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Fox Affiliates Lukewarm on Wanting Conan O’Brien for Latenight

Jan 12, 2010  •  Post A Comment

A number of Fox affiliate executives told B&C that they’re lukewarm on the idea of having Conan O’Brien do a latenight show for the network, if he decides to leave NBC.

The affiliate executives said their stations are locked into syndication contracts which would make clearing a new latenight show tricky, or they have new 11 p.m. newscasts. Moreover, they said they are likely to lose ad inventory, should the network take over the time slot.

The affiliates spoke only off the record and B&C said its calls to Fox affiliate board chairman Brian Brady weren’t returned.

–Elizabeth Jensen

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  1. I work for the Fox affiliate in Boston..for sales and image reasons we would be thrilled to have Conan on Board.
    We would prefer the start be at 11:30PM and not 11PM so we don’t lose our 11PM newscast. Long term he is the best option for all of Fox and the best reason to launch a late night show NOW and not later.
    Syndicated contracts can be adjusted, bring us Conan ASAP.

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