The theme of the 2014 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival was “The Ties that Bind” and while I know the folks at TCM are aware of how deeply those ties are rooted throughout the community of classic film fans who love and support the network, I’m not sure Turner Broadcasting as a whole is aware. When the news came out yesterday that Turner Broadcasting was making cuts our hearts and minds immediately turned toward TCM. Although we can’t possibly know what’s on the horizon the mere thought that our beloved home of the classics and those who make it work may be affected spread fear in our world and we feel a sense of duty to do what we can.
My friend, Elise of The LA Rambler has written a letter to Turner Broadcasting that I am sharing the link to on Once Upon a Screen with her permission, adding my plea to the words she shares so eloquently. Her thoughts and feelings about TCM mirror my own as I’m sure they do many of yours as well. Please take a moment to read Elise’s letter, share it and add your voice to what we ask of Turner Broadcasting, #DontTouchTCM.
From Elise at The LA Rambler, a TCM devotee:
Yesterday Will McKinley’s blog, Cinematically Insane posted about the imminent lay offs at Turner Broadcasting. Fresh off our high of the announcement of the TCM Classic Film Festival dates it put fear in every TCM loving heart. TCM is a family to us and we can’t imagine a single person is expendable.
Because of that feeling many of us have decided to post open letters to our blogs as well as send them to Turner Headquarters in Atlanta. I would encourage you to do so as well. Their address is:
John Martin, CEO
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019-8016
One CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
If you have a blog or Facebook page please post your letters too or copy and paste mine, whatever you want and use the #DontTouchTCM hashtag.