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Keith Olbermann returns; Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo sues ex-workers

August 27, 2013|By Ryan Faughnder
  • Keith Olbermann, shown last month during the 2013 Summer Television Critics Assn. tour, has returned to sports news with a show on ESPN2.
Keith Olbermann, shown last month during the 2013 Summer Television Critics… (Frederick M. Brown / Getty…)

After the coffee. Before mentioning Miley Cyrus in every headline. 

The Skinny: So my new hobby, as of yesterday, is stair climbing. Thus I'm forgoing the standing desk today. Today's headlines include Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo's suit against former workers and Eric Garcetti's push to keep film projects in L.A.   

Daily Dose: Yes, Keith Olbermann returned to sports news last night. During a 15-minute rant on his ESPN2 debut, the combative host blasted the New York Daily News -- and by extension, sports media in general -- for creating a fake controversy about Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's injury. I'd love to get his thoughts on ESPN pulling out of that "Frontline" documentary. 

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The "Tweety Bird" saga continues: Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, the radio host whose Univision show was canceled amid sexual harassment allegations, is suing six former employees. He says they tried to extort $4.9 million from him. The workers will be filing their own suits soon, their lawyer says. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Billboard.   

Not to sound alarmist ... : Seeing the film industry leave Hollywood for tax incentives, new Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is calling the trend an emergency for the city and the region. Now Garcetti wants state politicians to do something about it. That's Variety's cover story this week

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ESPN and the bundle: In the third part of its series on ESPN's power in the worlds of sports and media, the New York Times explains the network's (thus Disney's) extraordinary leverage in the debate over pay-TV bundles. How powerful is the ESPN bundle? One anonymous veteran cable operator calls negotiations "total surrender." 

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Today's business centerpiece comes from DiAngelea Millar, who gives us a close look at Mark Mahoney, tattoo artist to the stars. TV critic Robert Lloyd reviews the PBS civil-rights documentary "The March." 

Follow me on Twitter. I've finally got those 'N Sync songs mostly out of my head. @rfaughnder


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