Sinclair Creates Virtual Triopoly in Columbus

By Andrew Gauthier 

Sinclair Broadcast Group has reportedly inked a shared services agreement to manage Columbus CW-affiliate WWHO, which would give the company a virtual triopoly in the market.

Sinclair owns ABC-affiliate WSYX and manages Fox-affiliate WTTE for Cunningham Broadcasting.

While WSYX and WTTE currently operate out of the same building, Sinclair CFO David Amy told Broadcasting & Cable that there were no immediate plans to move WWHO’s operations into the same complex.

“It’s early on,” Amy told B&C. “Right now they’re in their own facility.”

Sinclair was a contender to buy WWHO when LIN Media put it on the market last year.  LIN eventually sold the station to Manhan Media.

WWHO is the only station that Manhan currently owns.

In addition to owning WSYX, and now managing both WTTE and WWHO, Sinclair operates the market’s MyNetworkTV and This TV affiliates, which air on WSYX’s digital subchannels.