Sinclair Unveils “Connect To Congress,” Brings Local TV Newscasts To Capitol Hill

NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Scott Livingston, Vice President of News
410-568-1500

SINCLAIR UNVEILS CONNECT TO CONGRESS, BRINGS LOCAL TV NEWSCASTS TO CAPITOL HILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 30, 2015) — Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (“Sinclair”) announced today the creation of a news segment called Connect to Congress, a multimedia initiative that enables Members of Congress in Sinclair news markets to communicate with their constituents on a regular basis. Combining broadcast, internet, and social media technologies, Connect to Congress offers Sinclair’s local market viewers new ways to get answers to questions about what matters most to them at home.

Connect to Congress was created by Scott Livingston, VP of News for Sinclair, who is using Sinclair’s presence in Washington, D.C., through its acquisition of ABC affiliate WJLA last year, to create a more regular dialogue between viewers in local markets nationwide and their Members of Congress. The first step in this plan was establishing a national bureau on Capitol Hill. “When Congress is in session, we have cameras set up weekly in the Rotunda, connected via remote to our local stations. Local anchors conduct the interviews about the key issues constituents and lawmakers are passionate about and not just topics that everyone else is covering,” said Colleen Wordock, Sinclair’s Capitol Hill Bureau Chief.

“For many years, national cable news channels have been viewed as the prime media outlet for Members of Congress,” said Livingston. “Not only are a select few Members ever invited onto those channels, but the audiences on those channels are a small fraction of our local newscast audiences.” And the ratings bear that out. According to Nielsen data, Sinclair’s audiences during local newscasts exceed those of cable news by orders of magnitude during the same periods, often four times the audience of the top cable news channels, and often over 100 times the niche cable news channels. “When Members see this data, they are floored and realize that they need to be on local broadcast TV more often. Instead of making Members come to our stations when they are in-district, we are bringing our local TV stations to them in D.C. That is what Connect to Congress is all about.”

“Everyone has a right to know what their elected officials are doing in Washington. Connect to Congress is just one example of the investments we are making in our D.C. news operations,” Livingston continued. “We are making investments in technology and other capital expenditures in order to link our stations to Washington, especially our small market and rural stations, but we are committed to ensuring that the Sinclair network offers the hundreds of Members in our news markets their own media voice in their own home districts.”

Sinclair has conducted over 100 interviews since June, and continues to book weekly interview sessions. The company will begin a station-by-station roll-out of local Connect to Congress webpages beginning later in October, which will include the Congressional interviews, stories from Sinclair’s Capitol Hill Bureau and other national news outlets, polling questions, and other features as they are developed.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group: Sinclair is the largest producer of local news in the country, producing over 2,100 hours per week of original, community oriented content. Sinclair is the largest and one of the most diversified station groups in the country, including affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and Univision. It owns and operates, programs, or provides sales services to 164 stations in 79 television markets, broadcasting 384 channels. For a list of Sinclair broadcast stations, please visit www.sbgi.net.

To schedule a Connect to Congress interview, please contact Colleen Wordock at [email protected].

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Sinclair Supports Development of ReportaPro App for Journalists

Press Statement                                                   For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Livingston, VP of News                     September 29, 2015
410-568-1500


Sinclair Supports Development of ReportaPro App for Journalists

Baltimore, MD – In support of a press release issued today by the International Women’s Media Foundation (“IWMF”), announcing the release of Reporta, a free mobile security app for journalists, the following statement can be attributed to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) Vice President for News, Scott Livingston:

“We are excited about the release of the Reporta app for journalists. It should go a long way to protect the personal safety of reporters in the field abroad, but also here at home in the U.S., where the safety of field reporters has become a topic of increasing concern. We are proud to be partnering with ABC News to support IWMF’s development of ReportaPro, a platform which will enable media organizations to use Reporta on a scalable basis. We look forward to its future launch.”

The IWMF press release may be found here: http://www.iwmf.org/our-impact/reporta

About Sinclair Broadcast Group: Sinclair is the largest producer of local news in the country, producing over 2,100 hours per week of original, community oriented content. Sinclair is the largest and one of the most diversified station groups in the country, including affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and Univision. It owns and operates, programs, or provides sales services to 164 stations in 79 television markets, broadcasting 384 channels. For more information, please visit www.sbgi.net.

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ATSC Sends Critical Piece Of ONE Media’s Next Generation Broadcast Platform To Candidate Standard

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Contact: Jerald N. Fritz, ONE Media, LLC
(703) 236-9229
[email protected]
1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209
ATSC Sends Critical Piece of ONE Media’s Next Generation Broadcast Platform To Candidate Standard

Clears the Way for FCC Adoption

Arlington, VA (September 29, 2015) – The Advanced Television Systems Committee’s (ATSC) Technology Group developing the Next Generation Broadcast Transmission Standard (ATSC 3.0) has voted to approve the elevation of the entire Physical Layer to “Candidate Standard” status. The features of the approved Physical Layer include many of those developed by ONE Media and supported by other broadcasters and equipment manufacturers including notably the Pearl TV consortium of broadcast companies and the largest global television manufacturer, Samsung.

Read more…Press Release – Phy Layer Candidate Standard FINAL 092515

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American Sports Network Announces Agreement With Top College Hockey Conferences

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Contact: Doron Gorshein, COO of Sinclair Networks Group

410-568-1500

AMERICAN SPORTS NETWORK ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH TOP COLLEGE HOCKEY CONFERENCES

Baltimore, MD (September 28, 2015) – American Sports Network (“ASN”), a division of Sinclair Networks Group, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI), announced that it has entered into agreements with several top collegiate hockey conferences to broadcast as many as 30 games per year, in total.

Read more…ASN – College Hockey Release FINAL

 

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American Sports Network To Broadcast American Athletic Conference Basketball Games

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Contact: Doron Gorshein, COO, Sinclair Networks Group
 
410-568-1500
 
AMERICAN SPORTS NETWORK TO BROADCAST AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASKETBALL GAMES


    Baltimore, MD (September 21, 2015) – American Sports Network (“ASN”), a division of Sinclair Networks Group, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that it has entered into a sublicense agreement with ESPN to televise men’s basketball games from the American Athletic Conference (The American), beginning with the 2015 academic year.

Read more…AAC Sinclair release – final

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Ring of Honor Enters into Broadcast Agreement with L’Equipe 21 in France

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Joe Koff, COO of Ring of Honor Wrestling
410-568-1500

Ring of Honor Enters into Broadcast Agreement with L’Equipe 21 in France

BALTIMORE, MD (September 21, 2015) – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the “Company”) announced that its professional wrestling promotion, Ring of Honor Wrestling (“ROH”), has signed a 6-month international broadcast deal with L’Equipe 21, a free, sports-based television channel in France. ROH premiered its debut episode on L’Equipe 21 on September 18th. The announcement was made by Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer of Ring of Honor Wrestling. 

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Sinclair Names Jerry Lilly To The Newly Created Position Of Vice President Of Operations

News Release
Contact: Del Parks, SVP / Chief Technology Officer
(410) 568-1500

SINCLAIR NAMES JERRY LILLY TO THE NEWLY CREATED POSITION OF VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Baltimore (September 10, 2015) – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that Jerry Lilly has been named to the newly-created position of Vice President of Operations. The announcement was made by Del Parks, Senior Vice President / Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Lilly will report to Del Parks, and work closely with the Vice President of Engineering and the
Vice President of Data Systems and Information Technology Services, and will provide a high level of technical and operational news support to the Vice President of News. This new position will be responsible for leading the efforts to implement improved workflows and streamlined operating
procedures, exploring new technologies to support the future growth and direction of the Company, and ensuring that the Company’s television facilities have the best technology and infrastructure in place to support News, Production and Master Control Operations.

In making the announcement, Del Parks commented, “Jerry has extensive news support experience having directed CNN’s global field services, including the planning and build-out of CNN’s bureaus in London, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. He was also involved in capital planning and project management, and provided support and logistics for many of the major world news events. We are excited to have
Jerry join the Sinclair team.”

“It is an exciting time in our industry to be joining the country’s premier television broadcasting company,” commented Mr. Lilly. “I look forward to working with the entire Sinclair Broadcast Group team of professionals across the country.”

Mr. Lilly most recently, and since 2013, served as the Founder, Chief Technical Architect, and Vice President Engineering at JDESICS, LLC. From 1997 to 2013, he served as Vice President Field Engineering and Operations at CNN where he built-out and launched CNN’s bureaus in London, Hong
Kong, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, and other locations around the globe. Prior to his time at CNN, Mr. Lilly worked as a Field Engineer at CBS Television Network, and an ENG Engineer at both WFMY-TV (CBS) in Greensboro, NC and WTVD-TV (ABC) in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Lilly is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Advanced Electronics Program and a military veteran. He earned his mini-MBA in Accounting and Finance from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

Sinclair is the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country with 164 television stations it owns, operates, and/or provides services to in 79 markets; broadcasting 384 channels and affiliations with all the major networks. Sinclair is the leading local news
provider in the country, as well as a producer of sports content. Sinclair’s broadcast content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. 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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American Sports Network To Broadcast Mid-American Conference Games

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Contact: Bill Lutzen, Vice-President/General Manager
               561-681-3434

AMERICAN SPORTS NETWORK TO BROADCAST 

    Baltimore, MD (September 4, 2015) – American Sports Network (“ASN”), a division of Sinclair Networks Group, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI), announced that it has entered into a multi-year sublicense agreement with ESPN to televise college football and basketball games for the Mid-American Conference (“MAC”), beginning with the 2015 academic year.

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ONE Media To Test And Operate Next Generation Broadcast Platform In Washington/Baltimore

NEWS Release

Contact: Jerald N. Fritz, ONE Media, LLC

(703) 236-9229

[email protected]

1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209

ONE MEDIA TO TEST AND OPERATE NEXT GENERATION BROADCAST PLATFORM IN WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE

Arlington, VA (September 3, 2015) – ONE Media has been granted Special Temporary Authority by the Federal Communications Commission to operate an experimental facility in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore markets to implement a single frequency network (“SFN”) using the base elements of the new ATSC 3.0 transmission standard. The full-power, multi-site test platform using channel 43 in both markets will deploy a full range of ‘Next Gen’ services that include fixed, portable and mobile capabilities. The test is designed to provide real-time assessments of quality of service using the new Internet Protocol-based standard currently being reviewed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee. The permittee for channel 43 in Washington has granted its consent for the test in support of the entire broadcast industry.

Read more…Press Release – SFN STA FINAL 090215

 

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Sinclair Announces Corporate Promotions

NEWS RELEASE:
Contact: Rob Weisbord, Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Digital
               (410) 568-1500

SINCLAIR ANNOUNCES CORPORATE PROMOTIONS

   Baltimore (August 31, 2015) – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced the corporate promotions of Kevin Cotlove, Ryan Moore and Ben Miller. The announcement was made by Rob Weisbord, Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Digital.

Read more…Digital Promotions

 

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