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Byron Allen Spares No One in Accusing Comcast of Racial Bias
Nov. 23, 2019 | The New York Times | By John Eligon.

The black entrepreneur has gone after civil rights groups and other black leaders to make his case. Some fear that protections dating to 1866 are in jeopardy.

Entrepreneur, Byron Allen, offers his life story as a model of African-American economic success.....Byron filed a $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast in 2015, contending that Comcast, after discussing a deal to carry six of his company’s channels, had turned it down in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The nation’s oldest federal civil rights law, it gives “all persons” the same right “enjoyed by white citizens” to “make and enforce contracts” and “to sue.”.......the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, ruled last year that a lower district court had “improperly dismissed” it. Comcast appealed. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case......At stake before the court in oral arguments on Nov. 13 was not the specifics of his dispute with Comcast, but the standard for proving racial discrimination. The justices seemed to focus on the narrow question of whether a plaintiff like Mr. Allen must make the case that racial discrimination was the main factor or just a contributing factor in the early stages of litigation.........Comcast has vigorously defended its record on diversity and refuted Mr. Allen’s claims of discrimination, arguing that the six networks he wants it to distribute are not interesting enough for its lineup or aren’t distinct from current offerings. His demand that Comcast carry all of them in high definition and the price he is asking are unreasonable, the company said.........A key element of Mr. Allen’s argument centers on an agreement Comcast struck with black leaders and organizations in 2010 in order to get clearance to purchase NBCUniversal. As part of the deal, the conglomerate agreed to add four new African-American owned networks over eight years. Two of those networks were owned by Sean Combs, the mogul better known as Diddy, and Magic Johnson, the former basketball star and entrepreneur.
Mr. Allen has argued that the organizations that helped broker the deal — the National Urban League, Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network and the N.A.A.C.P. — were essentially bought off by Comcast, which has donated money to them. The agreement provided only token investment in black-owned networks, Mr. Allen said, and has been used to justify blocking black entrepreneurs from getting a seat at the table......putting black faces out there.....isn't the same things as true economic inclusion......Comcast said it spent $13.2 billion on programming last year, but a spokeswoman declined to say what share of that went to black-owned networks........Sean Combs, surprisingly, has publicly backed Mr. Allen’s point of view and leveled his own criticism against the company for not providing proper support for his television network, Revolt.
“Our relationship with Comcast is the illusion of economic inclusion,” Mr. Combs said.....many black leaders have avoided expressing a firm opinion on whether or not Byron Allen was discriminated against by Comcast........The 2010 agreement between Comcast and the civil rights groups failed to position the black-owned networks for success, said Paula Madison, the former chief diversity officer at NBCUniversal who helped broker the deal. An issue raised during negotiations, Ms. Madison said, was whether the company would guarantee the networks a certain number of subscribers. In the end, Comcast agreed to launch the channels, with no guarantee of how many subscribers they would reach......Ms. Madison said she felt that Comcast had a duty to try to help the new black-owned networks succeed, because they were integral to the company’s gaining federal approval to acquire NBCUniversal. But at a time when streaming becomes dominant and cable operators are looking to shed channels, Ms. Madison said she believed Comcast executives would not blink if the black-owned networks went away.
“It’s laissez-faire,” Ms. Madison said of Comcast’s treatment of the channels. “It’s, ‘They want channels, we’ll give them channels.’”
African-Americans  Byron_Allen  CATV  Comcast  economic_inclusion  entertainment_industry  entrepreneur  lawsuits  moguls  NAACP  racial_bias  racial_discrimination  U.S._Supreme_Court  Weather_Channel 
12 weeks ago by jerryking
TV chief looks beyond cable for the voyage of Discovery
5 August/6 August 2017 | Financial Times | by Shannon Bond.

"Swallowing Scripps marks a return to focus to the U.S. Zaslav is looking to the company for more content to bulk up his offerings, on traditional pay-TV and new digital outlets such as Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and Snapchat. "Content has always been our north star", he said this week.
Discovery  mergers_&_acquisitions  Scripps  CATV  CEOs  John_Malone  North_Star  content  consolidation 
august 2017 by jerryking
In House of Murdoch, Sons Set About an Elaborate Overhaul
APRIL 22, 2017 | The New York Times | By BROOKS BARNES and SYDNEY EMBER.

With James and his elder brother, Lachlan, 45, who is the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, firmly entrenched as their father’s successors, they are now forcibly exerting themselves. Their father remains very involved, but his sons seem determined to rid the company of its roguish, old-guard internal culture and tilt operations toward the digital future. They are working to make the family empire their own, not the one the elder Murdoch created to suit his sensibilities.....The conglomerate, like its competitors, is facing an extremely uncertain future. Consumers are canceling or forgoing cable hookups and instead subscribing to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, which 21st Century Fox co-owns. The movie business continues to grapple with piracy, rising costs and flat domestic attendance. Fox also has special problems: With competitors getting bigger — AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner being Exhibit A — where does that leave the Murdochs?

“That’s a question I think they asked themselves and moved them to try to buy the rest of Sky,” said Michael Nathanson, an analyst at MoffettNathanson, referring to a pending $14.3 billion deal for 21st Century Fox to take full control of the British satellite TV giant.

At the moment, 21st Century Fox’s portfolio is relatively healthy. Fox News has continued to dominate in the ratings. The FX cable channel has found a steady stream of hits, including “Atlanta” and “The People v. O. J. Simpson.” The Fox broadcast network has struggled to find new must-see shows, but the company’s overseas channels and sports networks are thriving. In its most recent quarter, 21st Century Fox reported income of $856 million, a 27 percent increase from the same period a year earlier.
succession  Rupert_Murdoch  CATV  conglomerates  uncertainty  Netflix  Hulu  James_Murdoch  Lachlan_Murdoch  family-owned_businesses  Bill_O'Reilly  organizational_culture  sexual_harassment  Roger_Ailes  generational_change  digital_media  National_Geographic  CEOs  21st_Century_Fox  mass_media 
april 2017 by jerryking
Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear - The New York Times
Farhad Manjoo
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livestreaming  Facebook  television  CATV  Farhad_Manjoo 
july 2016 by jerryking
How to be a Top-Gun Deal Maker | Ivey Business Journal
by: Michael Benoliel

[8 April/9 April 2017; Letter to the editor by Bruce Mathers] "It is axiomatic that negotiators who understand their opponents have a strong advantage"
Robert_Johnson  BET  dealmakers  deal-making  howto  moguls  CATV  African-Americans  entrepreneur  Viacom  Second_Acts  NBA  trailblazers  negotiations 
july 2015 by jerryking
The CRTC needs to start thinking outside the idiot box - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Sep. 27 2014,

...Watching CRTC commissioners questioning cable-company executives and other stakeholders about whether Canadians should be able to choose which channels they pay for made it painfully clear that the commission’s usefulness is being outstripped by technology. ..The new scarce resource is not bandwidth, but viewers. Broadcasters and cable carriers that once had captive markets now compete with Netflix, Youtube and other Internet-based services that exist outside CRTC regulations. These newcomers, including millions of people producing and posting their own content, from Vines to videos, are stealing viewers and changing Canadians’ habits.....the reason why the CRTC still talks "television" – is because it remains the only avenue for Canada’s heavily regulated broadcasters and cable companies to hold onto their current revenue streams while they buy time and figure out what their next move should be. The CRTC’s most critical role – ensuring Canada’s stories are told, as required under the Broadcasting Act – has lately transmogrified from obliging broadcasters to produce Canadian content, and making sure the cable companies prioritize it, to something a little less noble: namely, temporarily protecting Canadian companies from the stateless, unregulated, market-driven onslaught of the Internet....There are significant advances coming down the pipe that are going to get here faster than the end of your next two-year cable contract. This is where the CRTC should be focusing its energies. The future is not “pick-and-pay”; the future is fibre-optic Internet in every home that is magnitudes faster than the current co-axial standard, and which will become the backbone of the digital economy.... The future is not limiting access or enforcing nationalistic content rules; the future is more border-ignoring services with more content than ever, some of which will inevitably be Canadian. The future is asking the question, Do we need a national television broadcaster, or would we be better off subsidizing a national content producer that sells its programming to the highest bidder? Or produces it with a taxpayer subsidy – and then instead of broadcasting via a traditional TV channel, simply posts it online for anyone to watch on Youtube and other sites?

Talking about TV – about pick-and-pay and basic packages and Canadian content – is at best a distraction while the future barrels down on us.
Netflix  Canada  CRTC  streaming  data  roaming  CATV  television  scarcity  statelessness  bandwidth  Youtube  future  Vine  content  DIY  bite-sized 
september 2014 by jerryking
Felix Salmon is leaving Reuters for the Fusion network because the future of media is “post text” — Tech News and Analysis
by Mathew Ingram

Financial and media blogger Felix Salmon says he is leaving Reuters to join Fusion, a cable channel co-owned by ABC and Univision, because the future of storytelling and communication is not in text but in video, animation and other digital experiments
appointments  start_ups  future  Communicating_&_Connecting  Mathew_Ingram  Reuters  storytelling  finance  digital_media  web_video  journalism  CATV  animation  Felix_Salmon  visual_culture 
april 2014 by jerryking
Rogers plays defence with its new investment in hockey - The Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Sunday, Dec. 01 2013,
Barrie_McKenna  NHL  hockey  Rogers  CATV  television 
december 2013 by jerryking
New breed of pirates challenges television’s old guard
Apr. 11 2013 | The Globe and Mail | SIMON HOUPT.

For Jean-Philippe Vergne, this is just another turn of capitalism’s screw. An assistant professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, he recently co-authored a provocative book arguing that, far from being dangerous to business and society, piracy should be recognized as a major element in the evolution of capitalism.

In The Pirate Organization, which he adapted for a talk last Friday at Western University's own TEDx conference, Mr. Vergne and Rodolphe Durand note that, throughout history, the development of an industry has tended to follow a predictable pattern: “It is not all about competition. It occurs in waves, it expands into new territories using monopolistic controls – then free trade kicks in,” he said. “One big important actor that contributes to shaping the rules of the game in those new territories (is) pirates.”... “Everybody’s scared, because we lack the tools – the conceptual tools, the legal tools – to understand what (piracy) means and what’s going on.”

But as the incumbent companies wait for the development of suitable definitions, pirate firms are blithely pushing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour: This week, the CEO of Aereo, Chet Kanojia, was in Washington, pressing his case with U.S. lawmakers.

For the moment, Canadian broadcasters are safe from the threat posed by Aereo and the dozens of others disrupting the U.S. TV landscape. But a little fear would do them well. At an industry conference last month, the chair of the CRTC asked TV executives and producers whether they had a “healthy discontent with the way things are.” He was telling them, really, to think like pirates, to disrupt their own businesses – for their own good, and the good of the country. Because he knows that, if they don’t, the real pirates are going to wreak hell when they get here. It’s just a matter of time.
Simon_Houpt  piracy  disruption  CATV  television  Ivey  TED  Aereo 
july 2013 by jerryking
How to Get on a Board, by Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter -
April 11, 2013 | Businessweek | Maggie Wilderotter.

If you want to be on boards, you have to fish where the fish are. That means getting to know CEOs and others who are board members. I was 28 and vice president of sales at a small vendor to cable companies when I decided to try to get elected to the board of the National Cable Television Association.

Be active. Write newsletters,befriend CEOs.
Network!! Spend time with people to find out what makes them tick. Go to dinner so they get to know me as a person, not just another director, and we’ll talk about our families and interests outside of work. If I find out someone loves race cars, maybe I’ll send him a card about some race car event, with a note saying “you might love this.” Building these relationships takes time, sometimes years, so you have to be patient and keep working at it.
howto  boards_&_directors_&_governance  women  CATV  Carol_Hymowitz  networking 
july 2013 by jerryking
Blueberry and fibre optic tycoon John Bragg: The Oracle of Oxford, N.S.
Dec. 1, 2012 | The Globe and Mail | Gorodn Pitts

Recent reads

Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, by Walter Stahr.

Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith.
Gordon_Pitts  entrepreneur  John_Bragg  frozen_foods  mobile  CATV  books 
january 2013 by jerryking
What We Know—and What We Don't—About Apple TV -
... it's hard to imagine Apple putting its awesome marketing power behind a product that won't wow consumers. (The company already has something called Apple TV, a small device that allows TV viewers to watch Netflix (NFLX), Hulu, and movies and shows purchased from iTunes, but that seems more a toe in the water than a full-fledged Apple product.)
Apple  television  CATV 
august 2012 by jerryking
Louis Audet: Speaks six languages, measures every word - The Globe and Mail

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jul. 13 2012,RITA TRICHUR - TELECOM REPORTER

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jul. 13 2012,
Cogeco  profile  CATV  digital_media  Quebec 
july 2012 by jerryking
Blueberry king aims to rule cable too
19 May 2003 | The Globe and Mail B.3. | Gordon Pitts. Profiles John Bragg, the Nova Scotia tycoon whose holdings span blueberry patches and high-tech telephone service over CATV networks.
Nova_Scotia  maritime  Gordon_Pitts  CATV  fruits  agribusiness  entrepreneur  moguls  Canadian 
may 2012 by jerryking
The cable guy: David Campbell
Mar. 31, 2005 | The Globe and Mail| Doug Steiner.

Most great entrepreneurs I know are successful for one simple reason: They combine their observations of the world with their particular skill set....I asked Campbell years ago how he managed to find these business winners time after time. He said he imagined what he could do with something new, and then considered all the benefits that product or service would bring to customers. By doing so, he took his mundane skills as a radio engineer and parlayed them into a fortune.

The lesson I see in Campbell's experience: Innovators don't really innovate. Rather, they see a future that incorporates their view of the present. That might be a shock to those of you who think you can come up with a great idea and put it into action all by yourself. I believe that innovation and the development of new markets begins with customers....I asked Campbell years ago how he managed to find these business winners time after time. He said he imagined what he could do with something new, and then considered all the benefits that product or service would bring to customers. By doing so, he took his mundane skills as a radio engineer and parlayed them into a fortune.

successful entrepreneurs don't just have a snappy new invention, talent or concept that they want to sell. They don't just see a trend developing and have a vision of the future. They also see things that lots of people might actually need or want. The best of those entrepreneurs have the practical skills to run an organization themselves or to pick the right people to do it for them. And the very, very best of them, like Campbell, repeat the process over and over.

Let's carry Campbell's business acumen forward to today. If I were thinking like him, I'd be imagining how to reduce people's reliance on expensive internet access through regular cable and phone companies. I'd research the industry for new communications technologies--Mesh Radio, WiMax 802.16REVd or broadband wireless phones. Parks Associates, a Dallas-based telecommunications research and consulting firm, thinks that Asia will adopt this potentially ultracheap new technology before the U.S. What form will it take? I'd study various scenarios, form my own view of the future and imagine how a spanking new technology might fit the bill.
Doug_Steiner  entrepreneur  CATV  innovation  creativity  books  far-sightedness  business_acumen  the_right_people 
november 2011 by jerryking
Goodbye cable bills, now I get my TV for free - The Globe and Mail
Michael Snider
Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Jun. 09, 2011
CATV  antennas  television  disruption 
june 2011 by jerryking
The Math of Hit TV Shows -
MAY 12, 2011 | WSJ | By AMY CHOZICK. The Math of a Hit TV Show. For New Shows, Networks Try Familiar, With a Little Twist
television  Netflix  NBC  broadcasting  CATV  pitches  sitcoms  dramas 
may 2011 by jerryking
The grassroots threat to cable TV revenue - The Globe and Mail
FABRICE TAYLOR | Columnist profile
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 7:38PM EST
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
Fabrice_Taylor  CATV  threats  substitution  Apple  disruption  competitive_landscape  television 
april 2011 by jerryking
Reed Hastings The Netflix CEO brings video streaming to Canada, shaking up the cable industry
Sep 25, 2010 | The Globe and Mail. pg. F.2 | John Lorinc.
Having upended the video-rental industry (Blockbuster, following years
of decline, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. this week), Netflix moved
into streaming in 2007. This shift puts the $1.7-billion-a-year (U.S.)
firm in direct competition with the cable and satellite sector, with its
video-on-demand offerings. Consumers can stream Netflix's huge library
of movies and TV shows through their game consoles or computers.
VoD  ProQuest  Netflix  Reed_Hastings  Canada  John_Lorinc  web_video  streaming  CATV  Rogers_Media  Shaw  Blockbuster  bankruptcies 
september 2010 by jerryking
NYC Prepares for Life After Cable TV - Metropolis - WSJ
September 23, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By Aaron Rutkoff.
New York City's new deal with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision contains
something different: an escape clause for the city. If fees from
cable-TV sales drop more than 22.5% as consumers shift to Internet
video, the ten-year contract will be terminated and the city will be
free to renegotiate the terms. The provision is the first of its kind in
a municipal contract with cable companies, city officials said.
CATV  New_York_City  Time_Warner  Cablevision  iTunes  web_video 
september 2010 by jerryking
Holman Jenkins, Jr.: The Revolution Still Isn't Televised -
SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR.. The Revolution Still Isn't Televised
Apple TV will fall short until on-demand and live TV go their separate ways.
Apple  television  web_video  CATV  Holman_Jenkins 
september 2010 by jerryking
The cable guy
03-31-2005| RoBM | by Doug Steiner profiles CATV entrepreneur,
David Campbell. References "Do You Really Need an MBA?" Successful
entrepreneurs don't just have a snappy new invention, talent or concept
that they want to sell. They don't just see a trend developing and have a
vision of the future. They also see things that lots of people might
actually need or want. The best of those entrepreneurs have the
practical skills to run an org. themselves or to pick the right people
to do it for them. And the very, very best of them, e.g. Campbell,
repeat the process over & over. Let's carry Campbell's business
acumen forward to today. Think like him. Imagine reducing people's
reliance on expensive internet access thru regular CATV & phone
companies. Research the industry for new communications
technologies--Mesh Radio, WiMax 802.16REVd or broadband wireless phones.
..What form will it take? Study various scenarios, form a view of the
future and envision how a new tech. might fit the bill.
profile  inspiration  entrepreneur  book_reviews  Doug_Steiner  the_right_people  CATV  business_acumen  David_Campbell 
january 2009 by jerryking

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