Television industry

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2017, file photo shows a sign at the Disney store on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France. The Walt Disney Co. reports earnings Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
February 06, 2018 - 6:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Will Disney's upcoming streaming services be the mouse that roared ... or squeaked? Disney already owns enviable entertainment properties including Pixar, Marvel and "Star Wars." Now, it's looking to add Fox's TV and movie studios as it prepares to launch two streaming services, one...
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FILE - In this is a Feb. 3, 2017, file photo Jemele Hill attends ESPN: The Party 2017 in Houston, Texas. ESPN says the outspoken "Sportscenter" anchor is leaving that role to write for a company web site and do occasional on-air commentary. Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a reference to President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist." The network said Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, that Hill had asked to be taken off the 6 p.m. weekday edition of ESPN's sports news show. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)
January 26, 2018 - 7:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN says outspoken "Sportscenter" anchor Jemele Hill is leaving that role to write for a company website and do occasional on-air commentary. Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a reference to President...
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FILE - This Wednesday, May 10, 2017, file photo, shows the NBC logo at their television studios at Rockefeller Center in New York. Comcast’s NBC is airing both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February 2018, a double-whammy sports extravaganza that the company expects to rake in $1.4 billion in ad sales, helping it justify the hefty costs it’s paying for these events. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
January 24, 2018 - 7:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's NBC is airing both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February, a double-whammy sports extravaganza that the company expects to yield $1.4 billion in ad sales, helping it justify the hefty price it's paying for both events. NBC is banking heavily on these sports events...
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January 09, 2018 - 4:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama's thrilling national football championship victory over Georgia drew 28.4 million viewers to ESPN on Monday night, the Nielsen company said. It was second only to the Ohio State-Oregon championship game in 2015 as the most-watched telecast ever on cable television, the...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. Less than a month after PBS dropped Tavis Smiley’s talk show because of inappropriate relationships with subordinates, Smiley announced a deal Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, for a new series about inspirational stories titled, “The Upside with Tavis Smiley.” It will be distributed digitally and also shown on The Word Network, a cable and satellite network with religious programming aimed at an African-American audience. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
January 08, 2018 - 5:58 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Less than a month after PBS dropped Tavis Smiley's talk show after reported inappropriate relationships with subordinates, Smiley announced a deal Monday to go back to work with a new series about inspirational stories. His series, "The Upside with Tavis Smiley," will be...
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January 05, 2018 - 3:21 am
Cable and satellite TV companies raise prices every year to pass along what they say are rising fees charged by TV networks. Here are some examples of what companies are doing: — AT&T is raising DirecTV's prices by up to $8 a month in mid-January. — CHARTER did not respond to inquiries, but a...
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Ryan Murphy participates in the "9-1-1" panel during the FOX Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Pasadena,Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
January 04, 2018 - 4:38 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Fox broadcasting network, home to "The Simpsons" and "The Orville," will continue to air scripted entertainment after the Fox TV studio's sale to Disney, Fox executives said Thursday. The pending deal that will separate the Fox network and 20th Century Fox studio won't...
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January 03, 2018 - 5:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The cold weather proved a boon for television celebrations of the New Year. More than 25 million people tuned in to see Ryan Seacrest ring in 2018 from a frigid Times Square, the biggest audience for ABC's venerable "New Year's Rockin' Eve" since at least 1991, the Nielsen company...
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December 19, 2017 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — To judge by the collective shrug that viewers greeted Fox's performance of "A Christmas Story Live!," the fascination with live theater on television may have run its course. The Nielsen company said that Fox's telecast was seen by 4.52 million viewers on Sunday night. That's lower...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2016 file photo, ESPN president John Skipper gestures as he talks about the new ACC/ESPN Network during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C. Skipper says he is resigning to take care of a substance abuse problem. The sports network says its former president, George Bodenheimer, will take over as acting head of the company for the next 90 days. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
December 18, 2017 - 2:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem. Skipper's sudden announcement will force the Walt Disney Co.-owned network to search for new leadership at a time of retrenchment, with the company...
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