President wants final 15 minutes from networks

President George Bush wants a final 15 minutes from the Big Four nets on Thursday.

The White House on Monday asked ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for 10-15 minutes of primetime airtime for a live farewell address to the nation. It would be Bush’s last public appearance until he greets President-elect Barack Obama at the inauguration on Jan. 20, the Associated Press reported.

The nets were officially noncommittal as of late Monday, but it seems likely that most, if not all, will grant the request, although some may argue that the address may not be especially newsworthy and will have plenty of coverage on cable and other outlets.

If the address sticks with tradition and goes at 9 p.m. ET, it would preempt or delay in East Coast markets tentpole shows including ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “The Office” and CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

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