Contact: Mark Hyman
SINCLAIR'S "THE POINT WITH MARK HYMAN" WINS FOUR AURORA AWARDS
BALTIMORE (April 23, 2007) - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:
SBGI) announced that "The Point," a daily commentary by Mark Hyman and
aired on Sinclair's news stations, has been honored with four Aurora Awards
for excellence, including two Platinum Best in Show Awards for the Social
Issues and Documentary category. Hyman won two Aurora Awards in 2006. It
was announced earlier this month that Hyman also received four Telly Awards
for excellence in 2007. "The Point" went on recess in December 2006 so
that Mr. Hyman could assist the Company in tackling important strategic
issues affecting the broadcast industry.
Receiving a Platinum Best in Show Aurora Award was the following
Wheels for Warriors addressed the work of the non-profit organization
Operation Support Our Troops and its efforts to provide handicapped
accessible vans to disabled military veterans who were wounded in
Afghanistan or Iraq. Operation Support Our Troops presented its very first
vehicle to former U.S. Army SGT Jose Gallo, who was shot in the head by a
sniper in Mosul, Iraq. Gallo suffered paralysis in the left side of his
body, losing use of his left arm and left leg. He also was completely
blinded in his right eye and he lost peripheral vision in his left eye.
The vehicle improved the lives of Gallo, his wife and their two young
daughters. The couple are immigrants from Peru.
Also receiving a Platinum Best in Show Aurora Award was the following
Reuters Doctored Photograph looked at the recurring problem of print
organizations manipulating photographs and/or publishing faked photographs
without verifying authenticity, oftentimes creating a wildly false
impression of events. A Reuter's photograph of August 2006 bombing damage
in Beirut, Lebanon had smoke digitally added to the image. A photograph
displayed across the front page of the Los Angeles Times in April 2003 was
actually an amalgamation of two different photos. In May 2004 and only
days after the Abu Ghraib prison story broke, the Boston Globe published
sexually explicit photographs purporting to show U.S. servicemen raping
Iraqi women. The photographs were fakes and had actually come from a
Hungarian pornographic website. USA Today published a photograph in
November 2005 that had the eyes of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
dramatically altered, giving her a demonic appearance. This commentary
was also awarded a Silver Telly, the highest award given, for 2007.
Receiving a Gold Aurora Award was the following commentary:
Break-up the Ninth Court of Appeals examined the trend of the of the
exceedingly large percentage of the U.S. Supreme Court caseload that comes
from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the 2003 and 2004
Supreme Court sessions, 43 of the 160 cases argued before the high court
came from just the Ninth. The remaining 117 cases came from the other 12
circuits and all 50 state supreme courts.
Thirty-four of the Ninth's 43 cases under review were overturned; 22 of
them were overturned unanimously! Decisions by the Ninth were so flawed
that all of the justices on the Supreme Court -- conservatives and liberals
alike -- voted unanimously 22 times to overturn them. The short term
solution is to break-up the Ninth into two smaller and more manageable
courts since the Ninth represents a population about twice the size of any
of the other 12 circuits. This commentary was also awarded a Bronze Telly
Award for 2007.
Also receiving a Gold Aurora Award was the following commentary:
Senate e-Filing addressed the fact that candidates for office in the U.S.
Senate are exempted from having to file with the Federal Election
Commission electronic campaign finance reports. Electronic filing is
required of all other participants in federal elections including
candidates for President, U.S. House, national party committees, and
political action committees that contribute to federal elections. However,
candidates for the U.S. Senate, both incumbents and challengers, may file
paper copies of their campaign finance reports. Generally, campaign
contributions made in the closing months of a senatorial campaign will not
be available for public scrutiny prior to the November general election.
The Aurora Awards is an international film and video competition for
commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional
and corporate videos. The Aurora Awards competition is designed to
recognize local, regional, independent, and industrial excellence and it
specifically targets programs and commercials that would not normally have
the opportunity to compete on a national level. Judges reviewed thousands
of entries from the U.S. and abroad this year.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified
television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs or provides
sales services to 58 television stations in 36 markets. Sinclair's
television group is affiliated with all major networks and reaches
approximately 22% of all U.S. television households. For more information,
please visit Sinclair's website at www.sbgi.net.
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