CTAM Summit: Rutledge: Fox Demands 'Innappropriate' Given Economy Status
Cablevision exec: 'We will not pay those kinds of increases'
By Mark Robichaux, Multichannel News -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/20/2010 4:24:40 PMComplete Coverage: CTAM Summit 2010
New Orleans - Cablevision Systems COO Tom Rutledge said at the CTAM Summit closing general in New Orleans the biggest factor in Cablevision's now 5-day-old carriage dispute with Fox Networks is the country's jobless rate and the underlying anemic economy.
Cablevision and Fox continue to disagree on compensation for Fox broadcast and cable outlets, even as Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski urged the parties to bury their differences and reach a deal.
Fox pulled broadcast stations in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia as well as cable networks Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Wild and Fox Business Network on Oct. 16 after talks on retransmission payments did not lead to an agreement.
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