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ESPN president expects Silicon Valley to bid for NFL rights

Sep. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL...

Fall brings new shows, services and chance of bigger TV tabs

Sep. 5, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Intrigued by a drama set behind the scenes of a morning TV show, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon topping the cast? How about a supernatural series with Lin-Manuel Miranda or a comedy starring Paul Rudd as a man overshadowed by his clone, or the chance to see Oscar-winner...

Freeform finds audience with its millennial-first approach

Aug. 29, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yara Shahidi had a question: Why did it seem like men were disproportionately labeled geniuses compared to women in the same professions? As it turns out, the writers on Shahidi's Freeform series "grown-ish" were wondering the same thing, and the actress' mention of the topic made the...

India seeks to portray sense of calm in locked-down Kashmir

Aug. 29, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Just before midnight on the eve of the biggest political change in Indian-administered Kashmir in decades, authorities shut down internet access, mobile and landline phones and cable TV in the disputed region home to 12.5 million people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led...

The Latest: MSNBC's O'Donnell retracts Trump-Russia story

Aug. 28, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell (all times local): 10:20 p.m. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell has retracted his story about supposed Russian ties to President Donald Trump's finances and apologized for reporting it — just as Trump's lawyer demanded. O'Donnell says, however, he...

Judge confirms TV rights payment to Nats in Orioles dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has confirmed an arbitration decision from baseball executives ordering the Washington Nationals to be paid $296.8 million by the cable network they jointly own with the Baltimore Orioles for their television rights from 2012-16. The Orioles and Nationals jointly own the...

Trump heads for golf club holiday with summer storms looming

Aug. 9, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Now is the summer (vacation) of the president's discontent. As Donald Trump prepares to leave on Friday for his annual August holiday at his lush New Jersey golf club, he's confronting a storm of crises, at home and abroad, that could set the course for his reelection bid. With his poll...

Hannity to de Blasio: 'You drive me crazy!'

Aug. 7, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred, clashed and laughed with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday when the Democratic presidential hopeful faced the conservative TV titan who has disparaged him for years. For one hour on cable news' top-rated show, their raised voices overlapped as...

Redskins to offer gambling-focused preseason telecast

Aug. 6, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

The Washington Redskins will become the first NFL team to have a gambling-focused telecast of their games, offering cash prizes to viewers who correctly predict in-game outcomes during the preseason. The telecasts on the regional cable network NBC Sports Washington will follow a formula established by the...

Tupac and hip hop among FX's expansion into docuseries

Aug. 6, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tupac Shakur and his mother Afeni are the subjects of a five-part docuseries planned by FX in the cable channel's ongoing expansion into non-fiction shows. "Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur" is told through the eyes of those who knew the late hip hop icon and his...