I'm a big fan of gay TV (surprise, surprise)! And goodness knows there are plenty of homosexuals from coast to coast to support lots of gay-TV viewing options. That's why it's a shame to hear that QTV, the queer TV channel that was offering up all kinds of festive original programming and sassy movies, may have offically folded as of yesterday.
I'd heard about their recent financial woes, but today I got a glimpse at an email/memo (sent from someone who got it from someone at QTV--really!) which was sent out by the company's CEO Lloyd Fan, basically telling all the remaining staffers to clean out their desks. It was addressed to all employees including, "Steve Kmetko, Honey Labrador, Reichen..." (who knew he didn't use a last name anymore?). Here's what it said:
To all Employees of Q Television Networks, Inc.:
It is with deep regret, I must terminate your employment effective today due to the network’s inability to pay salaries. As you know, since I have taken control of the company on March 7, 2006, I have worked tirelessly to secure funding for the company. All negotiations with potential sources have ended and there are no longer any options on the table.
QTV’s failure is not a result of a lack of talent or commitment from each of you. I take comfort in the respect, support and loyalty you and shown to me and the executive management team. Please know that Carol Hinnant and I will gladly write recommendations for future employment for each of you. Your service to this company has been exemplary and you should be proud of your accomplishments.
Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Chairman and CEO
Evidently, the channel will continue to broadcast taped programming until the cable carriers decide to remove it. And, there's no mention of any of this on QTV's website. But their online staffers have probably left the building, too. CBS News is supposedly going to be broadcasting something about this tomorrow.
And who knows? Maybe some Mr./Ms. Moneybags-investor type will come and save the day yet. Still, if you know anybody who worked at Q, buy them a drink! Give 'em a hug. Go buy a Reichen poster! And hang on to your QTV mousepads and keychains. They may become collector's items!