Sinclair Announces Agreements with Korean Broadcasters to Further NextGen Broadcasting

HUNT VALLEY, Md. – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI), today announced that the company has entered into agreements with two top Korean Broadcast networks, Korean Broadcast System (KBS), and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to collaborate on the development and implementation of NextGen Broadcast (ATSC 3.0) business models and technology in both Korea and the United States.

The collaboration includes the development of NextGen Broadcast television technology and Data Distribution as a Service (DDaaS) business opportunities using the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. ATSC 3.0 is a sophisticated transmission standard, based on the language of the Internet (Internet Protocol) and transforms a traditional broadcast channel into a robust data distribution platform that carries both video and data services.

In conjunction with the agreements with Sinclair, Hyundai Mobis and KBS demonstrated NextGen delivery of video and data services to a test automobile deployed around Seoul, delivering targeted content using the NextGen standard. Demonstrating the sophisticated capabilities of the new standard, MBC provided an enhanced GPS signal that corrected the GPS signal from 3 meters to 3 centimeters. Both technical demonstrations were powered by CAST.ERA, the joint venture between Sinclair and SK Telecom.

Commenting on the agreements, Chris Ripley, Sinclair’s President and CEO said, “Sinclair’s collaboration with KBS and MBC will help establish roadmaps for development and implementation of NextGen mobile TV and DDaaS technologies. As we continue to lead the evolution of these technologies and further their practical application, we look forward to building new business models around these exciting NextGen opportunities.”

Sinclair executives discussed some of these revolutionary NextGen applications at KOBA, the 30th annual Korea International Broadcast, Audio & Lighting Equipment Show, which was held in Seoul on June 29th. Del Parks, Sinclair’s President of Technology, addressed the new revenue-enhancing capabilities and business models enabled by Nextgen TV and Mark Aitken, Sinclair’s SVP of Advanced Technology and President, ONE Media 3.0, discussed the complex deployment of the services in the US, and Sinclair’s efforts with the ATSC to promote adoption of the ATSC standard in India and other countries around the world.

Said Parks, “Cooperation with our South Korean partners will allow us to bring exciting new services to the communities we serve, and datacasting is essential to the reimagining of broadcast spectrum use. We have just begun to explore ways to supplement the use of our channels, and we look forward to working with our Korean colleagues.”

Eui-Chul Kim, President of KBS, said, “As Korea’s leading public media organization, KBS is interested in revitalizing the ATSC 3.0 receiver market including vehicles and mobile devices, developing disaster broadcasting technologies, and discovering various innovative service models that combine terrestrial broadcasting and 5G communication technologies.”

Sung-Jae Park, President of MBC, said, “I hope that the ATSC 3.0 Enhanced GPS technology, which has succeeded in commercialization in Korea, will be expanded to the U.S. self-driving mobility market in cooperation with the three companies. ”

“CAST.ERA is honored to work with Sinclair, KBS and MBC, leading Broadcasters in the US and Korea to enable new data distribution as a service business opportunities based on the ATSC 3.0 standard,” stated Kevin Gage, COO of CAST.ERA.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local news and sports. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks and owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

About Korean Broadcasting System

KBS the most trusted and influential public service media in Korea.

KBS operates a wide range of media platforms; four terrestrial TV (HD1TV, HD2TV, UHD1TV, UHD2TV), two satellite TV (KBS World, KBS KOREA), seven radio, four DMB channels and various new media services such as my K(KBS original OTT).

KBS has its headquarters in Yeouido, Seoul, and maintains 19 regional stations in major cities across the country. KBS uses internal innovation as a foundation for high quality and superior programming, investing the maximum capacity into production. Programs that are produced according to these standards play a part in showing the excellence of Korean culture while also promoting its globalization. For more information, visit https://about.kbs.co.kr/eng/index.html

About Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation

MBC is a public broadcasting corporation of South Korea, and its largest shareholder is a public organization, Foundation for Broadcast Culture. While it is owned by a public foundation, it operates on advertising. Established in 1961, MBC has grown into a media group with 16 local stations and 8 subsidiaries. MBC operates a total number of 18 channels, 5 cable channels, 5 satellite channels, and 4 DMB channels. MBC produces programs that inform, entertain and impress viewers. MBC makes efforts to communicate and respond to its audiences. Pursuing audience-first approaches, fairness, public interests, and creativity, MBC aims to be one of the most competitive global media groups in the 21st century. MBC’s content is well received not just in Korea but also in Asia and the rest of the globe. For more information, visit http://with.mbc.co.kr/eng/

About CAST.ERA

CAST.ERA is a joint venture of SK Telecom and Sinclair Broadcast Group headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with a satellite office in Seoul, Republic of Korea. CAST.ERA is focused on hybrid cloud infrastructure for 5G / ATSC 3.0 wireless distribution, ultra-low latency over-the-top transmissions and AI based media solutions. The joint venture is focused on achieving synergies by combining SK Telecom’s mobile and Internet communication technologies and Sinclair’s broadcasting infrastructure.

Media:
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Jessica Bellucci
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Sinclair Broadcast Group Names Stephen Clare Vice President, Finance

BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) today announced Stephen Clare has been named Vice President, Finance. Clare will have oversight of the company’s Financial Planning and Analysis as well as Business Development departments and will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer. He joins Sinclair from Audacy, where he was VP of Finance.

In making the announcement, Lucy Rutishauser, Sinclair’s EVP & Chief Financial Officer said, “Steve has a long history of excellence and financial expertise, particularly in the media space. We are thrilled Steve is returning to Sinclair where he worked earlier in his career.”

Previously, Clare held several executive financial leadership roles at Media General and LIN Media where he was VP of Finance and previously, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. He has served as an M&A Consultant and spent eight years at Sinclair where he was the company’s Assistant Controller of Operations and Assistant Controller of Radio.

Said Clare, “I am excited to return to the television industry, where I have spent most of my career, coming full circle and bringing my finance experience back to Sinclair, one of the top media companies. I look forward to working and reuniting with the Sinclair team.”

Clare holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Active in the community, Clare regularly volunteers with Mobile Loaves & Fishes/Community First!, an organization that works to end homelessness in Texas.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local news and sports. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks and owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Media:
Jessica Bellucci
[email protected]

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Names Diana Wilkin Vice President/General Manager of KOKH/FOX and KOCB/CW in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) today announced Diana Wilkin has been named Vice President/General Manager of KOKH/FOX and KOCB/CW in Oklahoma City.

Wilkin joins Sinclair from Twelve 24 Media, where she was a Managing Partner at the media industry consulting firm.

In making the announcement, Rob Weisbord, Sinclair’s Chief Operating Officer and President of Broadcast, said, “Diana is a seasoned media executive with expertise in sales, news and digital leadership, along with an extensive financial management background. She will be a tremendous asset for the company, and we are thrilled she is joining us to lead KOKH and KOCB as VP/GM.”

Wilkin has held several executive leadership positions across the broadcast industry, including CBS Network’s President of Affiliate Relations and FOX Broadcasting’s SVP of Network Distribution. Throughout her career, she has also served as Vice President/General Manager in several markets, including WPEC/West Palm, WAWS/WTEV/Jacksonville, KGPE/Fresno, KSAS/Wichita and WSFX/Wilmington.

“I’m excited to be joining the outstanding team at KOKH. It’s a terrific opportunity to grow our local news brand and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the Sinclair family,” said Wilkin.

A longtime member of the National Association of Broadcasters, Wilkin currently serves on several public and non-profit boards, including the Broadcasters Foundation of America and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from the University of Southern California where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local news and sports. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks and owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Media:
Jessica Bellucci
[email protected]

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Sinclair to Report Second Quarter 2022 Results on August 3, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)

BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) will report its second quarter 2022 earnings results at 7:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, followed by a conference call to discuss the results at 9:00 a.m. ET. The Company plans to host a conference call later in August to discuss second quarter 2022 financial results of Diamond Sports Group.

The call will be webcast live and can be accessed at www.sbgi.net under “Investors.” The dial-in number for the earnings call is 888-506-0062, with entry code 124579.

If you plan to participate on the conference call, please call at least two minutes prior to the start time and provide the entry code to the conference operator; or tell the operator that you are joining the Sinclair Earnings Conference Call.

If you are unable to listen to the live webcast or participate in the live conference call, a replay of the call will be available on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s website at www.sbgi.net. This will be the only venue through which a replay will be available. The company’s press release and any non-GAAP reconciliations will also be available on the website.

Members of the news media are welcome on the call in a listen-only mode. Key executives will be made available to members of the news media, time permitting, following the conference call.

The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information and can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Steve Zenker, Vice President, Investor Relations
Billie-Jo McIntire, AVP, Investor Relations
410-568-1500

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COMET, CHARGE! and TBD Multicast Networks Secure Nationwide Affiliate Growth and Add New Series to Primetime and Late Night Schedules, Driving Strong Increases in Viewership

Adding Over 13 Million New Households Through Upgrades and New Affiliations in the Top 50 DMAs, Including New York, Atlanta, Boston, Portland OR, Indianapolis, and Las Vegas

543,000 total viewers watch the premier of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on COMET TV improving the time period by 108%

348,000 total viewers watch the premier of CSI: NY on CHARGE! increasing the time period by 38%

BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group’s free over-the-air, national, multicast television networks, COMET, CHARGE! and TBD today announced a wide range of network affiliate upgrades and new TV series additions, strengthening the networks heading into the 2022/23 television season.

By September, the networks will add over 13 million new TV households to their existing footprints. Upgrades include moving to stronger broadcast affiliates, several of which include DMA-wide MVPD carriage, through new agreements with CBS Stations, COX Media Group, Nexstar Media Group, and Optimum, as well as adding nationwide carriage on Dish Network and Sling TV.

Highlights include:

  • CHARGE!, a network for fans of action programming, will have completed the following distribution upgrades by September:
    • New York (Market 1) – Launches across the DMA on Optimum channel 148
    • Portland, OR (Market 21) and Providence (Market 52) – Moves to Sinclair Broadcast Group owned stations on ABC affiliate KATU channel 2.2 and on NBC affiliate WJAR channel 10.2
    • Nationwide – Launches on Dish Network’s internet-connected set top boxes on channel 290-36 as well as on Sling TV.
  • COMET, the only broadcast network in the US for fans of sci-fi, will have completed the following distribution upgrades by September:
    • Atlanta (Market 7) and Boston (Market 10) – Moves to COX Media Group owned ABC affiliate WSB channel 2.4 and FOX affiliate WFXT channel 25.2 (which includes DMA-wide MVPD carriage)
    • Las Vegas (Market 40) – Moves to Sinclair Broadcast Group owned NBC affiliate KSNV channel 2.3
  • TBD, a network for fans of internet content and one of the youngest skewing broadcast networks in the US, will have completed the following distribution upgrades by September:
    • Atlanta (Market 7) and Boston (Market 10) – Moves to CBS Stations owned CW affiliate WUPA channel 69.3 and WSBK channel 38.3
    • Indianapolis (Market 25) – Launches on Nexstar Media Group owned CBS affiliate WTTV channel 4.4

With the new series additions made this month, the networks experienced across the board growth, delivering some of the strongest primetime and late-night schedules in the multicast space. Series launches include:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer joined COMET’s primetime lineup effective June 6th, airing weeknights from 7pm-9pm ET, paired with The X-Files from 9pm-1am ET
    • 543,000 total viewers watched during the show’s two-hour premiere, improving the time period by 108%
    • Highest series premiere since 2020 and the second highest in the history of the network
  • CSI: NY joined CHARGE!’s primetime lineup effective June 6th, airing weeknights from 6pm-9pm ET, paired with CSI: Miami from 9pm-1am ET
    • The show’s premiere averaged 68,000 viewers, improving the time period by 33%
  • World’s Dumbest joined TBD’s late-night lineup effective May 30th, airing Monday – Sunday from 11pm-1am ET following Wipeout from 7pm -9pm ET and Fear Factor from 9pm – 11pm ET
    • The show averaged 28,000 viewers improving the time period by 4%

Source: Nielsen Live+SD P2+ Impressions, COMET: 7-9pm and CHARGE! 6-9pm, 6/6/22 vs. April- May 22
TBD: 11pm-1am, week of 5/30/22 vs. April- May 22

“CHARGE!, COMET and TBD are some of the fastest growing networks, becoming more popular on paid and free platforms, as we strengthen our affiliate partnerships across the country and continue to invest in fan favorite and familiar TV series and movies,” said Adam Ware SVP, Growth Networks Group.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsOn and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Media Contact:
Jessica Bellucci
[email protected]

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Sinclair Names Adam Ware Senior Vice President, Growth Networks Group

BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: SBGI) announced Adam Ware has been elevated to SVP, Growth Networks Group, and will continue to oversee the company’s national multicast networks, COMET, CHARGE! and TBD, as well as digital and OTT streaming platform STIRR. Ware was previously Vice President and General Manager of the group. The announcement was made by Scott Ehrlich, Sinclair’s Chief Innovation Officer.

Sinclair’s free over-the-air, national, multicast television networks, COMET, the only broadcast network in the US for fans of sci-fi, CHARGE! a network for fans of action programming, and TBD, a network for fans of internet content and one of the youngest skewing broadcast networks in the US, feature a line-up of hit TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami and Wipe Out.

STIRR, launched in early 2019, delivers 2,000+ hours of free live local TV news from across the country, 100+ FAST channels and 7,000+ hours of free on-demand TV shows, movies and news, as well as STIRR City, which offers localized content in 80+ markets across the country.

Commenting on the announcement, Ehrlich said, “The growth networks got their name for a reason, and Adam’s background as an established network builder is a perfect fit. We’re excited about the path the network team has carved, building COMET, CHARGE! and TBD into nationally rated networks with higher profile programming. We’re really looking forward to Adam and the team building on our portfolio’s market leading position.”

Prior to joining Sinclair in 2014, Ware held several senior management positions including acting CEO for CJ E&M’s K-Pop cable TV network Mnet, COO at Viacom’s United Paramount Network (UPN), EVP at Interactive Corp’s USA Network and Home Shopping Network and SVP of Distribution at the FOX Broadcasting Company.

In addition, as part of the expansion of the Growth Networks Group, several executives have expanded their responsibilities:

  • Dan Kozlowski was named Senior Director, General Manager, STIRR
  • Claudia Estrada was named Senior Director, Sales and Broadcast Operations, COMET, CHARGE! and TBD
  • Ben Lister was named Senior Director, Head of Programming, Growth Networks Group
  • David Weissberg was named AVP, Research and Strategy, Growth Networks Group
  • and Derek Van Nostran joins the Growth Networks Group as Senior Director, Marketing and Creative Services

“Digital broadcast networks and FAST channels represent the next generation of television channels. I’m thrilled to be overseeing the Growth Networks Group and to be working with an amazing team. Combined with Sinclair’s track record of investing in new broadcast TV content brands, we’re excited to take the group to the next level,” said Ware.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Media:
Jessica Bellucci
[email protected]

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Sinclair Elects Board and Ratifies Independent Auditor

BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that its shareholders elected the nominated nine Directors at the Company’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting held today. The elected Directors are Mr. David D. Smith, Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board of the Company; Mr. Frederick G. Smith, Director and Vice President of the Company; Mr. J. Duncan Smith, Director, Vice President and Secretary of the Company; Mr. Robert E. Smith, Director; Ms. Laurie R. Beyer, Director; Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., Director; Mr. Howard E. Friedman, Director; Mr. Daniel C. Keith, Director; and Hon. Benson E. Legg, Director.

The shareholders also ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022, approved the Company’s 2022 Stock Incentive Plan and approved the amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation to provide for the exculpation of directors and officers. A tabulation of the votes on these matters will be included in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Steven Zenker, VP, Investor Relations
Billie-Jo McIntire, Director, Investor Relations
(410) 568-1500

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Sinclair Broadcast Group and Feeding America® Launch Sinclair Cares: Summer Hunger Relief

Partnership to Help Provide Meals to Children This Summer When School is Not in Session

BALTIMORE & CHICAGO – Almost 22 million children rely on schools for their meals. But those meals can stop during the summer when school is not in session, often for up to 90 days, leaving kids across the U.S. at risk of hunger.

Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the company will partner with Feeding America® to launch Sinclair Cares: Summer Hunger Relief, a fundraising campaign to help provide meals to children and families across the U.S., with a goal of helping to donate a million meals this summer. The campaign will run throughout the month of June.

Through financial contributions, viewers can help provide meals to children and families in their local community, with donations going directly to the Feeding America food bank in the donor’s local community. Through Feeding America, every dollar donated helps provide at least 10 meals on behalf of local member food banks.

Sinclair has committed to match the first $25,000 in donations made through www.SinclairCares.com.

Sinclair Cares: Summer Hunger Relief will be supported through public service campaigns across the company’s 185 owned and/or operated television stations, Bally Sports regional sports networks, Tennis Channel, and Marquee.

In addition, The National Desk (TND) and Sinclair’s local newsrooms will be producing content in partnership with Feeding America to air within the newscasts, spotlighting ways to help kids stay nourished and healthy throughout the summer.

“For kids who count on school meal programs to stay healthy, summer vacation can be anything but a break and may mean three months of worry and hunger. We are proud to partner with Feeding America to bridge the gap through the summer months and help provide meals to the families in our communities,” said Rob Weisbord, Chief Operations Officer and President of Broadcast.

“At Feeding America, we want to help provide the food and resources communities tell us they need to thrive,” said Jennifer Polk, Chief Marketing & Digital Experience Officer at Feeding America. “This partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group could not come at a better time. Summers can be especially difficult for many families who rely on school meals and we hope this campaign helps to provide much-needed support at this critical time.”

Visit www.SinclairCares.com to donate to the Sinclair Cares: Summer Hunger Relief campaign or learn how to volunteer at a local Feeding America food bank.

About Sinclair Cares
Sinclair Cares utilizes the strength of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s properties to uplift organizations and inspire audiences and employees to make a positive impact in their communities. A company-wide initiative, Sinclair Cares mobilizes Sinclair Broadcast Group’s assets to support various community and charitable endeavors through financial assistance, volunteerism and raising awareness of important topics through Sinclair’s media platforms. Recent partnerships include Disabled American Veterans (DAV), The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets, owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

About Feeding America®
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Media:
Sinclair Broadcast Group: Jessica Bellucci, [email protected]
Feeding America: Zuani Villarreal, [email protected]

Sinclair Broadcast Group Investors:
Steve Zenker, VP, Investor Relations
Billie-Jo McIntire, Director, Investor Relations
(410) 568-1500

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Wins 21 RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

12 of the Company’s Newsrooms Received the Award, Presented Annually for Outstanding Journalism

WGME/Portland, ME Wins Overall Excellence

BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) is proud to announce that 12 of its newsrooms have been honored with the prestigious RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Outstanding Journalism. In total, these stations brought home a collective 21 awards, a testament to the company’s commitment to providing the best in local journalism.

The Murrow Awards are sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and honor outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism.

“Being honored by the RTDNA with so many Murrow Awards reinforces Sinclair’s commitment to delivering impactful local news that uplifts the voices in the communities we serve, and we are thrilled to be recognized for the hard work and dedication of our newsrooms,” said Scott Livingston, Senior Vice President of News at Sinclair.

Livingston continued, “As we continue to create compelling content across multiple platforms, we are especially proud of WGME/Portland, which was honored with the award for Overall Excellence, and WCIV/Charleston’s podcast Unsolved Carolina, which was recognized as best in the region, the first time Sinclair’s podcast content was honored with a Murrow Award. In addition, our newsroom in Dayton was honored for the first time, further proof of the exceptional work and commitment to storytelling from our journalists around the country, which continues to set Sinclair apart.”

Winning stations include:

WBFF/Baltimore
Investigative Reporting: Failure Factory (Project Baltimore)
Continuing Coverage: Failure Factory (Project Baltimore)
Sports Reporting: Miracle on Ice

WJLA/Washington DC
Newscast: 7 News On Your Side at 11pm: Chaos at the Capitol
News Documentary: 9/11 20 Years Later: The Loss, the Lessons, our Strength
Excellence in Writing: Jay Korff: The Portrait and Tom’s Long Haulers

KOMO/Seattle
Excellence in Video: I Need the Freedom. That’s All
Feature Reporting: The Redemption of Ginny Burton
Sports Reporting: The Man Who Jumped and Touched the Sun

WGME/Portland ME
Overall Excellence: CBS13 On Your Side
Excellence in Innovation: 51 Days: Surviving a Cyber Attack
Continuing Coverage: Police Shooting Backlog

WKEF/WRGT/Dayton
Newscast: Investigating the Death of Eric Cole
Continuing Coverage: Demanding Answers in the Death of Eric Cole
Note: this is the first time WKEF has been honored by the RTDNA

KMPH/Fresno
Sports Reporting: Athletic Trainers in California

KGAN/Cedar Rapids
News Documentary: Iowa Derecho: In Their Own Words

KFOX/El Paso
Feature Reporting: H&H Closes for Good

WCIV/Charleston
Podcast: Unsolved South Carolina: The Murdaugh Murders, Money & Mystery

WLOS/Asheville
Sports Reporting: It’s in His Blood

WJAR/Providence
Newscast: NBC 10 News at 11:00 – August 22

WTVH/Syracuse
Hard News: Scared to Death

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets, owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Media:
Jessica Bellucci
[email protected]

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Sinclair Names Scott Ehrlich as Company’s First Chief Innovation Officer

BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: SBGI) announced today that Scott Ehrlich has been named to the newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer. The announcement was made by Chris Ripley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sinclair.

In the newly created role, Ehrlich will build on the company’s rich history of innovation and create the company’s first dedicated cross functional research and development group to coordinate and accelerate efforts across content, technology, audience development and distribution. The new group will also incorporate a corporate strategy function to further innovation and growth across Sinclair and its assets.

Ehrlich, who joined Sinclair in 2017 and was most recently SVP, Growth Networks and Content, will retain oversight of the company’s OTA national networks, COMET, CHARGE! and TBD, as well as digital and OTT streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR.

Ehrlich has built a track record of successfully creating new ventures in television, technology and new media platforms. He’s held roles spanning licensing, production, creative development, technology, network management and programming.

Viewed as a pioneer in streaming media, Ehrlich started in the space in 1996, before video streaming was available. He brought to market one of the first subscription streaming video services in the industry, RealNetworks’ SuperPass, and grew it to over a million subscribers. While at Real, he also negotiated landmark internet rights deals with several professional sports leagues.

In making the announcement, Ripley said, “Scott is a creative and fearless leader with a long history of successful innovation and the skills to develop a startup into a thriving company. We are excited for him to expand his role, infusing the pace and imagination of the startup world as we continue to grow Sinclair and evolve our offerings.”

“I was originally attracted to Sinclair by its rich history of innovation in the broadcast world,” said Ehrlich. “Now, in this new role, I’m excited to carry that forward and cement Sinclair’s place among media companies as a home for fast moving, forward thinking creative talent from all corners of the media industry. Together we’ll light a path to the next generation of media products, a future I’m extremely excited to help steward.”

In a previous role as Founder and CEO of Agility Studios, Ehrlich led the development of the award-winning franchise; The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, created by Jon M. Chu, into a multi-faceted business. He also served as Executive Producer for award winning digital series including Two Bellmen and Business Usual (Marriott Content Studio), as well as licensing content to and from digital and traditional platforms. Before Agility, Ehrlich founded Impulse Media, where he was a strategic advisor to startups and established companies focused on digital video products, distribution and business models. Prior to Impulse, Ehrlich served as Vice President of Media Acquisition and Distribution for RealNetworks.

Earlier in his career, Ehrlich was the Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of News America Digital Publishing at News Corporation and Director of Audience Development at NBC Cable. Ehrlich received his master’s degree from The Graduate School of Political Management and his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets, owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

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