News Corp.’s Chase Carey Says Fox Blackout Might Not Have Happened Except for Government Meddling

Nov 10, 2010  •  Post A Comment

News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey, second-in-command to Rupert Murdoch, tells Bloomberg News in an interview that the Fox blackout for Cablevision customers might never have happened except for government meddling.

How does that work?

Carey says the government wasn’t clear about whether it would intervene in the carriage dispute between Fox and Cablevision, prompting Cablevision to hold out in hopes the U.S. might get involved.

According to the article, Carey said, " ‘I would actually contend we wouldn’t have gone off the air at all,’ Carey said. He added that he wanted to clear up what he believes are misperceptions about the blackout. ‘This wasn’t a good experience. Everybody here found this really painful,’ he said. Cablevision declined to provide anyone for comment, the story says.

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