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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

For television executives, return of football is good news

Sep. 15, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pro football has probably never been more important to television executives than this year, and its return has them ready to do a happy dance in the end zone. A schedule of opening week games brought viewers back to their sets, led by a Hall of Fame caliber matchup between Tom Brady, a new...

Las Vegas Raiders players warms up during an NFL football training camp practice at Allegiant Stadium, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

NFL, TV partners navigating pandemic and future rights deals

Sep. 2, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

In a year in which few things are normal, there will be some familiar things about NFL broadcasts this season. Announcers will be in the stadiums, pregame shows will have their usual fill of banter and debate and the regular season will start on time. But will it translate to an increase in ratings for a third...

FILE - In this May 6, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a mask passes by the headquarters of broadcast network ABS-CBN Corp. in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines’ largest TV network aired its final newscasts Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 to millions of provincial viewers with anchors tearfully bidding goodbye after lawmakers voted to reject its license renewal despite a raging coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Shuttered Philippine TV network ends newscasts to millions

Aug. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ largest TV network broadcast its final newscasts Friday to millions of provincial viewers with announcers tearfully bidding goodbye after lawmakers voted to reject its license renewal. ABS-CBN Corp. said it will only be able to distribute its news programs...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride an escalator as they arrive at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.South Korea counted its 11th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases Monday and health officials pleaded for people to follow guidelines or risk further restrictions or strains on hospitals. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea closes schools in greater capital area

Aug. 24, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is closing schools and switching back to remote learning in the greater capital area as the country counted its 12th straight day of triple-digit daily increases in coronavirus cases. Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said Tuesday that at least 193 students and teachers were found...

Six-year-old Santi does jumping jacks in front of a monitor during a P.E. segment of a televised kindergarten class, as his stay-at-home mother Denisse and five-year-old sister Liz look on and his father Luis works online at the dining room table, as students return to classes but not schools in Mexico City, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. A system cobbling together online classes, instruction broadcast on cable television channels and radio programming in indigenous languages for the most remote, will attempt to keep students from missing out. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican students start new school year from home

Aug. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Millions of Mexican school children returned to classes, but not schools, on Monday as the government attempted to start a new school year despite the challenges of the pandemic. A system cobbling together online classes, instruction broadcast on television channels and radio...

Students at Canyon View Elementary in Cottonwood Heights line up on the playground as they go back to school for the first day of classes for the Canyons School District on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

As world grapples with pandemic, schools are the epicenter

Aug. 24, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The world is settling into a new normal for everyday life amid the coronavirus pandemic: online school classes, intermittent Zoom outages, museums that will only allow about a quarter of their usual visitors. More than 800,000 people worldwide have perished from the virus and more...

In this image from video, Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., speaks during the state roll call vote on second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

Democrats hope unconventional travelogue entices viewers

Aug. 19, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpected travelogue connected as a television event during the second night of the Democrats' virtual convention, livening up a show that so far is struggling in the ratings. The roll call vote that formally sealed Joe Biden's nomination as the Democratic candidate for president...

The control room where live feeds are managed is in operation for the first night of the virtual DNC convention at the Wisconsin Center on August 17, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to the city, is now taking place virtually due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.  (Scott Olson/Pool via AP)

Television viewership down for unconventional convention

Aug. 18, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Preliminary estimates show television viewership for the first night of the Democrats' virtual convention was sharply down compared to the opening of Hillary Clinton's nominating party four years ago. An estimated 19.7 million people watched coverage between 10 and 11 p.m. on some 10...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1999 file photo, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone smiles during the announcement of a merger between CBS and Viacom in New York.  Redstone, the strong-willed media mogul whose public disputes with family members and subordinates made him a feared operator in Hollywood, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.  (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

Sumner Redstone, who built media empire including CBS, dies

Aug. 12, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

Sumner Redstone, who joined his family's drive-in movie chain in the 1950s and used it to build a vast media empire that included CBS and Viacom, has died. He was 97. Under his watch, Viacom became one of the nation’s media titans, home to pay TV channels MTV and Comedy Central and movie studio Paramount...

Deal gives Atlanta company control of Anchorage TV news

Aug. 3, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska telecommunications company has completed a deal to sell its Anchorage TV station to a Georgia company that already owns an Anchorage channel and will now control the state’s two leading broadcast news stations. GCI Inc. and Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc....