News Corp’s Chase Carey declined to say whether or not Fox would launch a national sports network, but made it clear that the company likes sports. Really, really likes sports. Speaking at Goldman Sachs’ conference Thurs, Carey said Speed and Fuel give Fox “a real opportunity to do some exciting things.” Both have been discussed as possible channel flips for an upcoming national sports net. More on Carey’s vision for Fox cable nets
in today’s issue.
Time Warner doesn’t have any interest in creating a cordcutter friendly HBO offering
in the US. CEO Jeff Bewkes explained why at the Goldman Sachs’ conference Thurs. Also at the conference: Frontier Comm has its eyes on cable subs affected by service outages and rate changes, COO Dan McCarthy said.
After 30 years at HBO, CEO Bill Nelson, 63, is retiring
at the end of the year, handing the net over to co-pres Richard Plepler, who has been with HBO since ’92.
Liberty Global proposed a $2.5bln bid
for the other half of Belgian cable op Telenet that it doesn’t already own.