I’m not a fan of WHDH-TV’s news, the NBC affiliate in Boston. I receive the four networks, which includes WCVB, WBZ & WFXT on Bell TV here in Canada.
I find 7 News’ ‘if it bleeds, it leads!’ news philosophy “virtually unwatchable”. But if there’s anything I’m in agreement with, it’s the decision to show news at 10pm rather than show Jay Leno’s new weekly talk show in its regular time slot.
Leno will be leaving “The Tonight Show” in June. His new prime-time show on NBC is scheduled to begin in September.
Ed Ansin, who owns WHDH’s parent company, told The Boston Globe he did not believe Leno’s new show would be successful. He said the station would do better financially with a news show that competes with Fox-affiliated WFXT-TV’s highly rated 10 p.m. newscast.
The move by WHDH has prompted a threat from NBC to strip the TV station of its network affiliation. NBC Network president John Eck said in a statement that WHDH’s move is a “flagrant violation” of its contract with the network.
To me, having Leno take over the weekly 10pm slot was a move by NBC programming head, Jeff Zucker basically to save money. The network has, in all intensive purposes, given up on putting together quality television against CBS and ABC in the 10pm lineup.
NBC’s ratings problems was a disaster waiting to happen. It all started in 1998 when the highly rated ‘Seinfeld’ left the airwaves. The network was also slow to embrace the ‘reality’ craze and its decision not to pick up shows that were offered to them such as “Desperate Housewives” has cost the network dearly.
In reality, NBC was looking at Leno going to ABC, which for a long time has wanted to compete with “The Tonight Show” and David Letterman, and they just couldn’t let that happen. Thus, the new show.
The NBC big-wigs need to reconsider the Leno deal. I’m sure other affiliates are screaming, as well!