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CBS affiliates may get option on hour-long news

There's been a lot of talk about expanding evening television news to a full hour, but industry sources say CBS is now actually considering a plan that would give local affiliates the option of retaining the 30-minute format or going hour-long.

The plan has been presented to a meeting of CBS affiliates, and a decision is expected before the session ends today (Nov. 19). CBS's evening news staff would produce two separate programs, one 60 minutes long, the other 30 minutes.

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NBC affiliates recently rejected NBC's bid to go to an hour, perhaps because no option was offered.

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