Tamron Hall, the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Promax Station Summit at The Mirage in Las Vegas, held sway in front of a full house of local TV marketing executives. Seated on stage with her executive producer, Bill Geddie, Hall won over the audience with her story of humble origins and hard work in local TV news.
Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International has cleared the show in more than 85% of the U.S.
Hall’s new syndicated talk show, which was being pitched as a daytime offering, will air instead from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday on Weigel Broadcasting’s independent WCIU Chicago. It’s a huge coup for Hall and an exceedingly shrewd move by the Weigel bosses.
In addition to the previously announced ABC Owned Television Stations Group and Hearst Television stations, the show has been licensed to stations from broadcast groups for fall, including Cox, Sinclair, Scripps, Meredith, Tribune, Gray and Nexstar.
The presence of several new shows and their talent at NATPE next week should make for a livelier convention and reassure broadcasters about the health of syndication, one of the cornerstones of their business.
Hearst’s stations across 24 U.S. markets will be distributing Hall’s daytime talker, according to Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, which is distributing the show, putting it in half of the U.S., including eight of the top 10 markets. The ABC Owned Stations cleared the show in September. As more station groups pick up the program, the question becomes where in the daytime TV schedule will it fit?
Former Today co-host Tamron Hall is officially heading to daytime TV. Disney ABC has cleared the new syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Hall on the ABC Owned Television Stations Group for fall 2019. The project had been in development at Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International for the past couple of months.