NBC First Network To Back Out Of Winter TCA

NBC LogoNBC Decides To Skip January TCA Press Tour

Source: Variety
NBC has become the first network to declare its intention to skip the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour — but it may not be the last.

While PBS and a consortium repping cable have indicated they're still interested in the January confab, Peacock has told the critics' org it's bowing out of the semiannual event.

ABC and Fox are still on the fence, with a Fox rep saying the net will announce plans "in the next day or two." But it appears that both nets are leaning toward following suit and canceling their sessions as well.

CBS and CW, meanwhile, want more time to decide. "We'd like to find a way to have January press tour, but there are still considerable challenges that could stand in the way," said a spokesman for the two nets, which share a common co-owner in CBS Corp.

TCA prexy Dave Walker sent an email to members Tuesday morning updating them on a Monday conference call between the nets and the org. He said the nets all "expressed concerns about staging adequate presentations if the strike continues, but didn't rule out participation. They said they'd like to present but aren't sure what shows or people they'll have available."

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