Sinclair Broadcast Group will hold a relief effort, Stand Strong for the Carolinas, all day today encouraging viewers to help those struggling to rebuild. As part of the push, Sinclair will match the first $100,000 of the funds raised nationally.
He joins from Sinclair’s CBS affiliate KRCG in Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo., and takes over news leadership in Kalamazoo on Oct. 10.
The former NBCU integrated marketing vice president will be working under Sinclair’s Chief Revenue Officer Rob Weisbord.
The $3 “software defined radio” chips, developed by Saankhya Labs, an India-based company in which Sinclair’s ONE Media has a financial stake, will allow mobile devices like smartphones to receive ATSC 3.0. The challenge will be to get the chips in phones. There is no law or FCC rule requiring makers of mobile devices to include 3.0 chips, and, thus far, wireless companies have turned a cold shoulder to proposals to include broadcast receiver chips in the smartphones they control.
Sinclair Broadcast Group just lost a bargaining chip in its negotiations with streaming service Hulu. Sinclair had refused to let Hulu offer live CBS programming in two dozen markets across the U.S. unless the online TV platform also agreed to carry another Sinclair property, the Tennis Channel. But Hulu instead reached a deal with CBS Corp. to offer a national feed of the network in the markets where Sinclair operates a local affiliate.
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy says it’s time to stop offering a backdoor way for Sinclair to dominate local news.
Following the collapsed merger and $1 billion lawsuit Tribune filed against Sinclair, Sinclair filed a countersuit, claiming that “Tribune, through its meritless lawsuit, is seeking to capitalize on an unfavorable and unexpected reaction from the [FCC] to capture a windfall for Tribune.”
Executives of Sinclair and its Spectrum Co. joint venture say the mega-group’s commitment to the technology is unshaken by the collapse of its merger with Tribune and they are aggressively pursuing their plan for developing, testing and rolling out data-based, mobile-first 3.0 services.
Following the spectacular collapse of their merger, Tribune and Sinclair have to go back to work. For Tribune, that means putting up the “For Sale” sign again, with plenty of interested buyers out there. For Sinclair, things are ominous. First it must settle Tribune’s billion-dollar lawsuit, and then find a way back into the FCC’s good graces. That could prove costly, too.