G4 Folds Into E! Tent

Comcast is consolidating its West Coast entertainment networks, bringing G4 management under the E! Networks tent.

E! and Style chief Ted Harbert has been given the newly created title of CEO, Comcast Entertainment Group. He will continue to report to Comcast Programming Group President Jeff Shell. G4 President Neal Tiles, who joined the network in September 2005, will now report to Mr. Harbert.

G4's executive staff will move into E!'s Los Angeles offices. Sources said layoffs among the G4 staff are likely, though Mr. Harbert said it's too soon to tell.

"When there is consolidation, if we find there's overlap in administrative and support positions, we'll have tough calls to make," he said. "But we haven't looked at that yet."

Mr. Harbert said he has not yet decided whether G4's Santa Monica production facilities will move as well. "They're shooting shows in very expensive space, but we're already maxed out at this building," he said. "I don't know what the answer is, but nothing will happen for a while."

Mr. Harbert's duties for E! and Style will not change. As for G4, Mr. Harbert said he will weigh in on programming decisions but emphasized that Mr. Tiles will continue to run the network.

"I believe that when somebody has a title that says they run the operation, they should run the operation," he said. "My main job is to fight to get him resources [from Comcast] for programming and marketing. They don't have nearly enough of a marketing budget."

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specialguest5894d ago

wow, this kinda sucks. when Tech Tv merged with G4, it took away some of what the original fans and viewers were fimiliar with and loved. now that the E! is managing G4TV, consider whatever's left over from Tech Tv completely gone.

THWIP5894d ago

TechTV used to be my favorite channel. Call for Help, The ScreenSavers, X-Play, TechLive, Fresh Gear....all great shows. But, G4 ruined, or cancelled my favorite shows. AOTS is 100% garbage, X-play is less about games, and more about stupid skits.....and if I f***ing want to watch Star Trek all f***ing weekend, I'll buy/rent the DVD sets. Not to mention, the stupid bling-bling drift-racing bulls**t and other crap, that has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with games, sci-fi, or technology. E!/G4TV can kiss my hairy white ass.

scriptkiddie5894d ago

I used to watch Tech TV all the time, and those were some of my favorite shows. G4 took over, like you said and all the good shows were cancelled. Even X-play is not as good as it once was. Now all they play all the time is Star trek.

Ravenator5295894d ago

The shame is that they were great channels before the TechTv and G4 merge.

Then you had all of this anamosity between the old TechTv shows and G4 shows.

The last straw for me was when they cancelled ("Unscrewed": With Martin Sargent)and technically replaced it with the sh1tpile shows of the (Whip Set).

I knew the station was in its final days when all you get to see is old reruns of Star Trek 2.GHAY!

calderra5894d ago

Remember what happened just before the channell TNN went under? It was playing Star Trek and Man Show reruns almost 24/7.

Remember what happened when SpikeTV almost went under? It was playing ST and The Man Show 24/7.

Remember what happened when G4 went under? It was playing ST and The Man Show 24/7.

Two years from now:
Remember when E! went under? It was playing...

DEIx15x85893d ago (Edited 5893d ago )

When TechTV was on it always felt like a small group but now that it is gone it seem like the fans are everywhere. Long Die G4! Just keep on sucking away every dime of Comcast's wealth!