Rita: “Challenge For The Budget”

By Brian 

These hurricanes are likely to “come close to busting the budgets of a number of news divisions,” The Hollywood Reporter says, and quotes several execs:

> Paul Slavin, ABC: “It’s a challenge for the (news) budget this late in the budget year.”

> Marcy McGinnis, CBS: “These are the reasons why you save money during the year and make smart decisions…This has been one of the toughest years for breaking news that we’ve ever had. But the fact is that we have to cover it.”

> Unnamed exec: “We can still handle it. Barely, but we’ll be able to handle it.”

> Jack Womack, CNN: “There’s been an enormous commitment of resources. You’re right, it’s a lot of money. But (cover the news is) what we do.”