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Cable Manager Resigns Over Playboy Offering

Posted March 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A Time Warner cable manager in Fayetteville company has taken a stand against video pornography -- by quitting his job.

Earl Larkins resigned from his management job this week after learning that his employer, Time Warner Cable, is now offering the Playboy Channel. He says working for Time Warner is no different than working at an adult book store.

The cable company just added the pay-per-view service for customers with converter boxes in the Fayetteville area.

"We spent years and years trying to clean up our image and tear down the 500 block of Hay Street," Larkins said, "only to have the cable company electronically resurrect it by television. And now, instead of having to go to the 500 block, it's right there in your home."

A Time Warner official says adult movies make up only a small percentage of cable programming. He says the company will block the Playboy Channel for any customers who request the blocking service.