Thursday, October 21, 2010
Cablevision says News Corp may cause widespread World Series blackout
Here we go again. A consumer advocacy group says that News Corp (Fox) has pulled 67 professional sports teams off the air, when it snubbed a negotiation arranged by the FCC with Cablevision (which Cablevision agreed to). There is a full page ad on p A14 of the Thursday Oct. 21 Washington Post (“News Corp’s ugly October surprise”), and the website for the petition is here. According to Cablevision, 20 million people could have the World Series blocked.
News Corporation also owns 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. The news business is known for its conservative viewpoints, but those don't seem to extend to the movie studio or programming tastes of its stations.