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Location: Historic College Park In Lake Worth, FL, USA
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That's right. And if you want to try and predict how thing will change, just "follow the dollar". Whatever is most profitable for a company is what it will do.
If you're losing you network carriage compensation, you might as well explore the business model of buying rights to syndicated programming and producing more local programing on your own. You pick up a lot more available commercial time that you can sell on your own that was previously held by the network, which adds considerably to potential profit.
As an employee of a network affiliate, I hate to admit this, but the network/affiliate business relationship makes less and less since as the television distribution landscape changes (the proliferation of cable and DBS). One thing is certain and that is that our business WILL evolve considerably. I have to maintain my skills and learn new ones to make myself valuable to my current employer and to anyone else who might oneday become a preeminent local/regional producer and/or distributor of television programming in my area in the future. We are about to enter very "fluid" times in our industry and there will be forces at work that are beyond our control, as employees, other than being the best we can be at what we do. Because history has shown that technology will allow television producers and broadcasters to "do more with less".
WPTV/WFLX West Palm Beach, FL