South Park Clears 85%

Tribune Broadcasting's ready-for-broadcast syndicated version of Comedy Central's South Park has been cleared in 85% of the country for a fall-2005 launch.

Tribune says the show, which has helped put Comedy Central on the map during its seven years on the Viacom cable net, is cleared in 48 of the top 50 markets. Top-five market clearances are WPIX New York, KCAL Los Angeles, WCIU Chicago, WPSG Philadelphia and JBHK San Francisco.

Tribune is distributing the adventures of the pint-sized potty mouths under a deal with Debmar Studios and Mercury Entertainment. Debmar President Mort Marcus bought the domestic syndication rights from Comedy Central.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.