Could News Corp lose right to broadcast in the US
Thu Jul 21 11:20:08 EDT 2011
Paley wanted WEEI-TV on channel 5 badly but as we found out later the 'fix' was in for the Herald-Traveler.
WBBM-TV Chicago as the most profitable of the CBS O&O's...
Paley was hands on - he ordered WBBM to become all news as he was afraid Westinghouse would make WIND all news even though the talk format was very popular.
From: Sid Schweiger <email@example.com>
Sender: boston-radio-interest-bounces@tsornin.BostonRadio.orgDate: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:06:04
Subject: RE: Could News Corp lose right to broadcast in the US
"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.
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