Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Viacom/Time Warner feud may block Stewart and Colbert

Fans of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" on Television Without Pity message boards are up in arms over the prospect of no Comedy Central after Jan. 1. This Bloomberg story reports that Viacom is trying to get increased affiliate fees for its Comedy Central network, along with Nickelodeon, MTV and others, and Time Warner Cable is balking. Viacom is "clearly desperate to make up for sagging ratings and sagging ad revenue on the backs of Time Warner Cable customers," a TWC spokesman told Bloomberg. Viacom has threatened to pull its programming if no agreement is reached.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will be back on the air Jan. 5 after a long winter break.