First Oprah pushed Dr. Phil out of the way for Dr. Oz, now Houston’s KPRC is. In a battle of the Oprah-made doctors, KPRC in Houston has bumped Dr. Phil off the schedule in favor of newcomer Dr. Oz in the 3pm timeslot citing concerns over sliding ratings, and issues with the content on Dr. Phil.
via Broadcasting & Cable:
The station is continuing to pay the show’s license fees, although it is not airing the show’s national commercials, which are sold by CTD and provide additional income to the syndicator.
“It’s out of desperation that I did this,” said Frank, who said he’s personally met with show star and executive producer Dr. Phil McGraw to try and get his concerns resolved. “I did everything but stand on my head to get [CBS’] attention over the years.”
In response, CTD says it’s puzzled by KPRC’s actions: “The facts are that KRPC has a contractual obligation to pay for the show through 2011,” said a company spokesman. “We have listened to the station’s comments about the show and we are as proud of the content and direction as we’ve ever been. We are confused by the station’s actions.”