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Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Jul. 2, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his...

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New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'

Jun. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — “ Hamilton ”: Disney Plus does not want to throw away its shot. On Friday, the streaming service will debut...

Iowa PBS cancels Iowa Press episode; staffer has COVID-19

Jun. 19, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public television said Friday a member of its staff has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting it to cancel the taping of a public affairs program. Iowa PBS cancelled the regular Friday taping of Iowa Press in its Johnston studios after learning a staff member was being...

Alaska Native children's television show wins Peabody Award

Jun. 16, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaska Native as the lead character has been awarded a prestigious Peabody Award. KTVA-TV reported Monday that PBS program “Molly of Denali" won the award in the children’s and youth division. The...

Rhode Island Class of 2020 honored in special TV tribute

Jun. 13, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis and New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman are among the stars scheduled to deliver messages of encouragement to Rhode Island’s 9,000 graduating high school seniors at a special television tribute to the Class of 2020. The “Your...

Rhode Island to honor high school seniors with TV tribute

Jun. 11, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is celebrating the high school Class of 2020 with a special television tribute featuring a Hollywood star, a Super Bowl MVP and musical performances, Gov. Gina Raimondo said. This year's high school seniors excelled while continuing their educations remotely during the...

ASU retracts job offer to newly hired journalism school dean

Jun. 7, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University rescinded a job offer to the newly hired dean of its prestigious journalism school following allegations of racism and mistreatment of students. University Provost Mark Searle said in an email Sunday that Sonya Forte Duhé would not lead the Walter Cronkite...

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A superhero kid with autism shines in new PBS Kids' series

Jun. 1, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a new crop of superheroes coming to our TV this summer but they may need a little seasoning. After all, they're only in elementary school. The PBS Kids' animated series “ Hero Elementary ” is set inside a grade school where a diverse group of four superhero students...

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New this week: Lady Gaga, 'Space Force,' Ghibli films on HBO

May. 28, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MUSIC Lady Gaga: After taking a departure from her electro pop sound with 2016’s “Joanne” and 2018’s “A...

FILE - This March 29, 2020 file photo shows President Donald Trump answering a question from PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Reporters Alcindor, Weijia Jiang and Kaitlan Collins have faced hostility from Trump at news conferences with stoicism. Their experiences illustrate the challenge of working at a White House with near-daily accessibility to a president who considers the press an enemy. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)

Reporters Alcindor, Collins, Jiang get under Trump's skin

May. 22, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who's watched, there's more that binds Yamiche Alcindor, Kaitlan Collins and Weijia Jiang than an impromptu display of teamwork at a recent White House news conference. Each reporter has a knack for getting under President Donald Trump's skin and an equal ability not to let it...