Cablevision-ABC Fight Gets Dirty

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Post

Faced with an impasse over the value of ABC, parent company Disney and cable distributor Cablevision yesterday resorted to that tried and true negotiating method: slinging mud.

The two sides are battling over how much Cablevision pays Disney, which is threatening to yank New York’s local ABC station.


A cable industry source sympathetic to Cablevision suggested that Disney Media Networks co-heads Anne Sweeney and George Bodenheimer, who are leading negotiations for the company, are butting heads over how publicly the situation is playing out.

“They’re not happy with the way this looks, they’re not happy with the preparations leading up to this, and they’re not happy about having to fight so publicly,” this source said. More…