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CHERNIN TO AFFILS: THERE COULD BE HELL TO PAY IF NO DEAL
Published June 5, 1998
News Corp. President Peter Chernin told Fox affils that they "must show greater willingness to share programming costs with the network if they want to stay competitive," during Fox's affils conference in L.A., according to Davies & Rice of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Chernin: "(The) next time event programming becomes available, if Fox hesitates because of a worry about the financial consequences, I would contend that this would be potentially disastrous for us all." The comments came as Fox "was trying to hammer out an arrangement" with its affils regarding its $4.4B NFL deal (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 6/5). DAILY VARIETY's Jenny Hontz reports that Fox Sports Exec Producer Ed Goren told affils that Fox will be in a "war" with CBS next year for viewers. But Hontz writes that "the war was going on between Fox and its affils." Sources say that "heated words were exchanged in two closed-door meetings" between Fox and its affiliate board (Jenny Hontz, DAILY VARIETY, 6/5).