Comcast Pulls Plug on AZN
By Anne Becker -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/27/2008 7:00:00 PM
Comcast is shutting down AZN Television, its distribution- and advertising-challenged cable network programmed for Asian Americans. The network will cease broadcasting on April 9. About 15 staffers were notified late last week that they will lose their jobs at the network. The channel, whose general manager is Rod Shanks, never gained distribution beyond Comcast's footprint of about 13.9 million homes and also had trouble securing advertising.
AZN should be brought back without question, AND given more air time. It was a very good source of a wide variety of information. I especially liked traveloges and Indian cooking shows, but there always pleasant surprises.
Raymond Griffith - 10/13/2008 6:19:00 AM EDT
Jonathan Soria - 5/3/2008 7:41:00 PM EDT
Please bring AZN back. It was our main viewing channel. We are lost without it. The dramas were so well done. Their programs, particularly the Korean dramas put ours to shame. Why do we who watch Asian programs have to suffer. Boot off a few sport channels and shopping channels, and you'd have plenty of room. How is it you can show Hispanic programming but can Asian programming. My husband and I are extremely disappointed.
Vicki Collins - 5/3/2008 4:43:00 AM EDT
All I have to say is WHY WHY. The channel not only appealed to Asian-Americans but also the non-asians who liked to watch the channels diverse amount of programming. It offered awesome shows that I always looked forward to each day. It was my only source of getting the lowdown on asian music and shows. Why would you take away the only really good asian show for people who don't have a good chance on any other network or channel. It was the best channel while it lasted and still will be in my mind
Matteo Isquierdo - 4/23/2008 10:22:00 AM EDT
I am sorry to hear this bad news. As a Mom of a adopted child from China I used to envision watching some programs from my childs culture when she got older. Asian Americans are not recognized in this country and this station provided much needed programing for my daughter. What a loss.
Lorrie Garcia - 4/16/2008 4:42:00 PM EDT
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