Here’s something pretty telling. At the Fox affiliates meeting in Las Vegas, when Fox affiliate managers were asked how many of them would like to get O’Brien back into negotiations: just two or three out of the more than 100 affiliates raised their hands, B&C reports.
With O’Brien off the table, the meeting instead focused on retransmission consent and how top programming is shifting to cable from broadcast. Another topic of discussion was broadcasters’ concerns over the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to reclaim spectrum. The overall feeling at the meeting, which was closed to the press, was one of optimism, attendees told B&C after the meeting.
Also, affiliates are seeing ad sales rebound along with the economy, the article says.