"The Point" has been on for a little over a year if memory serves me correctly. It usually appeared at the end of the news broadcasts on ABC and Fox at 11pm and 10pm respectively. The spots used to run about 30 seconds, as the election neared the Point got longer and longer and also started appearing after the 5 or 5:30 edition of the local ABC news.
Yes, Mark Hymen is the Exec VP of Sinclair. He's the one that pulled Ted Koppel reading the names of the dead soldiers from Iraq earlier this year. He is also the one that required everyone of his Sinclair outlets to air "Stolen Honor," the anti-kerry piece.
Here's part of his bio
He served briefly in the Army before attending college on an Army ROTC scholarship. He was later accepted to the U. S. Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1981. He served as a naval officer on ships assigned to the East and West coasts and he served in the U.S. Navy’s European headquarters in London. He has conducted worldwide travel with extensive time spent in the Middle East. He left active duty in 1989 and became employed as a civilian in the Office of Naval Intelligence, which included assignments with the U.S. On-Site Inspection Agency as a disarmament treaty weapons inspector in former Warsaw Pact countries. A Captain in the Naval Reserve, he has served in leadership positions in CIA’s National Warning Staff, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office and he is currently a Commanding Officer in the Naval Reserve’s Space and Network Warfare Program.
In 1995, he attended Johns Hopkins University on an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives. He joined Sinclair in 1997 as the Director of Government Relations and was promoted to his current position in 1999. He is an officer and director of the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Broadcasters Association. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News and NPR, on local radio stations, has been interviewed in national publications including the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today, and he hosts "The Point with Mark Hyman", televised commentaries appearing on Sinclair TV stations with a daily household audience more than four million viewers. He has been a speaker and panel member at numerous conventions and he has testified before Congress.
Fact is, he probably knows a lot more than you or I do about the world at large, and while I don't like his social policy, he's fucking gold as far as foreign issues go.
And the point is part of "News Central", whose unofficial motto ought to be "Because Fox News is full of liberal pansies."