Television industry

January 22, 2019 - 5:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 16 about Sinclair Broadcast's new streaming service, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the company's ownership of national television networks and channels. The company runs smaller national broadcasting networks such as TBD and Charge and also owns The T...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network's various platforms. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 18, 2019 - 12:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time. This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on "SportsCenter." "I was out there all the time," White said of his trips to ESPN's...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, reigning ONE featherweight and lightweight world champion Martin Nguyen addresses reporters during a news conference for the ONE Championship mixed martial arts event in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. One Championship, the MMA organization out of Asia, is going global in 2019 and it's making the kind of moves that shows it plans to become a player in combat sports. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
January 11, 2019 - 12:13 pm
How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none. OK, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in UFC's heavyweight...
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January 10, 2019 - 11:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 9 about television ratings for President Donald Trump's prime-time speech Tuesday, The Associated Press erroneously reported the estimated number of viewers. The Nielsen company's public report about the number of viewers did not include people who watched on CBS,...
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This combination of photos released by Fox shows NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown in a hippo costume as he stands with host Nick Cannon, left, and Brown after he revealed his identity in the series premiere of "The Masked Singer," which aired on Jan. 2. The Nielsen company said that 9.37 million people watched the series debut last Wednesday. That was the biggest audience to watch the premiere of any unscripted show on television in more than seven years. (Michael Becker/FOX via AP)
January 08, 2019 - 5:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox hoped to use a week when there wasn't much else on broadcast television besides football to draw attention to its new competition "The Masked Singer." The strategy proved sound. The Nielsen company said that 9.37 million people watched the series debut last Wednesday. That was...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2018 file photo, models Martha Hunt, from left, Lais Ribeiro, Josephine Skriver, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Romee Strijd walk the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York. Shown on ABC Sunday after several years on CBS, its audience of 3.27 million viewers was the smallest since becoming a holiday season TV event in 2001. The Nielsen company said the show has lost more than half its television audience in two years.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
December 04, 2018 - 3:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — As a television event, the Victoria's Secret fashion show appears headed for the remainder bin. The show has been buffeted by bad publicity, bad reviews and now bad numbers. Shown on ABC on Sunday after several years on CBS, its audience of 3.27 million viewers was the smallest...
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FILE- In this Oc. 29, 2014, file photo honoree Perry Sook, Chairman, President and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, attends the 24th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Nexstar is offering to buy Chicago’s Tribune Media for about $4 billion, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group. The offer Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
December 03, 2018 - 10:36 am
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Nexstar offering to buy Chicago's Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest...
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November 27, 2018 - 7:37 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A court on Tuesday dismissed a last-ditch challenge and approved the merger of television network Nine Entertainment with newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine. Fairfax shareholders voted for the merger last week. But major...
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November 26, 2018 - 4:10 pm
ABC is joining the NFL draft broadcast business and will televise all three days of picks next April. The network will join ESPN, also part of Walt Disney Company's TV properties, for prime-time coverage on Thursday and Friday nights, April 25 and 26, from Nashville. NFL Network also will televise...
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This image released by ABC shows, from left, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, appear with host Tom Bergeron and Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe from the dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars," in Los Angeles. The Nielsen company says viewership is down for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" franchise, which concluded its fall season on Monday. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)
November 20, 2018 - 5:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The dance floor is thinning over at ABC. The Nielsen company says viewership is down for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" franchise, which concluded its fall season on Monday with country radio host Bobby Bones beating Disney star Milo Manheim, actress Evanna Lynch and model Alexis...
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