Could News Corp lose right to broadcast in the US

Sid Schweiger
Thu Jul 21 11:06:04 EDT 2011

"There was a time that Black Rock considered WCBS-TV the network. ABC and NBC at least went black during local breaks - CBS kept feeding channel 2."

Probably because CBS, particularly CBS News, provided a lot of local programming for WCBS-TV.  The late Fred Friendly, while he was running CBS News, raged impotently that "Channel 2 News" had been taken away from him and placed under Channel 2 management.  There is a video on TVArk of Robert Trout's last newscast for WCBS-TV, in which he promos his replacement, Jim Jensen (the same one that worked at WBZ-TV).

Historically the networks' local stations always brought in far more profit than their networks did.

Sid Schweiger
IT Manager, Entercom New England
20 Guest St / 3d Floor
Brighton MA  02135-2040

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