Whitney Pastorek
April 03, 2009 AT 06:29 AM EDT

NBC’s Boston affiliate, WHDH-TV, has decided to run a 10 p.m. newscast instead of the network’s planned Jay Leno show in the fall, according to Variety. Station chief Ed Ansin told the Boston Globe he doesn’t believe the late-night host will be “effective” in prime time, which would be “detrimental” to the bottom line of WHDH’s 11 o’clock news program; instead, Ansin plans to run two hours of news back-to-back leading into the Conan O’Brien-hosted Tonight Show. NBC retaliated by threatening to strip WHDH of its network affiliation, and is reportedly considering a transfer of its flagship programming to the local Telemundo channel, WNEU.

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