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NBC: Trump will be on "Celebrity Apprentice"

By Alan Pergament

A spokesperson for NBC confirmed this morning that Donald Trump will be on his reality show "Celebrity Apprentice" when it goes into production next month.

I'm no political expert, but it would seem to be awfully difficult to be on a reality series and also run for governor of New York State, as many Western New York Republican leaders have urged Trump to do.

It would also seem to make it difficult for NBC to run the series next fall if Trump is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of the equal time provision of the 1934 Communications Act that "if any licensee shall permit any person who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunies to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station."

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Bouncing around a variety of TV topics

By Alan Pergament

If you read my story in Sunday’s Buffalo News about all the cable channels I didn't realize existed, you may be saying to yourself, why doesn't Time Warner Cable carry Bounce TV, the new sub-channel carried by Channel 4?

After all, it can't be less important than some of the unusual channels it does carry.

Good question.

One might have expected that LIN TV would have made the carriage of the sub-channel part of the recent retransmission deal it made with TWC to carry Channel 4 and Channel 23 here.

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Media coverage takeaways from NFL draft

By Alan Pergament

The Top 10 takeaways from the national and local media coverage of Thursday's NFL Draft:

1. National Guys Shutout: Maybe it was because so many teams have new coaches and general managers, but I can't recall a draft when the national "experts" were so wrong so often.

It started with the teams at ESPN and The NFL Network being stunned when Miami moved up to choose Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan and continued through the Bills choice of Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel.

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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