Scripps Shutting Down Fine Living Network; Rebranded Cooking Channel To Launch Q3 Next Year

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Since the living isn’t that fine these days, time to do a rethink: Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), the parent of Food Network, among others, is closing down its Knoxville-based Fine Living Network, and morphing and rebranding it into an instructional cooking channel called, what else, Cooking Channel. The new channel will be launching by Q3 of 2010, it says. As a result of this closure, about 20 local jobs will be lost over the next 8-10 months, reports local Knoxville station WBIR, confirmed to us by the company, even though it also says more jobs will be created for the new channel.

The new Cooking Channel will be based in Chelsea Market in NYC, where Food Network is based as well. Cooking will incorporate some of the more popular FLN shows that relate to food and cooking. FLN

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I hope that this change in network identity does not affect the future of “Three Sheets”. Although it is not technically a cooking show, it is one of the most informative and entertaining shows on television.

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