The founder of Tennis Channel and Ski Channel has set a mid-September debut for a network dedicated to beach, water and board sports. Surf Channel, the brainchild of Steve Bellamy, will be seen in 20 million homes as a free, video-on-demand channel.
The debut of BBC America's remake of "Doctor Who" attracted 1.2 million viewers, the biggest audience ever for the network. The show, which ran Saturday at 9 p.m., also scored a 0.9 rating among adults 25 to 54.
CEO Jim Yager says Barrington Broadcasting hasn't ruled out the possibility of sharing retransmission fees with broadcast networks. "We think that would be foolish if we can get a higher return out of retransmission consent than we are currently getting or see in the foreseeable future," Yager said.
Cable and broadcast pioneer Peter Storer, a past NAB TV Board Chairman and member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame, died Nov. 8 at his home in Saratoga, Wyo.
Intel, Adobe and Amazon.com are among the high-tech leaders expected to make big announcements during this week's third Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Speakers will include a "who's who" of the online world, including Barry Diller, chairman and CEO of IAC/InteractiveCorp, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.