Thursday, April 24, 2014



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COMCAST PATCHES UP THE PEACOCK

Comcast’s controversial takeover of NBCUniversal appears to be paying off. “It’s an incredible turnaround story,” Comcast chief Brian Roberts said in a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Comcast reported that its NBC broadcast unit, which includes the NBC network and its owned television stations, saw... Read more of this article


SAWYER BEATS WILLIAMS IN KEY DEMO AGAIN

The big news coming out of the Nielsen ratings for last week had little to do with primetime programming, which remained “same ol’ same ol’,” and everything to do with the evening news, where, for the first time in more than six years, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer topped NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in the key (for... Read more of this article


TOP TEN TV SHOWS WEEK OF 4/14-4/20

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. NCIS, CBS, 10.8/18; 2. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 9.3/15; 2. (Tie) NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.3/15; 4. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 7.4/12; 5. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 7.2/11; 6. Person of Interest, CBS, 7.0/12; 6. (Tie) Scandal, ABC, 7.0/12; 8. The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 8:30... Read more of this article


DISCOVERY TO USE SOME FOOTAGE FROM YANKED EVEREST SHOW

It won’t be a total loss. Discovery Channel, which canceled its Everest Jump Live special after an avalanche on April 18 took the lives of 13 people, most of them Sherpas who were working for NBC News’s Peacock Productions on the special, said on Tuesday that it intends to use the footage already shot for a documentary about the dangers... Read more of this article


THREE MORE EXECS ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE

One of the TV industry’s most prominent executives is among three men accused by Michael Egan in lawsuits alleging sexual abuse filed in Hawaii on Monday. Garth Ancier served as the first president of Fox Entertainment and the first chairman of the now-defunct The WB network. He also headed the entertainment divisions of NBC and BBC America Worldwide.... Read more of this article


VICTIMS OF BBC HOST MAY RECEIVE $100,000 EACH

Two British newspapers, the News Corp-owned London Times, and the tabloid the Mirror, carried advertisements today (Tuesday) describing how sexual-abuse victims of the late TV host Jimmy Savile could file claims for as much as £60,000 (approximately US$100,000). Thus far, some 140 people have claimed that they were Savile’s victims over a period... Read more of this article


AEREO CASE IS HEARD BY SCOTUS

Television broadcasters brought their case against Aereo to the U.S. Supreme Court today (Tuesday). Aereo is the company that wants to provide the broadcasters’ telecasts to subscribers over the Internet via individual dime-sized antennas. Various consumer groups and software companies have filed amicus briefs supporting the startup, which is... Read more of this article


DISCOVERY PULLS PLUG ON EVEREST SKY JUMP

With reports about the avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least thirteen people remaining glaringly in the news, Discovery Channel on Sunday announced that it was canceling the May 11 special Everest Jump Live. It was initially not entirely clear whether the stunt — climber Joby Ogwyn was to climb to the summit of the mount, then don a wingsuit... Read more of this article


WILL GREGORY KEEP HIS JOB AS MEET THE PRESS HOST?

Concerned about the steady deterioration of the ratings for its venerable Meet the Press Sunday news program, NBC commissioned a psychological consultant to interview host David Gregory’s friends and even his wife, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. (In an email to Dylan Byers of Politico.com, NBC said that the network brought in a “brand... Read more of this article


THE TODAY SHOW ON YOUR RADIO

For years surveys have indicated that perhaps as many people listen to NBC’s Today show as listen and watch it. The audio can be heard in kitchens and dining rooms even while the HDTV set in the living room has no one near it. Perhaps in recognition of that fact NBC has decided to launch Today Show Radio on June 26 on SiriusXM. In a news release... Read more of this article


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