Cable Networks Remain Profitable Despite Cord-Cutting—but Upheaval Is Coming

‘It’s going to be really bad for independent networks’

collage of network logos El Rey, WGN America, DIY and NBCSN
Departing networks include NBCSN, DIY, WGN America and El Rey Network, which ceased operations Dec. 31. Illustration: ChefBoyRG

Just a few weeks into 2021, the cable TV industry seemed primed for a significant thinning of its ranks.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 22, 2021, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.