The Sinclair Broadcast Group, which runs a number of local news stations across the country, has purchased Circa's intellectual property and technology for $800,000, and is working on the relaunch. The plan is to hire about 70 journalists to go along with former Washington Times executive, John Solomon, who has already been brought on to run the show. In addition to the original reporting, the new Circa will also offer video provided by Sinclair's various stations.
Rob Weisbord, the vice president and chief operating officer of Sinclair’s Digital Group, said he was interested with the "follow me" feature that allowed for content curation by the end user. Solomon noted the new Circa will offer an "irreverent tone" and "user-generated content and letting readers make up their own minds about stories" because he claims that is what appeals to younger audiences.
No word yet on when we can expect the new Circa or apps, but it sounds interesting.