List of stations owned or operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sinclair Broadcast Group is the largest owner of television stations in the United States, currently owning or operating a total of 193 outlets across the country in nearly 80 markets, ranging from markets as large as Washington, D.C. to as small as Steubenville, Ohio.
Many stations are owned outright by the company, while others are owned by legally distinct companies but operated by Sinclair through a local marketing agreement, a concept Sinclair pioneered in Pittsburgh in 1991 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forbade duopolies. (The stations involved in the initial deal, WPGH-TV and WPTT — now WPNT — are now both owned by Sinclair outright.) Sinclair has established local marketing agreements with various companies, most notably Cunningham Broadcasting and Deerfield Media.
On December 3rd 2018, Sinclair's biggest competitor, Nexstar Media Group announced their intent to buy Tribune Media, after a bid by Sinclair to acquire that company was rejected earlier in the year.
Current television stationsEdit
By state and marketEdit
A blank affiliation indicates a subchannel not currently operational.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Year acquired||DT1 affiliation||DT2 affiliation||DT3 affiliation||DT4 affiliation|
|Birmingham - Tuscaloosa - Anniston, AL||WTTO||21 (28)||1995||The CW||Antenna TV||Comet||TBD|
(Satellite of WTTO)
|17 (18)||1995||The CW||ABC
|Mobile, AL & Pensacola, FL||WEAR-TV||3 (17)||1997||ABC||TBD||Charge!|
|WPMI-TV[c][d]||15 (15)||2012||NBC||WeatherNation TV||Stadium|
|WFGX||35 (50)||2001||MyNetworkTV & This TV||GetTV||Comet|
|Little Rock, AR||KATV[b]||7 (22)||2014||ABC||Comet||Charge!||TBD|
|Bakersfield, CA||KBAK-TV[e]||29 (33)||2013||CBS||Charge!||Fox
|Chico, CA - Redding, CA||KRCR-TV[f]||7 (7)||2017||ABC||MeTV||Movies!|
|KCVU[a][f]||20 (20)||2017||Fox||Cozi TV|
(Satellite of KRVU-LD)
|Eureka, California & Arcata, CA||KAEF-TV[f]
(Semi-satellite of KRCR)
(Semi-satellite of KCVU)
|28 (28)||2017||Fox||Cozi TV|
|Fresno & Visalia, CA||KMPH-TV||26 (28)||2013||Fox||This TV||Comet||Stadium|
|KFRE-TV||59 (36)||2013||The CW||Estrella TV||TBD|
|Washington, DC||WJLA-TV[b]||7 (7)||2014||ABC||Charge!||Comet||TBD|
|Fort Pierce & West Palm Beach, FL||WPEC[g]||12 (13)||2012||CBS||WeatherNation TV||Comet|
|WTVX[h]||34 (34)||2012||The CW||Azteca América
|WTCN-CA[h]||43 (34.3)||2012||MyNetworkTV||Antenna TV||TBD|
|WWHB-CA[h]||48 (34.2)||2012||Azteca América||Charge!|
|Gainesville & High Springs, FL||WGFL[i]||28 (28)||2014||CBS||MyNetworkTV
|Tallahassee, FL & Thomasville, GA||WTWC-TV[j]||40 (40)||1998||NBC||Fox||Charge!|
|Albany, GA||WFXL[k]||31 (12)||2013||Fox||TBD||Comet||Charge!|
|Macon, GA||WGXA||24 (16)||2014||Fox||ABC||Comet|
|Cedar Rapids - Waterloo -
Dubuque - Iowa City, IA
|Des Moines, IA||KDSM-TV[m]||17 (16)||1997||Fox||Comet||Charge!||TBD|
|Sioux City, IA||KPTH||44 (30)||2013||Fox||MyNetworkTV & This TV||Charge!|
|Boise, ID||KBOI-TV[e]||2 (9)||2013||CBS||CW+
|Champaign - Urbana -
Decatur - Springfield, IL
|WRSP-TV||55 (44)||[l]||Fox||MeTV||Antenna TV|
|WBUI||22 (23)||[l]||The CW||This TV||Stadium|
|Peoria & Bloomington, IL||WHOI[k]||19 (19)||2013||Comet|
|South Bend, IN||WSBT-TV||22 (22)||2016||CBS||Fox|
|Wichita, KS||KSAS-TV[c]||24 (26)||2012||Fox||TBD||Comet|
|Danville - Lexington, KY||WDKY-TV||56 (31)||2001||Fox||Comet||Charge!||TBD|
|Portland, ME||WGME-TV[j]||13 (38)||1998||CBS||TBD||Stadium|
|Baltimore, MD||WBFF[p]||45 (46)||1971||Fox||MyNetworkTV||TBD|
|WNUV[a]||54 (40)||1994||The CW||Antenna TV||Comet||Charge!|
|Flint - Saginaw - Bay City, MI||WEYI-TV[k][q]||25 (30)||2013||NBC||The CW
|WBSF[k][a]||46 (46)||2013||The CW||NBC
|WSMH||66 (16)||1996||Fox||Antenna TV||Comet||Stadium|
|Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids, MI||WWMT[g]||3 (8)||2012||CBS||The CW||Comet|
|Traverse City - Cadillac, MI
Cheboygan - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
|Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN||WUCW||23 (22)||1998||The CW||Comet||Charge!||TBD|
|Cape Girardeau, MO - Paducah, KY -
|Columbia - Jefferson City, MO||KRCG[k]||13 (12)||2013||CBS||Comet||Charge!||TBD|
|Hannibal, MO - Quincy, IL||KHQA-TV[k]||7 (7)||2013||CBS||ABC||Comet|
|Kirksville, MO - Ottumwa, IA||KTVO[k]||3 (33)||2013||ABC||CBS||Comet|
|St. Louis, MO||KDNL-TV[m]||30 (31)||1997||ABC||TBD||Charge!||Stadium|
|Missoula, MT||KECI-TV[f]||13 (13)||2017||NBC||MeTV||This TV|
(Semi-satellite of KECI)
(Semi-satellite of KECI)
(Satellite of KTVM)
|Hayes Center, NE||KWNB-TV
(Satellite of KHGI-TV)
|Kearney - Hastings, NE||KHGI-TV||13 (13)||2016||ABC||Fox||TBD|
|Lincoln, NE||KFXL-TV||51 (51)||2016||Fox|
|North Platte, NE||KHGI-CD
(Satellite of KHGI-TV)
|Omaha, NE||KPTM||42 (43)||2013||Fox||MyNetworkTV & This TV||Comet|
|KXVO||15 (38)||[l]||The CW||TBD||Charge!||Stadium|
|Elko, NV||KENV-DT||10 (10)||[r]||Comet|
|Las Vegas, NV||KSNV||3 (22)||1997||NBC||Estrella TV||Charge!||Stadium|
|KVCW||33 (29)||2000||The CW||MyNetworkTV||TBD||This TV|
|Reno, NV||KRNV-DT||4 (7)||[r]||NBC||This TV||TBD|
|Buffalo, NY||WUTV[s]||29 (14)||1996||Fox||TBD||Grit|
|Rochester, NY||WHAM-TV[c][d]||13 (13)||2013||ABC||The CW||Charge!|
|WUHF[s]||31 (28)||1995||Fox||Antenna TV||Comet||TBD|
|Schenectady - Albany - Troy, NY||WRGB[g]||6 (6)||2012||CBS||TBD||Comet|
|WCWN[g]||45 (43)||2012||The CW||Charge!||CBS
|Syracuse, NY||WSTM-TV[k]||3 (24)||2013||NBC||The CW
|WSTQ-LP[k]||14 (3.2)||2013||The CW|
Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC
|Greenville - New Bern - Morehead City, NC||WYDO[a][f]||14 (47)||2017||Fox||Bounce||Charge!||Stadium|
|Raleigh - Durham, NC||WLFL||22 (27)||1994||The CW||Stadium||TBD||Antenna TV|
|Winston-Salem - Greensboro - High Point, NC||WXLV-TV[s]||45 (29)||1996||ABC||Stadium||Charge!||TBD|
|Cincinnati, OH||WKRC-TV[c]||12 (12)||2012||CBS||The CW||Stadium|
|WSTR-TV[l]||64 (33)||1995||MyNetworkTV||Antenna TV||Comet||TBD|
|Columbus & Chillicothe, OH||WSYX[m]||6 (48)||1997||ABC||MyNetworkTV & This TV||Antenna TV|
|WWHO[u]||53 (46)||2011||The CW||Charge!||Comet|
|Dayton, OH||WKEF||22 (51)||1998||ABC||Stadium||Antenna TV||TBD|
|WRGT-TV[s][a]||45 (30)||2001||Fox||MyNetworkTV & This TV||Comet||Charge!|
|Steubenville, OH & Wheeling, WV||WTOV-TV||9 (9)||2013||NBC||Fox||MeTV|
|Toledo, OH||WNWO-TV[k]||24 (49)||2013||NBC||Stadium||Comet||TBD|
|Oklahoma City, OK||KOKH-TV||25 (24)||2003||Fox||Charge!||Stadium|
|KOCB||34 (33)||1996||The CW||TBD||Comet|
|Tulsa, OK||KTUL[b]||8 (10)||2014||ABC||Comet||Charge!||TBD|
Coos Bay, OR
|Medford, OR||KTVL[g]||10 (10)||2012||CBS||CW+||Comet||TBD|
|Portland, OR||KATU[e]||2 (43)||2013||ABC||MeTV||Comet||Stadium|
|Harrisburg - Lancaster - Lebanon - York, PA||WHP-TV[c]||21 (21)||2012||CBS||MyNetworkTV||The CW|
|Johnstown & Altoona, PA||WJAC-TV||6 (34)||2013||NBC||MeTV||Comet||TBD|
|'WATM-TV’[w]||23 (24)||2016||ABC||Fox||This TV||Antenna TV|
|Pittsburgh, PA||WPGH-TV||53 (43)||1991||Fox||Antenna TV||Charge!|
|Scranton - Wilkes-Barre, PA||WOLF-TV[i]||56 (45)||2014||Fox||The CW
|WSWB[i]||38 (31)||2014||The CW||MeTV||Comet||Stadium|
|Providence, RI & New Bedford, MA||WJAR||10 (50)||2014||NBC||MeTV||Comet||TBD|
|Charleston, SC||WTAT-TV[s][a]||24 (24)||1995||Fox||Justice Network||Comet|
|Columbia, SC||WACH[k]||57 (48)||2013||Fox||Stadium||Comet||TBD|
|Florence & Myrtle Beach, SC||WPDE-TV[k]||15 (16)||2013||ABC||weather||Comet||TBD|
|WWMB[q]||21 (21)||2013||The CW||CW+||Stadium||Charge|
|Hardeeville, SC & Savannah, GA||WTGS||28 (28)||2014||Fox||Comet||Antenna TV||TBD|
|Chattanooga, TN||WTVC[g]||9 (9)||2012||ABC||Fox||TBD|
|WDSI-TV[i]||61 (40)||2015||This TV||Comet|
|WFLI-TV[i]||53 (42)||2015||The CW||MyNetworkTV||MeTV||Charge!|
|Nashville, TN||WZTV||17 (15)||1994||Fox||TBD||Antenna TV|
|WNAB||58 (23)||[y]||The CW||Stadium||Charge!|
|Abilene, TX||KTXS-TV[f]||12 (12)||2017||ABC||CW+||MeTV|
|Amarillo, TX & Clovis, NM||KVII-TV[k]||7 (7)||2013||ABC||CW+||Comet||Stadium|
|Austin, TX||KEYE-TV[h]||42 (43)||2012||CBS||Telemundo|
|Beaumont & Port Arthur, TX||KBTV-TV[d]||4 (40)||2012||Fox||TBD||Comet|
|El Paso, TX
Las Cruces, NM
|KDBC-TV||4 (18)||2013||CBS||MyNetworkTV, TBD & Stadium||MeTV|
|Harlingen, TX & the Rio Grande Valley||KGBT-TV[k]||4 (31)||2013||CBS||Azteca America||Comet|
|San Angelo, TX||KTXE-LD[f]
(Satellite of KTXS)
|San Antonio – Kerrville, TX||KMYS[d]||35 (32)||2001||The CW||Stadium|
|WOAI-TV[c]||4 (48)||2012||NBC||Antenna TV||Charge!|
|Salt Lake City, UT
|St. George, UT||KMYU[h]||12 (9)||2012||MyNetworkTV||CBS|
|Bristol, VA & Greeneville, TN & Johnson City, TN & Kingsport, TN||WCYB-TV[f]||5 (5)||2017||NBC||The CW||Comet|
|WEMT [a][f]||39 (38)||2017[z]||Fox||Movies!||Charge!||TBD|
|Lynchburg & Roanoke, VA||WSET-TV[b]||13 (13)||2014||ABC||Stadium||Comet||TBD|
|Norfolk, VA & Hampton Roads||WTVZ-TV||33 (33)||1996||MyNetworkTV||Stadium||Comet||TBD|
|Richmond, VA||WRLH-TV[s]||35 (26)||1998||Fox||MyNetworkTV & TBD||Comet||Charge!|
|Seattle & Tacoma, WA||KOMO-TV[e]||4 (38)||2013||ABC||Comet||Charge!|
|Yakima, WA & Pasco & Kennewick, WA||KIMA-TV[e]||29 (33)||2013||CBS||CW+||Stadium|
|Charleston & Huntington, WV||WCHS-TV||8 (41)||1997||ABC||Antenna TV||Charge!||TBD|
|Green Bay, WI & the Fox Cities, WI||WLUK-TV||11 (11)||2014||Fox||Antenna TV||TBD|
|WCWF||14 (21)||2014||The CW||Comet||Charge!||Stadium|
|Madison, WI||WMSN-TV||47 (49)||2002||Fox||Comet||Charge!||TBD|
|Milwaukee, WI||WVTV||18 (18.1)||2000||The CW|
- Station is nominally owned by Cunningham Broadcasting and operated by Sinclair under local marketing agreements. However, Cunningham Broadcasting's stock is almost completely controlled by trusts in the names of members of Sinclair's founding Smith family.
- Station was owned by Allbritton Communications prior to its acquisition by Sinclair in 2014.
- Station was acquired from Newport Television in 2012.
- Station is nominally owned by Deerfield Media and operated by Sinclair under local marketing agreements.
- Station was owned by Fisher Communications prior to its acquisition by Sinclair in 2013.
- Station was owned by Bonten Media Group prior to its acquisition by Sinclair in 2017.
- Station was owned by Freedom Communications prior to its acquisition by Sinclair in 2012.
- Station that was owned by Four Points Media Group prior to its acquisition by Sinclair in 2011.
- Station is owned by New Age Media or MPS Media and operated by Sinclair under a master service agreement.
- Station was owned by Guy Gannett Communications prior to its acquisition by Sinclair in 1998.
- Station was owned by Barrington Broadcasting prior to its acquisition by Sinclair in 2013.
- Station is owned by a local independent or private company and operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement.
- Station was owned by River City Broadcasting prior to its merger with Sinclair in 1997.
- Station is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting and operated by Nexstar Media Group under a local marketing agreement.
- Station is owned by Corporate Media Consultants Group (itself 49% owned by Max Media) and operated by Sinclair. The station's license assets are in the process of being transferred to Cunningham Broadcasting, pending FCC approval.
- Station was built and signed-on by Sinclair.
- Station is nominally owned by Howard Stirk Holdings (owned by Armstrong Williams) and operated by Sinclair under local marketing agreements.
- Station is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting and operated by Sinclair.
- Station was owned by Act III Broadcasting prior to its acquisition by Sinclair between 1994 and 1996.
- Station is owned by Granite Broadcasting and operated by Sinclair under a shared services agreement.
- Station is owned by Manhan Media and operated by Sinclair under a shared services agreement.
- Station's license is held by South West Oregon TV Broadcasting Corporation, which is 50% owned by Sinclair and 50% owned by California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc.
- The station is owned by Horseshoe Curve Communications or Palm Television and operated by Sinclair under a master service agreement with Cunningham Broadcasting or Horseshoe Curve Communications.
- Sinclair owned WPNT from its 1978 launch (as WPTT-TV) until selling it to its operations manager, Eddie Edwards, in 1991 after acquiring WPGH-TV; Edwards would sell the station back to Sinclair in 2000.
- Station is owned by Tennessee Broadcasting, LP, an affiliate company of Beverly Hills-based Lambert Broadcasting, and its operations are managed by Sinclair under an outsourcing agreement. Sinclair filed an application to acquire the station outright under an FCC "failing station" waiver in July 2005 but the FCC has not acted on the application as of 2014[update]—and will likely either reject the application or continue to not act on it unless Sinclair sells off either WZTV or WUXP due to current rules prohibiting one company from directly owning more than two full-power television stations in the same market.
- Sinclair owned WEMT from 1998 until it was sold to Aurora Broadcasting in 2006; Sinclair reassumed control of the station in 2017 when then-owners Esteem Broadcasting sold the station to Cummingham Broadcasting.
- The station was formerly a separate full-power station as WCGV-TV until January 2018, when its license was turned in to the FCC after the selling of its spectrum in the 2016 auction. In order to acquire Tribune's WITI in the same market, Sinclair chose to turn in WCGV's channel 25 digital license and merge its subchannels onto WVTV's, but was able to retain the former channel number, thus it continues to virtually operate as its own station despite being a subchannel of WVTV, but WITI would be able to be acquired as the new WCGV intellectual unit is a subchannel in technicality.
|AM Stations||FM Stations|
|Market||Station||Owned Since||Current Format|
|Seattle-Tacoma, WA||KVI/570||2013||Conservative talk|
|KOMO-FM/97.7[A]||2013||Simulcasts KOMO (AM)|
|KPLZ-FM/101.5||2013||Hot adult contemporary|
- KOMO-FM is owned by South Sound Broadcasting, but operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement.
Former Sinclair-owned stationsEdit
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Anniston, AL||WJSU-TV||40 (9)||2014–2015[i]||Heroes & Icons affiliate, WGWW, owned by Howard Stirk Holdings|
|Tuscaloosa, AL||WCFT-TV||33 (33)||2014–2015[i]||Heroes & Icons affiliate, WSES, owned by Howard Stirk Holdings|
|Stockton - Sacramento, CA||KOVR||13 (25)||1997–2005||CBS owned-and-operated station, owned by CBS Television Stations|
|Colorado Springs - Pueblo, CO||KXRM-TV||21 (22)||2013–2014||Fox affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|KXTU-LD||57 (20)||2013–2014||The CW affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|St. Petersburg - Tampa, FL||WTTA||38 (32)||1991–2014||MyNetworkTV affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Tallahassee, FL - Thomasville, GA||WTXL-TV||27 (27)||2001–2006[ii]||ABC affiliate, owned by E. W. Scripps Company|
|Idaho Falls - Pocatello, ID||KIDK||3 (36)||2013||CBS affiliate, owned by VistaWest Media, LLC[iii]|
|KXPI-LD||34 (34)||2013||Fox affiliate, owned by VistaWest Media, LLC[iii]|
|Bloomington - Indianapolis, IN||WIIB||63 (27)||1988–1997||Ion owned-and-operated station, WIPX-TV, owned by Ion Media Networks|
|WTTV||4 (48)||1997–2002||CBS affiliate, owned by Tribune Broadcasting|
(satellite of WTTV)
|29 (29)||1997–2002||CBS affiliate, owned by Tribune Broadcasting|
|Springfield - Holyoke, MA||WGGB-TV||40 (40)||1998–2007||ABC affiliate ,owned by Meredith Corporation|
|New Bedford, MA - Providence, RI||WLWC||28 (22)||2012–2013||Ion Life owned-and-operated station, owned by Ion Media Networks|
|Lansing, MI||WLAJ||53 (51)||2012–2013||ABC affiliate, owned by Shield Media, LLC[iv]|
|Marquette, MI||WLUC-TV||6 (35)||2013–2016||NBC affiliate, owned by Gray Television|
|Kansas City, MO||KSMO-TV||62 (47)||1996–2005||MyNetworkTV affiliate, owned by Meredith Corporation|
|Plattsburgh, NY - Burlington, VT||WPTZ||5 (14)||1997–1998||NBC affiliate, owned by Hearst Television|
|Syracuse, NY||WNYS-TV||43 (44)||[v]||MyNetworkTV affiliate, owned by Syracuse Broadcasting, Inc.[vi]|
|WSYT||68 (19)||1998–2013||Fox affiliate, owned by Northwest Broadcasting|
|Harrisburg - Lancaster - Lebanon - York, PA||WLYH-TV||15 (23)||[vii]||Grit TV affiliate, WXBU, owned by Howard Stirk Holdings|
|WHTM-TV||27 (10)||2014[viii]||ABC affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Charleston, SC||WCIV||4 (34)||2014–2015[i]||Heroes & Icons affiliate, WGWG, owned by Howard Stirk Holdings|
|Jacksonville - Tyler - Longview, TX||KETK-TV||56 (22)||1998–2004[ix]||NBC affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Hartford, VT - Hanover, NH||WNNE
(Semi-satellite of WPTZ)
|31 (25)||1997–1998||The CW affiliate, owned by Hearst Television|
- WJSU/WCFT were satellites of WBMA-LD during their ownership by Allbritton Communications. Sinclair agreed to sell them to a third party as part of its 2014 acquisition of Allbritton's TV stations.
- Station was owned by third parties, and it was operated by Sinclair during these years.
- Operated via LMA by News-Press & Gazette Company.
- Operated via SSA by Nexstar Media Group.
- Owned by RKM Media, Inc., WNYS was operated by Sinclair under a Local marketing agreement.
- Operated via LMA by Northwest Broadcasting.
- Owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Sinclair operated WLYH under a Local marketing agreement.
- Sinclair temporarily owned WHTM under a "hold separate agreement" while it was being sold to Media General, following the completion of the acquisition of Allbritton Communications.
- Non-license assets were purchased by Communications Corporation of America in 1999; license sold to ComCorp in 2004.
- Yu, Roger (25 September 2013). "Sinclair pays $90M for eight New Age stations". USA TODAY.
- Flint, Benjamin Mullin and Joe. "Nexstar Reaches Deal to Buy Tribune Media for $4.1 Billion". WSJ. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
- Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (2018-12-02). "Tribune Media to Be Acquired by Nexstar Media Group". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
- Source: Sinclair ownership list on RabbitEars.info