August 3, 2005 |
Russia's Foreign Ministry said it would not renew permission for the ABC television network to operate in the country because it broadcast an interview with notorious Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev. The ministry said the broadcast supported "the propaganda of terrorism." ABC News President David Westin said, "No civilized people can condone the murder of innocent civilians."
July 30, 2005 |
Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. Embassy's charge d'affaires to protest an ABC broadcast of an interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev. Basayev has claimed responsibility for organizing last year's Beslan school siege, which ended in the deaths of more than 330 children and adults, and the 2002 seizure of a Moscow theater in which 129 hostages died, most from a gas used by security forces.
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.
July 8, 2005 |
ABC and PBS tied for the lead as nominations for the 26th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were released Thursday. Each had 27, spread among a wide array of programs, from ABC's "World News Tonight" and "Good Morning America" to PBS' "Frontline" and "Nova" series. Also receiving double-figure nominations were NBC with 21, the History Channel with 14 and CBS with 10. Winners will be announced in New York on Sept. 19 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
July 1, 2005 |
It sounded like an intriguing idea on paper. ABC's six-episode reality series "Welcome to the Neighborhood" features seven families vying to win a four-bedroom house in a development in Austin, Texas. Given that the neighbors are mostly conservative whites and the contestants come from diverse backgrounds -- including Asian American, African American and gay -- the series was meant, the network says, to highlight issues of cultural biases and tolerance.
June 13, 2005 |
Who's desperate now? This year's "upfront" television advertising market -- the period when the broadcast networks sell about 80% of their prime-time commercial spots for the coming season -- is just about over. But even before all the deals are done, a consensus is clear: this was ABC's year. Ending a four-year sales slump, the Walt Disney Co.
May 18, 2005
This week in New York, broadcast networks begin to unveil their fall season schedules to advertisers. It's the kickoff of the biggest event of the year in the television business -- known as the "upfronts" -- when advertisers are urged to buy prime-time commercial spots before the 2005-06 season begins. CBS tries to get over 'Raymond,' 'JAG' CBS has long been No. 1 in total viewers, and this season it's battling ABC for second place among the young adults whom advertisers covet.
May 17, 2005
This week in New York, broadcast networks begin unveiling their fall season schedules to advertisers. It's the kickoff of the biggest event of the year in the television business -- known as the "upfronts" -- when advertisers are urged to buy prime-time commercial spots before the 2005-06 season begins. Buoyed by top hits shows, such as "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," and "Grey's Anatomy," ABC hopes to pull out a few more gems in the coming season. It will present to advertisers today.
January 24, 2005 |
ABC's president of prime-time entertainment, Steve McPherson, said Sunday that the Walt Disney Co.-owned network probably would renew its deal with the National Football League so it could continue to claim "Monday Night Football." The broadcast network has lost an estimated $150 million a year on its current agreement with the NFL, which expires at the end of the 2005 football season.
November 17, 2004 |
Undeterred by the ratings problems some reality shows have been experiencing this season, ABC said Tuesday that it plans to introduce a full night of them in January after "Monday Night Football" concludes its season. Starting Jan. 17, the network's prime-time lineup Mondays will consist of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That?" at 8 p.m., "The Bachelorette" at 9 p.m. and "Supernanny" at 10 p.m.