If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then the producers of Fox Broadcasting’s tabloid TV show, “A Current Affair,” should be pleased that a rival show is poaching staffers. But nooooooooo.
“King World Productions has offered every one of our reporters a job,” complained Maury Povich, editor-in-chief and anchor for “Affair.” “They are planning an absolute copy of our show and have already taken two of our producers.”
Spokesmen for King World admit they are planning a syndicated nightly news magazine to be called “Inside Edition” and have offered contracts to “Affair” staffers. “But the plan is for our show to soar above ‘A Current Affair,’ ” said a spokesman. “For one thing our budget per show will be about double that of Fox (where a half-hour segment costs about $250,000).
“We want our show to be more like ’60 Minutes’ and less like the National Enquirer.”