The History of the Holy War of NBC and Independent Owners

The WHDH saga that is now a major story after confirmation of both parties on Thursday; is not new at the execs at 30 Rock. NBC has had a long time zero-tolerance policy for affiliates preempting programming that they believe is not suitable. This zero-tolerance policy meant they would buyout competitors and actually have limited success using anger over reasonable negotiations. In fact some O&O deals resulted in sales like in Providence, Columbus, etc. This narrative is not about WHDH per se because including them would make it a long post.

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