Perhaps ’13 is the year of the unscripted. Nets like CNN, TBS, TNT, USA and Participant TV, to be launched this summer, are upping the unscripted/non-fiction content in their schedules, execs told the RealScreen Summit audience Wed. The strategy might be particularly important for CNN as it explores outside traditional TV news: The net is going from 0 unscripted to “X” number of shows this year, said Vinnie Malhotra, svp, development & acquisitions, CNN Worldwide. More on the balance between scripted and unscripted programming for CNN, USA and other networks.

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It’s still ugly in Brooklyn. CWA sent out a release Wed saying that 23 Cablevision workers were “illegally fired after attempting to discuss the lack of good-faith bargaining.” But the MSO describes it differently.
 
Cox launched a network of more than 750 WiFi hotspots for its HSD customers in Northern VA.
 
The FCC’s tentative agenda for Feb’s open meeting includes a NPRM to substantially increase the amount of unlicensed spectrum available in the 5 GHz band to accelerate the growth and expansion of new WiFi. This and more info on the 1st post-Superstorm Sandy hearing here.

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