Fox To Air Obama Campaign Ad
Joins CBS, NBC in ad buy. Major League Baseball would have to push back start of game six of the World Series (if necessary) to accomodate.
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/15/2008 1:44:00 PM
Sources confirm that Fox will also air the half-hour political ad from Barack Obama on October 29.
The Obama campaign has already bought time on CBS and NBC for the political infomercial.
Major League Baseball would have to push back the start of game six of the World Series, if necessary, to accommodate Fox.
A spokesperson for Major League Baseball had not returned a call for comment at press time about whether they would move the start of the sixth game of the World Series back to after 8:30, but Fox confirmed Wednesday night in a report on Fox News Channel that MLB had agreed to push back the start of the game from 8:20 to 8:35, if necessary, to accommodate the ad..
Fox is contractually obligated to air the game, if it happens, and the Obama campaign was looking to roadblock the 8-8:30 half-hour.
ABC is believed to still be in discussions with the Obama campaign about options for the half hour given that they already have a scripted hour show at 8-9 on Wednesday--Pushing Daisies.
Why will MLB take a week off between now and the World Series? So it can get colder in Philly? So people can forget who's playing or lose interest all together? So they can push into November? A week off in a sport they usually play every day. Why not just take off until spring?
Joe - 10/16/2008 11:02:00 PM EDT
Clarence - 10/16/2008 10:46:00 AM EDT
Wow, when has there last been a major-network primetime roadblock for
a longform ad, be it for politics or anything else? Will he go for the CW
and myNetworkTV, too? Cable?
Also, it's not well-known, but if a political candidate wants to run a
campaign ad on public television or radio, they're allowed to. But it usually
results in a bunch of angry calls and po'd folks who probably would be
less likely to vote for the candidate.
James Nelson - 10/16/2008 12:45:00 AM EDT
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