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WNWO’s New Management Team Wants Employees to ‘Walk With a New Swagger’

sinclair_304In April, we reported that Sinclair Broadcasting had moved five managers from WPTA in Fort Wayne, IN, to Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO.

John Nizamis, who took over for Chris Topf as GM at WNWO, told the The Toledo Free Press, the newcomers are here to do more than take WNWO out of the ratings cellar.

“It would be far too ambitious to say that we want to knock (Channels) 13 or 11 off the throne,” Nizamis said.  “As long as we’re fighting the good fight, we’re going to be in good shape here.  It goes beyond the ratings.  First of all, it is a business.  If we can increase ratings, we have an opportunity to increase revenue.

I’m trying to establish a new morale.  I want them to walk with a new swagger.  We want to be relevant.  This is a good product in a good market.” Read more

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Sinclair Broadcasting Forming PAC

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcasting is forming a PAC.

According to The Hill, Rebecca Hanson, Sinclair SVP of policy and strategy said the station group will use the political action committee “as it works out issues in front of Congress and the FCC.”

“There are a lot of challenges facing our industry,” said Hanson. “And we believe that engaging in the process through the PAC is one of a variety of ways to further our goals.”

Before being hired by Sinclair in November, Hanson worked as a senior adviser in the FCC’s media bureau.

Hanson told The Hill the foray into politics is in the early stages. “We’re still in the process of forming it internally,” said Hanson.

Sinclair Calls Buckeye Cable’s Retrans Attack Ads ‘Silly Antics’

buckeye_sinclair_grinchBuckeye Cablesystem seems to be waging a very public battle against Sinclair Broadcasting in a fight over retrans fees for Sinclair’s NBC station WNWO.

The saga began when Sinclair pulled its newly acquired station off the Ohio based cable system last Sunday.

Buckeye, which is owned by Block Communications, started placing print ads in the Block-owned newspaper The Blade depicting Sinclair as the bad guy in the fight. (see the gallery of ads after the jump)

In one of the ads, Buckeye called WNWO a “low-viewership, FREE, over-the-air station with inferior on-air news talent.” In another, it painted Sinclair as a Grinch figure called “Sinclinch” and wrote, “The people of Metro Toledo like Christmas a lot, But the Sinclinch of Hunt Valley Maryland does not.” Sinclair is based in Hunt Valley, MD

Sinclair EVP and general counsel Barry Faber told TVSpy The Blade refused to allow his station group to buy space in order to give its side of the story.

Calling the tactics employed by Buckeye “juvenile” and “silly antics,” Faber told TVSpy the retrans fight is simple. He said it’s a business deal where one company doesn’t want to pay what another company is asking for. Read more

Sinclair Pulls WNWO from Buckeye Cable Over Retrans Fees

Toledo newspaper The Blade is reporting Sinclair Broadcast Group group told Buckeye CableSystem to pull the signal of its newly acquired NBC affiliate WNWO off the cable system after their previous retransmission consent contract expired at midnight Sunday.

In addition to the video above, Buckeye also posted an update on negotiations to its website. “Sinclair is demanding to be paid about 10 times more than what WNWO was receiving before the sale; far in excess of what leading Toledo stations receive, even though WNWO has nowhere near the viewership of the leading stations.”

Sinclair bought WNWO as part of its recent purchase of Barrington Broadcasting stations.

Buckeye is offering free digital antennas to its subscribers as one solution for watching NBC during the blackout.

Sinclair, Newport Television Close Seven-Station Deal

Sinclair Broadcasting officially takes the reins today at six stations it acquired from Newport Television: WKRC in Cincinnati, WOAI in San Antonio, WHP in Harrisburg-Lancaster, WPMI and WJTC in Mobile and KSAS in Wichita.

Sinclair has already made management changes at at least two of its newly-acquired stations, WKRC in Cincinnati and WOAI in San Antonio. Broadcasting & Cable reports that WOAI general manager Jackie Rutledge worked her last day at the station on Friday, the same day Les Vann announced his WKRC exit.

Sinclair has also announced the acquisition of WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, from Newport Television for $54 million, bringing the total amount paid at closing to $459.7 million.

B&C reports John Seabers will be the new general manager at WOAI. Seabers is a former general manager of KABB-KMYS, Sinclair’s San Antonio duopoly. In January, he was promoted to group manager at the company.

Cox Media Group Selling, Adding Stations

In an effort to focus on larger markets, Cox Media Group has announced that it is selling four of the stations it currently owns and buying four stations from Newport Television.

The stations being sold are KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, PA, KRXI in Reno and WTOV in Stubenville, OH.

The stations Cox is buying from Newport Television are WAWS and WTEV in Jacksonville and KOKI and KMYT in Tulsa.

“This simplified structure will enable CMG to capitalize on continued growth and synergies, while retaining its size financially,” president Doug Franklin said in a statement.  Read more

Sinclair Broadcasting, Insight Cable Fighting Over Carriage Agreement Extension

Sinclair Broadcasting and Insight Cable are facing down a December 31 deadline to renegotiate their existing carriage agreement.

If a deal is not reached by December 31, Sinclair-owned stations that are carried by Insight Cable will be blacked out. The affected stations are WDKY, in Lexington, KY; WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, OH; and WSTR in Cincinnati, OH.

“Like any business, we’re not prepared to sell our product if we can’t get what we think is an appropriate price for the product,” Barry Faber, executive vice president and general counsel for Sinclair, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Insight is currently being purchased by Time Warner Cable, which had their own retransmission dispute early this year. The Herald-Leader reports the carriage agreement between Sinclair and Insight will expire before that deal is completed.

Sinclair Broadcasting Locks In Long-term Affiliation Agreement with The CW

Sinclair Broadcasting announced today that they have reached a deal with The CW to extend affiliation agreements at 10 Sinclair-owned stations through August 2016. The current CW affiliation agreement at the stations was set to expire in August.

“SBG and The CW have a history of working together in providing viewers with world class programming and building station value,” said Elizabeth Tumulty, executive vice president of network distribution for The CW. “We’re pleased to extend our long-term partnership with SBG as The CW prepares to launch our most exciting and aggressive Fall schedule to date.”

Sinclair Broadcasting represents one of the largest CW affiliate groups. The stations with new affiliation agreements are: WUCW, WLFL, WNUV, WNAB, WVTV, KMYS, WTTO-WDBB, KVCW and KOCB.