Television industry

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1999 file photo, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone smiles during the announcement of a merger between CBS and Viacom in New York. Redstone, the strong-willed media mogul whose public disputes with family members and subordinates made him a feared operator in Hollywood, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
August 12, 2020 - 11:46 am
Sumner Redstone, who joined his family's drive-in movie chain in the 1950s and used it to build a vast media empire that included CBS and Viacom, has died. He was 97. Under his watch, Viacom became one of the nation’s media titans, home to pay TV channels MTV and Comedy Central and movie studio...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo the symbol for Comcast appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday, July 30, 2020, that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops in revenue in the April-June quarter. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 30, 2020 - 7:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered...
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FILE - NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson addresses the 110th NAACP National Convention in Detroit on July 22, 2019. CBS Television and the NAACP have reached an agreement to develop content to further tell stories of the African American experience. The partnership will focus on creating and producing scripted, unscripted and documentary content for the studio’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
July 15, 2020 - 10:12 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS Television and the NAACP has reached an agreement to develop content to further tell stories of the African American experience. The television studio and civil rights organization announced the multi-year agreement in a joint statement Wednesday. The partnership will focus...
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This combination photo shows, from left, David Muir at the Time 100 Gala on April 23, 2019, in New York, Norah O'Donnell at the Matrix Awards on May 6, 2019, in New York and Lester Holt posing for a photo on July 31, 2019 in New York. Broadcast networks might want to consider promoting newscasters David Muir, Lester Holt and Norah O'Donnell to prime time, at least for the summer. The Nielsen company said that the ABC and NBC evening newscasts led by Muir and Holt both averaged more viewers last week than anything in prime time. O'Donnell at CBS wasn't that far behind. (AP Photo)
July 14, 2020 - 7:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The broadcast networks might want to consider promoting David Muir, Lester Holt and Norah O'Donnell, at least in the summer months. ABC's Muir-hosted “World News Tonight” and NBC's “Nightly News” with Holt both averaged more viewers than any single program in prime time television...
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In this image released by Disney Plus, from left, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Anthony Ramos appear in a filmed version of the original Broadway production of "Hamilton." (Disney Plus via AP)
July 08, 2020 - 6:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney+'s streaming of “Hamilton” was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend. Just how big, however, remains a mystery. Disney knows, but it's not telling. Data is coming in to the Nielsen company, too, but won't be released until Disney gives the go...
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June 30, 2020 - 6:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mention prime-time television stars in other ages, and you’d think of Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Harmon or Jennifer Aniston. Now it’s Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in prime-time television last week, counting both broadcast and cable, the...
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FILE—In this July 2, 2007, file photo, the then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his speech during inauguration ceremony for Iran's first English-language channel, Press TV, as its logo is seen in background, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
June 25, 2020 - 4:06 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian state television has broadcast the suspected coerced confessions of at least 355 people over the last decade as a means to both suppress dissent and frighten activists in the Islamic Republic on behalf of security services, according to a report released...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, EVP of Content Acquisitions for TNT, TBS, truTV, HBO & HBO MAX Michael Quigley, from left, Chief Content Officer, HBO MAX and President, TNT,TBS, & truTV Kevin Reilly and Head of Original Content , HBO MAX Sarah Aubrey appear at the HBO Max Executive Sessions panel during the HBO TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
May 27, 2020 - 1:49 pm
Is a pandemic the perfect time to launch a new and relatively expensive streaming service? AT&T sure hopes so. The phone company is investing billions in HBO Max, its first big entertainment venture since it spent $85 billion for Time Warner in 2018. The good news for its timing: millions are...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020 file photo, a DirectTV dish stands on home in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. AT&T, one of the last major American companies still operating in Venezuela, said Tuesday, May 19, 2020 it will immediately abandon Venezuela’s pay TV market, as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the Venezuelan government, making it impossible to comply with the legal requirements of both countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)
May 19, 2020 - 9:39 pm
MIAMI (AP) — AT&T said Tuesday it will immediately ditch Venezuela's pay TV market as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The Dallas-based company's closing of its Venezuela unit...
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A directional arrow on a street points to the Signal Iduna Park, Germany's biggest stadium of Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Bundesliga will now restart on May 16, 2020 when Borussia Dortmund will play the derby against FC Schalke 04 at home without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
May 15, 2020 - 12:10 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus...
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