Fox Affiliate Refuses To Air Osbourne Show


March 31, 2009

Some Panhandle residents looking forward to the new variety show hosted by Ozzy Osbourne and his family might be out of luck.

Panama City Fox affiliate WPGX has decided not to air “Osbournes: Reloaded,” which premieres Tuesday night after “American Idol.” General Manager David Cavileer says the show does not fit with “community standards.” Instead, the station will air an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Cavileer says he would have been willing to air the show after 10 p.m., but the 8:20 p.m. scheduled start time was too early.

A Fox Broadcasting Co. spokesman says the show was thoroughly vetted to make sure it was appropriate for the scheduled time period, but any network affiliate has the right to pre-empt a program it feels is inappropriate for its market.

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