Originally published: October 23, 2013
Last updated: October 23, 2013 - 3:21pm
Sinclair Broadcast Group has been on a remarkable shopping spree for television stations across the United States. The moves have brought increased attention -- and scrutiny -- including a sharply critical report from media watch group Free Press on how Sinclair circumvents Federal Communications Commission rules to operate several stations in many markets.
Here are eight eye-popping facts about Sinclair included in the report:
- In the last two years, Sinclair has closed or announced deals that would increase its holdings from 58 TV stations to 161.
- During that time, Sinclair has expanded its reach from 35 US markets to 78.
- If all of Sinclair's pending deals close, the company would have access to 38.8 percent of the nation's TV households.
- Sinclair in 2012 generated $1.5 billion in local TV ad revenue, according to SNL Kagan.
- Sinclair owns 36 Fox affiliates, 29 ABC affiliates, 27 CBS affiliates, 24 CW affiliates, 23 My Network TV affiliates, 15 NBC affiliates, 5 Univision affiliates and two other stations.
- Sinclair directly owns 115 stations and operates 46 others through "marketing, services, sales and/or operating agreements," according to Free Press.
- Between 1991 and 2002, Sinclair increased its holdings from four TV stations owned or controlled to 62. That number actually declined to 58 by the end of 2010.
- Sinclair's first TV station was WBFF-TV (Channel 45) in Baltimore.