NBC Looking to Scrap Emmys Tape Delay

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

In what would be a first for the Emmys telecast, NBC executives are seriously considering a plan to offer the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards live across the country when the network broadcasts the ceremony Aug. 29.

NBC just broke the same ground with the Golden Globes on Jan. 17, when it broadcast the 67th annual awards show live coast-to-coast for the first time. Previously, the Globes have aired live on stations in the Eastern Standard and Central time zones but have been telecast on a tape-delayed basis in the Western time zones representing some 22% of the country. In January, all NBC affiliates aired the Globes live, with stations in the Pacific time zone airing the kudofest live from 5-8. Eight Western affiliates also re-broadcast the Globes in primetime.


According to sources, NBC is in the process of discussing a similar live Emmys scenario with affiliates. More…