In Bombshell (2019), Fox News Anchor Gretchen speaks on TV:

Gretchen: I can't let you go without talking about Donald Trump.

Megyn speaks to Fox News CEO Roger:

Megyn: Gretchen's giving this two blocks? It's that far down the food chain?

  • kind of like time slot = block
    – Vishwa
    Mar 12, 2020 at 4:05

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A show on these kind of news networks consist of "blocks".

Blocks are just the chunks of the show separated by the commercial breaks. They're designated by letter. A half hour show might have 3 or 4 blocks (A, B, C, D) and an hour long show could go up to F or G (or more!). How long they are depends on how long your breaks are and how many you have. Generally the A block is all your top stories, B block might be weather or a feature, same with C block. If your show is a full hour, you might do a "reset" with more hard stories in the C or D block (depending on which one falls at the :30 mark in your show).

That Gretchen dedicates two blocks to this incident indicates that she (or rather her producers, or even the network) feels it is rather important.

  • I agree with your interpretation that Gretchen feels the segment is important enough to merit two 'blocks' of time but how does that reconcile with Megyn's second sentence? AFAIK, something up the food chain is more important than something down the food chain. Megyn uses the latter, seemingly contradicting herself.
    – user18935
    Mar 14, 2020 at 9:03
  • @Jeeped Yeah, that's what I'm also confused by.
    – BCdotWEB
    Mar 14, 2020 at 15:16

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