Fox Business Launch Sets Off Cable Channel Shuffle in New York
When Fox Business Network launches Oct. 15 nationally, it will be part of a round-robin channel shift in New York, home of Fox News and the financial capital of the country. The repositioning will involve channels owned by NBC Universal.
On the Time Warner Cable system in the New York City area, Fox Business Network will be positioned on Channel 43, which has been home to MSNBC since it launched in July 1996. MSNBC will move to Channel 14, currently the home of Disney’s Family Channel and right next to NBCU-owned CBNC, a competitor to Fox Business Network.
Also on Oct. 15, Fox News Channel, currently on Channel 46 on TWC in New York, will move to Channel 44, currently the home of NBCU’s Sci Fi Channel, the 15-year-old network that was among the properties acquired in the 2004 merger of NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment. Sci Fi will move to Channel 17, where TWC subscribers now find the History Channel.
Representatives for both NBCU and Fox News pronounced themselves “thrilled” with the positioning.
A Time Warner Cable representative was not immediately available to discuss the subsequent channel moves.