Vishnu Athreya has been named vice president of program scheduling at Cartoon Network and Boomerang. "Vishnu has artfully produced high-performance schedules in territories around the world, and now assumes the U.S. role with a deep knowledge of our product," said Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network's chief content officer.
Gospel Music Channel has hired Leslie Chesloff as executive vice president of programming, a position in which she will oversee scheduling, acquisitions, original content and on-air promotion. Chesloff joins GMC after stints at Ion Media Networks and Lifetime Entertainment Services.
A group of private investment firms reportedly is considering a joint offer to take control of Adelphia Communications. Investment powerhouses including Thomas H. Lee Partners, Providence Equity Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts may raise as much as $18 billion and launch the largest leveraged buyout since KKR bought RJR Nabisco in 1989. The impetus behind the consortium is Adelphia itself, which is seeking to organize alternatives to an expected joint bid by Time Warner and Comcast.
Despite a last-minute plea by Sen. John McCain, a number of ABC affiliates, including eight stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group and four owned by Belo, declined to carry last night's broadcast of "Saving Private Ryan." The R-rated World War II film, which featured harsh language and scenes of graphic violence, was aired unedited. Some broadcasters said they feared FCC fines if they carried the movie.