Televangelists Hope To Smite A La Carte Cable

from the though-I-walk-through-the-valley-of-HBO,-I-shall-not-watch dept

The FCC's got a slightly unusual foe to its call for cable companies to sell channels on an a la carte basis: televangelists. It hasn't just been consumer groups pushing for the change, but also anti-indecency activists, who say the plan would let parents not subscribe to channels that could corrupt their children. The televangelists, who often side with the conservative advocacy groups, staunchly oppose the a la carte plan, because it would likely remove them from a good number of people's TV sets. They say it's so they can "preach to the unchurched", and some are attempting to pre-empt the issue by buying up local broadcast stations and forcing cable companies to relay them through must-carry regulations. Making an exception to the a la carte plan, for religious stations or anything else, would completely undermine it, and would lead to all sorts of channels seeking exceptions and ruling that they must be carried -- whether it's for ideological reasons, or financial ones.
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    Bernie, 30 Nov 2005 @ 1:26pm

    tele-religion

    It's so easy to simply program individual stations out of your channel selections anyway. "Must carry" maybe, but you're out of my life with the push of a button!
    Amen

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