Archive for June, 2019

HSN’s Beekman Boys Face Backlash On Donation to LGBTQ Group

June 17, 2019

Seriously? The Beekman Boys at the center of a controversy?

The former Evine vendors, who are now on HSN selling their soaps and other products made from goat milk, posted a story on Facebook that said they were getting backlash after contributing to a gay charity campaign.

https://wnyt.com/news/beekman-boys-receive-backlash-over-charity-campaign/5391282/

“It’s 2019, and this really shouldn’t be how we make the news,” they said on Facebook.

The Beekman 1802 partners, in business and life, are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge. The pair recently said they would be donating some of their product sale proceeds to PFLAG, a national organization, to help support the families of the LGBTQ community, according to the story.

In one FB post the boys said they were donating all the proceeds of the sale of a cute rainbow goat pin to LGBTQ-focused charities.

If you like these guys, who run a goat farm in Upstate New York, and buy their products don’t be a hypocrite by blasting them for supporting their community.

In fact, don’t be a chuckle-head full of bias and hate. Period.

Connie Craig-Carroll, Two Other Hosts Exit HSN

June 15, 2019

Today was apparently bloody Friday for HSN hosts, with three of them apparently getting pink slips under the network’s new ownership.

Connie Craig-Carroll, who has been a host for nearly 22 years, Robin Wall and Brett Chukerman are all exiting. They each posted the news individually on their Facebook pages.

It’s a pretty big shakeup, but perhaps not unexpected now that HSN is under the ownership of Qurate Retail, parent of QVC. We sympathize, especially with Craig-Carroll. When a company is looking to slash costs, it usually gives veteran employees who are on the top of the pay scale the can. It happened to us twice.

Craig-Carroll left a long goodbye. She pointed out that she had gotten married, had a baby and became a single mom during her tenure at the network, where she has worked since she was 27.

She said she is moving on to her next adventure and will be leaving HSN next month. Craig-Carroll asked people to post their favorite moments or products, and a bevy of HSN vendors lamented her exit.

Chukerman, who has been on HSN for eight years, said he will be departing the network next month as well.

Wall said she had met her husband at HSN nearly 25 years ago, but she has only been a host at the network for 10 years. Her last show is Saturday, June 15, from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.

“God has always guided my path so I look forward to where it leads next,” she wrote.

Amen to that.

Vanessa Williams Joins HSN From Evine

June 15, 2019

Singer/actress Vanessa Williams is playing the long-running home shopping game of musical chairs.

Williams, who has had an apparel line on Evine for a number of years, is moving over to HSN.

According to the No. 2 shopping channel’s website, Williams will debut July 11.

https://www.hsn.com/shop/vanessa-williams/19584?query=Vanessa%20Williams&isSuggested=false

QVC Pulls Plug on Studio Tours, On-Site Shop and More Bonehead Moves

June 11, 2019

There’s so much change going on at QVC, HSN and Evine that it’s hard to keep up.

First of all, QVC is closing its Studio Store at its HQ in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and will no longer be offering tours of its studios there. We were at the HQ once, and at the store, a few years back when the home shopping network held a special event where customers got to meet many of its jewelry vendors.

From what we saw, the tours will end in August. There were several different types of tours, with an “All Access” version costing $100 a ticket.

Here’s what QVC.com has to say about its less pricey $10 “Backstage Pass” tour:

Since opening in the fall of 1997, QVC Studio Park in West Chester, PA, has become a popular destination for thousands of visitors interested in seeing live television at its best.

At this state-of-the-art broadcasting facility, guests will see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air, and delivered to millions of QVC customers. There are views into QVC’s more than 58,000 square feet of studio space where guests may be able to watch QVC programs in progress and may even catch a glimpse of a favorite host or guest!

It seems like the tours were great PR and branding for QVC, fostering even more customer loyalty. Said to see them go.

And this all isn’t just happening QVC. Qurate Retail, parent of both QVC and HSN, has apparently also decided not to renew the lease on HSN’s outlet store in Tampa, Florida. A customer posted on Facebook that she had just been to the Tampa shop and it had signs posted all over that it was closing.

We assume this is all part of corporate belt-tightening. But we find it hard to believe that these brick-and-mortar stores would have been that expensive to operate.

In another obvious cost-cutting measure, HSN will be airing taped rather than live broadcasts overnight. Since we often stay up until ridiculous hours when we should be in bed, we’ll miss those live shows where hosts sometimes got a little wacky. But we wouldn’t want to work those crappy overnight hours, so we guess the move is good for HSN employees.

On the Evine front, the No. 3 home shopping network is no longer a Today’s Top Value. It used to counter program, introducing its TTV at 10 p.m. while QVC and HSN would debut their’s at midnight.

Not sure if how this will work out for Evine. We haven’t had a chance to watch and see how it’s replaced its Top Value, but to us the old concept was a good way to drive shoppers to your channel at a set time every night. But what do we know?