Gym chain bans cable news

Gym chain bans cable news

On Thursday, Life Time, Inc. - a national chain of gyms with 128 locations spread throughout the United States and Canada - announced it had banned all cable news channels at its clubs. By February, all TV screens built into the cardio machines will have the ability to show cable news channels, the Star Tribune reported.

"Local news station affiliates are still on our large screens and we have Wi-Fi throughout our clubs so members can view the content of their choice on their own devices", Bushaw said in the statement. "Ultimately, we believe this change is consistent with the desires of the overall membership".

A chain of gyms says it's had enough of political chatter on cable TV news. Others called foul on the change, with one member pointing out that the remaining channels air programming that is not family-oriented and another claiming that "adults can handle the news". These TVs can be seen throughout the fitness areas, but can only be heard through headphones.

The company also tweeted about the change last week, and despite a massive response, Life Time chose to stick by the new policy. The decision was made based on member feedback received over time.


Clubs also have the flexibility to air programs of interest to their local markets, such as college and pro sporting events, she told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It aims to provide a comprehensive experience "that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages". One man who said he "enjoys consuming news and politics" was "disappointed" with the announcement.

Numerous studies have indeed shown that consumption of emotional content of TV news can affect a person's mental health and mood, according to Graham C.L. Davey, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Sussex.

The decision has been met with mixed reactions.

No more fake news.

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