Saturday, November 22, 2014



TV News from STUDIO BRIEFING

JEFF FAGER RESIGNS AS CBS NEWS CHIEF

CBS News Release:  Jeff Fager Announces His Decision to Return to Role as Executive Producer of “60 Minutes” Full-time and to Step Down From Post as Chairman of CBS News  Read More →


“THE GRADUATE” DIRECTOR MIKE NICHOLS DIES AT 83

Los Angeles Times: Mike Nichols, groundbreaking director of ‘The Graduate,’ dies at 83  Read More →


COSBY DROPPED BY CBS, LETTERMAN FOLLOWING NEW RAPE ALLEGATIONS

Newsday: Bill Cosby booking on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ canceled New York Times: Appearance by Bill Cosby With David Letterman Canceled as Rape Allegations Swirl Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Has Released A Statement Addressing The Recent Sexual Assault Allegations  Read More →


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MORNING SHOWS LIKE THE LATEST RATINGS

All three morning talk shows, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, and CBS This Morning, had something to boast about following the release of new Nielsen ratings on Thursday. ABC touted the fact that GMA was not only No. 1 for the week among total adults and among the key demo for news and talk shows (25-54) but had also turned in the... Read more of this article


FORMER GMA WEATHERMAN BLASTS MORNING TALK SHOWS

Sam Champion, who spent 25 years as a morning weatherman on ABC, including stints on WABC-TV New York for 18 years and Good Morning America for 7, has sharply criticized the morning talk shows for presenting more trivia than solid information. Interviewed for HuffPost Live. "On any given day," he remarked, "if you’re watching a... Read more of this article


VIACOM BLAMES ANTIQUATED RATINGS SYSTEM FOR LOWER SALES

Thanks to the Internet and digital technology, people don’t always watch television shows the way they once did — on their TV sets the moment they are broadcast — but traditional ratings data don’t always reflect that reality, Viacom CEO Phillippe Dauman suggested during a conference call to discuss his company’s latest... Read more of this article


SONY TO OFFER PAY TV SERVICE

Sony is the latest company planning to offer a package of broadcast and television networks to consumers via the Internet. Called PlayStation Vue, the service will make available CBS, NBC and Fox as well as 75 TV channels to subscribers. Conspicuously absent from the package are Disney’s ABC broadcast network and its ESPN cable network and Time... Read more of this article


INTERVIEW WITH BIN LADEN SHOOTER SHOOTS DOWN RIVAL NEWS NETS

Part 1 of Fox News Channel’s The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden, hosted by Peter Doocy and featuring Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who claims to have shot and killed Bin Laden, drew far more viewers than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined Tuesday night. With 2,697,000 total viewers, it topped MSNBC with 561,000, CNN with 513,000 and HLN with 398,000.... Read more of this article


YOUTUBE TO LAUNCH STREAMING MUSIC SERVICE

YouTube is expanding from video to music with a new service called Music Key, which is expected to challenge Spotify, Pandora Beats Music, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services to become the leading online music provider as well as complement Google Play Music All Access, also operated by YouTube parent Google. Google said today (Thursday) that... Read more of this article


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