May 8, 2004 |
When Sinclair Broadcast Group ordered its ABC affiliates to preempt Ted Koppel's "Nightline: The Fallen" roll call tribute to U.S. military killed in Iraq, calling it a political statement "disguised as news content," Comedy Central's mock newscast "The Daily Show" jumped into the fray with its own list. Called "The Funding," the Comedy Central list was a partial recitation of recent monetary donations to the Bush campaign by top officials of Sinclair.
July 15, 2009 |
Another big broadcaster may be on the verge of bankruptcy. Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., which is controlled by David Smith and his family and operates 58 television stations, said that if it couldn't restructure its heavy debt load, it would have to file for bankruptcy protection. The Baltimore-based company, which has about $1.3 billion of debt, is trying to negotiate terms on notes of $500 million that are coming due in the next 18 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997
In your Aug. 29 editorial ("So Much for Promises"), you specifically mention Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair Broadcast Group did not make any promises to the Congress or to anyone else on the subject of high-definition television. The decisions made by the Sinclair Broadcast Group were made for the benefit of our public shareholders and the broadcast industry as a whole, based on practical economic realities and not on wishful thinking. The $70 billion that you have assumed would be collected by the government for the digital spectrum is the first wishful thought that has been propagated in recent discussions.
January 9, 2005
Regarding "Staples to Drop Ads on Sinclair TV Newscasts," Jan. 5: Staples Inc. should be very proud of its responsible decision to drop all advertising on Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. stations. Regardless of any one person's (or company's) political beliefs, the one-sided, conservative media bias that currently exists in the United States should not be fostered for any reason. It is admirable that Staples has taken a very simple and bold step to not support this bias. An excellent example of corporate advertising leadership has now been set for others to follow.
July 29, 2013 |
The consolidation of the television industry continued Monday with Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group striking a $985-million deal to acquire Allbritton Communications, owner of seven television stations. For Sinclair, this is the second major acquisition it has made in this year. In April, it bought Fisher Communications Inc., owner of 20 television stations, for $373 million. Allbritton's biggest assets are WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., and NewsChannel 8, an all-news cable station serving the nation's capital.
May 8, 2004
Shame on Disney for censoring Michael Moore's expose on the Bush dynasty and how it has been in bed with Bin Laden and the House of Saud ("Miramax Won't Distribute Moore's '9/11,' " by Paul Brownfield and Elaine Dutka, May 6). If this film sheds light on why our children are dying in a desert on the other side of the world, and why our local gas stations' prices are through the roof, then the American people need to see it. Corporations like Texas-based Clear Channel, which works with the FCC to keep democracy safe from Howard Stern, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, which forbids its viewers from honoring the names of our fallen soldiers read on "Nightline," do a yeoman fascist's job of information suppression.