Thanks to President Barack Obama, America’s still “got talent” tonight at 9 p.m.
In order to get NBC to broadcast his Wednesday night press conference, the White House agreed to move its previously announced 9 p.m. start time to 8 p.m., allowing the Peacock to air its heavily-promoted Susan Boyle edition of “Talent” in its regular 9 p.m. timeslot tonight.
With NBC on board, three of the four major broadcast networks will carry President Obama‘s primetime news conference about health care reform.
FOX was the only network to decline the White House request outright. It was not about to disturb tonight’s two-hour live broadcast of “So You Think You Can Dance,” and will instead direct viewers to Fox News for the presser. This is the second time FOX has ruled against covering an Obama press conference, a move the network has made in the past when the event’s purpose seemed less than urgent.
CBS, which airs only repeats on Wednesday nights, was the only network that immediately agreed to broadcast the president’s fourth primetime presser since taking office six months ago.
ABC News often has the highest-rated coverage of Obama’s primetime events and was leaning toward carrying the conference after the White House announced it on Friday. Its highest-rated Wednesday program, “Wipeout,” will move from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, and “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” will move to 10 p.m.
The ABC News special “Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil,” originally slated for 10 p.m. tonight, will now air Friday as a special edition of “20/20.”
Out of all the broadcast networks, NBC was the most reluctant to bump its programming for the president because “Talent” is the most-watched program of the summer. And tonight includes a heavily promoted interview with “Britain’s Got Talent” singing sensation Susan Boyle.
Faced with the prospect of only one or two major broadcasters — CBS and ABC — covering the event, the White House moved its start time to 8 p.m.
A White House representative told the Hollywood Reporter, “In speaking with various media outlets, we found that rescheduling for one hour earlier would help us to arrange for as many Americans as possible to hear directly from the President at the press conference.“
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