Latest Television industry News

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...

Community media center provides local content under pressure

Aug. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, N.H. (AP) — As Concord TV nears the end of its second decade of providing the city with the most local of local content, it faces a possible financial crunch caused by the least local of sources: federal telecommunications regulations and national changes in people's media habits. "It's not...

TEGNA closes $535M TV, radio deal in Ohio, Indiana

Aug. 12, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Media company TEGNA says it's closed the deal to acquire former Dispatch Broadcast Group television and radio properties in Columbus and Indianapolis. The Tysons, Virginia-based company said in a release last week that its $535 million acquisition of Columbus' WBNS-TV and WBNS-AM and...

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...

Networks sue Locast, a service that streams TV for free

Jul. 31, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's biggest TV networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — have sued Locast, a streaming service that transmits their broadcasts for free, in federal court in New York. The companies said in the suit, filed Wednesday, that Locast is violating their copyrights and asked for...

T-Mobile's $26.5B Sprint deal OK'd despite competition fears

Jul. 26, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday's approval from the Justice Department and five state attorneys general...

The Latest: T-Mobile expects to close Sprint deal in 2019

Jul. 26, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on approval of T-Mobile's Sprint takeover (all times local): 1:35 p.m. T-Mobile CEO John Legere says he's hoping to engage with state attorneys general who have sued to block its $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint. Legere says he believes the deal can close by the end of the...