Sinclair won’t renew with Granite in two markets

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SBG / Sinclair Broadcast GroupLate last month, the FCC approved the $370 million buy for Sinclair Broadcast Group to close on 18 Barrington Broadcasting Group stations, including WSTM-TV (NBC) and WSTQ-TV (CW) in Syracuse. Sinclair is also operating or providing sales services for six Granite Broadcasting stations, including its WTVH-TV (CBS) Syracuse. However, the shared services agreement (SSA) that brought WTVH under the same facility as WSTM and WSTQ could be ending in 2017.  Sinclair announced in its 11/25 Barrington Closing press release it’s not interested in renewing the deal Barrington had with Granite for both WTVH and WHOI-TV (ABC, CW) Peoria, IL, which ends in March of that year:

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Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.