ABC Affiliates Want 10 P.M. Hits
175 stations turn up for Los Angeles confab with network
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/26/2010 5:27:23 PM
New affiliates board chairman Bill Hoffman said the stations body and the network see eye to eye on most big issues. “We want to keep engaged in problem solving with the network,” he said before Wednesday's afternoon session, “in a way where we both emerge stronger and better equipped for the changing world ahead of us.”
Hoffman runs Cox’s leading WSB Atlanta. He succeeds Darrell Brown atop the affiliates board, a two-year assignment.
The issue of retransmission consent was more divisive. Networks are pushing for a cut of stations’ retransmission consent revenue as part of their affiliation agreements. Affiliates are typically torn between understanding the network’s need to stay flush, and struggling to meet their escalating demands. “It remains an issue for a chunk of the country’s affiliates,” said Hoffman, “who are in negotiations right now for their affiliation agreements.”
The affiliate bodies representing NBC and CBS met with their networks last week, while the Fox body did so in Las Vegas last month.
Execs from both ABC and sister cable network ESPN addressed the affiliates in Southern Cal, who made their opinions felt about major sports events shifting to cable.
Other pressing issues include the affiliates’ desire to see ABC build on its recent success of birthing sitcoms such as Modern Family, and its hope that the 2010-2011 schedule will attract more male viewers. ABC presented its new schedule in New York last week; attention grabbers include the dramas No Ordinary Family and Detroit 1-8-7 and the comedy Mr. Sunshine.
As the ABC affiliates board brought up at its meeting in Las Vegas last month, special attention needs to be paid to ABC’s 10 p.m. hour. “It’s such valuable real estate,” said Hoffman, “as it feeds into our local late news.”
Hoffman said the affiliates want to increasingly tap ABC parent Disney’s technological know-how to better put content in front of users on all platforms. “Hopefully we’ll get some good economic business models together to monetize,” he said.
What is wrong with abc to take bonnie hunt off, it was
a relaxing and interesting show, and I think all her
guest loved her. That show you have in her spot is
so stupid what is wrong with abc didn't they watch
this before they ran it.
sandra durbin - 9/15/2010 10:19:23 AM EDT
With the strike of the pen, broadcasters will have us watching only 30 minutes of the race each hour and thirty minutes to commercials. I perferr the races on EPSN, over the O.T.A.. They must think they can make billions for the broadcast. The WKRN hdtv viewers scored one for us. Congress, or broadcasters have control and it not us.
RV_OWNER - 5/27/2010 11:08:58 AM EDT
The problem with sports on ABC is, when the local stations broadcast local weather because of wind, rain, floods, tornados, and hurricanes with live talent or on screen graphics the sporting events are done away with, that is why it is better when the coverage is on ESPN where it is not interupted, plus I have see race car coverage interupted on ABC and moved to unknown ESPN channels that is not even on my local Comcast channels. I live in Murfreesboro, TN and was watching the Indy race on ABC WKRN-TV when they first started with on screen graphics, and then live talent on camera while going back to the race, however, they dumped the race and never went back to it, and was the Indy race placed anywhere, NO, and did they say during the weather coverage who was winning or who won the race, NO. I HAD TO LOOK ON THE INTERNET WHO WON. AND THAT IS WHY ALL SPORTS COVERAGE NEEDS TO BE ON CABLE, WHERE IN WILL NOT BE MOVED OR INTERUPTED. THE LEAST THIS STATION COULD HAVE DONE IS MOVE IT TO ONE OF THE OTHER HDTV CHANNELS IS HAS AT LEAST FOR THE FOLKS WHO HAVE HTDV SETS AND CAN AT LEAST WATCH WHAT THEY WANT TO. BTW THE OTHER STATIONS CAN DO THE SAME THING, WE CAN'T CONTROL THE WEATHER, BUT WE CAN WATCH WHAT WE WANT TO ON TELEVISION, AFTER ALL WE HAVE TO PAY FOR WHAT WE WATCH ON CABLE TV.
Kenneth Byers - 5/27/2010 8:30:44 AM EDT
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