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dfergie
04-23-2009, 02:05 PM
By Josef Adalian
The President Obama Show will be making an appearance in the May sweeps.
Officials from the Obama administration have asked the major broadcast networks for up to an hour of primetime next Wednesday at 8, according to sources familiar with the request. Mr. Obama wants the time for a news conference outlining his first 100 days in office.

The latest appearance falls on the first Wednesday of the May sweeps, which means networks also will have to reschedule some key programming.

Source & More: tvweek.com (http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/04/president_asks_for_primetime_s.php)

Jim S.
04-23-2009, 04:08 PM
The latest appearance falls on the first Wednesday of the May sweeps, which means networks also will have to reschedule some key programming.

"Have to"? Why don't they just run the normal programming? Anything he says can be summarized on the news later. Hasn't he damaged broadcast TV's scheduling and budget enough by delaying the digital transition?

digiblur
04-23-2009, 04:12 PM
"Have to"? Why don't they just run the normal programming? Anything he says can be summarized on the news later. Hasn't he damaged broadcast TV's scheduling and budget enough by delaying the digital transition?

Of course! Go green! But hey lets leave thousands of power hungry analog transmitters running. ;)

I can care less, I don't watch much network TV on Wednesday night anyways. I think the only thing that records on network TV on Wed is CSI.

mike123abc
04-23-2009, 10:07 PM
Discussion of 100 days accomplishments sounds like something for the normal news networks to carry, not worthy of a prime time prempt. The networks should say no.

ripnbigc
04-25-2009, 10:34 AM
Geez, he's on tv all the time.

jcrandall
04-25-2009, 10:39 AM
Lets avoid the political commentary. Thanks.

mike123abc
04-25-2009, 11:28 AM
I find presidential addresses extremely boring and worthless. Most could be summed up with one 30 second statement. That is what they are reduced to anyways by the news. It would be interesting to know what the ratings are for these. If we were suddenly at war, or other emergency news, then perhaps I would watch it.

This is not a political statement, I do not watch the President from either party. Just have them tape whatever they want, put it on the internet for anyone to watch and let the news guys and all the other politicians have at it.

State of the Union: A never ending list of applause lines, most of which are forgotten and never acted upon

Press Conference: A never ending list of questions from reporters about things that have already been asked 100x, what makes people think that the President will suddenly give a new answer?

Other Speeches (like this one): essentially a feel good commercial. I rather watch an infomercial. At least I would be suprised by what the wait there is more thrown in items...

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