Letterman and Leno Buck Writers Strike, Return to US Airwaves

03 January 2008

NEW YORK: Although the two-months-old writers' strike continues to neuter American network TV, two of the medium's biggest names - David Letterman (pictured) and Jay Leno - returned to the airwaves Wednesday night.

The former, featuring strike supporter Robin Williams as his guest, returned to TV courtesy of a deal with the Writers Guild of America, complete with his full complement of writers. The accord was possible because the savvy presenter owns all rights to his vehicle, The Late Show with David Letterman.

Leno also took to the airwaves again last night, albeit in a less cordial atmosphere, with striking writers picketing NBC's The Tonight Show recording.

Leno, himself a Writers Guild member, was barred from scripting or performing any material that in normal circumstances would have been undertaken by his writing team.

Data sourced from San Francisco Chronicle; additional content by WARC staff