Comcast is looking to divest itself of about 400,000 subscribers in 46 smaller systems in states such as Maine, New Mexico, Virginia and Kentucky, according to this report. One analyst, Richard Greenfield of Pali Research, applauded the move: "In fact, we believe Comcast should look to get even smaller, increasing its focus on its top clusters, given the inherent advantages of mega-clusters in top demographic areas," he said.
Bravo announced recent promotions for Andy Cohen, now the network's senior vice president of original programming and development, and Shari Levine, who was upped to vice president of original programming. Cohen is executive producer on shows such as "Project Runway" and "Top Chef," and Levine executive produced series such as "Make Me a Supermodel" and "The Real Housewives of Orange County."
TBS and Def Jam Records have entered into a promotional partnership revolving around the cable network's "House of Payne" series. Chrisette Michele, a Def Jam artist, has recorded a song titled "I Gotta Love Jones for the House of Payne," which will be played during TV spots.
Today is the deadline for second-round auction bids for Landmark Communications'The Weather Channel, and two suitors -- Time Warner and a partnership between NBC Universal and the Blackstone Group -- are expected to have the inside track, according to this article. Bids are expected to be in the range of $3 billion to $4 billion.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has agreed to rule on a case stemming from an FCC order in February that cable companies must lower access rates for independent programmers. The court found that the NCTA raised substantial issues about the FCC's ruling and temporarily stopped the measure from taking effect.