Sinclair Names New Sales Exec, WJLA GM

Dan Mellon is upped from GM of WJLA Washington to the company’s VP of sales transformation and names Michael Miller to succeed him at the ABC affiliate.

TVN’S TV2020 CONFERENCE

Broadcasters Stress Need For Revenue Diversity

Broadcasters have natural revenue opportunities in business lines like OTT, podcasting and ATSC 3.0, said executives from Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Gray and Bonneville Salt Lake at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 conference.

RETRANS

Sinclair Reaches Retrns Deal With AT&T

The new carriage contract covers Sinclairs O&Os plus the Tennis Channel, Marquee Sports Network, 21 regional sports networks and the YES Network.

Union Disclaims Interest In KHQA Quincy, IL

Sinclair Broadcast Group said it received notice from the International Chemical Workers Union (ICWU) disclaiming interest in representing employees that provide services to Sinclair’s CBS-ABC affiliate KHQA Quincy, Ill. (DMA 174). Sinclair said that after representing employees for more than seven years, the ICWU notified the CBS affiliate that due to “a lack of interest […]

RETRANS

Sinclair Stations Remain On AT&T MVPDs

Sinclair stations remained on AT&T’s U-Verse and DirecTV distribution platforms past the 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, deadline. A source said Sinclair, which ultimately controls the signals, had provided the extension. It was not clear for how long.

AT&T Gives Hill Its Take On Sinclair Impasse

As a blackout looms with the current retransmission consent impasse between Sinclair and AT&T — Sinclair is warning DirecTV and U-Verse customers the stations (136 stations in 86 markets) could be off those AT&T-owned MVPDs by Sept. 27 — AT&T is framing the impasse for legislators concerned about their constituent/viewers as a still-ongoing negotiation with AT&T, not surprisingly, “on the side of the customer.”

Sinclair Warns Of Blackout With AT&T Outlets

Sinclair Broadcast Group is warning that millions of subscribers to AT&T’s pay TV services could be blacked out on Sept. 27 unless a new carriage agreement is reached. Sinclair said its agreement with AT&T was set to expire in August and that it gave AT&T a five-week extension.

Sinclair’s ‘Full Measure’ Returns For 5th Season

Airing Sunday mornings, the investigative news program hosted by Sharyl Attkisson reaches nearly 700,000 households weekly.

AOC Blasts ABC And Sinclair Over Ad

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized ABC and Sinclair for a GOP group’s ad that ran during last night’s Democratic debate in which her picture is shown set on fire. The ad, which ran in cities like New York and Washington, came from the New Faces GOP PAC, which is led by Elizabeth Heng, who last year sought to unseat Democrat Jim Costa in a California House district.

DMA 6: WASHINGTON

Sinclair ABC Affil Airs Anti-Ocasio-Cortez Ad

An inflammatory political attack ad targeting congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aired Thursday on WJLA Washington, an ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group during the third Democratic debate.

ONE Media Reports Successful 3.0 Field Tests

Advanced compression (SHVC), multiplexing and technicolor SL-HDR1 together demonstrate impressive improvements in delivering high-quality video to fixed, mobile devices.

Sinclair, Others Complete Buy Of YES Network

Sinclair acquired a 20% interest in the New York-based regional sports network and is responsible for its distribution on cable, satellite and digital platforms. Amazon and the New York Yankees were also in the buying consortium. Sinclair’s interest is valued at $347 million, while the network is valued at $3.47 billion, according to Sinclair.

Sinclair Promotes Mark Aitken, Scott Shapiro

Aitken moves from VP to SVP of advanced technology, responsible for the company’s development and deployment of next-gen technologies. Shapiro goes from VP to SVP of corporate development, responsible for acquisitions and external investments.

One Media Ups Michael Bouchard To Technology Strategy VP

Sinclair Broadcast Group has promoted Michael Bouchard to vice president of technology strategy for its One Media 3.0. He reports to Mark Aitken, president of One Media and will help drive Sinclair’s development and deployment of ATSC 3.0. Bouchard brings more than 25 years of digital and technology experience. He has spent the last six […]

Dish Vs. Fox Sports: Will Sinclair Sale Help?

Sinclair Closes $10.6B Disney RSN Purchase

Byron Allen is an equity and content partner in the RSN holding company that includes exclusive local rights to 42 professional teams consisting of 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams, and 12 National Hockey League  teams.

Sinclair Kicks Off 2019-20 High School Sports Season

Sinclair Broadcast Group is launching another season of high school sports coverage, starting with its High School football series Thursday Night Lights / Friday Night Rivals and following with High School Hoops basketball programming. “We are thrilled to launch another season showcasing the best of high school football and basketball across America,” said Stephen Mann, […]

Sinclair Stations Help Trump Sell Campaign Swag

At least 20 Sinclair-owned stations posted “stories” on their website starting last Thursday hyping a new “Keep America Great” hat for sale on the Trump campaign’s website. All of the stories appear to have initially linked directly to the campaign’s online store, though that link has since been removed on some of the stories.

Sinclair Names Cathy Jamison Sales Marketing VP

She will work closely with chief marketing officers throughout key industries to advertise and market their products on Sinclair’s broadcast and digital brands.

DMA 106: JOHNSTOWN, PA

Sinclair Hires Jason Wildenstein As WJAC GM

The former head of WTXL Tallahassee, Fla., will oversee the group’s NBC affiliate in Johnstown, Pa.

Sinclair’s Eric Bolling Lands First TV Interview With New White House Press Secretary

Sinclair Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Company’s Class A and Class B common stock. The dividend is payable on Sept. 16 to the holders of record at the close of business on Aug. 30.

EARNINGS CALL

‘Secret Sauce’ Grows Sinclair Auto Ad Sales

Wall Street may be getting a different report from other broadcasters, but Sinclair’s auto ad sales have been growing, as are the retail and goods and services categories. “Core advertising for us has been consistent. It hasn’t been robust, but it’s been consistent and it’s been positive,” COO Steve Marks told analysts.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sinclair 1Q Media Revenue Grows 3.5%

The increase to $696 million is boosted by higher digital and distribution revenues. Overall, the company revenue was up 30% over 2Q 2018.

Louis Libin Rejoins Sinclair Broadcast Group

He will be responsible for engineering elements to the company’s overall domestic and international strategy for spectrum utilization.

TVN TECH

Dash Of Broadband Could Empower ATSC 3.0

Tech vendors and broadcasters led by Sinclair and Weigel are developing ways to offer high-resolution TV and targeted advertising by layering broadband content on top of the basic ATSC 3.0 over-the-air signals.

Sinclair Renews Rights To NC High School Championships

Sinclair Broadcast Group has renewed its agreement with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) to continue producing and broadcasting the North Carolina High School football and basketball championship games to air across the state through May 2022. “We are very excited to continue our relationship with the NCHSAA for another 3 years,” said […]

Sinclair Stock Down On Evercore Cut

Sinclair Broadcast Group is off 7.2% following a cut to In-Line at Evercore ISI, from Outperform. That follows news that the regional sports networks Disney acquired from Fox (and which are headed to Sinclair in a $9.6 billion deal) went dark on Dish Network and Sling TV.

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.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT

Navigating The Wild West Of OTT Measurement

With no common measurement data, OTT services are playing by multiple rule books, broadcast executives say at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT

Sharing Strategies For Launching OTT Services

Executives from leading local and national news players in the OTT space discuss their various options for packaging and presenting content on the platform. Also crucial is figuring out how best to differentiate one’s OTT service from the many competing options, overcoming a lack of viewing metrics and personalizing content for viewers.