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@irishbearaz @hanoversports Actually, this is a very loose interpretation of the rule. A certain percentage of programs must air each quarter, and if the schedule is changed too often a station can be penalized. Pre-emptions are almost always to the detriment of the station's quarterly report (i.e.--there'd better be a very good reason, and VCU/Michigan basketball in San Diego ain't one of them). Yes, the stations decide which E/I shows they will pick up and air and at what "regular" airtimes the station assigns them weekly, but that has nothing to do with the FCC edicts on how they are shown. If this station aired Liberty's Kids one week at 7am, the next week at noon, the following week on Sunday instead of Saturday, etc, etc, they'd have some issues. I'm not saying I agree with the rules, I'm just saying they exist, and, for the stations I programmed for, it was more than just 3 hours a week.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on CBS San Diego Affiliate preempts the NCAA Tournament for .... Cartoons | March | 2013
The "cartoons" are actually required children's programming that the FCC mandates over-the-air broadcast stations air weekly. There are minimum hour requirements and strict regulations regarding pre-empting and moving them. I used to work in TV scheduling and know the headaches firsthand. So, actually, this doesn't completely surprise me, since San Diego State wasn't playing, and, let's face it, San Diego isn't exactly the hotbed of college basketball.
Oh, please. Simms was off his game, but I'll take Phil any day over Troy "heckuva" Aikman at Fox. Can't wait for his inane analysis during the Super Snow Bowl.....
10 months ago on Top potential candidates to replace Phil Simms at Super Bowl L | February | 2013