Cable viewers digest Mueller news through Hannity, Maddow

Politics 03/23/19, 10:31

For Sean Hannity, the "witch hunt" was finally over. Rachel Maddow considered it the start of something. The diametrically opposed opinion hosts, who vie for the distinction of the most popular in cable news, were the windows through which many Americans digested Friday's news that special counsel Robert Mueller had concluded ...

UFC moves pay-per-views exclusively to ESPN-plus

Sports 03/18/19, 16:33

UFC is set to make ESPN-plus the exclusive distributor of its pay-per-view events.UFC and ESPN had already launched a billion-dollar partnership earlier this year, and the streaming service will now be the only way to watch the MMA promotion's biggest cards of the month.UFC 236 on April 13 will mark ...

Habs-Hurricanes game to be broadcast in Plain Cree language

Sports 03/14/19, 15:20

The Montreal Canadiens' visit to the Carolina Hurricanes later this month is expected to be the first NHL game with a broadcaster calling play-by-play in the Plains Cree language.The March 24 game will be aired on Rogers Hometown Hockey on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, which will use Sportsnet's production ...

Carlson comments signal brawl for advertisers

Entertainment 03/13/19, 14:01

This week's controversy over statements made by Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson is as much about a high-stakes battle over the network's financial future as it is over what he said on a radio show a decade ago. The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this week released two batches ...

Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

World 03/12/19, 02:46

A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible.Monsoon storms and fierce underwater currents continue to present a challenge at greater depths as scientific work begins in earnest on Tuesday.The first transmission came from ...

Report: Zinedine Zidane returning to coach Real Madrid

Sports 03/11/19, 10:42

Zinedine Zidane will reportedly return to coach Real Madrid, the club he led to three straight Champions League titles.Spanish television channel La Sexta says the former France great will replace Santiago Solari.In less than a week, Madrid twice lost to Barcelona and once to Ajax, being eliminated from the Champions ...

Gray Television hires Van Susteren for local stations

Entertainment 02/28/19, 16:03

Cable news veteran Greta Van Susteren is trying out local TV by joining Gray Television, which owns stations in more than 90 markets across the United States.Van Susteren will be chief national political analyst for the Gray stations, and is developing two nationally syndicated shows for the company. She's keeping ...

Broadcasters aren’t succumbing to Netflix era

Entertainment 02/27/19, 11:22

Streaming services like Netflix may be the cool kids taking over television, but broadcast networks aren't throwing in the towel just yet.A new generation of leadership at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox is emphasizing their advantage in creating a communal experience for viewers. And they hope that the sheer volume ...

Dellacamera, Wagner Fox’s lead team for Women’s World Cup

Sports 02/27/19, 09:28

JP Dellacamera and former U.S. midfielder Aly Wagner will be Fox's lead broadcast team for the Women's World Cup.Making its announcement 100 days before the tournament opens June 7 with a matchup of France and South Korea, Fox said Wednesday that 22 matches will be broadcast on the main Fox ...

Smollett story shows thin line between news and social media

U.S. 02/22/19, 14:12

The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman's noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The story showed ...

Ego, publicity at stake when stars and TV critics meet

California 02/20/19, 10:34

Ego and publicity are always at stake at the twice-annual Television Critics Association meetings.But the internet has changed the gatherings, which started in the 1970s with major broadcast networks promoting their shows.Now, when the association's 250-plus members gather at a Southern California hotel, cable channels and streaming services also are ...

‘Fight Back!’ consumer reporter David Horowitz dies

Entertainment 02/19/19, 22:23

David Horowitz, whose "Fight Back!" syndicated program made him perhaps the best-known consumer reporter in the U.S., has died. He was 81. KNBC-TV said Horowitz's death was reported by his wife, Suzanne. The date of his death was not immediately released. "Fight Back! With David Horowitz" won multiple Emmys and a huge ...

CBS’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ has season high as end nears

Entertainment 02/12/19, 15:52

As the time approaches to say goodbye to Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, Penny and the gang, the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory" hit a season high in popularity last week.The 14.2 million viewers who tuned in to Thursday's episode will surely be topped, since television's most popular comedy calls it ...

Blackface, other insensitivities ran rampant in ’80s culture

Sports 02/10/19, 11:49

At the time Virginia's future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy "Trading Places."Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as "smart" while describing his black NBA opponents as ...

Trump speech viewed by 46.8 million viewers

U.S. 02/06/19, 18:41

President Donald Trump's State of the Union address was seen by 46.8 million television viewers, an increase over his 2018 speech. The Nielsen company said the speech, which was delayed by the government shutdown, topped last year's audience of 45.6 million. His first such address before Congress in 2017 was seen ...

Eva Longoria a triple threat with ABC series ‘Grand Hotel’

Entertainment 02/05/19, 22:30

A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, where TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.STAR TURNEva Longoria was so busy behind the scenes of the upcoming series "Grand Hotel," it took a bit for the actress to realize there was no part ...

FX chief says Netflix exaggerates viewership numbers

Entertainment 02/04/19, 18:21

Someone is standing up to television's Goliath, with a prominent competitor saying Monday that Netflix is deceiving the public about what is a hit and what isn't.John Landgraf, the FX Networks chief executive who has frequently pointed out the glut of scripted TV, said Netflix is using cloudy measurements to ...

Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million viewers, down from 2018

Sports 02/04/19, 17:19

The New England Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million viewers, the smallest Super Bowl audience in a decade.The Nielsen company said viewership dropped 3 percent from last year's 103.4 million. The Patriots' 13-3 win was a defensive struggle, and a struggle for ...

Charley Pride is in the spotlight with upcoming TV specials

Entertainment 02/01/19, 23:13

A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.PRIDE'S STORYPaging Terrence Howard. Charley Pride still wants the actor to play him in a movie of the country music star's life.The project has been discussed for ...

‘Jane the Virgin’ creator says finale should bring closure

Entertainment 01/31/19, 23:55

A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.TISSUES, PLEASEThe upcoming final season of "Jane the Virgin" is already drawing tears.The CW show's creator, Jennie Snyder Urman, said she's crying in the editing room as ...

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