Fox Sports will relaunch Speedvision as the Speed Channel on Feb. 11 with nine hours per day of NASCAR programming. Fox plans to use the popularity of NASCAR to get operators to pick up the Speed Channel.
According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study, the Internet will drive consumers and advertising capital to TV because heavy TV watchers tend to be Internet users and vice versa. The study also projects that household prime-time TV ratings will rise 4% to a 65.8 rating by the 2005-2006 season.
Nielsen Media Research data show that CNN dropped its top cable-ratings spot for the first time since Sept. 11, as Lifetime beat the news network for prime-time ratings and Nickelodeon did the same for full-day averages, a sign viewers slowly are going back to watching entertainment.
An episode of the Disney Channel's "The Proud Family" animated series features the heroine downloading files from the fictional Jackster file-trading program, only to realize that doing so put local stores out of business and stole royalties from deserving artists. Critics say the obvious message is the cheapest shot a media conglomerate has taken yet to protect its assets.
Fox's FX Networks has appointed President Peter Liguori its new CEO, giving him new responsibilities such as overseeing FX and Fox Movie Channel. Prior to joining FX, Liguori worked at HBO as vice president of consumer marketing.