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Jul 30, 2001  •  Post A Comment

CBS on purpose
Los Angeles-Although reluctant to join NBC, ABC and Fox in the repurposing of prime-time series for shared exhibition windows on cable networks, CBS nonetheless has sent the idea out to its affiliate board’s three-member “futures committee” for consideration. Ray Deaver, chairman of the CBS Affiliates Board and vice president/general manager of KWTX-TV, Waco, Texas, confirmed that the futures committee is slated to address the topic in September.
Mr. Deaver said the affiliates have not yet formally received any rough draft proposal or business plan from CBS. However, he said the futures committee could still place a formal proposal for a “repurposing business model” before the affiliate board and affiliate body before the end of this year.
Fox-AOL TW feud
Los Angeles-As of July 25, 350,000 subscribers to Time Warner Cable systems in the Los Angeles market were finding blackouts instead of home games of the Anaheim Angels-in addition to already blacked-out Dodgers home games-as the result of a dispute over an increase in Fox Sports Net subscriber fees, which some say amounts to a surcharge of some $40,000 more than last year.
The two companies are also feuding in Dallas, Houston and Pittsburgh, causing some baseball games to be knocked off cable in those markets as well.
Stevens upped at WSVN
Los Angeles-Craig Stevens, anchor at Fox affiliate WSVN-TV, Miami, signed a contract Friday to become main anchor for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. The coveted job was left open when Rick Sanchez departed for MSNBC. Mr. Stevens joined WSVN in 1992 as a general assignment reporter from WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, Fla.