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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...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo the symbol for Comcast appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday, July 30, 2020, that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops in revenue in the April-June quarter.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Pandemic hits Comcast 2Q; Peacock service has 10M sign-ups

Jul. 30, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops...

FILE - This file photo combo shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. AT&T is launching a new internet-delivered TV service Monday as it struggles with a shrinking DirecTV satellite business. The new service, AT&T TV, will have the same channels offered on DirecTV, but it'll come over the internet rather than a satellite dish. AT&T has been testing the service in about a dozen markets and is now making it available to anyone.  (AP Photo/File)

Coronavirus impact saps AT&T in 2Q; hit to WarnerMedia

Jul. 23, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

The coronavirus sapped $2.8 billion in revenue from AT&T in its most recent quarter, mostly in its WarnerMedia TV and film division. Its satellite TV business, DirecTV, continued to bleed customers. “I expect we’re going to be dealing with some of these economic challenges in the COVID...

FILE - NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson addresses the 110th NAACP National Convention in Detroit on July 22, 2019. CBS Television and the NAACP have reached an agreement to develop content to further tell stories of the African American experience. The partnership will focus on creating and producing scripted, unscripted and documentary content for the studio’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

CBS, NAACP reach multi-year agreement to develop content

Jul. 15, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS Television and the NAACP have reached an agreement to develop content that tells stories of the African American experience. The television studio and civil rights organization announced the multi-year agreement in a joint statement Wednesday. The partnership will focus on creating...

This combination photo shows, from left, David Muir at the Time 100 Gala on April 23, 2019, in New York, Norah O'Donnell at the Matrix Awards on May 6, 2019, in New York and Lester Holt posing for a photo on July 31, 2019 in New York. Broadcast networks might want to consider promoting newscasters David Muir, Lester Holt and Norah O'Donnell to prime time, at least for the summer. The Nielsen company said that the ABC and NBC evening newscasts led by Muir and Holt both averaged more viewers last week than anything in prime time. O'Donnell at CBS wasn't that far behind. (AP Photo)

Evening news programs outpace prime time television

Jul. 14, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The broadcast networks might want to consider promoting David Muir, Lester Holt and Norah O'Donnell, at least in the summer months. ABC's Muir-hosted “World News Tonight” and NBC's “Nightly News” with Holt both averaged more viewers than any single program in...

In this image released by Disney Plus, from left, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Anthony Ramos appear in a filmed version of the original Broadway production of

How many people saw 'Hamilton'? For now, that's a secret

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney+'s streaming of “Hamilton” was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend. Just how big, however, remains a mystery. Disney knows, but it's not telling. Data is coming in to the Nielsen company, too, but won't be released until Disney gives...

For third time this month, Fox News leads all networks

Jun. 30, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mention prime-time television stars in other ages, and you’d think of Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Harmon or Jennifer Aniston. Now it’s Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in prime-time television last week, counting both broadcast and cable,...

Deputies and firefighters stand outside the Red Bluff Walmart distribution center after a man reportedly opened fire there and rammed his vehicle into the building, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Red Bluff, Calif. (Damon Arthur/The Record Searchlight via AP)

2 dead after shooting at California distribution center

Jun. 28, 2020 2:58 AM EDT

RED BLUFF, Calif (AP) — A man drove into a Northern California distribution center and started shooting at people Saturday afternoon, killing an employee and wounding four others before he was killed by police, authorities said. The shooting by a 31-year-old man with a semi-automatic rifle started about...

FILE—In this July 2, 2007, file photo, the then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his speech during inauguration ceremony for Iran's first English-language channel, Press TV, as its logo is seen in background, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Report: Iran TV airs 355 coerced confessions over decade

Jun. 25, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian state television has broadcast the suspected coerced confessions of at least 355 people over the last decade as a means to both suppress dissent and frighten activists in the Islamic Republic on behalf of security services, according to a report released Thursday....