Costantini helping Glenn Beck blaze cable and satellite carriage
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Scripps Networks veteran Lynne Costantini is negotiating cable and satellite carriage deals for conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, whose new network TheBlaze launched Wednesday in Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) homes.
Beck anchored primetime shows for Fox News Channel and CNN Headline News before launching TheBlaze as an online video network last summer, charging web surfers $9.95 monthly or $99.95 annually to access its programs. The network also features news and opinion shows anchored by Will Cain, S.E. Cupp, Lu Hanessian and other hosts. Former Fox News and CNN executive Joel Cheatwood is the network's president.
Dish said Wednesday that it is carrying TheBlaze in its America's Top 250 package, and also offering subscribers the option of paying $5 monthly to access the network on an a la carte basis.
TheBlaze said that Costantini, who had been EVP of affiliate sales at Scripps Networks Interactive and SVP of programming at Time Warner Cable before launching consulting firm Costantini Media Advisors, will lead its distribution strategy as a consultant.
TheBlaze may be a good fit for Dish, which has been positioning itself as a family friendly pay TV company. Dish launched a $5 monthly Heartland programming package in February that includes Hallmark Channel, GMC TV, Pixl, RFD-TV and Rural TV.
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