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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Here is Why It’s Difficult to Defend Tina Brown and Newsweek, September 17
  2. USA Today Says Its Logo is ‘Cool,‘ September 14
  3. The New USA Today is Here, September 14
  4. Quartz to Launch Sept. 24, September 19
  5. Cover Battle: GQ or Complex, September 22
  6. Cablevision Customers Not Blacked Out From Giants Thursday Nighter, September 19

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Dave Price Turns Dancing With The Stars Interview into Awkward Good Day New York Segment, August 18
  2. WPIX Blacked Out ‘Without Warning’ in Cablevision Homes, August 17
  3. Politico Removes Idiot Reporter from Covering Idiot Todd Akin, August 21
  4. FishbowlNY Poll: Readers Emphatically Want Greg Kelly Back on Good Day New York, August 16
  5. Tina Brown Defends Niall Ferguson, August 22
  6. Pat Kiernan (left), Best TV Person Ever, Rumored to Miss Out on Live! Co-Anchor Gig, August 21
  7. Chris Wragge ‘Flattered’ To Be Part of CBS Sports’ U.S. Open Tennis Coverage, August 16

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WPIX Blacked Out ‘Without Warning’ in Cablevision Homes

Cablevision subscribers have lost a key over-the-air station. WPIX/Channel 11 has been dropped temporarily by Cablevision in a dispute over retransmission fees.

The Bethpage-based cable provider said in a statement today that WPIX parent Tribune and its hedge fund owners were ‘‘demanding tens of millions in new fees from WPIX and other stations they own.’’

Cablevision added that the bankrupt Tribune “should stop their anti-consumer demands and work productively to reach an agreement.”

For Tribune’s part, they say negotiations were ongoing and WPIX was pulled “without warning.”

Tribune continued, “Cablevison took this action despite our offer of unconditional extension of the current carriage agreement with no change in terms while negotiations continued.

On its Twitter feed, WPIX was urging Cablevision customers to call (800) 298-3447 to restore the station.

Tribune has also established the Website, KeepPiX11.com. On it, they point out, “To be clear, Cablevision pulled PIX11 off the air in the middle of the night, without notice and while our current agreement was still in place.”

Cablevision is taking to the Internet as well, providing other viewing options for Tribune programming. It notes several prime time shows, including 90210, America’s Next Top Model, and Vampire Diaries are available free at cwtv.com.

In place of WPIX, Cablevision is airing the Style Network on Channel 11.

Long Island’s Fair Media Council Says WCBS/WLNY Deal Is ‘Wonderful Thing’

The Fair Media Council was created as a media watchdog on Long Island. Its main event for the year is the Folio Awards, held each April.  Beyond that, one piece of news captivated the Council.

Viewers are yet to see the full effects of WCBS/Channel 2′s acquisition of WLNY/Channel 10, 55.

Fair Media Council executive director Jaci Clement says this is important on so many levels.

“It’s a wonderful thing when you look at the total media landscape of the island,” Clement tells FishbowlNY. “Because what you have here is one major news source [Cablevision] that dominates the news of Long Island.”

Cablevision created News 12 Long Island in 1986. Then the Bethpage-based company bought Newsday in 2008, giving Long Islanders no recourse for finding news and information via TV and newspaper.

“Since they merged, you see more and more of them working closely together and actually producing less local news,” Clement says. “…We actually have less news now than we had in the past.”

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Cablevision Veteran Valerie Green Named amNew York Publisher

Newsday Media Group announced the appointment today of Valerie Green as publisher of amNewYork. Effectively immediately, she will oversee the newspaper’s daily operations and report to Fred Groser, Newsday Media Group publisher.

“As a 15-year Cablevision veteran, Ms. Green has a proven track record for building and positioning brands and providing strong creative direction across various business units, including Newsday and amNewYork,” said Groser. “I am confident that she will be a dynamic leader, lending her extensive experience to best position amNewYork for the future.”

In addition to this role, Green will continue to serve as senior vice president of marketing for Cablevision’s Local Media group, a position she has held since 2010.

Green has held several positions at Cablevision. She was senior vice president of marketing at Fuse. Prior to joining the national music television network, Green spent 11 years at Cablevision, holding down a number of marketing posts, the most recent of which was vice president of multi- cultural and urban marketing.

“I am enthusiastic to lead a wonderful team and a great New York newspaper,” said Green.

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Newsday Hits iPads in Westchester with Special Content

Cablevision has announced the launch of Newsday for Westchester. It is available as a regional website and iPad and iPhone applications.

The content is specifically designed for Westchester County, Rockland County, and Hudson Valley residents. Starting today, Newsday for Westchester delivers in-depth news for the region as well as videos from Cablevision’s entities, including Newsday, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, and MSG Varsity.

The site or app is provided free of charge for Optimum Online customers. Others can subscribe to the Digital Subscription package, which includes complete access to the regional website and apps for $1.15 per week following a one-month free trial.

Users can visit Newsday.com/Westchester to access the website. The iPad and iPhone applications will be available for download from the iTunes App Store beginning today.

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Cablevision COO Rutledge Resigns Unexpectedly

Multiple reports today say Cablevision Operation Officer Tom Rutledge is stepping down from his post. He’ll leave the Bethpage, New York-based company, effective December 19, according to a regulatory filing. No reason was given for Rutledge’s departure.

Rutledge, 58, joined Cablevision in 2002, helping reshape the regional cable giant since becoming COO in 2004.

According to a Cablevision statement, the company is seeking a successor to oversee its cable operations.

Under Rutledge’s watch, Cablevision focused its attention on the cable entity, after it spun off Madison Square Garden Company and AMC Networks Inc. in the last two years.

A Green Light for AmberWatch TV on Cablevision

The AmberWatch Foundation unveiled its new venture, AmberWatch TV, this week. The video-on-demand channel is launching by the end of the month on Cablevision’s iO TV digital service.

AmberWatch TV is a groundbreaking channel, one of the first interactive VOD channels devoted entirely to parents, caregivers, and child safety.

Keith Jarrett (left) is the founder of AmberWatch Foundation, and the visionary behind the channel.

“We’re happy that the channel, in and of itself, can teach parents on how to keep their kids safe, and then provide them with all the resources to do so,” Jarrett tells FishbowlNY.

Jarrett says, the channel, at 625, for Cablevision iO subscribers, has plenty of programming, despite only offering VOD.

“You can go there and can control your experience with a ton of different video segments,” Jarrett says.

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Rainbow Media Being Renamed AMC Networks

Cablevision Systems is moving forward with its plan to spin off Rainbow Media into a new company called AMC Networks.

Broadcasting and Cable reports Josh Sapan, the longtime head of the Bethpage-based Rainbow will become president and CEO of the new public company.

“Rainbow owns and operates some of cable television’s most admired networks, and over the past three decades, AMC has become one of the most established of those brands, recognized by consumers, advertisers and investors alike,” Sapan said in a statement. “As we move forward, we want to capitalize on that strong brand awareness for what will be our new public company.”

AMC Networks Inc. will be comprised of AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel. The spin-off is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

MSG Varsity Putting on a ‘Talent Show’ For Students

Taking a page from the American Idol playbook, MSG Varsity is debuting a showcase for aspiring singers, dancers, and bands.

MSG Varsity’s Talent Show is a new series open to high school students in the Cablevision viewing area. Those interested in auditioning have until February 28 to submit online at www.msgvarsity.com in four categories: vocal ensemble, individual singer, dance ensemble, and rock/pop band.

After that, 32 acts (eight from each category) will be chosen to perform on Talent Show, premiering Sunday, April 17 at 6 p.m. on Cablevision’s iO TV (Channel 14).

The show’s host is Queens native Jared Cotter, a former Idol semi-finalist.

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