WSMV Channel 4 has canceled "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", prompting rival station WTVF NewsChannel 5 Network to pick up the popular talk show.
The show, which aired on WSMV Ch. 4 at 11 a.m. (it was replaced by an extra hour of the Today Show) is currently airing on Comcast Cable channel 50 (NewsChannel 5+) at 6 p.m.
The show will move to a 9 a.m. time slot on Channel 5 next fall, replacing Montel.
“We are excited to be associated with Ellen and her 4-time Emmy-Award winning show and hope that she will be part of our daytime lineup for years to come,” said Mark Binda, programming director for NewsChannel 5.
Binda said that WSMV cancelled the show so late in the year that there was no other time period in the market (on any station) that had openings.
“Yes, we were quick to pick up the show once the opportunity to acquire it came up,” Binda added. “Unfortunately, this happened late in the selling season and our Channel 5 schedule was already set by then. Syndicated programs are often sold years in advance.
Binda said the only negative reaction was from those viewers who only have satellite.
“The only negative so far has been from satellite customers who don’t receive NewsChannel 5 Plus which is only available on cable,” Binda said.