Friday, November 21, 2008

Post Gazette...

Well this Tattler's question was answered in the online edition of the Post-Gazette. The newspaper's TV editor, Rob Owen, does a weekly Q&A of anything related to television. His latest post can be found HERE.

Q: This is a strange question, but I'm sure you get plenty of those. I tend to watch Fox News frequently and noticed something on several occasions.

During their prime-time lineup I think Verizon may be poaching some extra commercial time. Near the end of commercial breaks, a Verizon FIOS commercial airs, and when it is finished the channel comes back to the program already in progress.

For example, when I'm watching O'Reilly, the show will go to commercial then the Verizon ad will run at the end of the break. Afterwards O'Reilly is about 30 seconds into his next topic.

Is Verizon taking extra commercial time? I know this sounds crazy, but I see it happening all the time.

Any thoughts?

-- Jeff, 28, Ross

Rob: Verizon said it was human error.

"The advertising contractor that develops the ad insertion schedules incorrectly scheduled a 60-second spot instead of a 30-second spot during that program on Fox News, causing the spillover into programming," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. "The contractor has updated the insertions schedules."

Working to keep you posted...


Anonymous said...

#1 - Fox news is crap and you shouldn't even be watching it.
#2 - O'Reilly? Seriously? He's a blathering fool

Hopefully the democratic controlled government will shut fox news down for good!


Sirfuller said...

What can I say? O'Reilly is very entertaining and watching him blow his top on someone at the end of a stressful day is a good thing :)