July 16, 2005 |
A parent group has accused the ABC television network of violating broadcast decency standards when it failed to censor all profanity uttered during the recent Live 8 concert, an event held to draw attention to poverty in poor countries.
June 11, 2003 |
Walt Disney Co. tapped longtime entertainment publicist Susan E. Binford to head corporate communications for the ABC television and radio networks. Binford, most recently public relations chief for AOL Time Warner Inc.'s CNN News Group, will step into a position that has been vacant for more than a year. She will report to ABC Television Network President Alex Wallau.
June 24, 1997
Reed Elsevier, a British-Dutch media company, said it is buying a trade magazine publisher and two other Walt Disney Co. units for $447 million. Reed Elsevier said it will pay cash for the three main units of Chilton Business Group, which was owned by Disney's ABC television network. The purchase of the Chilton companies will add to earnings from the start and provide significant tax benefits, Reed Elsevier said. Last year, Chilton posted a pretax profit of $28 million on sales of $203 million.
April 14, 2000 |
For years, parents sat through ABC's "TGIF" block with their kids on Friday nights, watching such comedies as "Full House" and "Family Matters." If the jokes often seemed lame, parents at least felt secure the shows conveyed morals and messages, meaning little tykes weren't going to see anything that would put them in therapy.
January 26, 2003 |
Young boys dream, and Al Michaels was no exception. He dreamed of someday being a major league announcer. As a youngster in Brooklyn, N.Y., he listened to Dodger radio broadcasts and became enchanted with the voices of Red Barber, Connie Desmond and Vin Scully. When he attended games at nearby Ebbets Field with his father, he couldn't take his eyes off the crew in the broadcast booth. Sometimes dreams come true. Michaels' did. He was working for the Cincinnati Reds by the time he was 26.
April 11, 2001 |
Walt Disney Co., the second-largest media company, named Steven Bornstein, the former head of its Internet division, as president of ABC Television, replacing Robert Callahan. Callahan is leaving Burbank-based Disney for personal reasons that require him to be based on the East Coast, company spokesman John Dreyer said. He declined to comment further. Callahan will remain with ABC through September.
June 27, 2000 |
ABC has a new top executive familiar with uppercuts--and not just in the office. Alex Wallau, appointed president of Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network Monday, is also ABC's on-air boxing analyst. Besides programming the top-rated network, Wallau will continue to call the shots on boxing. Wallau has been interim chief at the network since Patricia Fili-Krushel resigned in March to become head of consumer products at Healtheon/WebMD Corp., an Internet site.
December 18, 1990 |
Stephen A. Weiswasser, senior vice president and general counsel for Capital Cities/ABC Inc., has been named executive vice president of the ABC Television Network Group, one of the most senior positions at the network. He will report to John B. Sias, president of the ABC TV Network Group. The appointment thrusts Weiswasser, 50, into an operating post from the senior staff job he has held since 1986 and gives him a clear shot at running the Network Group when Sias retires next year.
March 26, 2002 |
The Federal Communications Commission dismissed complaints about a November broadcast on Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network with models strutting on a runway dressed in Victoria's Secret lingerie. The commission received hundreds of complaints from viewers who described the fashion show, which aired from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and advertisements promoting the broadcast as indecent and inappropriate for network television.
June 27, 1987
Brandon Stoddard of the ABC television network was quoted as saying, "This year's shows are about something--they have more of a reality base" ("ABC to Take Some Risks in Prime Time," by Diane Haithman, June 20). Did the "informal meeting with the press" where Stoddard made the above statement take place at the Comedy Store? Was he trying out a new comedy routine? Stoddard works for ABC, the network that canceled a program whose subject matter was the history of "Our World" during this century; the network that is renewing for next year the programs "Max Headroom," "The Charmings" and "Sledge Hammer."