Paul Faulhaber, executive producer of NBC Universal's Maury, also will serve as the EP of Tribune's The Bill Cunningham Show, which launches this fall, said Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting's president of programming and entertainment at NATPE in Miami on Monday (Jan. 24).
NBC Universal will serve as the show's distributor and barter advertising sales representative, and Cunningham will be shot at NBC Universal's facilities in Connecticut, where Maury, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos also are shot.
The show thus far will air on Tribune's stations, covering approximately 40% of the U.S., as well as on stations in the Local TV and Raycom groups, bringing the show's total clearance past 60%. While Tribune would like to see the show cleared nationally, Compton says it's not necessary in order for the show to launch.
Tribune tested the talker last summer, shooting several episodes in Chicago and airing them on a few Tribune-owned stations. Bill, known as Willie, Cunningham is an Ohio-based radio deejay with his own long-running weekday show on Cincinnati's WLW-AM, as well as a nationally syndicated weekend show.