Thursday, November 11, 2004

Yahoo! News - ABC Affiliates Balk at 'Ryan' Airing

Yahoo! News - ABC Affiliates Balk at 'Ryan' Airing: "LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - Fearful of the FCC (news - web sites) crackdown on indecent broadcasts, at least 18 ABC affiliates plan to pre-empt the network's unedited broadcast of the film 'Saving Private Ryan' at 8 Thursday night.

The pre-emptions come despite the network's decision to warn viewers during each commercial break about the graphic violence and language in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated World War II epic. ABC has aired 'Ryan' twice before without any pre-emption, to commemorate Veterans Day in 2001 and '02, though some stations cited past complaints from viewers that they also factored into their decisions.
Station groups that plan to cancel 'Ryan' at all of their ABC-affiliated stations include E.W. Scripps, Citadel Communications and Belo Corp. Other pre-empting stations are owned by Cox Communications, Hearst-Argyle, Pappas Telecasting and Tribune Broadcasting. "


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