Sinclair and its newly acquired WJLA-TV Washington have hit on a way to program primetime, town hall meetings on topics of interest without having to preempt network programming — it is an ABC affiliate.
The Sinclair station has slated a half-hour town hall meeting on the midterm elections for Oct. 30 at 6:30. The station is billed as holding the meeting, but it will not carry it on air, which would necessitate preempting ABC programming. Instead, it will be taped for air on co-owned regional news network NewsChannel 8 at 8: 30 p.m. and will be streamed on not only WJLA's web site but all Sinclair TV station websites across the country.
Sinclair lined up similar carriage for a town hall meeting on terrorism Oct. 1 — the first such collaborative effort — and on the Ebola threat Oct. 27.
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