Is Sinclair Suffering From Big Debt?



By Adam R Jacobson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With all of the news coming out of Capitol Hill, who knew that someone who has been delivering the news to thousands across the National Capital Region since 1973 would herself become a trending news story.

Maureen Bunyan

Thank Sinclair Broadcast Group for causing a stir. According to the Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi, the owner of WJLA-7 in Washington and veteran news anchor Maureen Bunyan have mutually agreed to her exit from the ABC affiliate at the end of February.

The news had many people talking, lamenting about what could be the end of an illustrious career in news.

But, Bunyan is just one of many high-profile casualties at Sinclair. In what KATU-2 in Portland, Ore. GM John Tamerlano told The Oregonian was a restructuring, news anchor Natali Marmion was cut after nearly two decades at the ABC affiliate.

Marmion’s exit came as assignment editor Nick Bradshaw, with KATU since 2009, also departed. So did several people at Sinclair’s KOMO-4 in Seattle.

What gives? Perhaps Sinclair’s debt is talking.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.