Sharing That Syndication Gravy

An FCC ruling allows the networks to sop up some of the profits

Old television programs do not die; they go into syndication. M*A*S*H, which left the CBS schedule in February after eleven years of increasing popularity, is syndicated to hundreds of independent stations around the U.S.; it can be seen ten times weekly in New York City alone. Golden oldies like The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy have been in syndication for more than a decade. There is big money in syndicating such shows. The independent stations pay top rates for them...

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