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G-7 leaders mark VE Day stressing unity, support for Ukraine

May. 08, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Leaders from the Group of Seven developed democracies pledged Sunday to phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil, as they met with Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for online talks to stress their support and to display unity among Western allies on Victory in...

CBS declares television season victory with weeks to go

May. 03, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The traditional broadcast television season doesn't end until later this month, but that hasn't stopped CBS from declaring victory. CBS issued a statement on Tuesday saying it would end the 2021-22 season as the most-watched television network in prime-time for the...

CNN's streaming service shutting down a month after launch

Apr. 21, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is shutting down its CNN+ streaming service less than a month after its launch, a spectacular flameout for a venture that had attracted stars like Chris Wallace and Alison Roman and was seen as a way to attract a new generation of news consumers. It had started...

Psaki rumors, Mulvaney hire at CBS News trouble journalists

Apr. 12, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The hiring of non-journalists as contributors to television news organizations isn't new. Far less common is seeing pushback to such decisions from journalists working there, as has happened recently at CBS and NBC News. Discontent emerged over CBS' hiring of former...

Trading starts of new Warner Bros. Discovery media giant

Apr. 11, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

Shares of the new Warner Bros. Discovery media giant, the $43 billion combination of Discovery and the AT&T spinoff WarnerMedia, have begun trading Monday. The bulked-up company combines the owner of storied film studio Warner Bros., TV networks including CNN, HBO and the...

Grammys barely move the needle in television ratings

Apr. 05, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a night of feel-good vibes and performances by the music industry's top acts, the Grammy Awards barely moved the needle as a television attraction. The show reached just under 9.6 million viewers on Sunday, the Nielsen company said. That's a 4% increase...

Oscars audience tops 15 million, exceeding last year

Mar. 28, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for the Oscars rebounded somewhat from last year's record low, but the event clearly doesn't have the appeal to viewers that it once had. Sunday's ceremony reached an estimated 15.36 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen company...

Missouri station offering Russian state radio to listeners

Mar. 26, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A man who runs a little-known, low-budget radio station in suburban Kansas City says he is standing up for free speech and alternative viewpoints when he airs Russian state-sponsored programming in the midst of the Ukrainian war. Radio Sputnik, funded by the...

Two St. Peter's NCAA games land in Nielsen's top 20

Mar. 22, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's a safe bet: Two men's basketball games featuring St. Peter's University landed among the 20 most-watched television programs in prime time last week for the first time ever. The NCAA tournament's underdog darlings hit the big time with their victories over...

EU regulators clear Amazon's $8.45 billion purchase of MGM

Mar. 15, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European regulators on Tuesday cleared Amazon's purchase of Hollywood studio MGM, saying the deal doesn't raise any competition concerns. The online shopping giant said last year that it was buying MGM in a $8.45 billion deal aimed at bulking up its video streaming...