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Sinclair’s Charge! and Comet Add New Stations to Lineup

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BALTIMORE—Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced that its multicast networks have notably expanded their distribution by adding new stations to their lineup.  

On Sept. 1, Sinclair’s action and adventure multicast network Charge! added 7 new stations: Portland, OR (KATU), Salt Lake City (KUTV), Jacksonville (WLTV), Providence, RI (WJAR), Tucson (KOLD) and Johnstown, PA (WJAC).

Comet added 12 new stations on Sept. 1: Salt Lake City (KUTV), Vegas (KSNV), Jacksonville (WLTV), Memphis (WANT), Knoxville (WBIR), Spokane (KREM), Tucson (KMSB), Huntsville (WZDX), Waco (KCEN), Missoula (KECI), Wheeling (WTOV) and Butte (KTVM).

The multicast networks will be replacing MeTV, Sinclair reported. 

Earlier this summer, Sinclair announced (opens in new tab) that by September, the multicast networks will add over 13 million new households through upgrades and new affiliations in the top 50 DMAs, including New York, Atlanta, Boston, Portland Ore., Indianapolis, and Las Vegas. 

In addition to the expansion of the footprint of the networks, Sinclair said that it has signed new agreements that involve moving to stronger broadcast affiliates, several of which include DMA-wide MVPD carriage, through new agreements with CBS Stations, Cox Media Group, Nexstar Media Group, and Optimum, as well as adding nationwide carriage on Dish Network and Sling TV.

The networks have also made programming additions which have increased viewership in some time periods by double digits, Sinclair said. 

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.