Latest Television industry News

Carlson comments signal brawl for advertisers

Mar. 13, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This week's controversy over statements made by Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson is as much about a high-stakes battle over the network's financial future as it is over what he said on a radio show a decade ago. The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this week released two...

The Latest: US journalist reported freed in Venezuela

Mar. 6, 2019 8:07 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the detention of a U.S. journalist by Venezuela security forces (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Executives at a Miami TV station say their correspondent based in Venezuela has been freed from custody hours after security forces seized him at his apartment. ABC affiliate...

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will step down in June 2020

Mar. 4, 2019 4:39 PM EST

Jim Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while steadfastly protecting the league's relationship with the Rose Bowl. Over three decades, as Big Ten revenues soared under his leadership, Delany has...

AT&T shakes up WarnerMedia to emphasize streaming

Mar. 4, 2019 2:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that AT&T's $81 billion takeover of Time Warner is a done deal , the company is reorganizing its TV and movie businesses to emphasize streaming rather than cable TV networks. AT&T is bringing in a new executive as longtime HBO and Turner chiefs leave. It's also consolidating...

HBO CEO Plepler exits in wake of AT&T acquisition

Feb. 28, 2019 9:33 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's chief executive said he is exiting the cable channel, a decision that comes less than a year after AT&T acquired HBO's parent company. "Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so," Plepler said in a...

Broadcasters aren't succumbing to Netflix era

Feb. 27, 2019 11:29 AM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — If there is a high point to Netflix's status as the "cool kids" taking over television, it may be remembered as an emotional Chuck Lorre accepting a best comedy Golden Globe last month for "The Kominsky Method," his show on the streaming service. Lorre is one of the most successful...

AT&T's Time Warner takeover has already reshaped media world

Feb. 26, 2019 5:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld AT&T's $81 billion takeover of Time Warner, approving one of the biggest media deals on record in the face of opposition from the Trump administration. The combination of one of the country's largest wireless carriers and TV providers with a...

US appeals court clears AT&T's $81B purchase of Time Warner

Feb. 26, 2019 5:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared AT&T's takeover of Time Warner, rejecting the Trump administration's claims that the $81 billion deal will harm consumers and reduce competition in the TV industry. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington came in the high-stakes...

Former Sessions spokeswoman joins CNN

Feb. 19, 2019 9:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has hired a former spokeswoman for Attorney General Jeff Sessions for work on its political desk as 2020 elections coverage heats up. The network says Sarah Isgur will help manage teams in the field and coordinate use of stories between the network's television and digital arms. CNN...

New league pleased with first-week ratings but cautious

Feb. 13, 2019 7:13 PM EST

The Alliance of American Football was a ratings winner in its inaugural weekend, but founder Charlie Ebersol realizes it is a small sample size. "We feel really good about them and that our theory that Americans want more football tends to be true," Ebersol said in a phone interview. "However, we still have to...