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LOGAN GIVEN LEAVE OF ABSENCE AFTER BENGHAZI REPORT

November 27, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan has been handed an indefinite leave of absence after an independent review by CBS News’s Standards and Practices section determined that her Oct. 27 report on the 2012 Benghazi raid was “deficient.” In his report, Al Ortiz, the S&P executive who filed the report, also criticized “the editorial vetting process.” […]

GAY ACTIVISTS “KILLED MY SHOW,” BALDWIN BARKS

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MSNBC, which suspended Alec Baldwin’s shortlived — and low rated — interview show Up Late for two weeks after the actor had been caught on camera berating a reporter in an outburst that included an anti-gay slur, has now canceled the program after Baldwin lashed out at a photographer with another anti-gay slur. “We are […]

ROCKEFELLER TO FCC’S WHEELER: STOP FURTHER MEDIA CONSOLIDATION

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Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller has asked the FCC to delay approval of major acquisitions by media conglomerates until a study of so-called shared service agreements is completed. SSAs are arrangements that allow one company to operate a broadcast station without technically owning it, thereby circumventing FCC rules barring companies from owning two or […]

FEAST OF FILMS ROLLING OUT FOR THANKSGIVING

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It’ll be fire vs. ice at the box office over the long Thanksgiving Day weekend as Disney’s animated Frozen debuts to challenge The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Fire is likely to win, say the tracking studies, with a five-day haul of around $75-85 million after opening last weekend with $158 million. Frozen, a retelling of […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FROZEN

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Perhaps Disney, which had been taken to task for tossing out one vulnerable princess story after another, was reluctant to use “Queen” in the title of its latest animated feature and therefore decided to call this film, the retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen instead. Whatever. Critics are applauding the movie for […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HOMEFRONT

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The most positive review of Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco and written by Sylvester Stallone may be Manohla Dargis’s in the New York Times, who calls the movie “an indefensibly enjoyable piece of exploitation hackwork.” Actually, Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle says about the same thing in different words: “Homefront is […]

ABC’S DANCING IS NO. 1, BUT AUDIENCE IS OLD

November 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC was the most-watched broadcast network Monday night as 14.24 million viewers tuned in to watch the two-hour Dancing with the Stars. But as usual, it was not the most-watched network among viewers in the key 18-49 age group. That honor went to NBC’s The Voice, also two hours, which drew three million fewer viewers […]

NHL SIGNS ITS BIGGEST TV DEAL EVER — IN CANADA

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How big a sport is hockey in Canada? Well, consider this: Canadian cable channel Rogers Sportsnet announced today (Tuesday) that it has paid US$4.94 billion to air NHL games over the next 12 years. In 2011, NBC signed a U.S. deal with the NHL for $1.9 billion — 38 percent of what the Canadian cable […]

BBC AMERICA SCORES RECORD RATINGS WITH DOCTOR WHO

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The 50th anniversary episode of the BBC’s Doctor Who attracted 2.4 million viewers on BBC America Saturday, despite being broadcast at 2:50 in the afternoon on the East Coast and 11:50 in the morning on the West Coast. Another 1.1 million viewers watched the 75-minute episode, titled “The Day of the Doctor,” in Canada on […]

CHINA SELLS TV DRAMA TO AFRICA

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A 34-episode Chinese TV dramatic series has been sold to a group of television stations in Africa, the state-run China Daily reports. Judging from the description of the series, it would be hard to imagine its being pitched to network executives in the U.S. First of all, there’s the matter of the title: Xiao Mai […]

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