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Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV
Reuters ^ | April 5, 2012 | Peter Lauria

Posted on 04/04/2012 10:04:14 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(Reuters) - Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann - namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.

According to three sources with knowledge of the situation, Time Warner Cable Inc's carriage agreement with Current TV stipulates that, if the left-leaning political news network fails to meet a minimum threshold for overall viewers in a given quarter, financial penalties such as Current TV being required to increase marketing and promotion spending on the cable operator's systems are triggered.

If Current TV misses the audience benchmark in two consecutive quarters, another clause is triggered that would allow Time Warner Cable to drop the channel. The condition was built into the most recent distribution pact between the two parties, which was signed in 2010.

"Time Warner Cable has been flirting with the idea of pulling Current off its systems for some time now," said one of the sources, who all spoke on condition of anonymity.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: algore; cable; current; currenttv; deal; end; gore; gores; low; ratings; time; timewarner; timewarnercable; tv; warner

1 posted on 04/04/2012 10:04:20 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I predict that Media Matters and thinkprogress will produce in-depth investigations proving that this is all a plot by Rupert Murdoch, Clearchannel, Dick Cheney, Diebold, the Koch Brothers, and Willow Palin.


2 posted on 04/04/2012 10:08:26 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Soon to be gone like "Err-America" hahahahahahaha.

Nice blunder being wrong AGAIN Al. . . .

3 posted on 04/04/2012 10:13:17 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Everything that is down should be ayuuuuuup! - Albert Gore Junior. Former Vice-President and presidential LOSER.


4 posted on 04/04/2012 10:14:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Looks like Algore will need to lose some more money to keep this turkey afloat. If only he could find the key to that "lock-box' full of Social Security cash . . .

Is he going to go down in history as one of our greatest losers, or what ?

5 posted on 04/04/2012 10:17:44 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: denydenydeny

Time Warner is choc-full of libtards, so I doubt they would take out their buddy Al Manbearpig.


6 posted on 04/04/2012 10:21:00 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This wouldn’t have happened if he’d been able to get the help he needed to release his second chakra.


7 posted on 04/04/2012 10:26:50 PM PDT by capecodder
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To: denydenydeny
You forgot Rush and George Zimmerman.
8 posted on 04/04/2012 10:28:42 PM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: denydenydeny
You forgot Rush and George Zimmerman.
9 posted on 04/04/2012 10:28:48 PM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ratings? It had rating? Don’t lie to me, son. Say it isn’t so.


10 posted on 04/04/2012 10:29:44 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Okra and Al Gore?!!!

How could this happen!??


11 posted on 04/04/2012 10:30:14 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I think it has about 8 viewers which is two short of the quorum required to keep it running! LOL!


12 posted on 04/04/2012 10:32:47 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I would imagine Keith had all five of his TVs at home, tuned in to record. And Algore must have a few on his algae-fuel burning houseboat tuned in. That accounted for most the ratings right there. . .


13 posted on 04/04/2012 10:40:56 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Two funny quotes from the piece:

If it was not for Olbermann's show, which averaged a total of 177,000 viewers per night, Current TV likely would have missed Time Warner Cable's viewership benchmark, said one of the sources.

Based on the 47,000 total viewers who tuned into the initial broadcasts of Spitzer's "Viewpoint," the source said that "just enough people are tuning in to keep Current over the quota."

These are the numbers that Current is bringing in out of 12 million TW subscribers? The public access channels in NYC on a Saturday night bring in more viewers. What a joke.

14 posted on 04/04/2012 10:46:38 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Oh yeah. And President “Per Se” must have clicked over to it a few times back and forth from the ladies golf channel and Aljazeera.
15 posted on 04/04/2012 10:51:21 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pity. Whoever will fill the great vacuum left by their absence?


16 posted on 04/04/2012 11:06:12 PM PDT by lurk
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To: builder

Gore is a loser anyway you look at him. AGW? Gore tried to be a snake oil salesman and failed way beyond miserably. Although he did fool some Norwegians. His crowning stupidity is believing his TV channel format would attract anything other than subterranean ratings. Maybe he needs to consider persuading the Norwegians on the Nobel prize committee to emigrate to this country. That might double his ratings.


17 posted on 04/04/2012 11:16:38 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

File this under: Doh! What did you expect?

I had to finish ROTFLMAO before I could post this.


18 posted on 04/04/2012 11:55:46 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Based on the 47,000 total viewers who tuned into the initial broadcasts of Spitzer's "Viewpoint," ...

About the last thing in the world I'm interested in is Spitzer's viewpoint. Well except for


19 posted on 04/05/2012 12:37:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They are competing against CBS, ABC, NBC ,CNN, NPR, OWN, HBO & MSNBC for the progressive liberal pillow biting pansies. It’s hard to stand out in a sea of sewage.


20 posted on 04/05/2012 1:37:06 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: builder

He could always raise the price of carbon credits to raise more dough! / s


21 posted on 04/05/2012 2:17:26 AM PDT by StayoutdaBushesWay (Every man dies, but not every man really lives.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’s what they get for giving former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) her own show.


22 posted on 04/05/2012 3:45:23 AM PDT by equaviator
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To: Free ThinkerNY
You mean to tell me that, given a choice, (as yet) free Americans choose not to watch the prating, preaching, protuberant prince of preposterous propaganda and his pet chandelier? I'm shocked

Not exactly the " happy ending" you were expecting, huh Al?

23 posted on 04/05/2012 4:40:10 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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