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CBS is a network; NBC is a network; but is YES?

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Here's a nerdy media question that has bugged me since I took this assignment and which I'm sure DuMont Burger can help with . . . since he's named after a defunct TV network:

Isn't the meaning of the term "TV network" an aggregation of affiliates across the nation that are united under the umbrella of a "network?"

In other words, how can the YES "Network" be a network? Same goes for SNY or the NFL "Network" or any other single entity channel. Aren't these "channels" or "stations" and not "networks?"

ESPN is another example, although maybe they now are a "network" in the sense that they have multiple channels.

I always try to avoid using the term "network" for anything other than a broadcast TV network or, for example, the Yankees radio network, which has affiliates and thus fits the definition.

Can you help on this DuMont? I assume no one but you and I cares. Maybe John Philips does. I don't know.

(And another thing . . . the only time I use the term "on the air" is for a broadcast TV or radio station, not a cable channel, which is not transmitted over the air.)

(Bonus kudos for first reader to identify the guy in the picture.)

OK, I'll stop now.

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