Michael Fiorile, Chairman of the NBC Affiliate Board, has issued a statement endorsing the decision by NBC to move Jay Leno from primetime back to late night.
“This is a great move for the affiliates, the network and, most importantly, the viewers. Speaking on behalf of the board I thank the network for keeping the lines of communication so open, and for being so responsive to the needs of the affiliates. We admire their willingness to innovate, and their willingness to change course when it didn’t work for us. We were delighted to collaborate on the launch of the 10:00 PM show, and we look forward to continuing to work with Jeff Zucker and the entire network leadership team as we set a new direction, build on our long history together, and contribute to the impressive legacy of NBC,” the statement said.
Fiorile is Vice Chairman and CEO, Dispatch Broadcasting Group, and President and COO of its parent company, The Dispatch Printing Company. It owns two TV stations, of which WTHR-TV Indianapolis is an NBC affiliate.
See the previous story on RBR-TVBR for comments on the Leno change from Nexstar CEO Perry Sook and Gray Television President Bob Prather.