Press: Lights Out

Wee-hours TV news flops

It looked like the fertile territory for network TV news. Stymied by the resistance of affiliate stations to proposals for an hour-long evening newscast, troubled by the growth of Ted Turner's round-the-clock Cable News Network, and eager for new advertising opportunities, all three networks turned last year to the postmidnight, wee-hours wasteland of reruns and B movies. NBC and ABC each added an hour of late, late news; CBS added four. Vowed NBC News President Reuven Frank: "If changing life-styles mean people are ready to watch, we will...

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