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The Cable TV market has become a market of sharks and of chum, Media outlets have been blacked out or threatening to black out including, the Academy Awards and the World Series. It is nothing short of extortion, as media outlets demand additional payments from cable providers. In the end, it is the customer who must pay the ransom through the additional costs.

Comcast- in 2011, had revenues of $55.8 billion which they used to purchase NBC Universal from General Electric. Included in this purchase were twenty four television stations, Telemundo, USA Network, SyFy Network; CNBC; MSNBC; Bravo; Oxygen; Chiller; CNBC World; E!; The Golf Channel; Sleuth; Mun2; Universal HD; G4; Versus; Style and Comcast Sports Net.

The irony of conservatives arguing about the liberal bias of MSNBC or the conservative bias of CNBC when they're no different than Log Cabin pancake syrup or Mrs. Butterworth's, both made in the same crock. Imagine, Joe Scarborough dancing with Rachel Maddow at the office Christmas party.

Cablevision Inc., had 2011 revenues of $6.7 billion, they serve (serve?) over 3.3 million subscribers and own the following, News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity, Newsday Media Group, AMC; We TV; IFC ; Sundance Channel; Rainbow Media Holdings; IFC Entertainment; Rush HD and Bresnan Cable. They also own, AM New York; Star Community Publishing as well as, Clearview Cinemas.

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The Walt Disney Company had 2011 revenues of over $40 billion dollars; Disney owns the ABC television network. They own cable networks including ESPN; The Disney Channel; Soapnet; A&E and Lifetime in addition to 277 radio stations, book and music publishing concerns and the ABC Family Network. They own eight television stations and partial ownership of the following, The History Channel (42%), Biography Network (42%); History International (42%); Lifetime Real Women (42%).

Did you see a good review of the latest Spiderman movie on ABC's Good Morning America? Disney owns Marvel Entertainment; Disney owns ABC studios, Pixar Studios; Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Records; Mammoth Records; Buena Vista Records and Lyric Street Records. The list goes on virtually forever, Interactive Games; Buena Vista Concerts; the theme parks and of course that damn mouse.

It is clear; Disney can produce a motion picture or teen heart throb and pump the publicity through its own network of companies. ABC says it's a good movie or a sportscaster on Monday Night Football merely mentions it by name, yet by current standards, Disney & Company are the laggards in the media game.

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Last year, CBS in all of its incarnation earned revenues of $14.1 billion dollars. Now, in dollar standards alone they stand in Disney's shadow, but as a wise man once explained, "It's not the cards you're dealt, but how you play the hand." CBS broadcast television; Showtime; Smithsonian Network; CBS Sports; CBS television and syndication; CBS Radio; CBS Studio's International; CBS Out door, out of home advertising (billboards) and Simon and Shuster Publishing.

CBS owns twenty nine television stations; CBS News; CBS College Sports and Publishing.   The CMT music awards where held in June of this year and who owns CMT? That's right, CBS. Carrie Underwood won Country Music video of the year and Ms. Underwood is under contract to"RCA. Surprised, well in 2004 there was this merger, Sony entertainment merged with BMG, the old RCA records is now Sony entertainment and it is owned by the same record company formally known as CBS Records. The director for Underwood's award winning video was Theresa Wingert who has a long career making TV commercials for giants such as Proctor & Gamble, Hyundai and " Showtime!

So who owns Country Music Television? Country Music Television is owned by MTV Networks and who owns MTV networks? Would you be surprised if I said, CBS? No, you're not surprised by this, are you? Since CMT's acquisition by the MTV Networks CMT viewer ship has increased by more than five million homes.

  November 8, 2011:   Who will win Entertainer of the year? -- CBS News

  November 9, 2011: CMA 2011 Taylor Swift wins entertainer of the year -- CBS News

CBS Radio Stations with Country format; KMLE Country 108 -- Phoenix; KFRG 95.1 & KXFG 92.8 New Country- Orange County California; KNCI -- New Country 105.1 Sacramento; WQYK 99.5 Commercial Country, Tampa; WUSN Classic Country 99.5 Chicago; WYCD -- New Country 99.5 Detroit; KMNB 102.9 Buz'n Country- Minneapolis -- St. Paul; WFOC 96.9 The Cat -- Charlotte; WDSY 107.9 Pittsburgh's Best Country; KILT 100.3 nominated by CMA (best large market station) Houston; KMPS 94.1 -- Seattle.

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KNX -- (AM) Los Angeles, CBS News & Clear Channel schedule

WTIC (AM) Hartford CT. CBS News & Clear Channel schedule

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