Polls show that the public's trust in the media has continued to fall steadily since 1989. Confidence has been eroded by a series of reporting scandals, most recently The New York Times' admission that one of its reporters fabricated and plagiarized stories.
Travel Channel has tapped nine-year Discovery Networks International veteran Rick Rodriguez to succeed Steve Cheskin as EVP and GM. Rodriguez, who previously was EVP of content for DNI, is to oversee programming, production and development for Travel Channel.
Instead of plugging holes with reality shows and reruns, networks should consider airing killed pilots, says columnist Brian Lowry. At the very least, the strategy would provide a few laughs; at best, it possibly could spawn a surprise hit show.
A review of the company's accounting methods led Adelphia to reduce its reported number of digital cable subscribers by 30%. "It's a move toward a more conservative set of accounting practices," a spokesman said.