Knowledge Identifier: &Sinclair_Broadcast_Group
Category: Business (24)
Founded in 1986.
Countries: United States (69%), Cleveland (7%), India (5%)
Linked to: Federal Communications Commission, Fox Broadcasting Company, Cerberus Capital Management, Freedom Communications
Of these stations, WLFL and WTVZ are both former Fox charter affiliates, having disaffiliated with the network in 1998 to become affiliates of The WB
Sinclair tried to merge outright with Glencairn in 2001 and purchase Edwards' Pittsburgh station
Bill Maher - The show was canceled on June 16, 2002, and the Sinclair Broadcast Group had dropped the show from its ABC-affiliated stations months prior
Sinclair fired its Washington bureau chief Jon Lieberman, stating he revealed company business when he publicly discussed the documentary in an interview published October 18, 2004, in the "Baltimore Sun"
In the summer of 2006, Charter Communications streamlined its operations, which included selling off portions of its cable system which were "geographically non-strategic"
Freedom Communications - The company announced on November 2, 2011 that it would sell its entire television division to Sinclair Broadcast Group in a move to eliminate the company's debt
Prior to the FCC's approval of the purchase which is expected in early 2012, Sinclair will manage the stations under local marketing agreements following antitrust approval of the sale by the Federal Trade Commission, Sinclair will supply working capital to the stations in consideration of service fees and performance incentives through the LMAs
DirecTV - On February 18, 2013, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that they were involved in a carriage dispute with DirecTV. This dispute was solved with the two companies making a deal on February 28, 2013
However, on March 21, 2014, in advance of the FCC vote on joint sales agreements, Sinclair announced that it would instead sell WABM, WHP-TV and WMMP to independent third parties who would not enter into any operational agreements with Sinclair, assign the grandfathered time brokerage agreement for WLYH-TV in Lancaster to the new owner of WHP-TV and terminate the local marketing agreement for WTAT-TV in Charleston
Larry H. Miller - In 2016, the station was sold to the Sinclair Broadcast Group
In mid-April 2017, Sinclair announced it had hired Boris Epshteyn after his service in the 2016 campaign and, from January to March 2017, the Trump Administration as White House assistant communications director for surrogate operations
Nexstar Broadcasting Group - However, on May 8, 2017, it was announced that Tribune reached a deal to be acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tribune Company - On May 8, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group officially announced its intent to acquire Tribune Media
Tribune Entertainment - On May 8, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group officially announced its intent to acquire Tribune Media
TV by the Numbers - On May 8, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group officially announced its intent to purchase Tribune Media
Tribune Company - On June 15, 2017, it was reported that the appeals court has removed the roadblock to the upcoming merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media
Tribune Company - On July 27, 2017, the law firm of Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Tribune Media shareholders who have been harmed by Tribune's and its board of directors' alleged violations of Sections 14 and 20 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with the proposed merger of the Company with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Tribune Company - On October 24, 2017, it was reported that the Federal Communications Commission eliminated a rule that required broadcast station groups to maintain a physical presence in the community of their primary local coverage areas, a move that would help media companies further consolidate their operations and potentially assist Sinclair Broadcast Group's media ambitions
In January 2018, the "Financial Times" reported that Fox was finalizing a deal to acquire as many as 10 Fox affiliates from the combined company, including KCPQ, Sinclair's KOKH-TV, and several former O&Os currently under Tribune ownership
Tribune Company - The U.S. Department of Justice has just signaled that it is ready to approve the deal between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media - however, on February 15, 2018, the New York Times reported that amendments recently made to the rules of the Federal Communications Commission regulating media-firm mergers by its current Commissioner, Ajit Pai, alleging that the amendments being promulgated by the Commissioner were being made to the benefit of Sinclair, as alleged by the FCC's own inspector general, David L. Hunt
Deadspin - In March 2018, "The Concourse" posted a video showcasing versions of a controversial "journalistic responsibility" promo being produced by television stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which helped bring mainstream attention to them
Lara Logan - In 2019, she joined the Sinclair Broadcast Group