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By David Zurawik | August 14, 2012
DISH subscribers could lose access to WBFF and WNUV (Channels 45 and 54) at midnight Wednesday in a disagreement over retransmission fees. "Based on current state of negotiations, there's a risk DISH won't be carrying us after midnight Wednesday," Barry Faber, executive vice president for Sinclair Broadcast Group,  said this morning. WBFF is owned and WNUV is managed by Sinclair, which is based in Hunt Valley. "We're hopeful, we'll get a deal, but we're also realistic," he added, saying that Sinclair wants to keep viewers informed.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
In TV terms, there were two winners and one clear loser in Tuesday's night gubernatorial debate on WBFF-TV. The winners: State Delegate Heather Mizeur and the TV station itself. The loser: Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who declined to participate in Baltimore's only TV debate and was represented by an empty podium between his two opponents, Mizeur and Attorney General Doug Gansler. Fox 45 wins for its skilled use of TV imagery. The empty podium with Brown's name on the front was a perfect symbol for a candidate who looks as if he refuses to be held accountable to the people he wants to serve, of a candidate who will decide based on the terms of his political goals, not the citizens' need for information before going to the polls, how engaged he is going -- or not going -- to be with the voters.
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By David Zurawik | May 17, 2000
Emmy nominations were announced yesterday for local television stations -- and once again, WBFF (Channel 45) was the big winner among Baltimore's daily news operations. The staff that provides news for both WBFF and WNUV (Channel 54) earned 25 nominations overall -- 22 for news and three for promotion and graphics. The contest is sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which includes stations in Maryland, Washington and Virginia. The Baltimore stations with the second-greatest number of nominations were WJZ (Channel 13)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
WBFF-TV, the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate in Baltimore, will host a Democratic gubernatorial debate May 27, the station said Friday. Anchor Jennifer Gilbert will moderate the debate between Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has said he will not participate in the Baltimore TV debate. Here's the release from WBFF: BALTIMORE, MD (May 16, 2014) - WBFF FOX45 is pleased to announce that it has finalized plans to host a political debate between the Democratic candidates running in the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial primary election.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | August 20, 1991
What if you spent several million dollars to launch a local newscast -- and then found out its audience was only about as large as the one you already had watching reruns of "Simon & Simon"?That's the news WBFF-TV (Channel 45) got yesterday with the first ratings report card for "News at Ten," which was launched in June. The Nielsen audience survey for July said that about 19,000 Baltimore-area homes tuned in each weeknight to Channel 45's news, which airs from 10 to 11.The Channel 45 newscast did slightly better in the Arbitron ratings survey, with an audience measured at about 28,000 homes.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | September 13, 2000
David Smith, goes the word around town, is always worth a conversation - if not for the information gleaned then for the fun of it all. The colorful (read: often charming, often controversial and often profane) CEO of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group heads a Baltimore County company that owns or runs more than 60 stations in 40 markets. Yet Smith says he doesn't watch much television, saying he prefers to spend his evenings developing pictures in his darkroom at home. Even if he professes not to watch the news much, however, he sure knows how to make it. In an interview on Monday, Smith promised that the Sinclair flagship WBFF (Channel 45)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 13, 1991
"Robin Hood," at 8 tonight on WBFF-TV (Channel 45), is a real movie-movie.It has real stunts, real staging, great period detail, clever casting and lots of mud. In this telling of the adults' and children's classic, you need galoshes to survive Sherwood Forest. Being an outlaw in 12th century England required lots of mucking about.The film had been scheduled for release in movie theaters this summer. But because Kevin Costner is Robin Hood in another movie-movie scheduled to be released in real theaters this summer, this movie was sold to TV. Patrick Bergin plays this Robin Hood, and he's splendid.
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By Craig Timberg | June 21, 1991
WBFF-TV has fired its general manager, Bruce Lumpkin, less than three weeks after launching the nightly news program he helped create -- Channel 45's "News at 10."Citing "philosophical differences," station president David Smith said he relieved Mr. Lumpkin of his duties on June 14, but would not comment further."I'm not interested in saying any more because anything I say is going to be twisted around," Mr. Smith said yesterday.Mr. Lumpkin, 46, said he was "blindsided" by Mr. Smith's actions and said he could think of no philosophical differences more substantial than who should receive business cards at the station.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | February 6, 2003
WBFF-TV is about to lose two primary news presenters who acknowledge qualms about the new direction of the station's owners. Anchor Tony Harris, 43, is scheduled next month to become a main anchor at WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta. Weather forecaster Lori Pinson is leaving the station in the near future. The two are well-regarded by colleagues and viewers, who can also see them weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on sister station WNUV-TV. Harris brought a quick, dry wit and an unusual background to the Fox affiliate, which he joined seven years ago. He had worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, on HBO and on a syndicated television news magazine.
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By David Zurawik | September 23, 1995
WBFF anchorman Jeff Barnd will be leaving the station around Dec. 1 for Boston, where he will be first-string anchor at WLVI, an independent station."It's been a great ride, and taking this Boston gig has been one of the toughest decisions I ever had to make," Barnd said Thursday.He has been the top anchorman at WBFF (Channel 45) since 1991, when the local Fox affiliate started doing news.Barnd won a local Emmy last year."Jeff has done a great job for us, and I'm happy for him, because this is a great opportunity for him. But I'm going to miss him," said Joe DeFeo, the news director at WBFF.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
  Hard on the news that Baltimore viewers are scheduled to be excluded from a TV debate May 7 among Maryland's Democratic candidates, WBFF (Fox45) said Wednesday that it has "been negotiating for months" with  Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur for a debate in Baltimore. "We're still confident that details will be worked out," Mike Tomko, news director at the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate in Baltimore, said Wednesday morning in the wake of dueling press releases among the candidates arguing over a Baltimore-staged debate.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
Stephen Janis definitely took a path less traveled to the world of TV news. For one thing, he was already 47 years old when he got his first full-time TV job. And at that age, he had virtually no TV training or experience - had never even written a script. He had produced songs like the 1996 chart-topper “Let Me Clear My Throat” for the rapper DJ Kool, played on and scored parts of the soundtrack for John Waters' “Cecil B. Demented,” done first-rate reporting for the Baltimore Examiner, founded the Investigative Voice website and served as a substitute radio host for Ed Norris.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
Washington's WUSA and Baltimore's WBFF were the top news stations in their respective markets at the 55th Emmy Awards of the National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards ceremony was held Saturday night in Baltimore. WUSA won 11 regional Emmys, including two for Lesli Foster in the categories of best anchor and best consumer news series. Reporter Andrea McCarren won five Emmys for categories ranging from best single crime story to best serious report feature news.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
I don't tune into Baltimore's morning news shows expecting hard-hitting, revealing interviews. Traffic, weather, softer features and a few nuts-and-bolts news stories are the usual order of the day. But WBFF's Patrice Sanders stopped me cold on May 24 with an interview she did with Baltimore City Schools CEO Andres Alonso in response to an audit that found tens of thousands of federal stimulus dollars had been misspent on his watch. Alonso, who is stepping down at the end of June, was defensive, combative and, in the eyes of some Facebook responders, insulting in calling Sanders a liar, denouncing her questions and denigrating the station.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The story of Monte and Patrice Sanders just might be the classic fitness fairy tale. Girl hires trainer. Sparks fly over sit-ups. Trainer turns boyfriend, then fiance, then husband. Healthy, happily ever after. As Baltimore's newest power couple approach their first anniversary, they're closer than ever, indulging in candid displays of public affection, embarking on projects together, thinking about expanding their family and, after a fairly hushed courtship, talking about how a news anchor fell for a celebrity trainer.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Johns Hopkins Dr. Ben Carson, who has been all over the news following a controversial appearance last week on the Fox News channel, is scheduled for a hometown Fox appearance on WBFF this week. The Sinclair-owned Baltimore affiliate will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the "The Proper Role of Government. " Slated to appear with Carson are Towson University Professor Richard Vatz and radio host Mike Papantonio. Here's the Fox 45 Facebook listing: Fox 45 is hosting a town hall Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "The Proper Role of Government".
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 18, 1991
More changes were announced on the local television scene yesterday, as WBFF-TV named a new general manager and WJZ-TV said it was adding a half hour of news weekday at 5:30 a.m.Steve Marks, 34, is the new general manager at Channel 45, replacing Bruce Lumpkin who was fired last month shortly after the launch of the station's 10 p.m. news show."
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By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | February 8, 2006
Starting on May 1, nostalgic viewers with a hankering for reruns of All in the Family, Sanford and Son and other stalwarts will be able to tune in to the shows on a digital channel courtesy of WBFF, Channel 45, the station announced yesterday. The Fox affiliate, owned by Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., will carry a separate stream of programming on the digital subchannel, known as 45-2, which will be available via the Comcast, Millennium and Verizon cable TV systems in the Baltimore market.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2012
The money, politics and passions surrounding Question 6, the ballot referendum on Maryland's same-sex marriage law, are big, hardcore and hot. Just the kind of story that can go beyond the promotional slogans and be used to measure a local TV station's real commitment to news and public affairs. The relationship between advertising money coming in and news coverage going out offers a snapshot of what a station does with its resources -- and, perhaps, how much or how little it cares about balanced coverage and civic life.
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October 24, 2012
WBFF Fox 45 is planning to launch weekend morning news programs starting Jan. 20, according to Bill Fanshawe, the station's general manager. The news programs will air from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Sundays. Fox has a newscast from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. "I'm just working around the network schedule," Fanshawe said in an email, explaining the break in the local broadcast during the 9 o'clock hour. As for anchors, "We haven't named any talent yet," Fanshawe said.
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