A Statement from Hallmark Channels President and CEO Bill Abbott on AT&T U-verse TV's Dropping of Hallmark Channels from the Telco's National Channel Lineup
"When AT&T dropped our networks last night, they made clear that they don't care to provide their viewers with family-friendly programming made with the 100-year-old legacy of Hallmark quality. AT&T's charges that Hallmark Channels pulled the plug on our own networks and disadvantaged our own loyal viewers by not negotiating a fair deal for them are not true. Hallmark Channels presented a number of proposals in the course of the negotiations, which were fair and reasonable and, we felt, addressed AT&T's concerns. Unfortunately, AT&T dropped our signals and we are at an impasse.
Hallmark Channels will continue to present high-quality family-friendly programming , including The Martha Stewart Show, new Original Series, 24 hours of Christmas, 14 Original Movies, five holiday-themed specials, and LIVE coverage of 'The 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade.' AT&T may not care about family; Hallmark Channels does and will continue to. We hope our U-verse viewers will continue to let AT&T know that they want their channels back. They can call 1-888-MADE-4-FAMILY to voice their concerns."