Sinclair, U. Of Md. To Offer Virus Updates

The 4-8-minute television segments will be aired live on Baltimore’s Fox affiliate WBFF and will be shared as potential news and digital content for use by 73 Sinclair television station newsrooms across the U.S.

Jobless Techs Get Creative In Fight With Sinclair

The union representing sports broadcast technicians is launching ads on cable TV as it ratchets up a fight with regional sports network owner Sinclair.

STIRR Compiles COVID-19 News Conferences

Sinclair’s streaming STIRR service added a coronavirus channel last month, stitching together daily press conferences on the pandemic from around the country. That content will evolve as the pandemic continues, STIRR’s GM says.

IATSE Petition Slams Sinclair Virus Response

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees asking Sinclair Broadcast Group to improve its recent offer to unemployed broadcast technicians. The petition was circulated after IATSE criticized Sinclair’s plan to loan money in response to the coronavirus pandemic through a multi-million-dollar emergency fund that offers an interest-free advance of $2,500 to the 1,000 sports network freelancers who work at its Fox regional sports networks and Marquee Sports Network.

DMA 13: SEATTLE

Sinclair Names Chad Conklin GM In Seattle

The station group moves him from GM of its Flint, Mich., properties to oversee its ABC-Univision duopoly in Washington state.

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Sinclair Helps Salvation Army Provide Aid To People In Need

Sinclair Upgrades Digital Channels Comet, Charge!, TBD

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced “significant changes” to the content of three, company-owned multicast networks: Comet, Charge! and TBD. The channels, which are available to the vast majority of households across the U.S., will now carry some of the most popular classic television series, as well as TBD’s first-ever original series, The Link. The new programming […]

Nielsen, Sinclair Set Multi-Year Agreement

The ratings renewal covers all of Sinclair’s TV stations, regional sports networks and the Cable Channel.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | COVID-19 Delays, Not Derails, NextGen TV Plans

Las Vegas and Portland, Ore. will light up their NextGen TV markets in June from their initially-slated late April launch, but the broadcasters and coalition driving the new industry standard forward say major launches will still move ahead this year. The launches will coincide with the arrival in retail stores of the first 3.0-capable sets. Above, six LG sets will bear the NextGen TV logo, including the 55-, 65- and 77-inch class GX Gallery Series 4K Ultra HD models.

Sinclair Fund Will Support RSN Freelancers

Eligible freelancers at regional sports networks will be able to receive an immediate $2,500 interest-free advance beginning on Friday, April 3. The fund is being launched in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has indefinitely halted the production of live sports, depriving these freelancers of work.

Sinclair Deploys Qligent Vision Monitoring, Analysis Solution

In its largest U.S. broadcast project to date, Qligent has started providing an enterprise-level vision compliance monitoring and analysis solution on behalf of Sinclair Broadcast Group. The Qligent Vision system, scheduled for roll out through the first quarter, will support QoS/QoE, compliance and transmission monitoring across 191 TV stations in 89 markets, covering more than 600 channels of programming. Sinclair’s Qligent Vision solution is a hybrid architecture that brings cloud and on-premise elements together, […]

Portland Stations Plan ATSC 3.0 Rollout

Stations from Meredith, Nexstar, Sinclair and Tegna have applied for FCC approval to launch NextGen TV in Oregon.

Sinclair, YouTube TV Renew 19 Regional Sports Nets

Sinclair Broadcast Group said it reached an agreement with YouTube TV to carry 19 of its 21 regional sports networks. Sinclair, which acquired the Fox Regional Sports Network from the Walt Disney Co., last year, said Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West will no longer be carried on YouTube TV effective Thursday.

YouTube TV Loses Yes Network

YouTube TV is no longer carrying the Yes Network, the TV home of the New York Yankees, and Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket due to a carriage dispute with their ownership, Sinclair Broadcast Group. However, it’s unclear if the live streaming service is also losing the remainder of the 20 Sinclair-owned, but Fox-branded regional sports networks.

Sinclair Extends RSNs As YouTube Talks Continue

A day after announcing it would drop Sinclair Broadcast Group’s regional sports networks, YouTube TV said last Friday night that it agreed to a temporary extension and that negotiations continue.

Sinclair Could Launch RSN Direct-To-Consumer Service

 

A week after Charlie Ergen lamented that Sinclair didn’t own the Fox RSNs when their contract expired with Dish, Sinclair offered further optimism. “We continue to have discussions with Dish for the carriage of the RSNs and remain confident that our two companies will eventually reach a mutually acceptable carriage agreement,” Sinclair President-CEO Chris Ripley said on the company’s 4Q earnings call.

YouTube TV Strikes Out On Sinclair’s RSNs

Baseball fans who also subscribe to YouTube TV got some bad news today when YouTube TV announced it will drop all Sinclair-owned Fox regional sports networks on Feb. 29. The announcement means fans in several markets — including New York, where the Yankees’ YES Network will be going away — will not be able to catch their favorite teams on YouTube TV. YouTube TV tweeted it was “unable to reach an agreement with Sinclair” to continue carrying Fox’s RSNs.

EARNINGS CALL

Sinclair: Sports Betting A Growth Area

CEO Chris Ripley tells analysts: “Sports betting we think will have large new revenue pools associated with them. We think ultimately they will be bigger than advertising — not as big as subscriptions — but it also helps viewership, which helps advertising and viewership, which helps you with your MVPD negotiations.”

Four Sinclair Corporate Execs Get Promotions

Chris Ripley, president-CEO of Sinclair Sinclair Broadcast Group announced the following corporate executive promotions. Lucy Rutishauser was promoted to EVP-chief financial officer from SVP-chief financial officer. Del Parks becomes EVP-chief technology officer from SVP-chief technology officer. Don Thompson named EVP-chief human resources officer from SVP human resources. Scott Shapiro is now SVP-chief development officer from […]

Sinclair, Deltatre Near Sports Streaming Deal

Video streaming service Deltatre is nearing a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group to be the digital video provider for the 21 regional sports networks that the broadcaster bought last year from Walt Disney Co., according to two people familiar with the talks.

Sinclair Promotes Two Corporate Executives

Chris Ripley, president and chief executive officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group announced promotions of two executives. Brian Bark has been promoted to senior vice president/chief information officer from vice president/chief information officer. Don Roberts was promoted to VP/sports engineering and production systems from senior director of TV systems. Ripley commented: “Brian and Don are integral […]

Sinclair Joins NextGen TV’s Pearl Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group is the latest station group and ATSC 3.0 proponent to join the Pearl TV consortium. Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley: “Since the rubber is really going to hit the road here this year, it just made sense to join Pearl and speak … with one industry voice. I think it will speed up the rollout and the ultimate adoption of NextGen TV.”

Sinclair Names Steven Zenker VP, Investor Relations

Sinclair Broadcast Group today appointed Steven Zenker vice president, investor relations. He has more than 30 years of investor relations, financial planning and analysis, communications and investment management experience. Lucy Rutishauser, SVP-CFO of Sinclair, said: “We are excited to have Steve join Sinclair as our company evolves from a leading television broadcaster to a diversified […]

Sinclair Pays Nexstar $60M To Settle Lawsuit

Sinclair Broadcast Group has settled the lawsuit stemming from its failed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media. The merger was scuttled after the FCC referred it to an administrative law judge, making it untenable. Tribune responded by terminating the deal and filing suit against Sinclair in August 2018, alleging breach of contract.

STIRR Offering New Shows On First Anniversary

The free streaming platform now exceeds 1.6 million downloads, offers 100 linear channels, including a new 2020 election live-feed channel, and rolls out local on demand viewing of hit broadcast syndication TV shows.

Sinclair, SK Telecom Debut US 3.0 Business

The new Cast.era joint venture plans to provide NextGen TV solutions for the television industry rollout, starting with Sinclair stations this year. It will focus on three main business areas: cloud infrastructure for broadcasting, ultra-low latency OTT broadcasting and personalized advertising.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Social Media Specialist Opening At Sinclair

The social media specialist’s primary responsibility is to work directly with Sinclair’s stations to define and enhance their social media strategy.

Sinclair Adds Triveni Digital’s NextGen TV Service Quality Assurance Solutions

Sinclair Broadcast is optimizing its service quality assurance operations with Triveni Digital solutions. Sinclair has purchased 30 of Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM MT ATSC 1.0 analyzer and ATSC 3.0 combo units, and 10 StreamScope XM verifier software applications to simplify its transition to NextGen TV. Based on Triveni Digital’s unified, software-based solutions that support both ATSC […]

TVN FOCUS ON CES 2020

TVN Tech | At CES, NextGen TV’s Coming Out Party

Next week’s CES in Las Vegas will once again take over the Strip with a sprawling, frenetic glimpse into tomorrow’s consumer technology. This time, NextGen TV will make its show floor debut, and hopes are high consumers will notice.

Sinclair Makes Local News And Marketing Services Division Promotions

Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the following promotions in its Local News & Marketing Services division effective Jan. 1, 2020. The announcement was made by Rob Weisbord, president of the Local News & Marketing Services division. Weisbord said: “These individuals have made tremendous contributions to the success of Sinclair, and we are fortunate to have […]

Sinclair Raises Minimum Hourly Wage To $15

Beginning Dec. 29, the company will increase pay for employees whose minimum wage was previously tied to state and federal mandates.

Sinclair Ends Political Commentary

Sinclair Broadcast Group will stop producing the must-run political commentary segments that have attracted the company a lot of criticism since former Trump White House staffer Boris Epshteyn began hosting them.

Pelosi Blasts Sinclair Reporter Over ‘Hate’ Question

DMA 28: NASHVILLE

AT&T, WNAB Set Retrans Agreement

AT&T reached a renewal of its retransmission agreement with Nashville License Holdings, which owns the CW affiliate in Nashville, lifting a six-month blackout and ending a dispute that affected a dozen stations that operate under shared service agreements with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Sinclair Skips Out On Impeachment Hearing

Sinclair Broadcast Group appears to have skipped Tuesday’s impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives. Stephanie Ruhle of NBC was happy to jump into its abandoned seat. She posted a picture of her press pass on the vacant Sinclair seat on Twitter. “Well–no risk of @WeAreSinclair popping up with comments,” she tweeted. “On this historic day, their decision not to come has resulted in me getting a seat.”

Sinclair Announces Two Executive Changes

Rob Weisbord becomes president of local news and marketing services division on Jan. 1, while Steven Marks, EVP and chief operating officer of Sinclair’s TV Group will retire at year’s end.

FCC Orders Stations To Negotiate With AT&T

The FCC today ordered nine TV station groups linked to Sinclair Broadcast Group to return to the negotiating table with AT&T’s DirectTV after some consumers have been without access to 20 stations for five months.

EARNINGS CALL

Sinclair Core Strong As It Awaits Record Political

Retrans powers the group’s 3Q, passing ad dollars. While auto is still down, pharmaceuticals, attorneys and insurance are the driving ad categories.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sinclair 3Q Media Revenue Climbs 47%

The growth was fueled by increases in distribution and digital revenues.

Byron Allen On Partnership With Sinclair

Allen is chief executive of television conglomerate Entertainment Studios, which recently partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group, the TV station group owner that has drawn criticism for a perceived conservative bias. Asked whether Sinclair’s political bent concerns him, Allen says, “I don’t let that get in the way. There’s business and there’s politics. And we can put politics aside.”