STIRR Reports One Million Downloads

Six months after launch, Sinclair’s OTT Service reports a 200% increase in viewership.

Sinclair Announces Launch Of RSN Financing

In connection with its $9.6 billion pending and previously announced acquisition of a regional sports networks business from The Walt Disney Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Diamond Sports Group, intends to raise $3.3 billion of term B loans due 2026. Diamond Sports Intermediate Holdings, Diamond’s direct parent, will initially […]

Sinclair, Comscore Team For OTT Ad Reporting

Its Compulse360 platform will provide local CTV and OTT advertisers with advanced daily campaign reporting powered by third-party measurement from Comscore.

AT&T Considering Selling RSNs

AT&T Inc. is weighing a sale of its regional sports networks as part of a plan to cut as much as $8 billion in debt by the end of the year, according to people familiar with the matter. Sinclair Broadcast Group, which agreed in May to buy 21 Fox regional sports networks from Disney for $9.6 billion, could be among the potential buyers, the people said.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | Defending Sinclair (Somebody’s Got To Do It)

Last week, Senators and Democratic presidential nomination rivals Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker called on the DOJ and FCC to investigate Sinclair’s purchase of 21 regional sports networks from Disney. Why single out Sinclair? Because they don’t like Sinclair’s right-wing, pro-Trump politics. And another thing, it’s hard to see how the FCC can single out Sinclair for doing something (circumventing ownership limits) that many other broadcasters have done with impunity.

DMA 99: SOUTH BEND, IN

Sinclair Ups Brian Dodge To WSBT GM

The group owner moves him from digital sales manager in Pensacola-Mobile to lead its CBS-Fox affiliate in South Bend, Ind.

FCC Investigating Sinclair Over Tribune Deal

The FCC has opened an inquiry into Sinclair over its aborted effort to buy the Tribune stations and whether it mislead the commission about who would actually be controlling the stations it was spinning off as part of the deal.

Dem Hopefuls Take Aim At Sinclair RSN Deal

A trio of Democratic Senators/presidential candidates — Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders — has asked both the FCC and Justice Department to take a hard look at Sinclair’s purchase of Disney’s (formerly Fox’s) 21 regional sports networks (RSNs), saying they are worried both about Sinclaircombining the RSNs with its TV stations to raise the price of carriage for the latter, and about the “danger” of Sinclair’s “partisan political” programming getting a wider audience.

DMA 35: CINCINNATI

WKRC’s Rob Braun: ‘I Don’t Fit Well With Sinclair News Model’

AT&T Files ‘Bad Faith’ Retrans Complaint

On behalf of DirecTV, DirecTV Now or U-Verse, AT&T has filed a complaint against nine TV station owners who it says have collectively “pulled” 20 stations from those services on May 30 and June 10, blackouts it says continued at press time “with no end in sight.” AT&T said all the stations have shared services agreements with Sinclair, which it says appears to “manage and control” the stations, but it did not target that broadcaster in the complaint.