Media Mogul with Morals Bans Porn - ACLU is Livid
LOS ANGELES, Apr 4, 2001 (LSN.ca) - John Rigas, 76, is founder and
president of Adelphia Communications Corp., the nation's sixth-largest
cable company. The Los Angeles Times reports today that Rigas, who has
operated his business and personal life in line with Christian principles,
purged sexually oriented channels from the cable television company he
acquired. The Times notes Adelphia, which has about 5.6 million customers,
"is the only one of the nation's eight large cable companies that lacks
adult programming", despite high profits associated with porn.
Susan Block, a sexologist whose sleazy visuals prompted her show to be
scrapped complained, "This old-fashioned moralist from small-town
Pennsylvania is trying to dictate programming to open-minded Angelenos and
is flouting the rules of public access." Concurring with her, Peter
Eliasberg, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union said,
"What Adelphia is doing is illegal." Despite these reactions and the visits
from Playboy's executives to reinstate their smut Rigas says, "we are not
changing our position." He also notes that "We've had letters from all
over the country thanking us for taking that kind of stand."
Adelphia is a $7-billion empire that includes the cable company, a national
telephone business, the Buffalo (N.Y.) Sabres hockey team and three private
John Rigas may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let him know we need more John Rigases in this world to counter the Ted Turners and Hugh Heffners.
April 5, 2001
volume 12, no. 95