TMZ reporting the FOX network is putting the screws to some FOX affiliates to free up their 11pm to midnight time slots and make way for Conan.
The story doesn’t mention which FOX affiliates are holding out, but it does say some stations are hesitant clearing their schedules for Conan instead of airing reruns of say ‘The Office’ with which they make more money.
I could be wrong, but from what I know when local affiliates are airing network content, either in prime time or otherwise, they are lucky if they get even 2 minutes of commercial time out of the nearly 20 minutes of commercial breaks each hour.
Locally speaking, WSVN is running 100% self-generated content from 11pm to 12am. Their half-hour newscast ‘7News at 11’, which acts more as a wrap up of the day’s news, has been a cash cow for the station ever since it debuted. They even expanded it around 2002 to 30 minutes from the previos 15 minute length. The DecoDrive repeat at 11:30 is another icing on the cake, providing 8-9 minutes of extra ad revenue with only staff needed at the control room which would be there regardless.
It would be interesting to see how FOX’s alleged demands play out with WSVN considering they are one of the (if not the), strongest FOX affiliates in the country.