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Fox Networks as CEO
LOS ANGELES — Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and
CEO of the Fox Networks Group since 2002, informed
staffers on Jan. 6 he will be departing after
10 years at the company.
“It is with extraordinarily mixed feelings that I tell
you February 11 will be my last day at Fox,” he wrote
in a letter to staffers, noting that “now is the time
for me to do something different — probably more
entrepreneurial in nature — and I am excited to begin
down that path.”
David Haslingden becomes president and chief
operating officer at FNG, News Corp. chief operating
officer Chase Carey said in a memo to staffers.
David Hill gains oversight of the joint venture with National Geographic Channels.
Randy Freer and Eric Shanks will manage the portfolio of sports cable
channels, reporting to Hill. Peter Rice continues to run entertainment for FNG.
Mike Hopkins continues heading affiliate sales and marketing for the cable channels
and gains oversight of network distribution at Fox Broadcasting Co. Hernan
Lopez has oversight of Fox International Channels, reporting to Haslingden.
INSP Adds Time Warner Cable Homes in N.C
INDIAN LAND, S.C. — INSP: The Inspiration Network has gained distribution
ground with Time Warner Cable in North Carolina.
As of Jan. 6, INSP is available to the nation’s No. 2 cable operator’s digital subscribers
in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point market on channel 281.
INSP also will continue to be available to Time Warner Cable’s analog subscribers in
the Triad from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily on channel 66. Deal terms were not disclosed.
Comcast Rolls Out
Smithsonian In D.C. Area
WASHINGTON — Comcast has begun rolling out Smithsonian Channel in the nation’s
The top U.S. distributor and Smithsonian Networks said the network is being
launched to Comcast digital customers in Washington, D.C., on channel 194.
The network, featuring programming created around the assets found in the
world’s largest museum complex, which is based in Washington, will continue
its roll out to customers in the D.C. DMA through 2011. The service is a joint
venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution.
Cablevision Adds Facebook
Photo App to iO TV
BETHPAGE, N.Y. — Cablevision Systems said it launched a new free
service that lets digital cable customers view Facebook photos on their
The iO Photos channel, available across Cablevision’s service area on channel
640, lets iO TV digital cable customers with a Facebook account view and
display Facebook photos on televisions throughout the home and move between
pictures and television programming via remote. Users need to register
on Cablevision’s consumer Web portal, Optimum.net, and accept the terms of
Newsfeed photos (including comments), photos in which customers have
been tagged and Facebook friends’ albums are accessible.
WE TV Adds Pair
Of Original Series
NEW YORK — WE TV named a pair of new original series, Braxton Family Values
and Staten Island Cakes, that will premiere on the network in 2011.
The Braxton docu-series, bowing Tuesday, Apr. 12, will focus on the
relationship between singer/songwriter Toni Braxton and her mother
and four aspiring-singer sisters. Staten Island Cakes, debuting Tuesday,
June 21, follows a family-run bakery led by 21-year-old pastry chef Vinny
Dish to Raise Prices,
Then Freeze Them
ENGLEWOOD, COLO. — Dish Network will raise prices on most of its programming
packages, starting in February, and then put a hold on subscriber increases
for two years.
Starting in February, the No. 2 satellite-TV provider will add $3 to $5 per
month to most of its programming packages, before enacting a two-year price
freeze through January 2013.
Dish, which is not charging more equipment fees or premium programming,
said its typical customer’s video package over that span will increase some
3% on an annualized basis.
The Denver Post reported the monthly rate on Dish’s most popular package,
America’s Top 120, would rise by 12%, to $44.99 from $40, while the cost of
its America’s Top 200 offering will increase 9%, to $59.99 from $55.
This article was corrected on Jan. 11, fixing an incorrect reference to Mike Hopkins at Fox.