NBC's TV stations, worried that they may have been sending viewers to Viacom's CBS, will no longer run ads from cable network TNT promoting Monday-night reruns of "Without A Trace." TNT, owned by Time Warner, bought time during NBC's Thursday-night broadcast of "ER" The problem is that "Without A Trace" original episodes are broadcast by CBS at the same time that NBC airs "ER."
Weaker-than-expected ratings for the first four weeks of the broadcast season as well as a potentially slow scatter market could indicate that the TV paradigm may be shifting. TV today faces a two-pronged assault from fragmentation and interactive formats, Diane Mermigas writes.
The Alliance for Public Technology has said California's pricing policy on UNE-P discourages competition, and the state PUC should ease regulations. The state's total element long run incremental cost pricing strategy should be scrapped, the group says.
Tom Selleck has been tapped to star in an upcoming A&E biopic about former President Eisenhower, tentatively dubbed "Eisenhower: Thunder in June." Bob DeBitetto, SVP original programming for the network, said although Selleck bears little resemblance to Ike, he has the ability to bring out the general's character.