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Apr 8, 2002  •  Post A Comment

`Wednesday 9:30′ shelved by ABC after two airings
Los Angeles-ABC will put its new midseason comedy “Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)” on hiatus beginning this week after just two airings, a network spokesman confirmed Friday. The time slot will be filled with new episodes of “The Job” beginning this Wednesday.
Groups request review of ruling on station cap
Washington-The National Association of Broadcasters and the Network Affiliated Stations Alliance formally asked the U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday to review a recent decision directing the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider a rule barring broadcasters from owning TV stations reaching more than 35 percent of TV households.
Energy and Commerce to meet on DTV this week
Washington-The House Energy and Commerce Committee will convene the fourth in its series of roundtables about the digital TV transition this week. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., prepped last week by meeting with studio executives and representatives of the creative community in Hollywood.
Writers Guild authorizes strike against CBS News
Los Angeles-The Writers Guild of America has authorized a strike against CBS News, whose contract with the Guild expired April 1. No strike date has been set. The contract also applies to older CBS-owned stations and some areas of CBS Radio. The WGA’s membership at CBS News includes writers, editors and desk assistants. The issues include hiring of nonunion workers as well as job security and salaries.