The Empire Mistake Building. The Statue of Lunacy. Crimes Square.
Now that Time Warner Cable has renamed NY1 after its own appalling self, what other New York landmarks could we rebrand and ruin?
TWC confirmed yesterday that from December 16, its beloved local news station would be known as “Time Warner Cable News NY1.”
In recognition of the outcry this plan provoked when it was first announced, the “NY1” name was tacked back onto the end of this ungainly portmanteau.
TWC seems to think this will help. But it just demonstrates the cable, internet and phone provider fails to grasp how toxic its own name has become.
THE NIXED KNICKS
When The Observer reviewed Chrystia Freeland’s new book on the rise of a new global elite last week, we were struck by the thought that in a world where billionaire capitalists (of whatever flavor: Russian oligarch, high financiers or tech evangelist) exert an outsized influence, it’s hard to change the world without first changing the minds of the men and women at the top.
And so we were interested to learn about the Henry Jackson Initiative for Inclusive Capitalism, a new think tank formed with the intent “to promote a more responsible, sustainable and inclusive capitalist system.”
The dispute over licensing fees between Time-Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden Entertainment—which owns the New York Knicks and MSG TV—has blacked out the majority of Knicks coverage for New Yorkers since the beginning of 2012. In January, talks had completely stalled out.
The Observer has now learned that MSG Entertainment chairman James Dolan and Time-Warner Cable chairman Glenn A. Britt finally returned to the negotiating table earlier this week.