|Type||Cable television network|
|Branding||"All That's Right with the World"|
|Availability||United States, Canada|
|Kelsey Grammer, David Jaget|
|September 8th 2010|
RightNetwork was a start-up American television network promoted by American actor, producer and comedian Kelsey Grammer. The target audience was conservative "Americans who are looking for content that reflects and reinforces their perspective and world-view." Promotional materials indicated that the all-original content would be entertainment programming with "pro-America," "pro-business," and "pro-military" perspectives. The network announced on Aug. 16th 2010 that it would launch nationwide on Sept. 8th 2010. The network ceased operations less than one year later.
In a video clip available on the network's website and on YouTube, Grammer explained "There's wrong, and there's right, right network, all that's right with the world." The network had a target launch date of summer 2010, and became available through on-demand cable offerings, online and mobile phones. According to AOL News, as an on-demand offering, RightNetwork is not able to initially attract an audience as large as the audiences for traditional cable networks.
While the network's Web site or Facebook page doesn't specifically say conservatives, it's clearly designed for folks who might be upset with today's government. One of the RightNetwork shows was called "Running," which Grammer described as a reality show following six political rookies running for the first time. The theme through the promotional clip is that these folks are running against "polished politicians."
Due to lack of funding, the Right Network ceased operations, as of September, 2011.
Reactions and controversy
Shortly after announcement of the new network, MSNBC political commentator Keith Olbermann, no longer employed with the network, featured RightNetwork first on the "World's Worst" segment of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and comedian Joy Behar, best known as co-host of ABC's The View, also mentioned RightNetwork on her former CNN Headline News show; Yahoo.com described it as "a case study of effective viral marketing."
Early blog reports indicating that RightNetwork was developed as a "partner" of Comcast Corporation were erroneous. After the intended launch date was announced in April 2010, the progressive online news blog Huffington Post published a story calling RightNetwork "Tea Party TV" (a reference to the Tea Party movement), and titled its story, "RightNetwork Launching in 2010 With Comcast As Partner."
A Comcast spokesperson quickly announced that while Comcast had met with RightNetwork representatives, as it has with hundred of other content providers, "We have no partnership with this venture and have no plans to launch or distribute the network." The spokesperson concluded by saying, "We do carry a number of independent networks on Comcast representing a wide variety of interests and diverse viewpoints."
At one time, RightNetwork could be found on the On Demand systems of Verizon FiOS, Sky Angel IPTV, Blue Ridge Cable, & Roku.
- Huff, Richard (April 19, 2010). "Fox too liberal for you? Kelsey Grammer backs upstart right-wing TV network, RightNetwork". Daily News (New York).
- Stelter, Brian (April 19, 2010). "Comcast Denies Connection to RightNetwork". The New York Times.