Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LICENSE CHALLENGE SEEKS TO HALT USE OF "REDSKINS"

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A law professor at George Washington University in Washington DC has formally filed a license challenge at the FCC accusing WWXX-FM of airing "hate speech" by broadcasting the name of the local NFL team, the Washington Redskins. Professor John Banzhaf told Broadcasting and Cable magazine that the team’s name is based on a racial slur […]

MORGAN SAYS HE REFUSED NEW CNN OFFER

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Piers Morgan has disclosed via Twitter that CNN chief Jeff Zucker offered him a new two-year deal to remain at CNN to host a series of 40 celebrity interview specials. "But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it — and to try pastures new," he wrote. Morgan, who reportedly has 4 million Twitter […]

BBC REMOVES "LESBIAN KISS" FROM DOCTOR WHO IN ASIA

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A kiss between two female characters depicted in the season premiere of Doctor Who was removed from the episode in Asia in order to comply with a Singapore law that bars "explicit dialogue or information" about homosexual "lifestyles." The action suggests that because only one version of shows distributed by BBC Worldwide can be shown […]

SCORSESE DIRECTS STARS IN "MOST EXPENSIVE CORPORATE VIDEO"

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For the first time, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will be appearing in a film together directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire). However, the London Independent, which disclosed the project, observed that the film is not destined for movie theaters. It is […]

THE U.K.’S X FACTOR RETURNS; SO DOES SIMON COWELL

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The U.K. version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor returned on Saturday with Cowell on the judging panel for the first time since 2010. The season premiere clobbered the competition, including the BBC’s Doctor Who, attracting 9.5 million viewers and peaking with 10.6 million. That represented nearly half — 47 percent — of the total […]

HACKED NUDE PHOTOS OF CELEBS POSTED ONLINE

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Raising new questions about cloud security for ordinary Internet users, hundreds of private photos of Hollywood celebrities, most of them nude or semi-nude, were posted online Sunday. The photos, many of which (if not all) had been taken with the celebrities’ smartphones, were quickly reposted by users of social media sites such as Facebook and […]

IS TV OVERSATURATED WITH FOOTBALL?

August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Could adding NFL games to the Thursday night broadcast schedule amount to too much of a good thing for advertisers? Perhaps so. "The strength of the market for NFL ad time seems to be up for debate," comments today’s (Friday) Advertising Age. There have been fewer ads sold for scheduled NFL telecasts at this point […]

MESS WITH NIKKI FINKE AT YOUR PERIL

August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One day after a blog, NikkiStink.com, attacking Hollywood firebrand Nikki Finke, went online, including photos of the reclusive scourge of Hollywood moguls, the New York Times is reporting that Finke is likely to come out a big winner against her adversaries. The newspaper, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, noted that the reports […]

COWELL CLAIMS BBC WANTS TO SABOTAGE HIS X FACTOR

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Simon Cowell, who will return as a judge to the British version of The X Factor for the first time since 2010, has accused the BBC of attempting to sabotage the show by scheduling Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of Dancing with the Stars opposite it. The X Factor airs on ITV. "They didn’t […]

DIANE SAWYER SIGNS OFF ABC WORLD NEWS

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wednesday night might seem like an unusual night to sign off from a five-day-a-week gig as anchor of ABC World News, but that’s the night Diane Sawyer chose to do so, appearing on the set with David Muir, who will take over the anchor desk tonight (Thursday). She gave viewers a backstage tour of the […]

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