Monday, September 26, 2005

Seven is....Infomercials?

This observation from an e-mailer on Sunday afternoon: "I was flipping through the channels this afternoon and discovered that KASN UPN 38 was showing Indy Car Racing from ABC. I flipped to KATV, and they were showing a movie. I just looked at this afternoon's schedule and noticed that KATV's afternoon lineup included infomercials, UCA's Clint Conque Show, and U of A's Houston Nutt Show.

What is up with that? This reminds me of the situtation that occurred several years ago when KASN carried ABC's College Football when KATV carried at the same time the Jefferson Pilot presentation of SEC Football.

I think it was in 1999 when a real debacle occurred when KATV failed to show any of ABC's New Years bowl coverage because KATV and ABC could not come to an agreement. Central Arkansas viewers lost one year of several bowl games that were carried by ABC, and I definitely know viewers complained. KATV could not get special permission to carry just the New Years Bowl games because they would not carry ABC's College Football coverage. Fortunately, a settlement was reached to allow KATV to some type of delay taping to present the ABC College Football Game following JP Sports.

This is not a complaint, but it makes me wonder why they chose to show a movie and infomercials than carry ABC's scheduled sports programming."


At 4:09 PM, September 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Part of the problem is that ABC will not let affiliate's join programs in progress or for that matter leave a show in progress.

If KATV has the agreement to air the football shows which are only 30mins, then ABC will not allow them to join the race already in progress. So, since they are "covering" the entire race they have to air infomercials until their coaches shows air. Same with some golf tournaments, if KATV doesn't carry it on Saturday, then they don't get to carry it on Sunday.

Seems weird, but it is only part of the issue.

At 5:14 PM, September 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When does the affliate contracts come up in Little Rock....The networks have been more hard line on their laggard afflis than in the past--as they should be.

Pretty much not much difference between a "heritage, respected station (KATV)" and a second-tier one (KWBF) any more.

At 5:18 PM, September 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probally so the old guys in East Arkansas who have been watching KATV since dinaosaurs ruled the earth can find the Razorback coach's show.

The rest of us (who *really* care about football--other choices for those who don't) are tuned into KTHV (CBS), and KLRT (FOX).

At 12:10 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get rid of Dale Nickerson,Rusty Mizel and Randy Dixion and that will do it and let Michelle Rupp be the GM and Beth Hunt be the President of KATV!

At 12:46 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Infomercials are good... let's me easily purchase an air-cleaner or food-sealer from the comfort of my home!

At 1:35 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to the original post:

Money, stupid. Don't get philosophical on me or talk about viewer preference here-- if showing ABC sports at that time brought in the $$$, then that's what they'd be doing.


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