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May 8, 2013 11:50 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

PLUM TV No Longer Available In The Hamptons

May 14, 2013 5:33 PM
Plum TV has gone off the air. Viewers noticed an “important customer update” alert on their TV screens on May 6. “As of May 6, Plum TV has ceased operations and is no longer available,” it said.

It was not clear whether this was the case with Plum’s East End broadcast only, or whether it applied to the lifestyle network’s local programming in all other high-end resort areas. The Aspen Daily News reported on May 13 that the network, which aired its high-life programming on Channel 16 in Aspen, Colorado, was showing a still image

around the clock of wine being poured into a fancy glass.

Plum TV’s two phone numbers in Manhattan seemed to be out of commission, connecting to a busy signal when called more than 20 times over a period of several days. Emails to the contacts at www.plumtv.com were not returned.

There is no listing for Plum in Los Angeles, although it was expected to open an office there when two former MTV executives took over the company in 2012 after it was sold by auction through U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The new owners, Morgan Hertzan and Joseph Varet, were said in a press release at that time to have extensive experience in nontraditional media like iPhone apps and video games. Interviewed then in New York, Mr. Hertzan told The East Hampton Press he was excited to be able to take his love for the "history, the beauty, the food" of eastern Long Island and "beam it to people all over the world."

This week, Mr. Hertzan did not return calls seeking comment.

Among other places, Plum could be seen on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, in Aspen and Miami Beach, as well as more recently, in Los Angeles, Boston and Philadelphia.

Mr. Hertzan and Mr. Varet were the cofounders of LXTV. A February interview with Mr. Hertzan in Business Insider focused on "the importance of multi-platform content for a focused, upper-middle-class audience," and Mr. Hertzan spoke in that context about the need to get content out on cable, despite its challenges, as well as in venues like YouTube and Hulu.

He recently joined ABC News, which credited him in a press release on April 1 with "significantly expanding [Plum TV's] distribution across digital and television platforms." The release said Mr. Hertzan will develop non-fiction content in cable, broadcast and digital media.

Tom Scott, who founded Nantucket Nectars, launched the Plum TV network in 2004.

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I could not stand that station. Totally disconnected from local reality. Good riddance.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 8, 13 2:46 PM
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I thought Frazier Doughterty was the founder of LTV? Is that a typo? Plum went off the air on May 6th.
By Rickenbacker (257), Southampton on May 8, 13 4:51 PM
The story has been corrected to indicate that Mr. Scott founded Plum TV.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (116), Westhampton Beach on May 9, 13 7:11 AM
Frazier was Ltv's founder back around 1984 if I recall. Operated out of a studio behind Stanley's Trash Service on Springs Rd. The public access station attracted a lot of talent in the area, and was actually decent. As Cablevision would never broadcast it to Southampton, I have not seen it in years to see what it is like nowadays.
By BruceB (142), Sag Harbor on May 8, 13 8:34 PM
Will keep an ear open for PLUM items (Vans, Cameras) on "Swap & Shop" ;^)
By Peconic Dolphin (9), Southampton on May 9, 13 8:59 AM
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I learned more about Conecticut as the CT stations did not have much news about Long Island. I recall George Thompson and Joe Francis on CH 8 WNHC. Somewhere on the net is the history of WNHC, now WTNH.
By BruceB (142), Sag Harbor on May 9, 13 12:34 PM
Ch. 8 -- Lawrence Welk on Saturday night?

Ch. 3 -- The Joey Bishop Show with a young Regis Philbin as the "Ed McMahon" of that show?
By PBR (4947), Southampton on May 9, 13 1:43 PM
When the weather was good, it was Ed Sullivan, and you could always count me in on The Twilight Zone...
By alhavel (50), Hampton Bays on May 10, 13 7:03 AM
If I could climb a ladder, I'd try to get back all those years. The only traffic jams were from potato trucks, and cauliflower later on, now its BMW, and Mercedes Benz. Take the ferry from Orient, with the spuds and go to Rail Road Salvage...
By alhavel (50), Hampton Bays on May 10, 13 4:29 PM
it's a wonder that Plum lasted as long as it did. although I recently discovered and was just getting into the namaste yoga shows in the morning when i came home from working the graveyard shift, i would watch and listen to the soft spoken female narrator and fall asleep ;)
By Jaws (243), Amity Island on May 10, 13 12:17 AM
I remember the stores, actually the commercials, well.

Railroad Salvage was the pre-cursor to places like Job Lot and Odd Lots and other closeout stores. And then there was that train set in the East Windsor store.

The business frontman, a decorated WWII veteran, Rueben "Rubie" William Vine, 86, has died.

Vine, who used to live in New Haven but relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was the king of close-out stores. He opened his first in 1950 and went on to become famous starring ...more
By alhavel (50), Hampton Bays on May 10, 13 4:39 PM
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By alhavel (50), Hampton Bays on May 10, 13 4:46 PM
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