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Oct 15, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Markey: Legislation needed to help DTV
Washington-An influential House lawmaker told television industry officials late last week that legislation may be needed to get the digital TV transition back on track. During a Thursday meeting with TV and electronics industry executives, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said a bill may be needed to resolve disputes over digital must-carry, cable compatibility, copyright protection, transition deadlines and the inclusion of digital tuners in new sets. But he has no plans to craft a measure at this time. The House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet will hold a hearing on the DTV transition Oct. 18.
Liguori adds CEO responsibilities at FX
Los Angeles-As part of a new five-year contract, Peter Liguori, president of FX Networks since August 1998, has added the title of chief executive officer and has been given additional oversight responsibilities for the development of new Fox Cable entertainment programming services.
Cronin, Fox Family in contract dispute
Los Angeles-Richard Cronin, former president and CEO of the Fox Family Channel and Fox Kids Network and current president and CEO of the Game Show Network, filed a breach of contract suit against Fox Family Worldwide. Veteran kids-programmer Haim Saban and News Corp., the owners of Fox Family, recently sold the network to Disney for $3 billion in cash and the assumption of $2.3 billion in debt. The suit contends that Fox Family has “refused to acknowledge Mr. Cronin’s ownership of Fox Family stock options.”
A Fox Family spokeswoman declined comment on the lawsuit.