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rdd2,937 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Believe it or not there were at least two other aborted attempts to create a Paramount TV network in the US, one in the late 1940s/early 1950s, and the more well known attempt (due to its connections with Star Trek: The Motion Picture) in the late 1970s which never got off the ground.
Inspector Sands12,178 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Yes, the original stations bought were part of a group that were originally spun off from Dumont.

That kind of begs the question about how the FOX network came to be in the 80s. I'm guessing it was Murdoch wanting a channel rather than the FCC.

Fox bought the the stations after Murdoch invested in the company. Then they decided to create a network to supply them. The FCC just licenses and regulates, it doesn't 'want' or ask for a new network or station.

However where Fox were clever is that they did the bare minimum amount of programminh that they needed to to be licensed as a network, so didn't push themselves too much. What made it the eventual big forth network was a few break through shows, in particular The Simpsons, and then the obtaining of NFL rights, which caused a lot of stations to switch affiliation to Fox
sbahnhof 7196 posts since 29 Oct 2016
Trouble brewing in Switzerland - a referendum next month will decide whether the SBC loses all of its public funding and becomes totally commercialized.

A poll found the Leave side has 40% support in the all-or-nothing vote, which isn't supported by the government and was instigated by far-right MPs. (Sound familiar?) The silly part is that, in a very rich country, the SBC gets one of the world's highest licence fees. A sudden change would decimate it.... but still, it could never be worse than TVNZ, ba-dum-ch

- https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/radio-and-television_swiss-licence-fee-vote--the-demands-and-potential-consequences/43824266

With four official languages, Swiss broadcasting is probably unique in the world:


(from this interview)

Justin, Brekkie and WW Update gave kudos
dbl8,775 posts since 11 Jun 2004
London London
DR1 & DR2 in Obit* mode:

The death of Prince Henrik of Denmark

Which as you can see, they've sombre-ised their presentation.

*For those unaware, means Obituary.
NYTV, _Tom_ and Rkolsen gave kudos