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Jan 7, 2002  •  Post A Comment

HSN cuts 115 positions; many offered other jobs
Approximately 115 positions at the Home Shopping Network have been eliminated in what a spokesman characterized as a companywide “consolidation.” However, the spokesman for the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based company disputed the term “layoff,” calling it a “restructuring” and a consolidation to achieve efficiencies. He said that approximately half the employees whose positions have been eliminated will be offered other jobs within the company. The 115 eliminated positions, representing approximately 2 percent of the work force, are companywide, the spokesman confirmed. The affected areas include information technology, merchandising, marketing and broadcasting.
NAB board will decide position on EEO rules
The National Association of Broadcasters TV board will be asked to decide whether to fight the Federal Communications Commission’s latest effort to resurrect equal employment opportunity regulations during the association board’s meeting next week in West Palm Beach, Fla., sources said. Many broadcasters opposed the regulations in their previous forms. But the FCC has recrafted proposed rules to make them less offensive to the courts.
Lawmakers, regulators head to Vegas for CES
All four Federal Communications Commission regulators, two Federal Trade Commission regulators and more than 40 Washington lawmakers will converge on Las Vegas this week for the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show. Among the attendees will be Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; and Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont. Only a few of the powerbrokers-such as FCC Chairman Michael Powell-are scheduled to be on panels. Most are expected to schmooze and bone up on technology at the convention, held from Tuesday through Friday. The Consumer Electronics Association, sponsor and producer of CES, is negotiating with other television industry players and lawmakers to resolve a range of copyright and hardware issues that have slowed the rollout of digital television.
Rutledge named president of Cablevision in N.Y.
Veteran cable executive Tom Rutledge has been named president of the New York metropolitan area division of Cablevision Systems Corp., making him the primary executive directing Cablevision’s cable television offerings, particularly its new interactive and digital products. Most recently, Mr. Rutledge was president of Time Warner Cable. He will report to Cablevision President and CEO James Dolan. “Cablevision has the most advanced two-way interactive cable plant in this country, if not the world, and that plant allows the introduction of a whole new series of interactive television and digital products, including IP telephony,” Mr. Rutledge said. Over the next 12 months, Mr. Rutledge said, rolling out digital-platform video and IP telephony, among other new products, will be his first priority.
ABC, ESPN to continue World Cup soccer
ABC and ESPN will continue to be the homes of U.S. English-language telecasts of World Cup soccer through 2006 under a new five-year deal that also calls for live coverage of Major League Soccer matches. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports will split all matches in the men’s World Cup in 2002 and 2006 and a minimum of 11 matches of the 2003 Women’s Cup. ESPN2 will carry 26 live MLS matches, most of them on Saturday afternoons, in 2002. ABC Sports will carry a minimum of three MLS matches each season, including the league’s all-star game and the MLS Cup. In addition, the sales, marketing and broadcast production of the events will become the responsibility of a company formed by MLS investors Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Hunt Sports Group and Dentsu. The still-to-be-named company will be headed by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, whose organization will oversee advertising and sponsorship sales for the package.
Kenin to oversee Hallmark programming
David Kenin has been named executive vice president of programming for Crown Media U.S., corporate parent of the Hallmark Channel. Mr. Kenin will head up the channel’s programming and will have oversight responsibilities for development, acquisition, scheduling and program administration and strategies. He will report to Lana Corbi, the channel’s president and CEO, and will be based in Los Angeles. Mr. Kenin, the former head of CBS Sports in New York, joins the channel from Kenin Partners, where he represented clients in various media industries, including cable television, business development, international programming, international sports rights and new technology. His clients included Viacom, Microsoft, Lucent Technologies and SportsPrize.com, where he served as CEO.