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15-Plus Communities That Are About to Be Rocked by Sinclair’s Conservative Local News Takeover


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Conservative internal TV news giant Sinclair Broadcast Group has been sensitively injecting worried spin into internal newscasts for years. The company thrives when it flies under the radar, apportionment internal audiences who competence not comprehend what they’re tuning in for — so Media Matters is assisting to prominence where communities can fight back.

Sinclair’s many obvious tactic for inclined newscasts is its use of nationally constructed “must-run” explanation segments. The segments, which all Sinclair-owned and operated news stations are compulsory to air, include(frequently embarrassing) pro-Trump promotion missives from former Trump help Boris Epshteyn, rantsabout “politically correct” culture from former Sinclair exec Mark Hyman, and fearmongering “Terrorism Alert Desk” segments that seem to often focus on just about anything Muslims do.

Now Sinclair is ramping up its efforts with a proposed acquisition of Tribune Media stations. The squeeze would concede Sinclair to enhance its participation in mid-sized cities opposite the country (particularly in bridgehead states) and enter the media markets of the largest U.S. cities for the first time. Many of the top markets Sinclair will enter — like New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and Houston, TX — are also top markets for blackand Latinx viewers specifically. Sinclair is operative to get final regulatory capitulation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice for its partnership of Tribune Media. If the partnership gets the agencies’ final stamp of approval, Sinclair-controlled newscasts will strech scarcely 3 out of 4 U.S. households.

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The Trump FCC has been working overtime all year to pave the way for the Tribune purchase, relaxing its manners in ways that just so occur to directly aid Sinclair’s growth. The FCC is also set to vote today on changes to stream internal tenure caps that would give Sinclair some-more leisure to own mixed major internal news stations in the same market, making the partnership even easier.

The intensity merger, and the FCC changes that will concede Sinclair to enhance its tenure nationwide, will have both geographic and demographic impacts. As Carmen Scurato, the executive of policy and authorised affairs at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, forked out to Media Matters, “What is being ignored is the dismally lownumber of women and people of tone [that] now own promote stations. Consolidation will do zero to boost these numbers and in fact will outcome in pulling these people out of the market, as good as keep intensity entrants out. We need some-more opposite viewpoints, given those who own the media control the narrative.”

Of course, all of this sounds frightful — generally given your internal news hire substantially doesn’t publicize its ownership. The Sinclair logo isn’t going to show up in the dilemma of your screen — instead you’re likely to see that of the primogenitor company it’s dependent with, like Fox or ABC, which just means that the hire front some of its nationally constructed news and party programming — and Epshteyn’s segments, for example, are not frequently introduced on Sinclair stations as imagining from its inhabitant headquarters.

It’s also frightful given we know people trust internal news more than inhabitant sources – one survey found that internal promote news, specifically, is seen as the many infallible source for information. And many have entrance to only free promote (and not wire or satellite) TV for news. According to the National Association of Broadcasters, 31.1 percent of Latinx households and 47.7 percent of Spanish-speaking Latinx households have only free promote TV.

But consumers are left to bond the dots about Sinclair on their own, which is accurately what the media hulk wants — and which is why Media Matters has gathered a list of the communities where Sinclair is approaching to grow soon:

 

  • Seattle and Tacoma, WA
  • St. Louis, MO 
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Las Vegas and Reno, NV
  • Richmond and Petersburg, VA, and Washington, DC
  • Chico, Redding, and Eureka, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York, PA
  • Des Moines and Ames, IA
  • Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek, MI
  • Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, NC
  • Missoula, MT
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Hartford and New Haven, CT
  • And flattering much every major U.S. city you can consider of

Seattle and Tacoma, WA

Sinclair now owns and operates the stations KOMO (ABC 4) and KUNS (Univision Seattle), which already share studio space in Seattle. KOMO employees have anonymously oral out in The New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek against Sinclair ownership. The articles described employees’ “small acts of rebellion” taken to minimize the impact of Sinclair’s must-run segments and other instances in which Sinclair’s corporate care seemed to foreordain editorial decisions at KOMO. As partial of its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media, Sinclair is set to acquire the stations KCPQ (Q13 Fox) and KZJO (a MyNetwork associate branded as “JOEtv”), which already share a studio space in Seattle.

In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Seattle internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell KOMO or KCPQ in sequence to approve with the FCC manners – at slightest as they are now written – it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling all of the stations. That means there’s a good possibility that any Seattle-area spectator tuning into the city’s top internal news stations would finish up examination a Sinclair-controlled newscast; Spanish-speaking Seattle residents would have even fewer options.

Sinclair is also famous for consolidating studio and staff resources, so all 4 Seattle stations could theoretically share studio space in the future. Just last month, KOMO leadership declined to sign a agreement with one of the unions representing KOMO staff that would have guaranteed jobs should the partnership be finalized.   

St. Louis, MO 

The St. Louis media marketplace reaches some-more than 1.2 million TV households in Missouri and southwestern tools of Illinois. Sinclair now owns and operates the St. Louis hire KDNL (ABC 30), which front a Fox News-like explanation show hosted by a internal worried speak radio horde as its only internal news programming. It would acquire the stations KTVI (Fox 2 Now) and KPLR (CW 11), which already share a studio, in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media.

In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the St. Louis internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell KDNL or KTVI in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling all 3 stations.

Sinclair is also famous for consolidating studio and staff resources, so all 3 St. Louis stations could theoretically share studio space in the future. That means there’s a good possibility that any St. Louis-area spectator tuning into a top internal news stations would finish up examination internal worried swindling idealist Jamie Allman, or whatever new, Sinclair-run newscasts are combined to the marketplace post-merger.

Oklahoma City, OK

Sinclair now owns and operates the stations KOKH (Fox 25) and KOCB (CW 34), which already share a studio in Oklahoma City. (KOKH was featured in a new shred on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that focused on Sinclair’s tactics.) KOCB re-airs KOKH’s Fox 25 dusk newscasts any night. Sinclair is set to acquire the stations KFOR (NBC News Channel 4) and KAUT, an eccentric channel branded as Freedom 43 that airs KFOR-produced newscasts, in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media.

In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Oklahoma City internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell KOKH or KFOR in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling all of the stations. That means there’s a good possibility any Oklahoma City-area spectator tuning into top internal news stations would finish up examination a Sinclair-controlled newscast.

Salt Lake City, UT

Sinclair now owns and operates the stations KJZZ (an eccentric station), KUTV (CBS 2) and KMYU (a MyNetwork associate branded as My Utah TV), all 3 of which share a studio space in Salt Lake City. Sinclair also manages “non-programming related” operations for KENV (NBC News 10), formed in Elko, NV, by a service agreement between the station’s owners and Sinclair subsidiary Chesapeake Media LLC. Though KENV’s website says the Sinclair auxiliary does not conduct programming at the station, there are links to Circa, Sinclair’s mobile-focused media company, and posts of Sinclair must-run segments elsewhere on its website. KENV also shares at slightest some news resources with KRNV and KSNV, two Sinclair-controlled stations in Reno and Las Vegas in Nevada (see below). Sinclair is additionally set to acquire Salt Lake City’s KSTU (Fox 13 Now) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media.

In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Salt Lake City internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell KUTV or KSTU in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling all of the stations, in the way it has shabby the news branding at KENV. That means there’s a good possibility a Salt Lake City-area spectator tuning into one of the city’s top internal news stations would find a Sinclair-controlled newscast.

Las Vegas and Reno, NV

In Las Vegas, Sinclair owns and operates the stations KSNV (NBC Las Vegas, News 3) and KVCW (CW Las Vegas), which share a studio space. More than 400 miles away, in Reno, Sinclair owns and operates KRXI (Fox 11) and provides “non-programming related” operations for KRNV (NBC News 4) and KAME (a MyNetwork associate branded as My21) by a service agreement with Sinclair subsidiary Chesapeake Media LLC. All 3 Reno stations also share a studio space, and My21 does not seem to have its own website, instead posting its schedule on the Fox 11 site. KENV in Elko, deliberate partial of the Salt Lake City media marketplace (see above) serves as a semi-satellite to KRNV in Reno, definition that it airs some of the same news programs but may have opposite branding. Considering the stream volume of shared resources between Sinclair-owned and operated stations in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Reno, as good as designed enlargement in Salt Lake City, viewers around the segment are likely to find Sinclair-controlled newscasts wherever they try to balance in.

Richmond and Petersburg, VA, and Washington, DC

Sinclair will be expanding its energy shortly in two media markets adjacent its flagship station in Baltimore, WBFF (Fox45 Baltimore), and its corporate headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD. In Washington, D.C., one of the top 10 media markets in the country, apportionment some-more than 2.4 million viewers, Sinclair now owns and operates WJLA (ABC 7) and the regional wire network NewsChannel 8, which shares a studio with and is managed by WJLA. It is set to acquire WDCW (DCW 50) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media, and could then re-broadcast WJLA or NewsChannel 8 newscasts own WDCW. In Richmond, VA, Sinclair now owns and operates WRLH (Fox 35) and is set to acquire WTVR (CBS 6) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media.

In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Richmond internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two stations. If Sinclair were to sell WRLH or WTVR in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling both of the stations. That means there’s a good possibility a northern Virginia or D.C.-area spectator tuning into the area’s top internal news stations would find Sinclair-controlled newscasts as the segment gears up for rival 2018 gubernatorial races in Maryland and Pennsylvania and Senate races in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Chico, Redding, and Eureka, CA

Sinclair recently purchased New York-based Bonten Media, adding 14 some-more internal radio stations in eight markets to its portfolio and indirectly presumption operations around a auxiliary for 4 some-more stations. A vast apportionment of those newly acquired stations are in the adjacent northern California media markets of Chico/Redding and Eureka. As of September, Sinclair now owns or operates the stations KRCR (ABC 7), KCVU (Fox), KUCO-LP (Univision), and KRVU-LD (MyNetwork) in Chico and Redding. It also owns or operates KAEF (ABC 7), KBVU (Fox), KECA-LD (CW), and KEUV-LP (Univision) in Eureka. KRCR and KAEF, the two largest Sinclair stations in these markets, share a website and some resources: KAEF broadcasts some of KRCR’s programming but also front some apart newscasts. With this new acquisition, internal TV viewers in Chico, Redding, Eureka, and surrounding communities are much some-more likely to find Sinclair-controlled newscasts wherever they balance in. Spanish-speaking village residents will have even fewer options.

Portland, OR

Sinclair now owns and operates the stations KATU (ABC 2) and KUNP (Univision Portland), which already share studio space in Portland. It is set to acquire KRCW (CW 32) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media. In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Portland internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell KATU or KRCW in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling all of the stations. That means there’s a good possibility that a Portland-area spectator tuning into a top internal news hire will find Sinclair-controlled newscasts. Spanish-speaking Portland residents will have even fewer options.

Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York, PA

Sinclair currently owns and operates the Harrisburg hire WHP (CBS 21) and is set to acquire the York hire WPMT (Fox 43) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media. In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Harrisburg internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell WHP or WPMT in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling both stations. That means there’s a good possibility a Harrisburg-area spectator tuning into a top internal news hire would find a Sinclair-controlled newscast, just as the state of Pennsylvania gears up for rival gubernatorial, Senate, and congressional races in 2018.

Des Moines and Ames, IA

Des Moines, the collateral of Iowa, has the largest media market in the bridgehead state, where there are mixed rival races set to take place in 2018. Sinclair owns and operates the hire KDSM (Fox 17) in Des Moines and will acquire the hire WHO (NBC 13) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media. In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Des Moines internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell KDSM or WHO in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling the station. That means there’s a good possibility a Des Moines-area spectator tuning into a top internal news hire would find a Sinclair-controlled newscast.

Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek, MI 

Sinclair already owns and operates the Kalamazoo hire WWMT (CBS Newschannel 3) and will acquire the Grand Rapids hire WXMI (Fox 17) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media. In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identified the Grand Rapids internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell WWMT or WXMI in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling the station. That means there’s a good possibility a Grand Rapids-area spectator tuning into a top internal news stations would find a  Sinclair-controlled newscast.

Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, NC

Sinclair now owns and operates the stations WXLV (ABC 45) and WMYV (a MyNetwork associate branded as My48), which share a studio space in Winston-Salem. Though WMYV does not frequently air internal newscasts, it does post internal news stories on its website that are sourced from several Sinclair stations opposite the country — a common use for all Sinclair-owned or operated stations. Sinclair is set to acquire the High Point hire WGHP (My Fox 8) in its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media. In a new filing with the FCC, Sinclair identifiedthe Greensboro internal media marketplace as one of 10 markets in which the Tribune partnership would pull Sinclair above the stream FCC tenure caps — definition it may have to sell one of the two largest stations. If Sinclair were to sell WXLV or WGHP in sequence to approve with the FCC manners — at slightest as they are now combined — it could still theoretically enter into an agreement with the new owners to continue handling all 3 stations. Sinclair is also famous for consolidating studio and staff resources, so all 3 stations could theoretically share studio space in the future. That means there’s a good possibility a Greensboro-area spectator tuning into a top internal news stations would find a Sinclair-controlled newscast.

Missoula, MT 

In its new squeeze of Bonten Media, Sinclair also acquired a network of stations in the Missoula and Butte/Bozeman media markets. Prior to the Bonten squeeze finalized in September, Sinclair did not own or work any stations in the state of Montana. Now it will control internal newscasts on a major affiliate: NBC Montana. NBC Montana is a local network consisting of the flagship hire KECI-13 and two smaller stations that air some of the same programming: KCFW in Missoula and KTVM in the adjacent Butte-Bozeman media market.

New Orleans, LA

If its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media goes through, Sinclair would enhance into Louisiana and the New Orleans media marketplace with its partnership of the stations WGNO (ABC New Orleans) and WNOL (CW NOLA 38).

Hartford and New Haven, CT

If its tentative squeeze of Tribune Media goes through, Sinclair would also enhance into Connecticut and the major media market serving Hartford and New Haven with its partnership of the stations WTIC (Fox 61) and WCCT (CW).

And flattering much every major U.S. city you can consider of

Sinclair’s portfolio has traditionally focused on mid-sized cities, but with its Tribune Media purchase, the internal news firm will be appropriation stations in many of the largest media markets in the country for the first time. These cities and stations include:

  • WGN-9, an eccentric hire in Chicago, IL;
  • WJW (Fox 8) in Cleveland, OH;
  • KDAF (CW 33) in Dallas, TX;
  • KDVR (Fox 31) and KWGN (CW 2) in Denver, CO;
  • KIAH (CW 39) in Houston, TX;
  • WXIN (Fox 59) and WTTV (CBS 4) in Indianapolis, IN;
  • WDAF (Fox 4) in Kansas City, MO;
  • KTLA (CW 5) in Los Angeles, CA;
  • WREG (CBS News Channel 3) in Memphis, TN;
  • WSFL (South Florida CW) in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
  • WPIX (CW, PIX-11) in New York, NY;
  • WPHL (MyNetwork, PHL17) in Philadelphia, PA;
  • KTXL (Fox 40) in Sacramento, CA; and
  • KSWB (Fox 5) in San Diego, CA.

These are distant from the only communities where Sinclair owns or operates internal news stations — or will soon. You can find a full list of stations owned or operated by Sinclair on its website, and here is the full list of stationsit is set to acquire with its squeeze of Tribune Media.

Julie Alderman contributed investigate to this report. All images combined by Sarah Wasko.

 



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