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Do radio and TV stations sync their commercials?

Asked by xgunther (449points) November 10th, 2007 from iPhone

ever notice when youre watching TV or listening to radio that a lot of the channels go to commercial break at the same time. Is this planned?

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Commercial breaks are set by the format-broadcast ‘hours’ especially during prime-time (tv) or drive time (radio) have specific formats for the programming.

Typically a one-hour television show is actually 40–45 minutes in length, and in 4 ‘parts. This allows for four breaks during the hour.

In radio broadcasting most radio programs have 20 minute segments, 15 minutes for content/program, and 5 minutes for commercials. However, with the caveat that many radio and TV news formats now fall outside of that format (think CNN or news-only radio stations).

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