New York -- Time Warner Cable of New York City made a
number of channel changes as of Feb 1 in an attempt to group together networks of like
genres, said Barry Rosenblum, its president.
Fox Family Channel got the biggest upgrade, moving from
channel 66 to 14.
"We think that this is going to be great for our
viewership, and it's also going to be great for Time Warner's local ad
sales," Fox Family president Rich Cronin said.
Other changes included grouping sports services Fox Sports
New York, Madison Square Garden Network, ESPN and ESPN2 on channels 26 through 29. And Fox
Family is now part of a group from channels 13 through 17 that also includes public-TV
station WNET, CNBC, A&E Network and The History Channel.
Time Warner has had to withstand a blistering array of
criticism from local clerics due to its removal of Odyssey Channel in favor of the MSG
Rosenblum has said that ratings for the nondenominational
religious service -- which is changing its format this spring in favor of more
"family" programming -- were low. He added that the system offers other
religious programming services.