Sinclair circling Sean Hannity

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Politico

Sinclair Broadcasting is zeroing in on Sean Hannity's team. As its executive chairman David Smith prepares to launch a competitor to Fox News, he has met in the last few months with the executive producer of Hannity's top-rated show on Fox, Porter Berry, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Berry is not the only person connected to Hannity who Smith has gone after. The Sinclair boss has also been wooing Sean Compton , a Tribune Media programming executive who is close friends with the Fox host. Meanwhile, Smith has been meeting with other potential future employees, including several current and former Fox News on- and off-air staff, such as Greta Van Susteren and Trump favorite Jeanine Pirro. But targeting the top producer linked to Fox News' number one talent represents a major shot across the bow. Fox News and Sinclair did not respond to requests for comment. Smith has yet to settle firmly on his plans for a Fox News rival, which are contingent on Sinclair's $3.9 billion merger with Tribune...

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