Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CBS joins other nets in charging stations for highly rated shows, likely leaving less money for news

CBS has joined other networks in asking local affiliates to pay for its highly rated evening programs, TVNewsCheck reports. in an interview with Editor Harry A. Jessell, CBS Affiliates Relations President Diana Wilkin said most, if not all affilates have accepted the new reality and "acknowledges that affiliates are being asked to pay a bit more to tap into the CBS Newspath news services."

Jessell notes that Wilkin once ran CBS affiliates in West Palm Beach and Jacksonville, Fla., but she surely knows that taking money from affiliates will probably leave them less money for their news departments.

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