counterprogram love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To schedule (a television or radio program) so as to compete or contrast with a program broadcast simultaneously on another station.
  • intransitive v. To engage in such scheduling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To schedule (a broadcast on radio or television) to compete or contrast with a program broadcast simultaneously on another station.
  • v. By extension, to engage in similar competitive posturing or scheduling in any comparable situation.


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  • The CW's decision to counterprogram with first-run episodes paid off, meanwhile.

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  • Bryan, you can counterprogram with a Communism killed 100 million people and all I got was a lousy T-shirt shirt, which includes a small Che logo.

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  • With stiff competition and fewer customers, editors are quicker to "counterprogram," or find less mainstream stories, Mr. Spencer said.

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  • •Over the next few weeks, you'll be deluged with programs designed to either counterprogram or cash in on the Olympics, some more cleverly than others.

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  • And remember McPherson is a demonstrated fan of making bold, aggressive scheduling gestures -- moving "Grey's Anatomy" against "CSI," filling Wednesdays with three new shows in 2007, being the first network in years to counterprogram the Super Bowl.

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  • In Washington this evening, the White House struggling to counterpunch on health care, counterprogram against the raucous town hall meetings.

    CNN Transcript Aug 13, 2009

  • It was kind of like trying to counterprogram against the Super Bowl.

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  • NEWSWEEK political blogger Andrew Romano's historical crib sheet: The McCain ArchetypesThe Jack KempMitt Romney: Like Kemp, Bob Dole's '96 pick, Romney is a former foe who would add economic-policy heft to the ticketThe Geraldine FerraroSarah Palin: Ferraro helped Walter Mondale make history in' 84; Alaska Governor Palin could counterprogram ObamaThe Dan QuayleBobby Jindal: Chosen for his youth, 41's veep was too lightweight; hot La.

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  • And obviously John McCain doesn't have a big headliner like Bill Clinton, he doesn't have an infomercial, but is trying to counterprogram.

    CNN Transcript Oct 29, 2008

  • It's aiming to counterprogram, with a show in a different format, perhaps, or a host who would offer younger viewers an alternative to the white, male comedians on view at the other broadcast networks, according to people close to the network.

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