BALTIMORE, Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that Scott Livingston has been promoted to Senior Vice President of News. The announcement was made by Chris Ripley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sinclair.
Mr. Livingston, has been Vice President of News since 2012 and currently oversees 73 news-producing stations, Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, Circa digital news, among many town halls and Connect to Congress. He has been with Sinclair since it began producing news at the company's flagship station, WBFF-TV (FOX 45) in Baltimore in 1991. He began as the Chief Photographer until 1997 when he was promoted to Assistant News Director. For ten years, from 2002 until his promotion in 2012, he served as the News Director for the station.
Sinclair President and CEO, Chris Ripley, said, "We are thrilled to acknowledge Scott's invaluable contributions to Sinclair with this well-deserved promotion. He has successfully led the largest local news organization in the country and delivered high-quality, informative news stories that matter to our local audiences and make a difference in their respective markets. Local news is an increasingly important and differentiating part of our program offerings. As we expand our local newscasts to 24/7 content centers and reach consumers on multiple devices and platforms, Scott will play a key role in leading our bright future of mobility, social and direct-to-consumer."
During his tenure as Vice President of News, the number of Sinclair owned or operated stations airing local news grew from 20 newsrooms to 73 news operations, and number of hours produced per week to more than 2,400. Mr. Livingston has been responsible for building a team of journalists that in five short years has earned hundreds of the industry's most coveted awards. Excellent storytelling and results-driven content have been the hallmarks of Livingston's and his team's success.
"This is a very exciting time in our industry as the intersection of digital and linear create new and exciting ways to inform and educate viewers," commented Mr. Livingston. "I have been fortunate to work for a company that has invested in local news over the years."
Mr. Livingston has won many personal awards in his field. He had the honor of winning the 1999 National Edward R. Murrow Award. He also won the Alfred DuPont Columbia University Excellence in Journalism Award for continuing coverage of how violence affects Baltimore's youth. He has been recognized with 23 Capitol Region Emmy awards and he is a three-time winner of the National Press Photographer Association's Regional Photographer of the Year. He's also winner of the prestigious Ted Yates award. The Associated Press has twice named Livingston Photographer of the Year. Most recently, Livingston was named one of the The Daily Record's Influential Marylanders in Communications for 2018.
Mr. Livingston began his TV career at WBOC in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland. He also worked at WLKY in Louisville, KY, WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Group W in Washington, and Evening Magazine.
Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. Pro forma for the Tribune acquisition (before any related divestitures), the Company will own, operate and/or provide services to 233 television stations in 108 markets. The Company has multiple emerging networks as well as stations affiliated with all the major networks. Sinclair is a leading local news provider in the country and a producer of live sports content. Sinclair's content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.