Tv Stations Not Paying Their Bills
CBS's syndication unit sent out a clear signal to its customers Monday that, regardless of the economic challenges local stations are facing, it still expects to be paid for the programming it provides them. CBS Television Distribution said that it had filed a $5 million lawsuit against Global Broadcasting, owner of WLNE Providence, an ABC affiliate, alleging that it had not paid license fees on Dr. Phil, Inside Edition, Rachael Ray, The Insider and Entertainment Tonight . In its report about the suit, Broadcasting & Cable magazine quoted one syndication salesman as saying that he's become mostly a debt collector over the past year. "It's funny, in the past your biggest concern was always getting your stuff sold for the best deal," he told B&C . "But these days you have to be almost equally worried about getting paid for the deals you've already booked if more places go bankrupt."