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Former president Trump returns as a diminished TV draw

Jun. 08, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump reached less than a million measurable television viewers over the weekend in his return to the public stage at a North Carolina political event. Newsmax averaged just under 700,000 viewers between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m....

The Great Move: Gretzky will be part of Turner's NHL studio

May. 26, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

“The Great One” is headed from the front office to a cable television studio. Turner Sports has reached a multi-year agreement with Wayne Gretzky to be a studio analyst when its coverage of the National Hockey League begins in October. He will appear during key...

Fox News seeks to dismiss Dominion suit over election claims

May. 19, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fox News has filed a motion to dismiss a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems over claims about the 2020 presidential election, arguing that its coverage is protected by the First Amendment. The cable news giant said in...

TV's growth is a boon for 'diverse voices' among novelists

May. 07, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Growing up an avid reader, Kwana Jackson knew where to look for romance novels with Black characters: Segregated in the “African American interest” section where only determined shoppers would find them. When Jackson became a published author she...

Maine gives up on fight over cable company bundling law

May. 05, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will no longer fight a court's decision that rejected the state's law requiring cable companies to give subscribers the option of purchasing access to individual cable channels rather than bundled packages. The parties agreed last month to...

What to watch during Biden's 1st big speech to Congress

Apr. 28, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting the finishing touches on his first address to a joint session of Congress, a prime-time speech on Wednesday night on the eve of his 100th day in office. Biden will use the speech before lawmakers and a broader viewing audience to talk about...

Gaetz, Greene flaunt new paths to power, testing GOP leaders

Apr. 20, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have always faced rebels in their ranks. But Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are presenting top House Republicans with a test of how to handle a new breed of Trump-era, social media-savvy firebrands. Gaetz, a...

Gaetz, Greene flaunt new paths to power, testing GOP leaders

Apr. 19, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have always faced rebels in their ranks. But Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are presenting top House Republicans with a test of how to handle a new breed of Trump-era, social media-savvy firebrands. Gaetz, a...

Nielsen, networks clash on stats showing fewer viewers

Apr. 13, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — People have been stuck at home for a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, with movie theaters closed, concert venues closed, restaurants closed, sports attendance restricted — yet television viewing is down? That makes no sense to networks and cable and...

Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes

Apr. 10, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump insists he's enjoying his life off Twitter. The press releases his aides fire off on an increasingly frequent basis are more “elegant,” he says. Plus there's no risk of backlash for retweeting unsavory accounts. But...