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Old January 28 2011, 06:24 PM   #9
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Re: Conan falls, Leno still #1

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FOX is stupid for not doing a Late night program with Conan.
Fox's head of programming wanted it to happen, but Fox's affiliate stations vetoed it.
It's not that the affiliates revolted (that's what happened with NBC and Leno's primetime show), it's that since Fox does its nightly news at 9 p.m. (Central) as opposed to the 10 p.m. slot that everyone else does, Fox affiliates across the country have syndication deals set in stone for the 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. hours, many of which are long-term. Fox would have had to buy out all of those contracts.
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