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Amazon to buy MGM, studio behind James Bond and 'Shark Tank'

May. 26, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon is buying MGM, the movie and TV studio behind James Bond, “Legally Blonde" and “Shark Tank," with the hopes of filling its video streaming service with more stuff to watch. Amazon is paying $8.45 billion for MGM, making...

Triumph of the unhip: 'NCIS' tops TV, streaming rankings

May. 25, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company's latest rankings of popular television and streaming shows have one thing in common — “NCIS” at the top. The CBS drama starring Mark Harmon as a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent has been on the air since 2003...

Companies resolve long-running TV channel dispute in Alaska

May. 25, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Telecommunications company GCI has resumed carrying three major TV channels after ending a months-long dispute with Alaska television network owners. An agreement was reached over the weekend and the channel blackout was lifted for GCI...

The shows that will be on network TV in primetime this fall

May. 20, 2021 23:48 PM EDT

A look at the primetime lineups for the major networks, as announced in recent days as part of their annual presentations to advertisers. All times Eastern. ABC Monday: 8 p.m. —...

Networks rely on reboots, franchises amid streaming's rise

May. 20, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

Everything old is new again on network television, and without apology. As the TV industry rushes into the future with streaming services, traditional broadcasters unveiled 2021-22 schedules that rely heavily on familiar series brands and reboots of decades-old shows. ...

Oprah and CNN: AT&T is merging media business with Discovery

May. 17, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The merger of Discovery and AT&T's WarnerMedia operations, marrying the likes of HBO and CNN with HGTV and Oprah Winfrey, is another illustration of the head-spinning speed in which streaming has transformed the media world. The companies are...

Morning shows extend the day to cope with viewer erosion

May. 13, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A recent job promotion came with what seems to be a counterintuitive mandate for NBC News senior vice president Libby Leist: Drum up interest in the “Today” show anytime other than the mornings. It's a survival strategy for “Today,” which...

Meredith to sell TV station division to Gray Television

May. 03, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Magazine publisher and multimedia company Meredith Corp. said Monday it will sell its Local Media Group consisting of 17 television stations to Gray Television Inc. for $2.7 billion in cash and will focus on expanding its print and digital magazines business. ...

AP sources: Turner Sports gets rights to second NHL package

Apr. 26, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

Turner Sports is the surprise winner of the National Hockey League's second television package. The two sides have agreed on a seven-year contract that includes three Stanley Cup Finals, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The people spoke on...

Academy Awards television audience plummets to 9.85 million

Apr. 26, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy Awards television audience plunged to 9.85 million viewers on ABC, less than half of the Oscars' previous low and continuing a startling trend of viewer tune out for awards shows. The Nielsen company's preliminary estimate shows that the...