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SBD/August 12, 2013/Media
TWC-CBS Dispute Hurts Local Ratings In N.Y., L.A.; FCC Could Step In
Published August 12, 2013
FCC GETTING INVOLVED? In N.Y., Claire Atkinson reported FCC Chair Mignon Clyburn on Friday "fired a warning shot." Clyburn said that she "would take 'appropriate action' if the two sides can't end their spat." TWC customers were "set to miss out on the Jets’ preseason opener" last Friday against the Lions. CBS said that its ratings have "barely been affected by the loss of 3.2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers" in N.Y., Dallas and L.A. The net said that its primetime audience is "off by just 46,000 viewers, compared with the previous week" (N.Y. POST, 8/10).
MISSING LINKS: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth wrote under the header, "Golf Fans Aced Out In Spat Between CBS, Time Warner" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 8/11). The AP's Ryan Nakashima reported N.Y.-based fan Nancy Keiter planned "to watch the PGA Championship ... on TNT on Saturday and Sunday" until 2:00pm, then "switch from the TV set to her computer." PGA.com was scheduled to "follow the featured golfers with live video coverage through the trophy ceremony" (AP, 8/11). Donald Trump on his Twitter feed wrote, "I can't believe that in New York we can't watch the PGA Championship on CBS. How much discount is Time Warner giving its customers?" (TWITTER.com, 8/10).
ESPN/DISH FACE-OFF COMING? VARIETY’s Todd Spangler wrote a "big contract dispute may be brewing” between Dish Network and ABC/ESPN, and it "could be every bit as contentious” as the CBS/TWC dispute. Dish’s agreement with Disney for ESPN is “set to expire” Sept. 30. Dish Chair & CEO Charlie Ergen said that the satcaster is prepared to drop ESPN and other Disney networks if the companies can’t reach a deal. “We’ll work first and foremost to find a deal with Disney that makes sense for our customers,” Ergen said on the company’s earnings call this week. “If we get that deal, we’ll do it. If we don’t get that deal, we’ll part ways -- simple as that” (VARIETY.com, 8/9).