The FCC mandates that there must be X minutes of programming per hour or half
hour program, depending on venue. There is one minimum for syndication and
cable, and a slightly higher minimum for network shows.
This is what enables syndicators and cable operations to cut down episodes in
order to cram in more comercials.
B5 ran at the syndication/cable minimum number of minutes as mandated by the
FCC, which can be found in their regs. It cannot be cut further unless the
minimums change or have changed.
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