Boston Station Won't Air Leno at 10PM

NBC execs cry breach of contract
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2009 8:07 AM CDT
Boston Station Won't Air Leno at 10PM
In this 2008 file photo, Jay Leno poses on the press line at the Silver Rose Gala held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

NBC’s Boston affiliate is refusing to air Jay Leno’s 10pm talk show when it begins in September, the Boston Globe reports. Though the station owner claims that a “unique agreement” with NBC allows this option, a network president called the move “a flagrant violation of their contract” and threatened to strip the station of its affiliation. In Leno’s place would be a local news show that the station believes would draw better ratings.

"We feel we have a real opportunity with running the news at 10pm," said the owner. "We don't think the Leno show is going to be effective in primetime. It will be very adverse to our finances." (More Jay Leno stories.)

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