Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Fitness chain pulls the plug on cable news

Fitness chain pulls the plug on cable news

Life Time Fitness recently announced that national cable network news channels will be removed from the television sets inside their gyms.

Stations that will be available include US, A&E, Discovery, HGTV, and ESPN, a public relations person told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press .

The Pioneer Press on Wednesday contacted Chanhassen-based Life Time, which confirmed a change in policy that might bum out gym rats who are news junkies.

Bushaw declined to disclose how many members have complained about cable news channels, but said it has been a growing issue "over years, not weeks or months". These TVs can be seen throughout the fitness areas, but can only be heard through headphones. "Local news station affiliates are still on our large screens and we have Wi-Fi throughout our clubs so members can view the content of their choice on their own devices".

Life Time tweeted out a statement about the change last week, and received hundreds of varying responses.

"He said there was a new corporate policy", Miller said.

But Life Time will not totally scrub cable TV news from its gyms.

One study described in the Harvard Business Review found that people who watched just three minutes of negative news in the morning had a 27 percent greater likelihood of reporting their day as unhappy six to eight hours later, compared to a group that watched positive news focused on uplifting stories of resilience.

But many others criticized the decision, characterizing it as censorship.

Limiting the available channels drew mixed reactions from Life Time's customers, some of whom took to social media to accuse the company of needlessly restricting their viewing preferences.

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