A Looney Tunes Cable Clash

How Time Warner stubbed its toe and outraged TV viewers in a billion-dollar battle with Disney

What was that all about? Last week's blundering effort by Time Warner Cable to use its local monopoly power to bring the Walt Disney Co. to heel was almost a perfect illustration of how not to run a business. By depriving 3.5 million households in seven markets, including New York City and Los Angeles, of their God-given right to watch Regis Philbin, some very highly paid people at the world's largest communications company leaped into an early lead for a coveted trophy--the one inscribed "Worst P.R. Move of the Year."

Not that Disney wins prizes for anything other than superior corporate...

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