|Rep. Israel Asks FCC To Intervene in News Corp-Cablevision Dispute that May Interrupt Fox Service for LI Viewers|
|Friday, October 15, 2010|
Huntington NY— Friday, Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) asked the FCC to keep the pressure on both parties to come to the table in the ongoing dispute between News Corporation and Cablevision over retransmission of Fox. The FCC extended an offer to mediate in the dispute, but Fox declined.
Israel said, “I spoke to officials today at the FCC and they confirmed they have offered to mediate arbitration and pledged to keep the heat on both parties to come to the table without disrupting service. Haven quationed Chairman Genachowski about this issue in March, I know that he shares my concerns about the continued brinksmanship of these negations that threaten to leave customers in the dark. I’m disappointed that both parties haven’t agreed to hold Giants fans harmless while negotiations continue.”
As the contract between Cablevision and News Corporations nears an end, fears have increased that Fox programming will not be carried on Cablevision. Sports fans would be hit particularly hard by the pulled content, with the Giants games and the World Series shown on Fox. Earlier this year, a breakthrough in negotiations between Cablevision and ABC was reached only a few minutes into the Oscars and a standstill between Time Warner and News Corporation threatened several college bowl games. Israel expressed concern to the FCC Chairman in March that using one-time events as a negotiating tactic only hurts consumers.
Israel is a member of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Appropriations, which oversees FCC funding.