Channels 2,45, 54 add up to no local TV for Terps game

January 06, 1993|By From Staff Reports

Last night, Channel 45 aired the movie "Perfect." Fo Maryland basketball fans, though, there was nothing perfect about the lineups on any of the local television stations.

No Baltimore station carried the Maryland-Georgia Tech game. The nearest outlet was Washington's Channel 50, difficult to pick up near Baltimore and not included in many cable systems.

The Atlantic Coast Conference basketball package produced by Raycom/Jefferson-Pilot is carried by Channel 2 and Channel 45 locally.

Channel 2, an NBC affiliate, is telecasting weekend games only. Affiliates try not to pre-empt network prime-time programming, and WMAR already wipes out many nights of NBC's fare for Orioles telecasts, said Emily Barr, Channel 2's programming director.

Channel 45, part of the Fox Network, was offered last night's game by Raycom, general manager Steve Marks said yesterday, but not until late last week.

"Because of the time constraint, we couldn't do it, because of our commitment to advertisers [for last night's movie]," Marks said.

Raycom also offered the game to Channel 54, but not until Monday, leaving the station too little time to promote the telecast, general manager Joe Koff said.

"It [sports] is not something viewers think of our station carrying," Koff said.

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