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the following was received today, Jul. 14 w/ regard to tomorrow, Jul. 15:

A segment on F. Franklin and his 95th birthday celebration is scheduled

to air tomorrow night (Wed) on the CBS Evening News. The broadcast begins

at 6:30pm on Channel 2 in New York.

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Well, I had the tv on for the half hour of the CBS news (though not an NYC station). The only arts-related tidbit was Paul Mc Cartney on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theatre.......did he trump F. Franklin?



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Exactly what I was wondering. I recorded the whole 90-minute evening news sequence from WBBM here in Chicago, and then "searched" through it, but no Freddie. I gathered that McCartney was on to advertise his appearance on the Late Show tonight (you know, the one where Veronika Part drops in sometimes...) and I wondered whether he filled up the program's entertainment quota, or something. Searching TitanTV.com and TVGuide.com on "Franklin" didn't bring him up either. Maybe rg's sources let him down this time?

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all i can add is my intention to pass along any updates i learn if ABT sends further communication regarding the 'plans' for airing this segment; the cameras were much in evidence in the front-most dress circle? box on house right on the night of the perf. in question, so we know there's footage, somwhere...

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a member of ABT's staff has sent the following semi-update/alert about the fate of the FFranklin segment along w/ the following foxny link, which is a chitchat with 'mentions' of ABT - no footage etc. just passing references).

here is what the message said as of 2p.m. EST - i may be out later when the final? word comes in, yay or nay, so nothing is certain that's for sure:

<<CBS tells us the Franklin segment may run tonight [Aug. 3], but

we're waiting to get a confirmation.

There was also this on Good Day New York this morning:



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Thanks for the heads up! Although I'm beginning to suspect that they're doing this so that the 22.5 million Freddie Franklin fans will tune in and watch the whole (*$%&$A% broadcast every time they send out an announcement that he'll be on so as to boost their ratings :lol:

Hey, CBS -- run the segment, please!!!!

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