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May 1, 1985 | JOHN HORN
The Playboy Channel, plagued by subscriber cancellations and a lack of new subscribers, plans to offer more features and less flesh in an attempt to broaden viewer appeal. The announcement was made Tuesday at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, where executives of the cable-TV network screened a sample reel of the channel's new lineup. Although Michael Brandman, president of Playboy Programs, said that "the channel is not going soft . . .
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March 6, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- The first Hebrew-language issue of Playboy magazine started selling in Israel on Wednesday, featuring Israeli model Natalie Dadon on the cover and an interview with Minister of Home Front Defense Avi Dichter, formerly head of Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service. Publisher Daniel Pomerantz, a U.S.-born business attorney and recent immigrant to Israel, explained in The Times of Israel his move to bring Playboy on aliyah -- immigration to Israel -- along with him. Pomerantz sees Playboy's magic in its contradictions -- much like Israel, he wrote.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1985 | KATHLEEN H. COOLEY, Times Staff Writer
Just 2 1/2 months after Vista voters rejected an initiative that would have banned the sexually orientated Playboy Channel from their cable TV offerings, Times Mirror Cable Television announced it will suspend that programming because there are insufficient subscribers. The Playboy Channel, which airs soft-core pornographic movies and other programs of a sexual nature, will not be offered in northern San Diego after Feb. 28, said Gary Cox, general manager for Times Mirror Cable.
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June 10, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When Julie Davis arrived in Los Angeles two decades ago with a pipe dream, she hoped she might end up directing a movie at a big Hollywood studio. She never imagined that she'd end up in a dark room at the Playboy Channel editing hard-core pornography. Davis, then in her early 20s, had recently graduated from the editing program at the American Film Institute, but she still couldn't find a job. Even though she also had an Ivy League diploma from Dartmouth College, she found herself flipping through the back pages of Variety, searching for any possible entry into the film world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1994
Annie Muno, Probationary firefighter, Ventura Fire Department, Station 3 I don't have any problem with it and, if I did have a problem with it, I would just walk out of the room. This is a big firehouse, and there are a lot of places we can go and a lot of things we can do in our free time. I can go read a book or a magazine, or I can ask to have the channel changed if it's something on that bothers me. It would be different if someone took a picture of a naked woman and taped it to my locker or shoved it in my face.
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June 10, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When Julie Davis arrived in Los Angeles two decades ago with a pipe dream, she hoped she might end up directing a movie at a big Hollywood studio. She never imagined that she'd end up in a dark room at the Playboy Channel editing hard-core pornography. Davis, then in her early 20s, had recently graduated from the editing program at the American Film Institute, but she still couldn't find a job. Even though she also had an Ivy League diploma from Dartmouth College, she found herself flipping through the back pages of Variety, searching for any possible entry into the film world.
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May 24, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
MiXed Signals: A Christian Broadcasting Network engineer in Norfolk, Va., pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of using CBN equipment to send religious messages over the Playboy Channel and another cable operation. Thomas Haynie is charged with satellite piracy in a six-count federal indictment. He is alleged to have substituted unauthorized messages over the channels in September, 1987. The messages stated: "Thus sayeth the Lord thy God. Remember the Sabath and keep it holy.
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May 23, 1990 | From United Press International
A Christian Broadcasting Network engineer pleaded innocent today to charges of using CBN equipment to send religious messages over the Playboy Channel and another cable operation. Thomas Haynie, 38, is charged with satellite piracy in a six-count federal indictment returned April 26. He is alleged to have substituted unauthorized messages over the Playboy Channel and Home Dish Only, on or about the evening of Sept. 6, 1987.
NEWS
September 15, 1985
Regarding the article (Southeast / Long Beach section, Sept. 7-8) about the fears of some that the Playboy Channel may make it to Long Beach, I would much rather have our cable subscribers have the option of including the Playboy Channel with a provided restriction key in their programming array than have the low-class, totally foul-mouthed and to my mind obscene "comedy" of some of today's entertainers, such as Richard Pryor, openly spotlighted on...
BUSINESS
November 15, 2000
Playboy Enterprises (PLA), publisher of the namesake men's magazine and operator of the Playboy Channel, said it withdrew a public offering of a minority interest in its online business because of weak market conditions. Playboy, whose shares have lost half their value this year, will explore other financing options for Playboy.com, including possible equity investments, spokeswoman Angela De Paul said.
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September 5, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Playboy Radio: To the uninitiated, it's a concept that may seem as pointless as a driver's manual in Braille. But listeners to the company's "Night Calls" program know how uninhibited, frank and funny a talk show about sex and relationships can be and don't seem to miss the visual titillation. The show, which airs live weeknights from 4 to 7 PST on XM Satellite Radio, celebrated its first anniversary Wednesday.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2000
Playboy Enterprises (PLA), publisher of the namesake men's magazine and operator of the Playboy Channel, said it withdrew a public offering of a minority interest in its online business because of weak market conditions. Playboy, whose shares have lost half their value this year, will explore other financing options for Playboy.com, including possible equity investments, spokeswoman Angela De Paul said.
NEWS
March 25, 1997 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sexually explicit TV channels such as Playboy Television and Spice Entertainment will be blocked from broadcasting until after 10 p.m. on most cable systems under a new federal law that was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday. In a one-line order, the justices said that the law is constitutional and lifted an injunction that has kept it from being enforced.
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June 8, 1996 | Associated Press
Viewers of "Jeopardy" in 22 Chicago suburbs found themselves suddenly watching naked women rather than the usual three contestants phrasing answers in the form of a question. Continental Cablevision on Thursday inadvertently broadcast about 10 minutes of the Playboy Channel on the channel normally reserved for the game show. "Some equipment we use to cablecast was having some problems," spokeswoman Susan Bisno said. She gave no details. "There's no defense," she said. "It was awful."
BUSINESS
March 8, 1996 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Thursday suspended part of a new telecommunications law requiring cable companies to block audio and video of sexually explicit programs. The law is being challenged by Playboy Enterprises Inc. U.S. District Judge Joseph Farnan said Playboy has demonstrated that it was likely to succeed in its efforts to overturn that portion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 on constitutional grounds.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Playboy Enterprises to Launch Cable Channel in Japan: The Chicago-based entertainment company made an agreement with Tohokushinsha Film Co. to begin a 24-hour cable TV network in Japan to be called the Playboy Channel. The premium service will be available to cable subscribers and hotels. It is scheduled to begin Oct. 1. Playboy Enterprises Inc. said Tohokushinsha will have an 80% stake; Playboy's 20% will be the highest equity position a foreign firm can take in a Japanese network.
NEWS
June 8, 1996 | Associated Press
Viewers of "Jeopardy" in 22 Chicago suburbs found themselves suddenly watching naked women rather than the usual three contestants phrasing answers in the form of a question. Continental Cablevision on Thursday inadvertently broadcast about 10 minutes of the Playboy Channel on the channel normally reserved for the game show. "Some equipment we use to cablecast was having some problems," spokeswoman Susan Bisno said. She gave no details. "There's no defense," she said. "It was awful."
BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Playboy Enterprises to Launch Cable Channel in Japan: The Chicago-based entertainment company made an agreement with Tohokushinsha Film Co. to begin a 24-hour cable TV network in Japan to be called the Playboy Channel. The premium service will be available to cable subscribers and hotels. It is scheduled to begin Oct. 1. Playboy Enterprises Inc. said Tohokushinsha will have an 80% stake; Playboy's 20% will be the highest equity position a foreign firm can take in a Japanese network.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1994
Annie Muno, Probationary firefighter, Ventura Fire Department, Station 3 I don't have any problem with it and, if I did have a problem with it, I would just walk out of the room. This is a big firehouse, and there are a lot of places we can go and a lot of things we can do in our free time. I can go read a book or a magazine, or I can ask to have the channel changed if it's something on that bothers me. It would be different if someone took a picture of a naked woman and taped it to my locker or shoved it in my face.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura County fire captain has filed a grievance against the county, charging that a recent decision to ban the Playboy Channel at fire stations in the Thousand Oaks area has violated his rights. In a case similar to a civil suit filed last week by a Los Angeles County firefighter, Ventura County Capt. Robert Stowe contends that the First Amendment protects his right to watch the channel during lulls between emergency calls.
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