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Will We Have To Live Without Fox?

fox logo.jpgRight now, Time Warner and News Corp. are locked in a battle over whether the cable company will be able to continue to carry News Corp.’s seven broadcast channels.

News Corp. is threatening to pull its channels from Time Warner Cable (of which we are subscribers, along with many other Manhattanites) by the end of this week if the cable provider doesn’t pony up extra fees, as high as $1 per month per subscriber.

Either way, it’s lose-lose for us customers. We’ll either lose “Glee” or have those enormous fees passed on to us once a deal is inevitably reached. And we don’t know about you, but our TWC bill already went up this month. Still, News Corp. needs the extra cash to make up for lost advertising revenues.

“Good programing is expensive,” News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. told shareholders this year. “It can no longer be supported solely by advertising revenues.”

Just consider it another version of a pay wall.

Broadcasters Battling For Cable FeesNew York Times

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Ira Glass Reveals The End Of “This American Life” TV Show

92y.JPGWhat started as a casual conversation about the humble beginnings of Chicago Public Radio‘s “This American Life” turned into an impromptu press conference last night as host Ira Glass announced the end of the popular radio program’s Emmy nominated television spinoff on Showtime.

“I don’t know if I can say this yet, but we’ve asked to be taken off of television,” Glass revealed.

Glass’ unexpected announcement came in the midst of a Behind the Scenes event hosted at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y. The night’s panel, moderated by NY1‘s Budd Mishkin, included the show’s senior producers Julie Snyder, Nancy Updike, Jane Feltes and Sean Cole, as well as film rights producer Alissa Shipp and production manager Seth Lind.

Then, of course, there was Glass — the host and executive producer of the public radio golden child and Showtime program of the same name — who has become ubiquitous on television, billboards and panels alike. His Buddy Holly glasses and graying spiked hair are familiar by now, and his notoriety explains why his introductory applause was by far the most sustained.

Steering the conversation casually, Mishkin lauded the program, giving the night a celebratory feel as the show’s creators discussed its methods and told insider stories to the delight of the crowd. The event began with anecdotes from seemingly slapdash beginnings, as Updike recalled struggling to fill an hour broadcast, even letting Glass wing it live to fill time in the days before the show’s syndication.

The producers reflected on the various media properties that have resulted since the humble inception of “This American Life,” including the forthcoming Steven Soderbergh film The Informant! starring Matt Damon, which is based on an episode.

According to Glass, the show’s relationship with movies was all about supply and demand: “We had no money, but a large supply of ideas, while Hollywood had a large amount of money and no ideas.”

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