TV Takes a Tilt to the Right

Actor Kelsey Grammer is the Spokesman for The RightNetwork. A New TV Network Aimed at Conservative Viewers

First there was conservative talk radio. Now there is a new cable television network planned that will bring conservative programming to the TV screen.

It's called The RightNetwork, and actor Kelsey Grammer is the spokesperson for the new ultra-conservative channel.

The RightNetwork targets Americans they say are looking for content that reflects and reinforces their perspective and world-view, the New York Daily News reported.

The network is expected to launch this summer and is hoping to be available to on-demand cable offerings, online and mobile phones.

Promos for the new network are already on the web In one, Kelsey Grammer says, "There's wrong, and there's right, right network, all that's right with the world."

The promotional information for the network also says the channel will focus on entertainment with "pro-America," "pro-military and pro-business sensibilities."

Because the RightNetwork is being pitched as an on-demand offering it means it wouldn't initially have the same reach - or draw - as traditional cable networks that are on all the time on a cable system. Subscribers would physically have to click through to get the service, the New York Daily News, reported.

Unlike the conservation network Fox News, The RightNetwork will also include entertainment shows.

The RightNetwork’s Web site features several videos about potential shows, including one called “Politics and Poker" and another called "Right 2 Laugh.”

Original blog reports linked Comcast, the country’s largest cable provider, with the network, and The Huffington Post called the venture “Tea Party TV” and put up a story saying “RightNetwork Launching in 2010 With Comcast As Partner.” Other Web sites published similar stories.

But Comcast shot down the claims swiftly.

“The blog reports that Comcast is an investor in, or partner of the RightNetwork are inaccurate,” a Comcast spokeswoman, Jennifer Khoury, said. “We have no partnership with this venture and have no plans to launch or distribute the network.”

Comcast is seeking government approval of its purchase of NBC Universal.

The impression that Comcast is a partner in the venture was supported by the fact that Edward M. Snider, the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, the company’s sports and venues division, was quoted in the document as saying that “we’re creating a welcome place for millions and millions of Americans who’ve been looking for an entertainment network and media channel that reflects their point-of-view," The New York Times reported.

There is no hard launch date for the new network, although The RightNetwork website says the new channel will launch sometime this year.

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