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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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Cablevision Exploring Spinoff Of Rainbow Media

Lately it seems like Cablevision just can’t stay out of the news.  CableFAX Daily is reporting that the New York-based cable operator is looking into a potential spinoff of Rainbow Media to Cablevision stockholders.  The spinoff offers an alternative to selling Rainbow and Cablevision anticipates that it would be completed by the mid-2011.

In an official statement Cablevision said that the proposed spinoff would be “structured as a tax-free pro rata distribution to stockholders.”  If the transaction goes through, the newly formed public Rainbow company would include AMC, WE tv, IFC, Sundance Channel, and Wedding Central.  Cablevision believes the spinoff would bolster the company’s overall value and allow for more flexibility to “pursue strategic objectives.”

If the spinoff is completed it would not affect Cablevision’s local media properties Newsday, News 12, MSG Varsity, and Clearview Cinemas.  The company also said they are not exploring a sale of Rainbow or its cable and telecommunications business.

Upright Citizens Brigade Weighs In On The Cablevision-Fox Feud

The hilarious minds at Upright Citizens Brigade produced the following video in response to the never-ending spat between Cablevision and News Corp. Can you guess whose side they are on?

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Watch more comedy videos from the twisted minds of the UCB Theatre at UCBcomedy.com

The Numbers Game: Cablevision Blackout Hurts Ratings For Fox Programs

Although it should not come as much of a surprise, the ongoing dispute between Fox and Cablevision has taken its toll on WNYW/channel 5′s ratings in the New York area.  According to a MediaPost report by David Goetzl, the blackout of Fox for Cablevision subscribers caused a tremendous ratings drop for Monday’s new episode of House.  Meanwhile, last Sunday’s New York Giants game and Fox 5 News at 10 p.m. have not witnessed as steep of a decline.

This week’s House delivered just a 0.8 rating in New York’s 18-49 demo, a 67 percent decrease from the previous Monday.  The blackout’s role in the drop off is reinforced by the level week-to-week ratings posted by House on the national scale.  Sunday’s 1 p.m. Giants-Lions game, however, scored a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demo; just a 27 percent slide from Fox’s 1 p.m. Giants-Texans game on Oct. 10.

Similar to the local NFL programming, Fox 5 News at 10 p.m. has also experienced a relatively small ratings drop of 27% in New York.  Compared to the .93 posted on Oct. 10, Monday’s late newscast notched a .68 rating among 18-49-year-old audiences.  WNYW was losing ratings points prior to the blackout, so it remains to be seen just how influential the feud with Cablevision was in this instance.

Since the beginning of the now seven-day blackout, 43 percent of the 7.5 million homes in the New York market have been without Fox.  In addition to primetime programming, local news, and one Giants football game, these Cablevision customers have missed out on five games of the NLCS and last Sunday’s Cowboys-Vikings matchup.

With the World Series looming on Oct. 27 and Nov. 2′s election day not too far behind, Fox appears to be at risk of losing some significant ratings numbers and, of course, some major dollars.  Cablevision is also not in the clear as many New Yorkers may soon choose to take their business to another provider.  Stay tuned folks…

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