Sinclair’s ‘The National Desk’ Starts Today

Sinclair’s The National Desk, a three-hour morning news program, debuted today on Sinclair’s 190-plus stations. Promising commentary-free news coverage from both local and national perspectives, the program is based out of WJLA’s studios in Washington.

Sinclair, ViacomCBS Sign Affiliation Renewals

The multi-year deal covers 13 CBS affiliates serving nearly six million television households.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Broadcasters Weigh 5G’s Potential

For broadcasters, 5G represents both a potentially helpful new tool and a competitive threat. The reality of either prospect hinges on how quickly and deeply the technology gets rolled out.

TVN Webinar To Explore IP And Cloud Playout

Technology managers from Sinclair Broadcast Group, WarnerMedia, Amagi and Grass Valley will talk about their progress at designing IP and cloud playout operations during a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar. Set for Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. ET, the webinar’s speakers will be (clockwise from upper right): Matt Azzarto, director of media technology, Production Engineering Group, WarnerMedia; Srini Srinivasan, co-founder, Amagi; Walid Hamri, senior director of media systems at Sinclair Broadcast Group; moderator Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck contributing editor, and Karl Mehring, senior director of product management for playout at Grass Valley. Please register here to join the webinar.

 

Sinclair Announces 11 Promotions

Sinclair Broadcast Group, today announced the following promotions. Sinclair Broadcast Group • Paul Nesterovsky from VP, Tax to SVP, Tax • Ethan Haire from Director/Associate General Counsel to VP, Associate General Counsel • Dan Gallagher from Assistant Operations Controller to Operations Controller • Derek Nance from Assistant Corporate Controller to Corporate Controller • Mike Reed from […]

Fox, Sinclair Renew Affiliation Agreements

Fox and Sinclair Broadcast Group said they reached an agreement renewing the Fox Broadcasting affiliation for stations in 25 markets. The Sinclair Fox affiliates affected by the deal cover about 11% of U.S. households.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | Broadcasters Explore Cloud Options For News

TV broadcasters are aiming to move live production workflows to the cloud, but executives from Sinclair, ABC News and Vizrt said at last week’s NewsTECHForum it will take faster tech development from vendors and possibly new financial thinking from customers.

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TVN Tech | Devoncroft Assesses A Disrupted Tech Market

This month’s virtual Devoncroft Executive Summit took the measure of a media technology market radically altered by COVID-19, from a 10% hit to its overall market size, a reassessment of how of it does business and a big potential shift in its sales and marketing efforts. Above, Devoncroft’s Josh Stinehour emphasized that technology investment by broadcasters is an opportunity to drive increased revenues, not simply a cost center.

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TVN Tech | Tech Trends For ’21: COVID-Driven Shifts Extend

Trends driven by the pandemic are likely to persist into 2021 and beyond, while transitions to IP infrastructures will accelerate and aging on-prem infrastructure will give way to increased reliance on the cloud. NextGen TV will also likely pick up speed after COVID’s cooling effect on its rollout this year.

Sinclair Closes Private Offering Of Senior Secured Notes

Sinclair Closes Private Offering Of Senior Secured Notes Sinclair Broadcast Group says that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinclair Television Group, has closed its previously announced private offering of $750 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2030. The 2030 notes were priced at 100% of their face amount and bear interest at a rate […]

So Vang Joins One Media 3.0

The former vice president of advanced technology at the National Association of Broadcasters, is tapped to be vice president for emerging technologies at the Sinclair Broadcast Group NextGen TV subsidiary.

Sinclair-Bally’s Set $85M Sports Betting Deal

Sinclair will receive warrants and options for a minority stake in Bally’s, while Bally’s gains media and marketing access across Sinclair’s linear and digital properties. The 21 Fox regional sports networks will be rebranded using the Bally name.

Sinclair Names Headline Service ‘The National Desk’

It will highlight the latest and most pressing news of the day in real time for viewers across the country and will be available across Sinclair broadcast, digital and over-the-top platforms.

Sinclair Points A Small Team At A Big Story

“Project Baltimore” at Sinclair’s Baltimore flagship Fox affiliate WBFF, is a team focusing only on education, a perennial problem in the city’s well-funded but badly underperforming public schools. The Project Baltimore group works in a separate building, isolated from the newsroom, free of daily news obligations.

EARNINGS CALL

Sinclair Sees Post-COVID Return To Normal Advertising

Sinclair isn’t giving formal guidance for 2021 due to uncertainty about when COVID will cease to be a factor, but did provide some information on what to expect in the current quarter, as record-breaking political ad revenues move to the rear-view mirror. “Every month has picked up, which is encouraging,” said Robert Weisbord, president of local news and marketing services.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sinclair 3Q Media Revenue Climbs 42%

Its purchase of 21 regional sports networks and political ad revenue push that total to $1.5 billion, while the company’s total revenue climbs 37% to $1.3 billion.

Sinclair Names John Zeigler Chief Marketing Officer

As CMO, Zeigler will drive marketing and brand strategy across Sinclair’s various assets.

Hulu And YouTube TV Vs. Sinclair Sports: When Will It End?

TVN’S TV2025

Streaming’s Rise Further Squeezes Stations’ Content Pipeline, Execs Say

Station group buyers and suppliers of syndicated content from Sinclair, Fox Owned Stations, Debmar-Mercury and Litton Entertainment said at a TV2025 panel that streaming’s accelerated growth has put more pressure on their content pipeline and that the ecosystem could use more — and bigger — players in the mix. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.

TVN’S TV2025

Big TV Groups March Toward IP, Cloud Platforms

Technology executives from Fox Corp., Hearst, Sinclair and Tegna have already virtualized many of their functions, replacing some aging infrastructures with IP routing and broadening their use of the cloud, they said at a TV2025 panel last week. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.

Sinclair Wants To Restructure Debt From RSNs

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s regional sports business and its creditors are preparing for a possible restructuring of its roughly $8 billion debt load, a sign of the pressure on the sports industry from COVID-19, according to people familiar with the matter. Sinclair subsidiary Diamond Sports Group’s bondholders have hired legal and financial advisers as it deals with the dearth of live sports during the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of some carriage deals with pay TV distributors.

Sinclair Names A VP Of Digital Sports News

Veteran sports news executive David Morgan will lead Sinclair’s digital sports news strategy across 21 RSN brands and Stadium.

Sinclair’s Bolling Spreads Virus Misinformation

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.

Donald Trump To Do Town Hall For Sinclair

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.

Sinclair Closes On 2 DC Class A TVs

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.

ONE Media’s ATSC 3.0 Smartphone Becomes Reality

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.

Sinclair Sets National Morning Show Anchors

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.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Pandemic Means New Playbook For Sports Production

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.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

OTT Ad Impressions Spike During COVID Crisis

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.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

Pandemic Proves OTT Workflow Resiliency For News

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.

Sinclair Names D2C Gamification Chief Business Officer

J.R. McCabe, a veteran content creation, sales and marketing and product development executive, is picked to fill the new position.

Sinclair And One Media 3.0 Look At ATSC 3.0 Opportunities Beyond Broadcast

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.

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TVN Tech | Broadcasters Play To Cloud’s Strengths For Playout

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 Ups Gharabegian To Deputy General Counsel Of Regional Sports

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 To Distribute Original Premium Series On Sinclair’s STIRR And TBD

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 Settles More Lawsuits Over Tribune Bid

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.

EARNINGS CALL

Political, Retrans Growth Powering Sinclair

The broadcast group tells analysts it expects third quarter broadcasting revenues to be up 6%-10% pro forma to $777 million-$805 million.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sinclair 2Q Media Revenue Hits $1.3B

Distribution and political revenue push that total up 75%, while the company’s total revenue climbs 66% to $1.3 billion.

Sinclair Stays In Line With Trump On COVID

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.

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

TVN Focus On Journalism | Local TV Plans Reduced Convention Presence

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.