Tuesday, March 3, 2015



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FCC VOTES TO REGULATE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

Film and TV producers, labor leaders, and minority activists joined in applause Thursday for the FCC’s vote to place restrictions on Internet service providers (ISPs) that would assure equal access to the Internet. Studio and network chiefs, however, were conspicuously silent, appearing to take a wait-and-see stance until they could determine... Read more of this article


“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” SPECIAL SETS HIGH MARK FOR NBC

NBC may have been too timid to air its Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special on a Saturday night. (The general belief is that only sports broadcasts can successfully draw big audiences on that night.) But its Sunday-night telecast — which occupied all of primetime — averaged 23.1 million viewers, spiking to 26.2 million during the... Read more of this article


NY TIMES MEDIA COLUMNIST DAVID CARR DIES IN NEWSROOM

Celebrated New York Times media columnist (“The Media Equation”) David Carr collapsed in the newsroom Thursday night and was later pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. Earlier in the evening he had presided over a panel discussion of the Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour with filmmaker Laura Poitras and former Guardian... Read more of this article


BRIAN WILLIAMS STEPPING DOWN AS NBC ANCHOR — TEMPORARILY

After becoming a news story in his own right following his admission that he falsely claimed to have been flying in a helicopter that was struck by enemy fire at the beginning of the Iraq war, Brian Williams is stepping down “for the next several days” from his duties as anchor of the NBC Nightly News. In a memo to NBC News staff, Williams... Read more of this article


WILL FALSE ACCOUNT SHOOT DOWN BRIAN WILLIAMS’S CAREER?

Now, even Brian Williams’s friends are deserting him. A pilot who appeared to lend credence to Williams’s account of how his helicopter had been shot down in Iraq during the early days of the Iraq War, has back-pedaled, telling CNN that “the information I gave you was true based on my memories, but at this point I am questioning my... Read more of this article


FINAL SUPER BOWL RATINGS: 114.4 MILLION TUNED IN

Once again, the Super Bowl has set a record as the most-watched telecast in U.S. history. According to final Nielsen ratings, the game, which saw the New England Patriots edge out the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the final minutes, was watched by 114.4 million. Clearly fans paid little attention to the series of scandals that disrupted the NFL season —... Read more of this article


PRELIMINARY SUPER BOWL RATINGS: 102.32 MILLION TUNED IN

An average of 102.32 million viewers watched Sunday’s Super Bowl game, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. The first half-hour in primetime (7:00 p.m.) scored the highest numbers: 108.85 million viewers, while the final half-hour (10:00 p.m.) scored the lowest: 72.39 million. Analysts noted that final ratings, due to be released later today... Read more of this article


CNN’S BLIZZARD REPORTS: A SNOW JOB?

As everyone knows, cataclysmic weather stories are like manna from heaven for cable news, producing big ratings, ergo big revenue. One can only imagine the frenzied editorial conferences with reporters early Tuesday morning after weather forecasters predicted that the blizzard dubbed Juno would wreak havoc in New York City. Unfortunately for everyone... Read more of this article


AMAZON STEPS UP ITS PUSH INTO ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING WITH WOODY ALLEN DEAL

It instantly became the talk of the TV and movie industries: Amazon’s announcement that it had signed a deal with Woody Allen to write and direct an original series for its Amazon Prime streaming service. San Francisco Chronicle: Amazon signs Woody Alen for series Los Angeles Times: Amazon’s Woody Allen series deal marks big step in creative... Read more of this article


RATINGS FOR GOLDEN GLOBES TICK DOWN

Ratings for Sunday night’s Golden Globes presentations on NBC didn’t surpass those for last year, when they set a record. But they were nevertheless stronger than usual, thanks not so much to the popularity of the nominated films and TV shows but — once again — to the hosting performances of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. TheWrap.com:... Read more of this article


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