Fox, TWC urged to cool off

New York congressman suggests 30-day grace period

New York congressman Steve Israel appealed to Time Warner Cable and News Corp. on Thursday to keep Fox and several of its cable siblings, including FX and Speed, on TWC systems if the two sides cannot reach a carriage agreement by midnight.

The channels are supposed to go dark in about 5.5 million TWC homes if no last-minute deal is struck.

"I call on both parties to agree to a 30-day cooling off period," Israel writes in an open letter to TWC chairman and CEO Glenn Britt and News Corp.'s president and CEO Chase Carey, requesting a response by 5 p.m.

Through a spokesman, TWC accepted the proposal, which would keep Fox programming on for the next 30 days, and "urged Fox to do the same."

A rep for Fox had no comment.

Israel's appeal follows the Wednesday night letter by Sen. Kerry to Carey, in which he threatened action by the FCC if News Corp. doesn't find a way to keep its programming on TWC beyond the Dec. 31 deadline.