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WILL NETWORKS BE COVERING THE RNC OR ISAAC?

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The anchors of the three major evening newscasts — Brian Williams of NBC, Diane Sawyer of ABC, and Scott Pelley of CBS — are set to command the troops of network reporters who will be covering the Republican and Democratic conventions beginning next week. None of them will be covering the opening night of the […]

DIRECTV’S STRATEGY IN VIACOM DISPUTE SLAMMED

July 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

DirecTV may have blundered when it began telling subscribers on which websites they could find content from Viacom’s channels, after the channels went black on the satellite provider this week. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield noted on Wednesday that DirecTV had only succeeded in calling attention to the fact that, unlike its cable competitors, it cannot […]

VIACOM CHANNELS GO DARK ON DIRECTV

July 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

At midnight Eastern Time, some 20 million DirecTV subscribers lost Viacom-owned channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, Logo, TV Land and a dozen other channels. In a statement, DirecTV exec Derek Chang said, “We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DIRECTV customers to pay more than a […]

WHY HAS STEPHEN COLBERT’S SHOW SUDDENLY GONE INTO RERUNS?

February 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Mystery surrounds the cancellation of all episodes of The Colbert Report by Comedy Central this week. Mediaite.com said that those holding tickets to see the show received a message saying “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have canceled our taping for the date of your ticket reservation, February 15, 2012.” Neither the Viacom-owned cable network nor […]

RIVALS GANG UP ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Monday Night Football on ESPN was thrown for a loss this week as broadcast rivals Two and a Half Men on CBS and Dancing with the Stars on ABC combined with Comedy Central’s Charlie Sheen roast on cable to draw audiences away from the usual Monday-night powerhouse. That is not to say that ESPN’s season […]

DID JON STEWART REALLY BEAT JAY LENO IN RATINGS?

July 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC is disputing claims by Comedy Central that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart topped The Tonight Show with Jay Leno among 18-49-year-old viewers during the second quarter. Comedy Central had boasted over the weekend that the victory marked the first time in 10 years — or 40 quarters — that Tonight had been beaten […]

JON STEWART TOPS JAY LENO IN MAY

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart edged out The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to become the No. 1 late-night talk show among adults 18-49 during May. According to Nielsen Research, Stewart averaged 1,344,000 viewers to Leno’s 1,340,000. That’s a difference of just 0.3 percent, statistically insignificant, but Comedy Central remarked that it […]

REDSTONE’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT: $84 MILLION

May 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sumner Redstone on Thursday received a fine birthday present, two days before he turns 88. Viacom, home of Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, MTV, BET, TV Land, VH1 and Comedy Central, increased its quarterly dividend to 25 cents a share, up from 15 cents a share — a whopping 67 percent boost — which increases […]

MTV CHIEF RESIGNS — WAS SHE FORCED OUT?

May 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In what several reports suggested was the end of an era, Judy McGrath resigned Thursday as CEO of Viacom’s MTV Networks, which include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. It was not clear whether she was pushed or jumped. McGrath’s history at MTV goes back to its origins as a video jukebox 30 years ago, […]

YANKED CHANNELS RESTORED TO TWC’S IPAD APPS

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Two weeks after Time Warner Cable yanked its Fox, Viacom and Discovery iPad apps that allow its subscribers to receive real-time programming from them at home, the Fox and Discovery apps were again up and running on Friday, leaving Viacom as the only cable programmer still balking at TWC’s iPad service. The return of such […]

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