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Time Warner Cable Threatens to Drop CBS From Channel 2 Spot (AdAge / Media News)
Time Warner Cable Inc. is threatening to drop CBS from its position as the first broadcast station on its TV menu as a deadline to conclude negotiations nears. The second-largest U.S. cable provider is talking to several competitors about taking CBS’ place if the deadline passes and CBS goes dark in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, said Maureen Huff, a Time Warner Cable spokeswoman. Deadline Hollywood The parties again have set a new deadline to settle their retransmission consent battle: This time it’s 5 p.m. ET on Monday. In a memo to staffers this week, CBS chief Leslie Moonves wrote that there’s “a very real threat” that the blackout will happen and “possibly” also affect Showtime. NYT CBS has been demanding an increase in the fees that the cable company pays to retransmit the signals of network stations to its customers. Time Warner Cable has labeled the CBS demands exorbitant. The two sides have both taken out ads denouncing the other as unreasonable, trying to lay the groundwork to blame the other party if the stations were made unavailable to the cable customers. LA Times / Company Town Media analyst David Banks of RBC Capital Markets said in a recent report that CBS is looking to increase the fee Time Warner Cable currently pays from less than $1 per subscriber per month to a figure approaching $2 in the first year and with subsequent increases in later years. Adweek While most observers believe it’s a foregone conclusion that CBS will prevail, at least one analyst said the network may have bitten off more than it can chew. In a note to investors issued last week, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said the availability of Aereo in New York and Los Angeles and the relatively sleepy summer broadcast season neutralizes some of CBS’ considerable leverage.

KTVU Producers Fired Over Asiana Pilots’ Fake Names (San Francisco Chronicle)
KTVU has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit — and a major embarrassment to the station. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman, who first reported the firings, writes that he’s hearing more could follow. The fake names “came to the station via email from an expert source who had provided information to the station in the past.”


Nashville City Paper Shutting Down, Publisher Says Free Model Didn’t Work
(The Tennessean)
The Nashville City Paper, which began publishing a free weekday newspaper in 2000, will stop publication after the Aug. 9 issue. The announcement was made to staff members on Wednesday morning. “In the last few days, we made the difficult decision to stop publishing the City Paper,” SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell posted in a statement on the paper’s website. Poynter / MediaWire Reached by phone, City Paper editor Steve Cavendish said some of the paper’s staffers would move on to other publications that, like City Paper, are owned by SouthComm. He’ll become news editor of the alt-weekly Nashville Scene and the business publication Nashville Post. Sports editor David Boclair will cover sports at the Post, and Andrea Zelinski will continue her government reporting there, too.

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Forbes Apologizes for Calling Irish President Michael D. Higgins Gay
(HuffPost / AP)
Financial news publisher Forbes says it’s apologizing to Ireland’s president for inaccurately describing him as gay in an online article. The New York-based media company pulled the offending piece from its website Wednesday and replaced it with an apology to readers and, indirectly, to President Michael D. Higgins. “Forbes will be issuing an apology to President Higgins in a separate correspondence,” the publisher said.” FishbowlNY Just how big a deal in Ireland is the July 23 sexual orientation mix-up for which both Forbes magazine and item author David Monagan have solemnly apologized? Well, it’s not every day that a correction leads to a separate informational page in the recipient country’s leading newspaper, to educate readers about the culpable publication and journalist.