Fox Said to Be Confident Affiliates Would Carry Conan

By Andrew Gauthier 

Bloomberg

Fox TV executives considering a late-night talk show with Conan O’Brien are confident 60 percent to 70 percent of their local stations would be free to carry it, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Other stations may have program commitments that keep them from coming on board by September, when O’Brien, 46, is free to start working again, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to talk publicly.

O’Brien, who will consider all offers, would prefer to stay on broadcast TV and is interested in News Corp.’s Fox network, a person familiar with his thinking said. He was released from his NBC contract yesterday after refusing to host “The Tonight Show” in a later time period, a move designed to accommodate Jay Leno‘s return to 11:35 p.m. More…

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