Fox Broadcasting rejects Obama's request for air-time
In a statement issued by Fox, "The Fox Broadcasting Company will not air the Presidential News Conference," and will air regular programming (detective drama Lie to Me) Wednesday night instead.
"Fox's sister networks, Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, will air the press conference in its entirety. Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8:00 PM (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network."
ABC, CBS and NBC have issued statements saying they will carry the president's telecast.
Though some will assume a political motivation to Fox's decision, the network has plenty of bottom-line reasons for refusing Obama's request.
Broadcasters have increasingly groused about the president's requests for airtime. Each interruption costs networks millions of dollars in advertising. Fox is the only major broadcast network without a dedicated news division and is typically the least-watched broadcaster when covering live news events. Meanwhile, sister network Fox News tends to draw larger audiences for this sort of coverage.
Fox carried the president's two other post-inauguration news events, and even moved TV's most popular show, American Idol, to make room for Obama's most recent telecast. The network has rejected presidential requests for primetime coverage from previous administrations of both parties in the past.
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