Here's another question Bert: Do you think that Sinclair is more concerned about filling up the DTV multiplexes of the stations that will be impacted by the UPN/WB merger, or holding on to whatever audience they had with UPN or WB? Maybe this is a "message from above" to our friends at Sinclair: Don't worry about trying to compete with the broadcast networks, use your bandwidth to compete with cable... Regards Craig Sinclair Shares Take Hit on Worries About CW Impact By Jay Sherman <http://www.tvweek.com>http://www.tvweek.com Shares in Sinclair Broadcast Group tumbled nearly 16 percent Tuesday as Wall Street began speculating about how the shuttering of The WB Network and UPN might affect the Baltimore-based station group. At the market's close Tuesday, Sinclair's shares had sunk $1.40 to $7.51, trading at four times their average volume. At issue is Sinclair's high concentration of WB and UPN stations, some of which will lose their affiliation as a result of the shutdown of The WB and UPN to make way for a new network called The CW. The new network, which will launch in September, will be owned 50-50 by WB parent Warner Bros. Entertainment and UPN parent CBS Corp. According to the company, Sinclair is in four markets where its ownership of a WB or UPN affiliate overlaps with that of WB or UPN stations owned by either CBS Corp. or Tribune Co.-a major WB affiliate that will become a major affiliate of The CW. Those markets are Tampa, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Norfolk, Va.; and Oklahoma City. In addition, Sinclair operates both WB and UPN affiliates in four other markets-Birmingham, Ala.; Milwaukee; Nashville; and Raleigh, N.C. "Some of our markets may benefit from the merger, while others may be negatively impacted," said Sinclair CEO David Smith. Mr. Smith said a preliminary review of the company's WB and UPN markets revealed that about 1 percent to 1.5 percent of total net broadcast revenues would be at risk. The company said it will discuss the impact in more detail during its Feb. 8 earnings conference call. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.