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Here’s What ABC O&Os Currently Run in Katie Couric’s Future Spot

ABC has cleared the 3 p.m. time slot for Katie Couric‘s new talk show, which is set to debut in September 2012. Here’s a rundown of what ABC O&Os currently have at 3:00, as well as 4 p.m.:

3:00 4:00
WABC “General Hospital” Local News
KABC “Dr. Oz”* Local News
WLS “Inside Edition”/”Jeopardy!” Local News
WPVI “General Hospital” Local News
KGO “7Live” (KGO-produced lifestyle show) Local News
KTRK “Millionaire?”/ “Inside Edition” Local News
WTVD “General Hospital” Local News
KFSN “Rachael Ray” Local News*

*Debuting in the fall after summer of “Oprah” repeats.

ABC Announces Deal with Couric that Includes O&Os’ 3 p.m. Time Slot

It’s official: Katie Couric has signed a new deal with ABC to host and produce her own syndicated talk show as well as join the ABC News team.

In announcing the multi-year, multi-platform agreement, ABC said that Couric’s new talk show, which will be helmed by Jeff Zucker, has already been cleared in the 3 p.m. time slot at the eight stations owned and operated by ABC, which reside in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.

“Katie Couric is one of television’s iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her,” said Anne Sweeney, president of the ABC Television group, in making the announcement. “We look forward to having Katie join the best News team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talk show franchise.”

Couric’s daytime talk show is set to premiere in September 2012. Clearing the show in a coveted time slot was a major factor in Couric’s negotiations with networks this spring. According to The New York Times, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor tried to get NBC to clear its stations’ 4 p.m. spot for her.

Local TV Eyes Fate of ‘Windy City Live,’ as WLS’s ‘Oprah’ Replacement Stumbles Out of the Gate

It’s still early to be sure but WLS‘s local replacement for the recently departed “Oprah Winfrey Show” has yet to find a strong foothold in the ratings.

Windy City Live,” with hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner, is the ABC O&O’s big bet that Chicago viewers will tune into a local lifestyle show during the 9 a.m. time slot that served as Oprah’s platform for 25 years. So far the show hasn’t been able to sustain a significant amount of viewers from its “Good Morning America” lead-in and Chicago Tribune media columnist Phil Rosenthal points out that its fate bears significance beyond the time slot.

“There isn’t a smart person in local media, whether they work at WLS or not, who isn’t rooting for ‘WCL’ to prove its viability,” writes Rosenthal: Read more

In Talks with NBC, Couric Demanded a 4 p.m. Guarantee at Stations

ABC is expected to announce a deal with Katie Couric today that hinges on the former “CBS Evening News” anchor’s potential as a syndication star.

Couric and her team, which includes her former “Today” cohort Jeff Zucker, believe that she can fill the daytime hole left by Oprah and this was a key part of the negotiations with ABC, as well as CBS and NBC.

According to The New York Timesdetailed account of Couric’s network negotiations, her team went as far as to demand that NBC have its stations hold Oprah’s longtime 4 p.m. time slot for her. When NBC wouldn’t provide this guarantee, Couric bumped CBS and ABC to the top of her list.

Eventually ABC won out with a pitch that included both its syndication experience and an offer for Couric to regularly contribute to its news division. By all accounts, the deal does not include any time slot guarantees on behalf of ABC stations.

Miami’s WSVN Drops Controversial Talk Show

Miami Fox-affiliate WSVN has dropped a spanish-language talk show following a months-long campaign by the the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation that condemned the show for its regular use of derogatory language.

The controversial talk show, “Jose Luis Sin Censura,” has been described as a Spanish-language “Jerry Springer.” It is syndicated on stations around the country and WSVN had been airing it on a digital subchannel.

In addition to WSVN’s decision to drop the show, GLAAD and NHMC announced on Thursday that Time Warner Cable and AT&T have withdrawn their advertising.

“Jose Luis Sin Censura” thrived on the same toxic studio environment that made “Jerry Springer” a hit. Critics of the show have condemned its frequent inclusion of anti-gay slurs, often shouted at the show’s guests by crowd-members. Video of the show inside… Read more

Orlando’s WFTV Replaces Oprah with Casey Anthony

Orlando’s WFTV has found a replacement for Oprah: Casey Anthony.

In the wake of Oprah’s departure, WFTV has decided to run coverage of the Casey Anthony trial in the TV icon’s longtime time slot instead of repeats of her final season.

“We’re here to serve an audience. The market has more interest in Casey on trial than in repeats of a show that has been canceled,” WFTV news director Bob Jordan told the Orlando Sentinel recently, referring to “Oprah.”

WFTV’s competitors have been drawing significant audiences with daytime coverage of the Anthony trial so the station decided to put its hat in the ring. WFTV’s sister station WRDQ is now airing live coverage of the trial from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays with WFTV taking over at 4.

“We have to be in the game,” Jordan said. “We’re not going to sit here and let them take this.”

What TV Looks Like Without Oprah

It’s O-Day +1. The first day in 25 years stations across the country are not airing “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In Chicago, which is O-town, “Windy City Live” took to the air at 9am, with video of …. Oprah. “As Oprah ends 25 years and says goodbye, we say hello, Chicago,” said hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, then in unison, “This is the very first Windy City Live!”

In Philadelphia, in Oprah’s old slot, it’s the new “Action News at 4,” with the same WPVI theme music used since 1972. New newscasts also debuted in New York, Raleigh and Atlanta and will later today in several other markets as well.

Stations Look Toward Local News Profitability in a Post-’Oprah’ World

As stations around the country prepare to launch newscasts in Oprah’s long-held time slot, many are questioning the thinking behind replacing a syndicated juggernaut with an expansion of local news.

Pointing to WABC, a recent article in the New York Post lays it out plainly:

“Oprah” cost the station $60,000 an episode, or as much as $1.2 million a month, and while the large audience brought in buckets of advertising cash, the station had to share it with a syndication agent.

With the local news, it may be losing the $50,000 “Oprah” commanded for a local 30-second spot for something like $2,000 a spot during its local news, but it gets to keep all of the fewer ad dollars that roll in.

And producing an hour of news isn’t quite as pricey as buying “Oprah.”

While Madison Avenue experts wonder if, say, WABC’s decision to air a 4 p.m. newscast will pay off, stations are hoping that a post-”Oprah” world will be a profitable one.

Mary Hart’s Final ‘Entertainment Tonight’

The season of lasts continues on TV. Tonight is Mary Hart‘s final “Entertainment Tonight.”

During the final show, which was taped yesterday, Hart was surprised by former co-hosts Bob Goen, Rob Weller, and John Tesh.

Hart, who has been with the show since 1982, will be replaced by former “Access Hollywood” host Nancy O’Dell, who is a former reporter at WPDE-TV in her native Myrtle Beach, later morning news anchor WCBD-TV in Charleston, before moving to Miami’s WTVJ where she was an anchor/reporter.

There was Katie Couric last night. Next week Oprah Winfrey signs off, and two weeks after that, Meredith Vieira says goodbye to “Today” viewers.

And while Hart has been with the show longest, she wasn’t there from the start. To the way-back YouTube machine!

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Cox, Raycom, Scripps Team Up to Launch Syndicated News Show for Younger Generation

Cox, Raycom, and Scripps, who combined own and/or operate 70 stations across the country, announced this week that they are joining forces to launch a new syndicated show that will attempt to “reach a new generation of news viewers.”

The hour-long show, titled “RightThisMinute,” will try and capture the attention of the younger generation by incorporating social media, citizen journalists, and using unconventional approaches to storytelling.

“All three of the station group owners are known for producing news that appeals to a broad local audience,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Scripps. “‘RightThisMinute’ extends our expertise to an entirely new generation of viewers who have come to expect an interactive experience when accessing relevant news and information.” Read more

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