Fox News Channel is seeking to boost its brand on radio, planning to roll out several new syndicated talk programs, a report says. Currently, Fox Radio is distributed through Viacom and ABC Radio Networks.
Discovery Networks, U.S. executive vice president Bill McGowan last week said the company has closed "a number of [upfront] deals." McGowan said that targeted cable networks are having better luck in the upfronts than general interest networks are.
A class-action lawsuit against Cablevision alleging that the MSO has opted not to carry YES Network to protect its MSG Network was dismissed last week, a report says. An attorney for YES reportedly said the decision doesn't affect YES's pending antitrust lawsuit against Cablevision.
The Tennis Channel reportedly has struck a 15-year carriage deal with Time Warner Cable. The agreement may encourage other cable operators to follow suit, Tennis Channel chairman and CEO David Meister says.
MTV Networks CEO Tom Freston may be 56 years old and may have been running the youth-targeted network since 1987, but he still has his finger firmly on the pulse of the zeitgeist, a report says. During his tenure, MTV has metamorphosed from a marginal music network to a media powerhouse, the strongest brand in the Viacom stable, the report adds.