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August 18, 2001
Alex Coolman BURBANK -- A second cable company may come to Burbank and Glendale as soon as this fall, possibly giving Charter Communications a run for its money. Altrio, a Los Angeles cable, telephone and Internet company, is in negotiations with Burbank for the right to create its own cable network in the two cities, a spokeswoman for the company said. Michael McManus, a spokesman for Burbank, confirmed that the city is in "joint negotiations" with Glendale and Altrio.
NEWS
August 1, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- More than 13,000 Burbank residents will probably see a credit on their Charter Communications cable bills in the next couple of months. The $12.12 refund is part of a settlement that was to be approved Tuesday night by the City Council. A dispute arose in November when the City Council ordered Charter Communications to reduce its $0.95 monthly charge to $0.04 per month for its wire-maintenance plan. Council members argued that customers paying the fee were not made aware that the $0.95 was being used to treat cable, telephone and stereo wires -- rather than just cable wiring.
NEWS
February 19, 2003
Ben Godar Charter Communications will raise a number of its rates in March, including an increase in the cost of basic service that will affect nearly all its cable subscribers. Almost all Charter customers will see modest hikes for basic service. But the big increases will come in the area of field visits, which will skyrocket by as much as $16 in one category. In Burbank and Glendale, the monthly cost of basic service will go from $12.84 to $13.49.
NEWS
By By Mark R. Madler | October 12, 2005
City Council puts cable company on notice that it will look for other providers.DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- Charter Communications has been put on notice by the City Council that its cable television franchise could be in jeopardy if improvements aren't made to service and safety. While the council wanted staff members to continue renewal negotiations with Charter, they also wanted other options to be considered. "We are tied to your company but we have a lot of problems and complaints," Mayor Jef Vander Borght said.
NEWS
January 28, 2006
An installation services subcontractor with Charter Communications, which provides services in Glendale and Burbank, agreed Thursday to pay $131,000 in overtime back wages to 167 of its employees, Department of Labor officials said. Creative Communication Technologies Inc., which provides cable and modem installation services to companies such as Charter Communications and Adelphia Communications, did not pay its installers the premium overtime rates as required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, said Deanne Amaden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim and Chris Wiebe | July 14, 2007
BURBANK — A software glitch blacked out cable television service in nearly 35,000 households just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The blackout lasted for six hours. Parts of Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge were affected by the largest television service failure in recent memory, said Craig Watson, vice president for communications of western division operations for Charter Communications. "This kind of problem is quite rare and was obviously not expected and, in this case should not have happened," Watson said.
NEWS
September 4, 2004
The city-produced Teens in Action television show lost out last weekend for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award. "The Truth About Drugs and Alcohol" was nominated in the Public, Municipal and Operator Produced Cable category. The winner in the category was "The Lucky Man" for CityTV, the government access cable station owned and operated by the city of Santa Monica. "It was neat for the kids to see they can produce a show of the caliber of what is recognized by the Emmys," said show producer Colleen Duffy Felix.
NEWS
January 18, 2003
Laura Sturza As a new network targeting African- American viewers prepares for its mid-year launch, Black Entertainment Television continues to fine-tune its lineup. BET's Burbank operations produce the network's entertainment shows, including "ComicView." Earlier this month, the company struck a syndication deal, acquiring rights to air the television shows "The Parkers," "Soul Food," and "Girlfriends." The announcement of the new lineup came just days before Comcast -- the nation's largest cable TV company -- announced plans to launch a television station geared toward black viewers.
NEWS
March 13, 2002
I really don't understand why Charter caller response is getting so much attention. One would think that we have already been preconditioned trying to talk with someone at a bank, utility, retailer, etc. What I think should be getting people's attention is the 20%-plus rate hike in less than a year. I've read where Charter has said that the increases are necessary in order to provide better customer service and a broader channel selection. Ha! What, the golf and cartoon channels?
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August 21, 2013
The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, is restructuring its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit. About 175 jobs are expected to be cut through layoffs or from not filling open positions, a person familiar with the matter said. The Disney/ABC Television Group employs around 7,600 people.   “As technological advances continue to alter the competitive landscape and viewer habits, it's incumbent upon us to stay ahead of the curve.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
GLENDALE — Charter Communications customers will see a mix-up of the local premium cable channel lineup next week as the company continues to wrangle with Glendale officials over GTV6. The channel realignment — which features the addition of 17 high-definition channels and six new digital channels — will take effect Tuesday in Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada, La Crescenta and Montrose. Basic cable channels 1 through 99, which includes the city's government and education access channels, will remain the same, officials said.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | January 18, 2010
BURBANK — A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday granted Glendale’s request for a temporary injunction blocking a Charter Communications plan to reassign local public access channels. Charter’s plan to reassign GTV6 and others to new channels was to take effect Tuesday, but the restraining order granted in a Burbank courtroom Friday would likely postpone those plans to at least early February, when the judge will consider a more permanent restraining order, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ani Amirkhanian | January 16, 2008
Gorgen Zargarian can fix a transmission one minute and break into a song the next. The 57-year-old father of two considers himself successful when it comes to his two passions in life — auto mechanics and singing. “I like both equally,” Zargarian said. “My singing and work are my favorite.” During the week, Zargarian, a Glendale resident, runs his business — Arlen’s Transmission — in Burbank. On the weekends, he is the host of “Gorgen Show.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim and Chris Wiebe | July 14, 2007
BURBANK — A software glitch blacked out cable television service in nearly 35,000 households just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The blackout lasted for six hours. Parts of Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge were affected by the largest television service failure in recent memory, said Craig Watson, vice president for communications of western division operations for Charter Communications. "This kind of problem is quite rare and was obviously not expected and, in this case should not have happened," Watson said.
NEWS
January 28, 2006
An installation services subcontractor with Charter Communications, which provides services in Glendale and Burbank, agreed Thursday to pay $131,000 in overtime back wages to 167 of its employees, Department of Labor officials said. Creative Communication Technologies Inc., which provides cable and modem installation services to companies such as Charter Communications and Adelphia Communications, did not pay its installers the premium overtime rates as required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, said Deanne Amaden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor.
NEWS
By: Mark R. Madler | October 12, 2005
Charter Communications has been put on notice by the City Council that its cable television franchise could be in jeopardy if improvements aren't made to service and safety. While the council wanted staff members to continue renewal negotiations with Charter, they also wanted other options to be considered. "We are tied to your company but we have a lot of problems and complaints," Mayor Jef Vander Borght said. "I would like to see us find competition to your services.
NEWS
July 30, 2005
Mark R. Madler Mayor Jef Vander Borght admitted on Tuesday that the city dropped the ball in not televising high profile news conferences taking place at the Burbank Police Department on the city's cable channel. A new policy was put in place this week in response to complaints about the city's failure to show the July 14 news conference about the arrest of Councilwoman Stacey Murphy; and the July 19 news conference on the arrests of alleged drug suppliers to the Vineland Boyz street gang.
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