NBC, affils adjourn with issues unresolved

NEW YORK — NBC wrapped up its affiliate meeting in Phoenix Wednesday celebrating the web’s first-place finish for the TV season, but with no resolution in sight on program exclusivity.

Affiliates again raised the exclusivity issue after watching NBC put several of its own programs, including “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”

and a weekend edition of “Dateline NBC,” on its cable channels. Ongoing meetings haven’t yielded an agreement on the matter, but NBC, in a good-faith effort to reach agreement, made recent concessions by pulling “Late Night” off CNBC and renaming “Dateline” on MSNBC.

“What we’ve been doing the last few months is having a very open and candid dialogue about why it’s not so simple to just do what affiliates would like us to do,” said NBC Network prexy Neil Braun, in a conference call with reporters, who were barred from the meeting. He added that talks would continue, with a third gathering of major station-group owners to be scheduled shortly.

But “there was no expectation on the part of anyone coming into this meeting” that a firm proposal would be on the table, said Doug Adams, president and general manager of KXAS Dallas.

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