Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

How does network television work?

this was brought up in a very off-topic way in another posts (when someone claimed that TAX DOLLARS pay for tv shows) and so i was just curious.

I always thought that it worked like this:

Steve has an idea for a show, he pitches that idea to the network (like NBC or FOX) the network likes it, they PAY Steve for the idea, they hire people to make the show. Advertisers pay for the commercial spots, as a show grows in popularity, the advertising spots become more expensive. The network pays the people, the advertisers pay the network, the viewers buy the products, everyone makes money..

is that the basic jist of it or am I way off?


Asked by AMsMommy212 at 3:43 PM on Feb. 27, 2009 in Just for Fun

Level 9 (331 Credits)
This question is closed.
Answers (2)
  • Nope, you're right. The exception is PBS. The network receives some funding from the government and some of the shows get grants to help pay for production.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:53 PM on Feb. 27, 2009

  • You are not way off. You are way ON!! That's exactly how it works!!

    Answer by jburg2541 at 12:17 AM on Feb. 28, 2009