- The Washington Times - Monday, January 8, 2018

No more talking heads and breaking news on the treadmill. Life Time Athletics, a national fitness chain with 128 locations in the U.S. and Canada, has banned all cable news channels from its in-gym entertainment offerings.

CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News are no longer part of the mix. Non-news competition like ESPN and HGTV are still welcome, however.

“The decision to remove the national cable network news stations results from significant member feedback received over time and our commitment to provide family oriented environments free of consistently negative of politically charged content,” said the Minnesota-based organization in an explanation.

“We believe this change is consistent with the desires of overall membership as well as our healthy way of life philosophy,” the company said.

The overall public may not agree with the idea, however. TV Newser, an influential broadcast blog, is conducting its own ongoing poll about the phenomenon. So far, it finds that 54 percent of Americans do not support a news ban imposed in a fitness center.

“Would you like to see your local gym take a similar action, or are you more than happy to check out the news while pumping iron, running on the treadmill, stretching, taking selfies, or doing whatever you like to do at the gym?” asked analyst A.J. Katz, who is overseeing the poll.

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