Think CVC position on these two stations is entirely reasonable. Food Network has deteriorated significantly over the last year and HGTV - com'on man! Who would pay anything for that dross! Scripps should combine these two offereings into one station and open up a slot!
What's really funny is that people will forget all about Foodnetwork and move on to the next "best" thing. So, CVC standing it's ground is the right thing to do. Why should they eat $3 million more a month. THAT would be the irresponsible thing to do for it's stockholders.