Media Moves

Sinclair-owned Oregon TV station to cease operations

May 2, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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Taylar Ansures is a digital content producer at the Medford station, which is owned by the telecommunications conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group. Ansures said that on Thursday morning, their general manager informed the newsroom that the station will cease operations after Friday, May 12.

“They were planning to keep the entire community, all of Southern Oregon in the dark, all of our viewers in the dark, until our last day, until our last broadcast,” she said.

According to Ansures, the closure will affect all 17 people on their news staff, including managers.

According to a statement from Sinclair Broadcast Group, the network’s national news desk will take over starting Monday, May 15.

“The National Desk, which provides real-time national and regional news from Sinclair’s television stations across the US, will air during KTVL’s regularly scheduled news time periods, with an opportunity for local news cut-ins in the newscast,” the statement reads.

A Sinclair spokesperson did not provide further detail about local content or new programming. KTVL News Director Chad Hypes could not be reached for more information.

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