Saturday, October 09, 2004

 

Sinclair to prempt Nov. 1 programs to air anti-Kerry: Time to call WSYX advertisers

I think this is a huge opportunity for Kerry folks and an utter blunder by Sinclair. From the LA Times:

"The conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, whose television outlets reach nearly a quarter of the nation's homes with TV, is ordering its stations to preempt regular programming just days before the Nov. 2 election to air a film that attacks Sen. John F. Kerry's activism against the Vietnam War, network and station executives familiar with the plan said Friday.

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Sinclair has told its stations — many of them in political swing states such as Ohio and Florida — to air "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," sources said. The film, funded by Pennsylvania veterans and produced by a veteran and former Washington Times reporter, features former POWs accusing Kerry — a decorated Navy veteran turned war protester — of worsening their ordeal by prolonging the war. Sinclair will preempt regular prime-time programming from the networks to show the film, which may be classified as news programming, according to TV executives familiar with the plan.

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Station and network sources said they have been told the Sinclair stations — which include affiliates of Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as WB and UPN — will be preempting regular programming for one hour between Oct. 21 and Oct. 24, depending on the city. The airing of "Stolen Honor" will be followed by a panel discussion, which Kerry will be asked to join, thus potentially satisfying fairness regulations, the sources"


Sinclair's holding in Ohio include 5 TV stations:

WSYX/WTTE
1261 Dublin Rd.
Columbus, OH 43215
http://www.wsyx6.com/

Main Phone: 614-481-6666
News Fax: 614-481-6624
Community Affairs Fax: 614-481-6804

WSTR
5177 Fishwick Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45216
(513)641-4400x111
Jeff Fosco

WKEF & WRGT
1731 Soldiers Home Road
Dayton, OH 45418
(937)263-2662x1911
Glenda Hoagland

Besides some public statements (labor folks, Ohio Dems, ACT, etc. - you hear me?) about this, it's time for some calls to advertisers. I will post a list with contacts.

In the meantime, it looks like a few others have had a problem with WSYX. See this.

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