THURSDAY
April 5, 2001
volume 12, no. 95

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 jets.

    John Rigas may be emailed at john@adelphia.net. 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
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