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ABC MAY LAUNCH NEW ENGLISH-LANGUAGE NEWS CHANNEL WITH UNIVISION

February 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

ABC may be about to enter the cable news wars with Univision as its partner, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Tuesday), citing people familiar with the negotiations. While rival Fox has links to the Fox News Channel, NBC News produces content for MSNBC, and CBS has ties to CNN, ABC News has no cable […]

RATINGS FOR MNF DROP

December 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ESPN’s Monday Night Football may have continued to rank as the No. 1 series on cable television in 2011, but ratings were down significantly from last year, particularly when the final games of the season were compared, according to Nielsen data compiled by Multichannel News. In its sixth season on ESPN, the 17 NFL games […]

BASKETBALL RETURNS ON XMAS — NO AUDIENCE LOSS EVIDENT

December 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It would appear that the NBA lockout that delayed the start of the current season until Christmas Day had little or no effect on viewership — that is, judging from ratings for Sunday’s quadrupleheader carried by ABC, ESPN and TNT. In fact, the Boston Celtics-New York Knicks game on TNT averaged 5.9 million viewers, making […]

NFL FOOTBALL: TOO MANY PLAYERS?

December 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A day after a significant drop in the ratings for NBC’s Sunday Night Football was reported, the New York Post is now saying that overall ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football are down roughly 10 percent for the season. The problem may be that ESPN is being forced to air unappealing games, the Post observed, […]

FEAR STRIKES OUT AGAINST MEN

December 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS’s Two and a Half Men continued to produce commanding numbers Monday night, despite competition from the return of Fear Factor, which gave NBC the best ratings it has enjoyed on that night in years. The sitcom, which stars Ashton Kutcher, attracted 14.7 million men, making it the highest-rated show of the night on broadcast […]

MARKET SOARS; MEDIA STOCKS SOAR HIGHER

December 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Dow Jones Average rose 490 points on Wednesday — up 4.2 percent — but many media stocks soared even higher. While none of them were directly affected by the major driving forces of the upsurge — an increase in hiring by private businesses in the U.S.; word that central banks will cooperate to find […]

ESPN COMPARED WITH PATERNO FOLLOWING RELEASE OF INCRIMINATING TAPE

November 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ESPN said Monday that it sat on a 2002 taped telephone conversation between the wife of Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine and Bobby Davis, the young man who has accused Fine of molesting him, because it could not corroborate the charges. Fine was fired on Sunday after ESPN finally played the tape after […]

A GOOD YEAR FOR HOOPS AFTER ALL?

November 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Some analysts are speculating that the deal to end the NBA lockout, if approved by owners and players, will likely see a surge of interest in the sport and rub off on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the spring. AdWeek reported today (Monday) that CBS and Turner Sports, which jointly carry the March Madness […]

SPONSORS MAY DESERT PENN STATE FOOTBALL TELECASTS

November 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cars.com has become the first advertiser to pull its spots from ESPN’s coverage of Penn State football games. In a statement to Advertising Age magazine, it said, “As a proud, longtime supporter of ESPN College Football, it’s important to us that we’re building our brand in a way that celebrates the sport, its fans and […]

OMBUDSMEN SLAM ESPN’S PENN STATE COVERAGE

November 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Florida journalism school The Poynter Institute, which partnered with ESPN to act as an ombudsman of ESPN’s sports news coverage, has excoriated the cable sports network for its failure “to ask tough questions and shed light” on the scandal involving Penn State’s football defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky, athletic director Tim Curley, university vice president […]

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