Rainbow, Court TV Nix Western Show


Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. and Courtroom Television Network became the
latest major programmers to decide against exhibiting at the upcoming Western

When asked about speculation on the company pulling out less than two months
before the cable industry's second-largest showcase, Rainbow spokeswoman Chris
Levesque said Friday, 'Rainbow has decided not to exhibit.'

The programmer had informed the California Cable Television Association
within the past two days, she indicated.

Rainbow -- which had previously scaled back its exhibit-booth space and the
number of employees slated to attend -- will send 'a small group of people' to
Anaheim, Calif., she added.

Court TV spokeswoman Carole Shander said, 'We will go, but we will not be
exhibiting. We've been going back and forth' before deciding last week to drop
out for economic reasons.

'It's an expensive proposition' to mount a booth, she added, but the network
will still send most major executives.

Two weeks ago, the CCTA had announced the reconfiguration of its exhibit area
into three halls at the Anaheim Convention Center rather than four due to a
recent spate of exits by such major programmer exhibitors as ABC Cable Networks
Group, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and Viacom Inc. and such smaller ones as
Hallmark Channel, TechTV and Univision Communications Inc./Galavision.

Given that these times are troubled in more ways than one, various companies
cited concerns about air travel in the wake of terrorist attacks and about large
expenditures at a time when ad sales and tech sales are in a slump.

In another Western Show development, nonexhibiting cable programmers like
Discovery Networks U.S. and Turner. have been told they cannot place their press
kits in the show's pressroom.

As such, many programmers' public-relations staffers remained unsure whether
they would attend.