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Time Warner Cable Still Looking To Land Carriage Deals For L.A.-Based RSNs
Published September 13, 2012
ON-AIR TALENT: TWC SportsNet yesterday announced that James Worthy, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Mike Trudell are joining the net's on-air team for Lakers broadcasts. Worthy will be the main studio analyst for Lakers games. He has hosted Lakers pre- and postgame shows on KCAL-CBS for the past three seasons. McGee will be a studio anchor and joins the net after nine years at Fox Sports. While there, he served as the Lakers' sideline reporter. Miller will take on the roles of studio analyst, commentator and reporter. Trudell will serve as a sideline reporter for all Lakers telecasts. As previously announced, Stu Lantz and Bill Macdonald will call all Lakers games on TWC SportsNet and Andy Adler, who joined the net in May, will serve as studio anchor (TWC).
TRYING TO KEEP COSTS DOWN: MULTICHANNEL NEWS' Mike Farrell noted TWC Exec VP & CFO Irene Esteves at an investor conference said that "keeping costs down was the main driver for starting the network." She said that the company "was excited about the RSN launch," but added that the sports business "is one the MSO would prefer not to be in." Esteves: "As we’ve always said, our only reason for being in this business is to ensure long-term access at reasonable rates for important sports programming. We prefer not to be in this business and if we had been charged more reasonable rates for important sports programming, we probably wouldn’t be in this position. But now that we are we’re going to make it a successful business." Although she "would not disclose how much Time Warner Cable is saving by forming the RSNs, she added that the company is confident that the net costs will be significantly lower than if the MSO was at risk of increased costs for the programming over the next 20 years" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 9/12).