NETWORK NEWS & NOTES: CABLEVISION FILES RESPONSE TO CSN
Published April 29, 1997
Cablevision's response to Classic Sports Network's (CSN) complaint to the FCC last month, which charged Cablevision with making ownership-for-carriage demands, was made public yesterday, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. Cablevision said CSN's charges "ignore the industrywide scarcity of capacity" to carry new services. It also said CSN asked "too much" for carriage, then diminished the need for it by placing it on New York's WBIS+ from last July through January (N.Y. TIMES, 4/29).. OTHER CSN NOTES: VARIETY's John Dempsey reports that CSN has told cable operators that if they put CSN on their cable systems, it will "cancel" its DirecTV contract when it comes up for renewal in two years. Such a proposal of exclusivity could give the network "a leg up" on its competitors (VARIETY, 4/28)....CSN is teaming with Polygram Video to promote the summer release of "When We Were Kings." CSN gets a commercial on the tape and supports with a week of on-air promos and programming (BRANDWEEK, 4/28). BUD BIDS FOR WBIS+? In N.Y., Beth Piskora reports that sources say Paxson Communications Corp. has offered $250M in cash to buy WBIS+ from ITT Corp. and Dow Jones & Co. The deal could be signed "as early as next week" (N.Y. POST, 4/29). But a Paxson spokesperson denied that the company was making a bid for WBIS+. Dow Jones declined to comment. A spokesperson for ITT said that the company was in talks with "a number of possible bidders" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/29).