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ESPN president expects Silicon Valley to bid for NFL rights

Sep. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL...

Nielsen says it will include out-of-home viewing soon

Sep. 10, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks will be happy to know that ratings will go up for many of their programs next year, simply because the Nielsen company will count more people. The company whose numbers provide the currency for the TV industry says its change will begin next September, when it begins...

One America News sues Rachel Maddow for $10 million

Sep. 10, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it "paid Russian propaganda." One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego. The small, family-owned network based in San Diego is challenging Fox News for conservative...

Israeli PM infuses campaign with anti-media incitement

Sep. 1, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off the unofficial start of his new election campaign Sunday with a move straight out of his old playbook: attacking the media and pandering to his nationalist base. After a sleepy summer, the longtime leader launched a blistering assault on...

New ACC Network leaning on campus-built broadcast facilities

Aug. 28, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference finally has its TV channel airing hundreds of league sporting events each year thanks in no small measure to its schools. Administrations around the ACC played a critical role in getting the channel up and running, spending millions to ensure campus...

A look at the seminal broadcasting moves that define the NFL

Aug. 24, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

Pete Rozelle would not be surprised to see television's impact on the NFL as the league celebrates its 100th season this year. It was Rozelle, the commissioner from 1960 to 1989, who was able to convince owners that it was in their best interest to sign a league-wide rights deal instead of teams negotiating on...

'America's Got Talent' dominates the ratings competition

Aug. 13, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a week dominated by competition shows, "America's Got Talent" dominated the competition. NBC's variety showcase brought in 9.7 million viewers last week according to the Nielsen company's ratings. The show chose the singers, comedians, dancers and beatboxers that will be on its...

CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming

Aug. 13, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly combined ViacomCBS will invest in more movies and TV shows and try to sell more advertising as it seeks to become a bigger player in the growing business of streaming video. Yet the bigger company still might not be big enough to be competitive, as larger rival Disney launches its...

A beaming 50 Cent, tough questions part of TV critics event

Aug. 9, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — After the TV industry unveils its new-season schedules and series to advertisers in New York each May, it takes the show on the road to a swank Southern California hotel ballroom to coax attention from television-centric news reporters and critics. The annual summer meeting of...

Disney results miss as Fox studio business underwhelm

Aug. 6, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is feeling some pain from its biggest transformation in decades as its acquisition of Fox's entertainment businesses contributed to a 39% drop in earnings. CEO Bob Iger said one of the biggest issues affecting earnings was underperformance at the Fox movie and TV studio. Tuesday's...