“Good Morning Cincinnati at 7 will provide the community with the quality newscast they have come to expect and WSTR is a station that tri-state viewers already turn to for News at 10pm,” WKRC GM Jon Lawhead said in a statement.
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Since 2004, Lawhead has been general manager of WSTR, Sinclair’s CW affiliate in Cincinnati. He will continue in this role as he leads WKRC, which Sinclair took over Monday. The two stations are expected to merge operations.
“I’m excited to join a terrific group of professionals at Local 12 and look forward to continuing their legacy of excellence. The resources and expertise that Sinclair brings to the table will only strengthen the station’s dominant position in the market,” Lawhead said in a statement.
Sinclair announced today that Jon Lawhead, currently the general manager of WSTR, the company’s MyNetworkTV station in Cincinnati, has been tapped to oversee all of Sinclair’s MyNetworkTV and CW affiliates.
In total, Lawhead will now be in charge of eight Sinclair stations in six markets.
“Jon has done a wonderful job leading our efforts in Cincinnati, and we are pleased to promote him to group manager where he will oversee markets that consist of MYTV and CW stations,” Sinclair COO Steve Marks said, in announcing the move. “Jon is a very qualified broadcaster who has led by example, achieving impressive results in a very competitive marketplace. We look forward to bringing his leadership and operational approach to these markets.”
Lawhead has been WSTR’s GM since 2004.
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.