WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Broadcast executives say Sen. Barack Obama's decision to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at a Denver football stadium is increasing their costs.
Networks say their cash-strapped news divisions will have to come up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional funds in order to broadcast Obama's acceptance speech from Invesco Field rather than the convention hall, The Politico reported Wednesday.
The Illinois senator's decision "makes it enormously more expensive," says Paul Friedman, senior vice president at CBS News.
As a result, television networks are considering curtailing coverage of the Democratic National Convention.
"We're trying to figure out ways to cover what we need to cover and still stay in our budget," said Bob Murphy of ABC News. "The change in the schedule clearly has put some severe cost issues on the table and we are trying to figure out how to deal with that."
Each network has budgeted millions to cover the political conventions.