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"Meet the Press" shifts to 11 a.m Sunday on Ch.2 because of auto race; Ch.4's technical problems explained

This is what I’m thinking:

NBC may have learned a “Meet the Press” lesson.

On Sunday, May 15, NBC outraged some WNYers when it preempted the popular political discussion program during a presidential election year for a soccer championship game.

The network also had planned to preempt moderator Chuck Todd and friends again this Sunday to carry a Formula 1 race from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

However, NBC has now changed that plan and is giving affiliates like Channel 2 an opportunity to carry “MTP” at some point.

Channel 2 plans to run the program at 11 a.m. this Sunday.

It is unclear if NBC got as many complaints nationally as it did here, but it certainly is wise to offer affiliates a chance to run the program.

And it is smart of Channel 2 to alert its viewers of the switch this time around. However, my cable guide presently lists a paid program as airing at 11 a.m. Sunday on Channel 2.

Mark Bouquin, the 26-year-old Colden man who is one of the 16 competitors who started in the Fox survival series “American Grit,” needs more of your support. Bouquin has been one of the stars of the program, which isn’t getting much local or national viewership.

The highest-rated of the last four episodes was a 1.7 on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The last episode had a 0.9 rating here. Those are the kind of ratings that normally get series canceled.

A former member of the Springville High School football team, Bouquin has the nickname “The Lumberjack” on a program that has up to a million dollars of prize money at stake.

Inquiring minds want to know: What happened to Channel 4 Monday when all network and syndicated programming was knocked off the air until sometime in the afternoon? The station was able to carry local news.

According to Channel 4, a massive power outage at the station’s master control hub in Springfield, Mass. prevented CBS morning programs and syndicated shows like “Let’s Make a Deal” from airing. It was fixed later in the day. It would have been a bigger problem if it had continued through prime time.                        

apergament@buffnews.com

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