bally Sports Plus Streaming App To Launch June 23

Bally Sports Plus will initially be available in five markets where the company’s Diamond Sports Group’s regional Bally Sports networks carry Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays. The app will cost $19.99 a month, or $189.99 a year, and enable fans to watch games without subscribing to a multichannel pay TV cable, satellite or streaming service.

Sinclair Over-The-Air Networks Add 14M Households Through Distribution Upgrades

Sinclair Ups Adam Ware To SVP Of Multicast Networks

He will continue to oversee the company’s national multicast networks, Comet (sci-fi), Charge! (action) and TBD (internet content), as well as digital and OTT streaming platform STIRR.

Sinclair Elects Board And Ratifies Independent Auditor

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s shareholders elected the nominated nine directors at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting held today. The elected directors are David D. Smith, executive chairman, chairman of the board; Frederick G. Smith, director and vice president; J. Duncan Smith, director, vice president and secretary; Robert E. Smith, director; Laurie R. Beyer, director; Benjamin S. […]

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Sinclair Starts Hunger Relief Campaign To Provide A Million Meals

Sinclair Broadcast Group is partnering with Feeding America to help provide meals to children and families across the U.S., with a goal of helping to donate a million meals this summer.

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Sinclair Eyes Cost-Effective UHD Conversion Solution

Sinclair Broadcast Group thinks it has found a cost-effective solution in conversion technology that can take standard-dynamic range (SDR) content and transform it to high-dynamic range (HDR) content in real-time, a technology it demonstrated at last month’s NAB Show.

Sinclair’s Ripley: Politically Divided America Is ‘Very Good For Our Business’

Stark political divisions in the U.S. have caused a surge in TV ad spending, with primary races in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other key states pointing to a massive haul in the upcoming fall midterms. One key beneficiary of that influx of cash is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his outlook on political ads and other topics in an appearance at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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BitPath Eyes 3.0’s Potential Role Honing Location Data Accuracy

BitPath, the Sinclair-Nexstar joint venture pursuing non-traditional revenue prospects from ATSC 3.0 spectrum, is experimenting with a new system that would improve location data accuracy, while also developing an IoT solution enabling energy utilities to better communicate with customers in times of peak need.

Sinclair Names Scott Ehrlich Its First Chief Innovation Officer

He’s tasked with creating the company’s first dedicated cross-functional research and development group to coordinate and accelerate efforts across content, technology, audience development and distribution.

Sinclair Names Ryan Moore Chief Revenue Officer/SVP Of Digital Sales And Sports

The company’s senior vice president of digital sales now will add oversight of revenue and sales strategy for Tennis, Stadium and Bally Sports.

Andrew Whiteside, Dielectic President, Dies

The television engineering veteran who joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999, was killed in a climbing accident. He was 67.

Sinclair Taps Randy Freer As Diamond Sports Group Board Chair, Secures $635M For New Bally Sports DTC Venture

The broadcaster makes a number of big moves ahead of the big DTC launch it says is happening “later this quarter.”

Sinclair Sees Political Pushing Rates Up

COO and Broadcasting President Robert Weisbord tells analysts that “political is tracking above our expectations and we look forward to 2022 having the record mid-term election spend.”

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Sinclair 1Q Revenue Down 14.8%

The decrease to $1.3 billion is attributed to lower media revenues comprising lower core and total ad dollars and decreased distribution revenues.

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A Smaller NAB Show, But More Energized

Attendance may have been almost halved by the pandemic, but tech vendors felt the more intimate environment allowed them to conduct business on a more productive level. On the show floor, the continued shift of broadcast workflows to the public cloud dominated many discussions, while others focused on NextGen TV’s pressing need to monetize.

Telestream To Provide Sinclair With Multiple Products & Cloud Services

Telestream, a global provider of workflow automation, media processing, quality monitoring, and test and measurement solutions for the production and distribution of video, has a new multiyear enterprise-wide agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group that covers all existing products and services across Sinclair properties together with unlimited usage of Telestream Cloud Services. Sinclair is using the Telestream […]

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Broadcasters, Vendors Tout Cloud Progress At Devoncroft

While previous Devoncroft conferences took place at off-site hotels, the 2022 edition was co-located with the NAB Show and held on the Main Stage of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It drew hundreds of senior executives for an afternoon of panel discussions on everything from cloud migration and IP connectivity to virtual production and blockchain technology. Above, Devoncroft Principal Analyst Josh Stinehour (left) and Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley talking technology.

Sinclair Adding HDR To Bally Sports RSNs

Bally Sports game productions will provide an enhanced digital signal using HDR for all games, which will roll out over the second half of 2022.

Kayla Gaskins Named National Correspondent For Sinclair’s Washington Bureau

Sinclair Broadcast Group today appointed Kayla Gaskins to its Washington, D.C., bureau as national correspondent. Gaskins had been a weekend anchor at WAVY Norfolk, Va., where she covered elections, court cases and the military.

Sinclair To Offer Open-Source Broadcast App To Broadcast Industry

The Sinclair Broadcast App has been under development for several years and is being refined for both fixed and mobile services. The app maximizes screen space for programming and ancillary services like weather, alternate programming and advertising. Providing similar viewer interactive options to those found on other programming websites, the Broadcast App permits the viewer to control which services to watch no matter the source.

NAB Show: Sinclair To Demonstrate Latest Version Of Hybrid TV Broadcast App

Sinclair And Charter Reach Retrans Deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Charter Communications on Thursday reached a “comprehensive distribution agreement” for continued carriage of Sinclair’s TV stations, Tennis Channel, 19 Bally Sports RSN brands, Marquee Sports Network and the YES Network, in which Sinclair is a joint venture partner. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Upfront 2022: Sinclair Seeks 20% Of Cable Budgets For Its Over The Air Channels

Sinclair Broadcast Group wants advertisers to move 20% of their cable ad budgets into its free over-the-air digital networks to capture cord-cutters. In addition to its slew of TV stations, Sinclair owns Comet, Charge and TBD, collectively branded as The Stack. In its upfront pitch, Sinclair is informing buyers that those cord-cutters leaving cable aren’t just moving to streaming channels; they’re also buying antennas to watch familiar shows — soon to include Buffy the Vampire Slayer — for free on its diginets.

Sinclair And USSI Global Announce Datacasting Pilot

The pilot program will deliver local content, advertising and data files to the rapidly growing electric vehicle charging station market, displaying a critical commercial use case for NextGen broadcasting.

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Vendors Eager For ‘Reimagined’ NAB Show

With attendance predicted at around 60,000 with nearly 1,000 vendors, the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week will likely be down from its pre-pandemic numbers. However, vendors say that a more focused, less congested show might not be a bad thing.

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Sinclair’s Recycling Campaign Putting A Charge To Earth Month