“Fox, to its credit…didn’t get caught up in the Conan buzz.”
MediaDailyNews‘ David Goetzel has a good compilation of reactions from Fox affiliates and some interesting economic consequences of the “would have been” Conan O’Brien deal, including the fact that affiliates in 9 of the top 30 markets wanted Fox to pass on the deal.
Unwilling or unable to easily clear the hour for Conan, executives representing at least nine stations in the top-30 markets told Fox their preference was to maintain the status quo.
Another affiliate general manager noted that
“Fox, to its credit, didn’t act on a whim,” said Tim Ermish, general manager of the Fox station in Salt Lake City. “They didn’t get caught up in the Conan buzz. They looked at it and analyzed it. They listened to their affiliates … and for that we’re very happy.”