Latest Television industry News

Victoria's Secret show tumbles to lowest ratings

Dec. 4, 2018 3:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As a television event, the Victoria's Secret fashion show appears headed for the remainder bin. The show has been buffeted by bad publicity, bad reviews and now bad numbers. Shown Sunday on ABC after several years on CBS, its audience of 3.27 million viewers was the smallest since becoming...

Nexstar offers just over $4B for Tribune Media

Dec. 3, 2018 11:17 AM EST

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Nexstar is offering to buy Chicago's Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of...

Australian court approves media merger between Nine, Fairfax

Nov. 27, 2018 7:38 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — A court on Tuesday dismissed a last-ditch challenge and approved the merger of television network Nine Entertainment with newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine. Fairfax shareholders voted for the merger last week. But major shareholder...

ABC to join ESPN, NFL Network in broadcasting NFL draft

Nov. 26, 2018 4:11 PM EST

ABC is joining the NFL draft broadcast business and will televise all three days of picks next April. The network will join ESPN, also part of Walt Disney Company's TV properties, for prime-time coverage on Thursday and Friday nights, April 25 and 26, from Nashville. NFL Network also will televise those two...

'Dancing With the Stars' no longer hopping for ABC

Nov. 20, 2018 5:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The dance floor is thinning over at ABC. The Nielsen company says viewership is down for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" franchise, which concluded its fall season on Monday with country radio host Bobby Bones beating Disney star Milo Manheim, actress Evanna Lynch and model Alexis Ren. Each...

Shareholders support major Australian media merger

Nov. 18, 2018 8:34 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Shareholders on Monday gave final approval to the merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine despite one shareholder's late bid to stop the deal. Antony Catalano, a former chief...

First African-American top network executive exiting ABC

Nov. 16, 2018 8:09 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network's shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down. Her decision announced Friday comes amid ABC corporate parent Walt Disney Co.'s pending acquisition of 21st...

Australian watchdog approves Nine network, Fairfax merger

Nov. 7, 2018 8:42 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's competition watchdog on Thursday approved the proposed merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into a media giant to be known only as Nine. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims said the merger,...

EU approves Disney's deal to buy Fox entertainment assets

Nov. 6, 2018 11:40 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities say they have cleared Disney's acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets, provided Disney sells off some TV channels it controls in Europe to maintain competition. The EU's executive Commission said Tuesday it gave its approval to the deal. Disney's $71.3 billion...

News outlets hoping for engaging digital election experience

Nov. 2, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One screen is no longer enough for journalists planning their coverage of the midterm elections next week. Television networks and other news organizations recognize that many people will follow the results on TV with a pad or smartphone in hand, or eschew television altogether. They're...