Advertisers have said they would pull sponsorships from the more salacious types of reality shows, which sends a distinct message to programmers. Networks are responding by offering slates more heavily reliant on scripted programming.
The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan was suspended for comments he made about the wife of a New Jersey Nets basketball player, an episode that illustrates the pitfalls that can await print journalists when they appear on live television. "It was a lesson for all of us," a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times said.
Style, a spinoff network of E!, will add eight new series to its programming. The shows are designed to take the network beyond fashion, and will include titles like "Modern Girl's Guide to Life" and "A Second Look."
Independent Film Channel is developing a VOD service, Uncensored on Demand, that will feature sexually provocative films. IFC says the service is a "logical extension" of its mission and that it will "help cable operators sell VOD to their subscribers."
Hallmark Channel has announced it is cutting out some ad breaks to clear space for a more diverse programming slate. The network's aim is to boost its appeal among advertisers by expanding its viewer base, says Terence Yau, the network's managing director.