Friday, July 25, 2014



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EUROPEAN PAY-TV GIANT TO COME TOGETHER

British Sky Broadcasting, better known as BSkyB, will announce on Friday that it has signed a deal with Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to acquire Murdoch’s Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland and combine all three pay-TV operations into a new company that would be called Sky Europe, the Financial Times reported today (Thursday). (A regional... Read more of this article


PBS DIGITAL TO LAUNCH A SCRIPTED SERIES ON YOUTUBE

PBS Digital Studios, a YouTube channel, plans to launch its first scripted series, Frankenstein, M.D. on August 19. Three episodes of the projected 24, each five-to-eight-minutes long, are scheduled to be screened at the annual Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills today (Thursday). In a news release, PBS Digital Studios... Read more of this article


FOX PULLS PLUG ON SNAKE RIVER CANYON "JUMP OF THE CENTURY"

Weeks after the departure of Kevin Reilly as chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, the network has canceled Jump of the Century, a controversial special that Reilly greenlighted in May. The telecast would have followed two teams’ plans to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s failed attempt.... Read more of this article


REPORTER WHO ADMITTED HACKING CELEBS ESCAPES PRISON

Former British tabloid journalist Daniel Evans has been handed a ten-month suspended sentence for phone hacking by a judge who said that he had taken into account Evans’s guilty plea and his cooperation with prosecutors. Evans admitted that at the now-defunct tabloid News of the World he spent most of his days hacking the phones of movie and TV... Read more of this article


FOX SCORES ITS FIRST WEEKLY VICTORY OF THE SEASON

Fox TV, which has been experiencing one of its lowest-rated seasons ever, suddenly emerged last week as the No. 1 network among the 18-49 age group, thanks in large measure to its coverage of MLB’s All-Star Game. CBS, however, remained the No. 1 network among total adults, with 5.36 million viewers, well ahead of Fox’s 4.52 million, which... Read more of this article


THE TOP TEN SHOWS: WEEK OF 7/14–7/20

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. MLB All-Star Game, Fox, 7.0/12; 2. NCIS, CBS, 5.3/9; 3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 5.2/10; 4. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 5.1/9; 5. Extant, CBS, 5.0/9; 6. Under the Dome, CBS, 4.7/8; 7. The Bachelorette, ABC, 4.5/8; 7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 4.5/9; 9. Blue Bloods, CBS, 4.3/8; 10.... Read more of this article


WRITERS GUILD TO BATTLE MURDOCH

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has issued what it is calling a "call to arms" against Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to take over Time Warner. The guild observed in a message to members that in recent years industry-wide consolidation of networks and studios and the virtual disappearance of independent production in TV have resulted in... Read more of this article


NO MORE MERGERS FOR COMCAST, IT PROMISES

Comcast won’t be involved in any other big mergers if its deal to acquire Time Warner Cable is approved, it said Tuesday. In a conference calls ith investors and journalists to discuss its second-quarter earnings — it posted a solid $2-billion profit — Comcast executives were asked if it intended toseek any more deals with smaller... Read more of this article


JON STEWART LOOKING TO RAISE $10 BILLION TO BUY CNN

Jon Stewart wants to get in on the merger mania — for laughs. With reports in the media indicating that Rupert Murdoch will sell CNN and keep Fox News if his plan to buy Time Warner succeeds, Stewart has playfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10 billion to buy CNN. Only it’s not on Kickstarter.com. It’s on letsbuycnn.com,... Read more of this article


AEREO’S SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS REVEALED

Even if Aereo had won its legal battle with the broadcast networks, it might not have been able to survive, new documents filed with the U.S. Copyright Office and detailed by re/code.com suggest. At the end of 2013, the documents indicate, Aereo had just 77,596 subscribers total in the 10 cities where it was operating. From the spring of 2012 to the... Read more of this article


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