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Time Warner Airs Playboy Programming on Kids Channels, Apologizes

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FOX News: Officials at Time Warner Cable were forced to apologize Tuesday after airing adult programming on two children's television channels.

The mistake affected the company's North Carolina markets and was caused by "equipment failure," Melissa Buscher, director of media relations for Time Warner in the Carolinas said Tuesday.

The error resulted in Playboy programming showing up on Channel 553 Kids on Demand and Channel 553 Kids Preschool on Demand.

According to, while the programming menu listed information for children's shows on the left side of the screen, previews of nude women in explicit conversations played on the right side of the screen.

Parents and viewers reportedly inundated the company with calls about the error. It took workers about two hours to fix the problem, WRAL said.

Buscher said the content aired from 5 to 7 a.m., although spokesman Keith Poston later said the error occurred between 6:15 and 8:15 a.m.

"We're very, very sorry it happened," WRAL quoted Poston as saying. "We know parents are concerned. I have a 9-year-old. I'm a dad. I'd be concerned too. It was a technical malfunction that caused the wrong previews to be shown on our kids on-demand channels."

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
adrian March 17, 2010, 7:25 AM

Appauling!! Yes, it was a mistake, but is yet another reason not to have cable TV in our homes. Why give money to companies that air that kind of content even to adults? Serves no positive purpose.

Jeremy March 17, 2010, 2:25 PM


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Anonymous March 17, 2010, 4:10 PM

@ adrian

Firstly, this is technical failure. Not a lot anyone can do about that. This is quite different from a mistake and comes with technology.

Secondly, the market is driven by supply and demand. If someone is willing to pay for something, someone else is willing to sell it. You not wanting to pay money for these cable channels doesn’t mean the rest of us should be denied the option. Spend your money how you like, and I will spend mine how I like.

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