NBC sources are adamant the network will be victorious in its surprise standoff with a rebelling Boston station that's refusing to air Jay Leno's talk show in the fall.
The station's contract, they said, is clear: WHDH cannot opt out of a regularly scheduled hour of primetime programming.
"He cannot do it," one source said of station owner Ed Ansin. "He could request a one-off exception, and that only happens for very unusual situations."
And even if WHDH manages to thwart NBC's efforts to compel it to air Leno, NBC threatens to strip the station of its affiliation and create a new NBC carrier using its Boston-area Telemundo station.