Veteran sports news executive David Morgan will lead Sinclair’s digital sports news strategy across 21 RSN brands and Stadium.
In the latest episode of Eric Bolling’s show from the Sinclair Broadcast Group, America This Week, the conservative broadcaster perpetuated misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic and measures that help slow its spread. In an interview on Friday, after the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America raised concerns about the episode, Bolling said the segment was being edited to remove some of his statements before airing over the weekend on dozens of Sinclair stations.
Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Friday that the president would participate in an event on Oct. 21, to be moderated by Eric Bolling, the conservative political commentator and host of America This Week. The event will air on all of Sinclair’s CW and MNT stations in 55 markets, as well as on their websites. Trump will answer questions from Bolling and members of an audience.
In addition to traditional programming, Sinclair plans to use channel capacity from one of the stations to provide advanced “Broadcast Internet” services. “We now have a prime showcase for the amazing features of NextGen TV that members of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission can witness first-hand,” said Chris Ripley, Sinclair’s president-CEO.
ATSC 3.0 in smartphones took a big step forward this week with delivery of the first of hundreds of production sample phones to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a key part of the station group’s strategy to ensure that NextGen TV one day is an integral part of mobile phones and other devices. The ONE Media Mark One phone powered by Saankhya Labs is an Android smartphone with built-in Saankhya Labs SL4000 ATSC 3.0 receiver chip providing NextGen TV reception, tuning and demodulation.
It taps Jan Jeffcoat as main anchor and Cayle Thompson as live desk anchor for the broadcaster’s headline news service beginning in early 2021.
New remote production techniques, distributed workflows and onsite safety protocols have dramatically reshaped sports production. As COVID-19 continues to be a threat, sports producers can expect less travel, trucks staying in place and a slowdown of UHD production until the crisis abates.
Streaming executives from E.W. Scripps, NBCUniversal Owned Stations, CBC and Sinclair say the pandemic drove record numbers to their streaming sites, boosting ad impressions and creating more inroads to advertisers.
Executives from CNN, Sinclair, Fox Television Stations and Gray Television say COVID-19 has tested the capacities of their streaming workflows and found them even more adaptable and robust than they imagined.
J.R. McCabe, a veteran content creation, sales and marketing and product development executive, is picked to fill the new position.
The television industry, which has walked the same technical path for the past 20 years with its OTA delivery of DTV, is on the cusp of a new era of innovation in fields as far flung as the delivery of wireless data to cars and premium video to homes.
Broadcasters such as Sinclair and Vice are increasingly shifting playout functions to cloud platforms, seeking more flexibility and agility there and testing the waters with disaster recovery strategies, OTT channels and diginets. “In the cloud, you can build up a whole separate system in parallel, test it, then cut over to it,” says one consultant.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has promoted Phillip Gharabegian to deputy general counsel and SVP business affairs for the company’s regional sports networks (RSNs). In his new role, he will continue to be a key part of the company’s rights negotiations and will play a larger role in strategic rights initiatives for the RSNs. He will continue […]
Obsesh Media, a digital platform for outdoor sports top athletes and high-profile lifestyle personalities to connect with fans through original video, has a deal to bring its original premium programming to Sinclair Broadcast Group’s free, ad-supported streaming service STIRR and its multicast network TBD. The first series in the deal, Parkour Adventures of Jesse La […]
Sinclair Broadcast Group says it agreed to settle three derivative lawsuits that were brought by investors in connection with Sinclair’s efforts to gain regulatory approval for the acquisition of Tribune Media. Sinclair was unable to get approval for the $3.9 billion deal and Tribune was acquired by Nexstar Media.
The broadcast group tells analysts it expects third quarter broadcasting revenues to be up 6%-10% pro forma to $777 million-$805 million.
Distribution and political revenue push that total up 75%, while the company’s total revenue climbs 66% to $1.3 billion.
Sinclair has repeatedly defended the independence and objectivity of the local news reporting that is carried on its many stations. But its nationally distributed news and commentary programs, produced in Washington has stayed largely faithful to President Trump’s pronouncements about the virus. Above, Sinclair TV hosts Sharyl Attkisson and Eric Bolling.
Station groups say they will send fewer correspondents to August’s largely virtualized political conventions and centralize their reporting resources. At the same time, they see local coverage opportunities of the conventions expanding, largely down to use of the remote production technology they’ve already been mastering for months during the pandemic.
Sinclair Broadcast Group will not air a report prepared for Eric Bolling’s America This Week that blames Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, for creating the COVID-19 pandemic. In a tweet late Monday, Sinclair said that given the nature of Judy Mikovits’ claims to Bolling, the segment was “not appropriate” to air, adding: “We also reiterate our appreciation for all that Dr. Fauci and his team have accomplished for the health and wellbeing of Americans and people worldwide.”
Sinclair Broadcast Group has reversed course and has “decided to delay” a scheduled episode of America This Week with Eric Bolling reporting a discredited conspiracy theory that Dr. Anthony Fauci was responsible for creating the coronavirus. It said in a tweet: “We will spend the coming days bringing together other viewpoints and provide additional context. All stations have been notified not to air this and will instead be re-airing last week’s episode in its place.”
Around 10 markets should be on-air with 3.0 broadcasts by the end of the third quarter and perhaps 20 by year’s end, according to representatives of Pearl TV and BitPath. Broadcasters are also exploring the full capabilities of the NextGen standard with several new initiatives this summer, including the launch of a NextGen-capable smartphone and a trial of advanced alerting capabilities in Washington, D.C. Above, one of the six 2020 LG OLED sets that have earned the NextGen TV logo from the Consumer Technology Association.
With the Major League Baseball season about to belatedly begin, analyst Steven Cahall of Wells Fargo calculates that regional sports networks will cost Sinclair Broadcast Group $130 million in cash when the baseball, hockey and basketball seasons end.
TVNewsCheck will consider how news organizations are turning remote production outposts into permanent at-home studios, while Sinclair will present episode two of a series on monetizing NextGen TV. SMPTE has two events this week, MFM continues a series of for-credit sessions for finance managers and SVG presents its annual Sports Content Management conference in virtual form. For more events, plus dates, times and registration links, visit TVNewsCheck’s Virtual Events Directory.
Leading executives in the spot TV advertising ecosystem will talk about ways to entice a larger number of marketers to invest in local TV during a TVNewsCheck webinar on Aug. 6. The event, which will focus on short- and long-term issues facing the industry, will feature (top, l-r): Frank Friedman, E.W. Scripps; Jane Meyerson, ICON International; Joe Cerone, Zenith; (bottom, l-r): Rob Weisbord, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Mark Gorman, Matrix Solutions and Ted Kramer, ProvantageX. Register here.
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.
Media and entertainment veteran Steve Rosenberg will lead the company’s RSNs, Stadium and high school sports divisions. He succeeds the retiring Jeff Krolik.
The station group reups eight of its CBS affils plus another to which it provides services.
A deep bench of business, advertising, transportation, computing, media and technology experts from a variety of industries will be participating and taking questions in this six-episode, bi-weekly series beginning Tuesday, July 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET.
In the initial phase, it will air weekday mornings from 6 to 9 across Sinclair’s CW and MNT affiliates, as well as on STIRR, Sinclair’s free, over-the-top streaming platform. It’s hiring to fill 25 new positions to staff the new initiative.
One Media, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, said the FCC should adopt the “modest” modifications to its plan for deployment of the ATSC 3.0 advanced broadcast transmission standard, but should also look to be a little less modest, including recognizing the value of distributed transmission to localism. That came in comments on the FCC’s recent rulemaking.
“Most local TV news marketing doesn’t drive viewership.” That’s a startling statement from Marv Danielski, who directs news promotion for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s stations. But in this Market Share Executive Interview, he reveals what he has found does work in 30 years in the trenches.
Sinclair Broadcast Group said its shareholders elected the nominated nine directors at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on June 4. The elected directors are David D. Smith, executive chairman, chairman of the board of the company; Frederick G. Smith, director and vice president of the company; J. Duncan Smith, director, vice president and secretary of […]
Krolik, 63, managed the RSNs for nearly 15 years, and led the group during the sale from Fox to Disney and the subsequent sale from Disney to Sinclair.
Powered by ATSC 3.0, Sinclair’s KSNV (NBC) and KVCW (CW), Nexstar’s KLAS (CBS) and Scripps’ KTNV (ABC) are now broadcasting with the new NextGen TV technology.
Democratic FCC Commissioners Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel condemn the $48 million settlement, saying the agency’s Republican majority ignored the FCC’s own rules and bent the facts to assist Sinclair “with sweeping its past digressions under the rug.”
Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that its in-person annual stockholders meeting, scheduled for June 4, will also be webcast on its website, www.sbgi.net. The announcement said: “In accordance with an Executive Order issued by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, only 10 persons are permitted to physically attend the company’s annual meeting of stockholders, inclusive of members […]
FCC watchers have been itching to get a look at the consent decree between Sinclair and the FCC resolving multiple investigations, but will have to wait a few days more, according to an FCC spokesperson, who said the FCC is waiting for commissioners to finish their statements before releasing it.
Sinclair Broadcast Group shares were up more than 10% in early trading Monday after reports that its Chicago-area regional sports network was close to a carriage deal with Comcast. Comcast, the largest cable operator in the Chicago region had been slow to reach a carriage agreement with Sinclair’s Marquee Sports Network, the RSN it jointly owns with the Chicago Cubs. But reports over the weekend that the two may be close to a deal helped goose the stock.
Sinclair Broadcast Group will pay more than 1,000 of its eligible freelance sports broadcast technicians $2,500 each in the second phase of its assistance program. A company spokesman said Friday that the payment will total more than $3 million as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment is coming nearly two months after Sinclair offered the technicians an interest-free advance of $2,500 to the network freelancers who work at its Fox regional sports networks and Marquee Sports Network.