RNC chairman chides TV networks over convention programming
August 24th, 2012
01:19 PM ET
2 years ago

RNC chairman chides TV networks over convention programming

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus suggested Friday that the big three television networks were declining to broadcast portions of next week's GOP convention out of political bias.

Priebus specifically questioned the decision by the broadcast networks to not show any GOP Convention programming on Monday evening, when Ann Romney is supposed to speak.

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"I am pretty disappointed with the networks for not covering us on Monday, but we are getting good at dealing with the mainstream media," Priebus told CNN.

Priebus said its been an uphill battle negotiating with the networks over broadcast time.

ABC and CBS will each air one hour of prime time convention programming on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of both the Republican and Democratic conventions. NBC will mirror the other networks in coverage of the RNC, but at the DNC, will air one hour of primetime programming on Tuesday and two hours on Thursday.

But unlike the Democrats, who have no events on the Monday before their three-day convention, Republicans have four days of podium action and a full slate of speakers for Monday night. The networks are not taking any of that nights programming live in primetime.

"Listen, I think the media has an obsession with distractions, they havent been focused on the economy, jobs and the promises that Obama has failed to deliver," Priebus said. "Again, we getting used to getting our message out in spite of the mainstream media."

CNN will carry live coverage of the all four nights of convention activities.

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Phil

    There is no question who either the Democratic or Republican nominee will be, so the conventions cannot offer any kind of suspense. They speeches are all full of partisan B.S instead of real information for voters. And politicians ALL make very poor stand-up comedians. The real question is why would anyone think that the conventions would be a real ratings grabber. Must be good at ignoring reality.

    August 24, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. The Other Dale

    They knew this was coming – they knew the networks were looking to go with three days of coverage. Why didn't the GOP resent their agenda so that they could ge thte proper coverage they wanted? Shows a real lack of being prepared, but that's been typical of the entire Republican campaign this year, really. Then to throw another tantrum because the networks want to stick with the schedule arelady planned for months? Geesh.

    August 24, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Sorensen

    Watch Prairiebus screw up once again.

    August 24, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. rs

    Well, GOP-Convention TV might be interesting in a White-trash, "Big Brother" reality program sort of way, but they'd be up against the duck caller family and the gator-shooters in prime time on Discovery. Maybe if they spice things up with a civil war or some voter suppression seminar.

    August 24, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. mcskadittle

    now you want the attention of the "drive by media" or the "liberal Media"?

    August 24, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. WhereIsPalin

    Quit whining Priebus. Once you get control, you can take over the big three and broadcast what you want.

    August 24, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Lahdee Dah

    Seems like bad planning on the part of the RNC. They must have known what the media coverage schedule was!

    August 24, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. EatRunDive

    There is no more nomination process anymore. The broadcast networks are giving away free ad time by televising the conventions.

    Don't know why Reince is complaining though. Won't FOX be televising it all? And isn't this an example of that free market economy that the Republicans are constantly pushing???

    August 24, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    No surprise there...the 3 big networks are firmly in the tank for Obama. The surprise will be when they give any favorable coverage of the Convention.

    August 24, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. mcskadittle

    well if Issac hits Tampa every news outlet will cover it

    August 24, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. DaisyinNY

    the networks are looking out for their bottom line. I'm sure the RNC has all kinds of requirements as to what they DON'T want the networks to show and all that editing takes time and is nearly impossible with live coverage.

    August 24, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    ABC and CBS will each air one hour of prime time convention programming on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of both the Republican and Democratic conventions. NBC will mirror the other networks in coverage of the RNC, but at the DNC, will air one hour of primetime programming on Tuesday and two hours on Thursday.

    But unlike the Democrats, who have no events on the Monday before their three-day convention, Republicans have four days of podium action and a full slate of speakers for Monday night
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    There is your answer, main stream media bias. Both parties get 3 days of coverage. Ann Romney doesn't warrant prime time air time, anyway. Isn't curious how not getting prime network coverage on Monday wasn't a problem untl the GOTP changed their minds and switched their own schedule around? They're indignant over the fact that the world doesn't bend to their will.

    August 24, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Say No to Willard Romney Hood and Personhood Ann Ryand

    Quit whining.
    Much rather catch a re-run of McGarrett saying "book em Danno" as opposed to Queen Ann lying her backside off to make her wimpy husband seem less weird and robotic.

    August 24, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. rs

    It's kind of funny really, the GOP has so much cash in hand they could probably buy every available ad space from now until November, and Priebus want even more time from the networks to aitr their message with their staged freak show. They won't talk policy, they won't lay out big plans. The GOP is only about wacky radical John Birch-esque ideology, abortion law and worship of the rich. Really? Do we need to see or hear more of that?

    August 24, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Fox News Rules the News World

    Well you all will just have to watch the convention on the ONLY FAIR & BALANCED news channel out there! FOX NEWS!! Far better than ANY of the MSM Obama water boys.

    August 24, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Annie

    So what?! FOX will broadcast and rebroadcast the mess. Besides, no one wants to see a bunch of Mormon suck-asses applauding everything Big Love says.PUKE! We'll be watching football.

    August 24, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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