Widespread reports let the word get out that the big four networks were starting to become frustrated with the frequent requests for large blocks of time by President Barack Obama. That won’t be a problem the next time around. This time the topic will be health care, and the exclusive venue will be ABC, where Obama will be interviewed at the White House by ABC’s Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer on 6/24/09 at 10PM eastern. Sawyer will also interview Obama on AM stalwart “Good Morning America.”
RBR/TVBR observation: There will still likely be times when the administration has something it deems important enough that it will want to roadblock the networks and make the message hard to miss. The nets will no doubt be much more willing if he settles for this sort of arrangement on other messages.
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