Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Podcast: The next Fox News

Dan and Axios media reporter Sara Fischer dig into Sinclair Broadcasting, which has been scooping up former Fox News personalities and may be poised to win the multi-billion dollar auction for Disney's regional sports networks. It's a big turnaround story, and one that Fox News executives should be paying attention to.

Sinclair plots national expansion

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, the massive local conservative broadcaster that's been criticized for pushing Pro-Trump talking points, has been hiring a slew of ex-mainstream news anchors as it pushes into national news coverage. It's also reportedly in the running to buy up a handful of Fox's regional sports networks.

Why it matters: Sinclair's hiring spree suggests that it's looking to position itself as a national news competitor to Fox News ahead of the 2020 election, and as an overall competitor to big broadcasters with its foray into sports coverage.