EW Staff
December 12, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Television Critics Association canceled its winter press tour on Monday (Dec. 10) due to the ongoing writers’ strike. Talks of cancellation have been circulating since NBC pulled out of the event last month. ”Even if there were a stunning surprise settlement, the networks have said it would be difficult” to throw together a January tour, TCA president Dave Walker told Variety. With no strike settlement on the horizon, the networks were wary of participating in a tour that did not include writers or actors and focused heavily on reality programming. The tour also costs each network several hundred thousand dollars, making the economics of the event a consideration as the strike forces the industry to brace for severe budget cuts. ”I and everyone else involved did everything we could to keep this on track,” Walker said. ”It’s disappointing, but it now seems it was inevitable.” (Variety)

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