NBC Enterprises has sold its half-hour, first-run offering, The Chris
Matthews Show, in nine of the top 10 markets
for a fall 2002 launch.
The weekend news and commentary show, from the host of
co-owned MSNBC's Hardball, is now cleared in 70 percent of the country.
The majority of the top-10 stations carrying the show are
NBC-owned, but stations from a laundry list of other groups are on board,
including ones from Hearst-Argyle Television Inc., Gannett Co. Inc., A.H. Belo Corp., Cox Broadcasting,
Scripps-Howard Co., LIN Television Corp. and Clear Channel Communications Inc.
The show will be produced by NBC News out of Washington,