CBS ‘ET’ group deal confirmed

Steve Goldman, president of Paramount Domestic Television, Wednesday confirmed that his division has completed the largest group deal in the history of “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hard Copy” with the CBS owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The multiyear deal (Daily Variety, June 25) renews both “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hard Copy” in prime access on WCBS-TV and moves both shows from Los Angeles’ KNBC to KCBS in the fall of ’94.

The move has been expected since KNBC’s announcement Wednesday that it had licensed the new Warner Bros. magazine show “Entertainment News Television” for fall 1994.

Additionally, the deal also renews “ET” on WBBM in Chicago, while “Hard Copy” remains on NBC-owned WMAQ — under terms of an earlier multiyear deal.

The long-term deal represents the first time “Entertainment Tonight” has been sold on a group basis in the top three markets and represents the first time that “Hard Copy” will air on the same group-owned stations on both coasts. “ET” currently airs in 178 markets covering 94% of the country. “Hard Copy” airs in 150 markets now covering over 90% of the country.

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