Minority and Arts Communities Team up to Fight against Time Warner Cable, Inc.'s Discriminatory Programming Practices

  Minority and Arts Communities Team up to Fight against Time Warner Cable,
                 Inc.'s Discriminatory Programming Practices

Rosie Perez, Artistic Board Chair of the Urban Arts Program and renowned
American actress, will kick off the rally as the events keynote speaker

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With the release of a new study
exposing Time Warner Cable, Inc.'s unwillingness to offer customers
diversified programming as evidenced by their decision to drop the Ovation
channel, minority groups and arts communities are stepping out with equal
outrage. The survey, which polled Hispanic and African-American Time Warner
Cable, Inc. subscribers in both New York and Los Angeles, revealed that over
two-thirds of respondents (67%) and nearly three-quarters of Hispanics (74%)
said that it's important to have the arts available to them in their
communities. Unfortunately, only half of those polled (52%) reported that
these activities are readily available to them. The study also demonstrated
that for underserved communities with limited access to live arts,
availability through television programming represents a necessary and
beneficial alternative.

As news spreads of the study's disturbing findings, the number of participants
fighting for justice continues to amplify. Teaming together to combat Time
Warner Cable, Inc.'s discriminatory practices, seemingly unlikely groups are
finding support in what is becoming a truly united effort.

"I am deeply saddened by Time Warner Cable's refusal to provide minority
communities with quality programming," stated Bertha Lewis, President and
Founder of The Black Institute."It is disturbing to witness the yearly
destruction of creative expression on the part of cable networks. Our young
generations rely on the subsistence of art to not only better themselves, but
to better the future of our communities. It is unfathomable to think that Time
Warner Cable would willingly substitute this necessity to satisfy demands for
mindless reality television."

Today at 12 noon at Brooklyn Borough Hall Citizens for Access to the Arts, a
coalition of organizations and individuals committed to the preservation of
available arts outlets, will voice their concern over Time Warner Cable,
Inc.'s decision to drop Ovation, the only cable network dedicated to arts and
artistic expression, and often the only form of access to arts and culture for
minority and disadvantaged communities. Rosie Perez, Artistic Board Chair of
the Urban Arts Program and renowned American actress, will kick off the
conference as the events keynote speaker. Followed by local elected officials
and several arts groups, Perez and other stakeholders will emphasize public
concern over Time Warner Cable's programming practices.

About Citizens for Access to the Arts
Citizens' for Access to the Arts is a nonprofit coalition of organizations and
individuals committed to the idea that Americans of all backgrounds deserve
greater access to the arts. We support increasing access to the arts through
support for arts education in schools, funding for arts programs and the
distribution of the arts through the mass media.











SOURCE Citizens for Access to the Arts

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