Things aren’t looking good for the semiannual TV Critics Assn. press tour.
Nothing’s decided yet, but a meeting between TCA officials and network PR execs concluded with the broadcast nets declaring they may need to kill their portions of the tour. Cable and PBS are still a go, and it’s possible the broadcasters could fold their TCA events into the cable days.
The TCA is polling its membership about how to respond. And both sides will meet later this month to discuss the issues.
The bulk of TCA prexy Dave Walker’s letters to members, emailed earlier today, follows.
Sorry for the long e mail to follow, but there’s a lot of ground to cover. Please carefully consider its content and then respond as requested.
Summary: A TCA meeting with the networks about the WGA strike’s impact on the January 2008 TV tour resulted in a discussion of a shortened event in lieu of possible cancellation. Cable and PBS are interested in substantial presentations, but commercial broadcast networks will have budget issues regardless of strike length. There are several questions to be answered before proceeding, one of which is likely TCA member attendance at a strike tour.
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