The recent acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.9 billion is fueling speculation that Sinclair is positioning itself to take on Fox News.
According to Politico the Maryland-based Sinclair is a right-leaning network that is going to position itself “as a rival to Fox News.”
Many are wondering if Sinclair has its sights set on Fox News, which has undergone a massive shakeup over the past year.
There is a respected pool of talent that has left Fox headed by cable news rating king, Bill O’Reilly. If O’Reilly were to join the new operation, it would bring an instant audience.
As part of the deal, Sinclair will acquire WGN America which is seen about 80 million homes around the country. Fox News has a reach of about 90 million households.
Sinclair has enjoyed a good relationship with the Trump administration. As The Washington Post reported:
Sinclair-owned stations and its Washington bureau scored 15 “exclusive” interviews with Trump over the past year, including 11 during the final three months of the campaign in critical states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio. They did 10 more with Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, from August through October, as well as 10 with Trump surrogates, primarily Ben Carson. Sinclair stations aired five such interviews with Clinton running mate Tim Kaine and two with Chelsea Clinton but none with Clinton or another top surrogate