Tue Mar 3 18:39:51 EST 2009
This may in part explain why we're still getting WMTW while WVII in Bangor
was added to our cable system about two years ago. It will be interesting
to see how this all plays out within the next year. WLBZ in Bangor was also
added in 2007, while WCSH, curiously, was retained (at about the same time
NBC WeatherPlus was put on the air. I'm not sure that was a coincidence).
What's more, we have been receiving both WABI-TV and WGME for years. The
owner of the cable company says that FCC regulations required it to begin
carrying the Bangor stations, as we live a good deal nearer Bangor than
Portland. The company plans to drop the Portland stations later in 2009.
Given the ESPN deal, though, I wonder if that'll include WMTW?
Personally, I'd LOVE to see a la carte cable.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Vahey" <email@example.com>
To: "Doug Drown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "(newsgroup) Boston-Radio-Interest"
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: Radio Disney
> More than likely your system carries WMTW or WMUR (owned by Hearst)
> which owns 20 percent of ESPN. Hearst years back told the former Media
> One they could not carry WCVB unless they picked up the then new ESPN2
> The reason Comcast desperately tried to buy Disney is the enormous
> fees they pay the mouse for programming fees.
> A-la-carte is a cat Mickey Mouse is very scared of.
> On 3/3/09, Doug Drown <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> On the cable side an operator has no choice but to carry The Disney
>>> Channel at a hefty fee because otherwise they can't carry ESPN
>> unless they pick up Mickey.
>> If that's the case, either we're gettin' cheated up here or somebody has
>> found a loophole. Our local cable system carries both ESPN and ESPN 2,
>> we don't get Disney. I've often wondered why.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Kevin Vahey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> To: "Doug Drown" <email@example.com>; "(newsgroup)
>> Boston-Radio-Interest" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 11:27 AM
>> Subject: Re: Radio Disney
>>>I saw in the Chicago Tribune yesterday that Paul Harvey was
>>> responsible for ninety percent of the income of ABC Radio Network.
>>> Also the story noted that Citadel was officially dislisted by the NYSE
>>> the day before Harvey died.
>>> Disney thinks enough of the Radio Disney franchise that they bought
>>> 1260. On the cable side an operator has no choice but to carry The
>>> Disney Channel at a hefty fee because otherwise they can't carry ESPN
>>> unless they pick up Mickey.
>>> On 3/3/09, Doug Drown <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>> Interesting how Disney/ABC can continue to run Radio Disney and ESPN
>>>> felt financially compelled to spin off the other radio networks and the
>>>> radio O&Os. I guess it tells us something about demographics and the
>>>> of things. -Doug
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