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Bridges TV was founded in 2004 by Muzzammil Hassan and his wife, Aasiya, as a platform to dispel negative stereotypes about Muslims. It managed to stay on the air after Hassan was convicted last year of beheading his wife in 2009. Hassan, who is in prison, has not been involved with the station since his arrest.

The station moved its headquarters from suburban Buffalo to New York City last year for better access to programming and personnel, Mr. Baliwala said, and it is in the process of upgrading its mix of news, political discussion, sports and cooking.

“We try constantly to dispel negative stereotypes and hatred that’s going out there, and this effectively limits that. And so the Muslim community especially, the Middle Eastern South Asia community, lose a voice in the mainstream media,” Mr. Baliwala said. “You think about all the other channels that Verizon has. None are what we are trying to do. None of them actually do what we do, so it’s disappointing that they made that decision.”

McCain won’t tune in to HBO’s ‘Game Change’

When it comes to HBO’s upcoming television movie, “Game Change,” Sen. John McCain is sticking to his guns and standing by his 2008 vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin.

“This new movie that comes out, [people] ask me if I’m gonna watch it,” Mr. McCain said, according to the L.A. Times. “I tell them it’ll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona.”

“Game Change” is based on the book of the same name about the 2008 presidential election by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. It also focuses largely on Mrs. Palin’s candidacy for vice president.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. McCain’s vow not to watch “Game Change” follows a news conference held last week by Palin staffers in which they said the film was packed with inaccuracies and depicts events that didn’t happen.

Mr. McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, also made her disapproval of the film public last week on MSNBC when she said, “I didn’t like this book, I didn’t like this movie.” And pronounced, “Oh, Republican voters don’t watch HBO.”

“Game Change” stars Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. It premieres at 9 p.m. March 10.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.