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Cablevision drops Food, HGTV networks

By CNNMoney.com staff

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Cablevision Systems, a New York-area cable provider, said Friday it was no longer carrying The Food Channel and HGTV, two channels operated by Scripps Networks Interactive, in a dispute over distribution rights fees.

"We are sorry that Scripps' current financial difficulties are making it impossible for them to continue our relationship on terms that are reasonable for Cablevision and our customers," Cablevision (CVC, Fortune 500) said in a statement. "We wish Scripps well and have no expectation of carrying their programming again, given the dramatic changes in their approach to working with distributors to reach television viewers."

"Viewers love our talent and our shows, which is why Food Network and HGTV rank among the top networks in cable," said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman of Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), in a statement. "But our valuable networks simply are not being compensated like top ten networks by Cablevision."

Scripps says it has launched viewer Web campaigns aimed at getting the two networks back on Cablevision.

Cablevision says it serves 4.7 million households and 600,000 businesses in the New York area.

The dispute has been overshadowed by one involving the carrying of several News Corp. (NWSA) networks, including Fox Network, by Time Warner Cable (TWC) systems in several major cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Negotiations in that dispute extended past a midnight ET deadline. News Corp. has said it will stop Time Warner Cable from carrying Fox, six other national networks and some regional sports networks if a distribution rights agreement isn't reached. To top of page

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