The package was composed in 2002 for Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned News Central affiliates until 2007 after the episode with SESAC that required stations to pay higher fees to SESAC (and not Stephen Arnold Music) this News Music Package was replaced by Daily News by Gari Communications for its owned News Central affiliates.
Sinclair Broadcast Group dropped the Sinclair News Music Package for a non-SESAC published theme with a different music provider in 2007 As a result, Stephen Arnold Music moved 4 of the Sinclair themes into U-phonix. The entire package was not absorbed, and not all cuts (edits and mixouts) were included either.
Stations that have used Sinclair News Music PackageEdit
Stations that Dropped Sinclair News Music Package (pre-2007)Edit
WTXL (the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee, Florida) was under an outsourcing agreement in 2001 with Sinclair, the station moved from its original studios on Thomasville Road into the WTWC building in Killearn Lakes Plantation (on Deerlake Road) on March 17, 2002. On February 20, 2006, the partnership between the stations was dismissed after Southern Broadcast Corporation of Sarasota terminated the agreement with Sinclair. WTXL moved out of the WTWC building and discontinued producing news briefs, severe weather cut-ins, and local weather updates for the station, which it had produced since 2001.
WUHF (the Fox affiliate in Rochester, New York) dropped this news package in August 2005 as Sinclair Broadcast Group entered into a Local Service Agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting, the owners of Rochester's CBS affiliate, WROC-TV. Sinclair agreed to be the subordinate entity allowing Nexstar to control programming for WUHF. The News Central format was abandoned, and news broadcasts on WUHF ceased on September 1, 2005. The 10pm newscast returned to air on November 1 under the title "First at 10" and currently features WROC-TV's on-air staff.