Sinclair Laying Groundwork for Fox News Competitor

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    This rumor of Sinclair Competing against Fox news has been around since the announcement that Sinclair is attempting to get Tribune.


    Also this is part of a persistent issue over how many conservatives will really leave Fox News for Sinclair has been around for some time though.


    It may be just a matter of time before Fox News gets a real challenger from the right. Conservative media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has long quieted speculation about plans to create a rival to Rupert Murdoch’s cable news empire, is making new moves to lay the groundwork for the plan.

    Sinclair is speaking with both current and former Fox News personalities about joining the would-be network, which a knowledgeable source says could be led by Tribune Media executive Sean Compton. The company also recently made an overture to conservative radio host Michael Savage, THR has learned. Savage did not respond to a request for comment. (One name not in the mix: ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, whom Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley has said the company isn’t looking to hire. Newsmax, a digital conservative news outlet, has courted O’Reilly.)

    But before Baltimore-based Sinclair can take on Fox News, it must wait for federal regulators to approve the company’s purchase of Tribune Media, which would give Sinclair a cable channel, WGN America, that could be converted to right-leaning news and opinion. “They don’t want to cause any waves, but they are preparing for the network as soon as they can,” says one source.

    Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps, who has loudly opposed Sinclair’s $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune, says the company is “trying to look as nonthreatening as possible and make this deal look as innocuous as possible.”

    In early May, 21st Century Fox agreed to snap up seven TV stations from Sinclair in a $910 million deal that could help Sinclair get regulatory approval for its Tribune bid.


    Here is an update on the Sinclair Pundit talks.

    Sinclair Broadcasting has hired Kaelan Dorr as the company’s new “executive political producer,” who will work alongside the channel’s political guru Boris Epshteyn and his “must run” segment for the channel’s local stations: “Bottom Line With Boris.”

    Dorr is a veteran of the Trump administration, first working on the 2016 campaign and then serving in the White House as director of congressional communications for over a year.

    “I’m proud to announce I’ve joined Sinclair Broadcast Group as Executive Political Producer!,” said Dorr in a tweet Tuesday, adding that he was “eager to bring my unique experience as a campaign veteran and Trump WH alum to an already stellar group.”



    Update Sinclair is going to have streaming broadcasts and its proposed to be called Stirr.

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