Late Night Shows Airing Early on Peacock Could Cause Conflict with Affiliate Stations





When NBCUniversal shared details about the content viewers would find on Peacock, the company mentioned that those why pay for a subscription would have early access to NBC late night shows. Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” and Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” would air starting at 8pm ET on the service.

Ahead of the launch of the service this summer, NBCUniversal hasn’t commented on whether the TV stations that air NBC programming have voiced concerns that the early airing would be in conflict with their programming schedule.

Variety reports that there may be a deal in place that ensures stations will get paid with this new distribution plan. According to a source for Variety, the affiliates will benefit from any success NBCU has with airing the late night shows early. The source says there is a board of executives from the stations in contact with NBCU and that the two have “been in ongoing conversations about participation.”

The early airings of the two late night shows are set to begin in July when the premium, paid tier of Peacock is made available to all subscribers.

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