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Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by John_Berger, Aug 15, 2003.
As reported by the BBC:
I don't believe that the law effects Sci-Fi. The equal time law only applies to OTA stations, I do believe. They are doing because it may boost his profile. They don't want to be seen as political in any fashion.
I think something similar happened when George (Mr. Sulu) Takei ran for public office years ago. IIRC, the local stations of the city George was running in had to give his opponent "equal time" with the Star Trek re-runs.
Everything I've read says the "equal-time" rule only applies for OTA. Cable and Satellite should be exempt.
Damn straight. Otherwise the Fox Newes and MSNBCs should have to spread the focus between Arnold and the other 100-something canidates.
You getting news about a US show from the BBC?
(Scratches head)! Ok, what does the Sci-Fi channel say?
Apparenntly there's some ambiguity as to whether the equal time rule applies to cable. Even if it does, there are specific exemptions for news and interview programs, so it wouldn't affect the cable news networks much.
This is not the only cable channel that is suspending the screening of this performer's movies. I believe I saw an article in a recent Los Angeles Times about the FX channel also nixing plans to run several of his movies. Though the network claimed it was doing so out of a sense of fairness, the article cited other sources claiming it was out of fear of the equal-time clause.
And, yes, no comments please about the issue of California politics.
I read a CNN article that the equal time law only applies to the regular over-the-air networks like, NBC, CBS, ABC, (maybe regular FOX). So if they want to do it on their own, that's fine, but they can't blame that election law.
I think they just don't want to deal with any potential hassle of having the equal time thing applied to them.
BTW, I thought that rule was repealed a few years ago. What happened?
> George (Mr. Sulu) Takei ran for public office years ago
What did he run for? Just curious.
Takei ran for the L.A. City Council.
Article here on actors running for office, where it is mentioned: http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/943107.asp?0sl=-10
Just a thought, but might stations (even national cable stations) be pulling the movies out of fear of being hit with some kind of nuisance lawsuit by one of the other five thousand candidates running for governor?
The whole affair has already turned into a big circus, and it will only get bigger.
I remember hearing that NBC affiliates in Tennessee didn't broadcast Necessary Roughness when Fred Thompson was running for the Senate back in '94. Obviously, those are OTA broadcasters.
The impression I got from reading the links provided by Ken is that the cable networks want to avoid frivolous lawsuits. The contracts they write when buying the right to show the movies usually involve "X" airings until "X" date. They'll just show Arnold's movies twice as much after the election to catch up.
As long as this rule gets the Galagher concerts off of Comedy Central Ill be happy!
But now all strip clubs are required to allow Grey Davis to perform 20 minutes on stage an 5 lap dances a night to counter the canidacy of Mary Cary.
Tommy, no comments about the political situation itself or about Gray Davis.
Andrew, I didn't mean to sound as if the BBC was anything less then the best, but I have heard nothing else about this anywhere else.
Other stations have some of his films coming up soon, and it will be interesting to see if they play, or some strange notice comes on at the last minute.
I am not sure, but I think that none of Ronald's flicks played at all when he was in office.
It's just silly. The next thing they are going to ban will be 'Demolition Man', just becase Arnold was mentioned in it.