June 12, 2013 |
ATHENS -- Angry lawmakers and powerful unions in Greece scrambled Wednesday to reverse a sudden government decree shutting down the country's public broadcaster to save money, even as the network's employees defied the order and continued to broadcast through the Internet. More than 2,600 journalists and staff members at ERT, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corp., refused to leave their jobs and instead covered the controversy surrounding their operations by broadcasting online. The workers were fired and state TV channels went black late Tuesday after the conservative-led government announced plans to pull the plug on ERT, calling it a "scandalous operation" and a "haven of waste and corruption.
June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Consumers should get to choose which broadcast networks they want to pay to receive, a senior DirecTV executive told Congress on Wednesday. In testimony to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, DirecTV executive vice president Mike Palkovic said new rules are needed for broadcasters such as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox when it comes to negotiating distribution contracts with pay-TV distributors. "Broadcasting remains governed by antiquated laws designed to favor the broadcaster over the viewing public," Palkovic said.
June 11, 2013 |
Peter Morgan answered his cellphone Friday but said right away that it wasn't a good time to talk. The Oscar-nominated writer of the 2006 movie "The Queen" explained in a polite but hurried manner that he was in a car en route to London's Gielgud Theatre, where his play "The Audience," with Helen Mirren reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II, has been running since February. Reached again on Monday, Morgan said that he was busy last week because he was making last-minute changes to a scene between the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron (Rufus Wright)
June 6, 2013 |
Shares of Media General Inc. jumped as much as 29% Thursday morning after the company announced it will merge with privately held Young Broadcasting in an all-stock deal. The combined company will own or operate 30 TV stations in 27 markets, extending its reach to 14% of U.S. households, and will retain the name Media General and its Richmond, Va., headquarters. Following the close of the transaction, shareholders of Nashville-based Young will...
May 20, 2013 |
Fans of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service can meet the people behind the broadcasts on the seven-night “Newsmakers and Tastemakers” tour of Washington and New York City . Notables (subject to change) are expected to include Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” on PBS and senior correspondent for “PBS NewsHour”; Scott Simon, host of NPR's “Weekend Edition Saturday”; filmmaker Ric Burns, whose series “New York: A Documentary Film” premiered nationally on PBS; and Charlie Cook, publisher of “The Cook Political Report.” In D.C., participants will meet Ifill and other staff at PBS studios and tour NPR's new national headquarters.
May 14, 2013 |
"L.A. Opera on Air" returns to classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5) for its seventh season Saturday, beginning with a broadcast of Verdi's "The Two Foscari" (I Due Foscari), starring Placido Domingo (the opera company's general director), Francesco Meli and Marina Poplavskaya. The series will run for six weeks, airing at 10 a.m. Saturdays. It also will be streamed online at www.kusc.org . Duff Murphy will host. The series will feature all six operas from the company's 2012-13 season, including "Don Giovanni," "Madame Butterfly," "The Flying Dutchman," "Cinderella (La Cenerentola)"
May 14, 2013 |
Can the return of Michael J. Fox, agent Jack Bauer and "Ironside" help vanquish the flesh-eating zombies that are threatening to take a bite out of television broadcasters' fortunes? ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are unveiling their fall lineups this week with the hopes that their latest crop of crime-solving dramas and half-hour comedies will cure what ails the broadcast industry. The networks are coming off a lackluster season marked by falling ratings and a failure to produce new hits on the magnitude of cable channel AMC's zombie show "The Walking Dead.
May 8, 2013 |
Amazon, the online retailer, recently posted 14 original "TV pilots" on the Web for public viewing and reviewing. In an instant, and before a single show has officially debuted, it has established a brand. Television is changing fast, so fast that it is hard now even to know what is meant by the word "television. " Broadcast, cable, satellite and streaming; on flat screens and tablets and smartphones; watching live, on disc, or by DVR - all we can say for now is something like, "Television is any moving image on a screen that requires you to do nothing but watch it. " (This should hold until holographic TV arrives.)
April 30, 2013 |
The three-day Milken Institute Global Conference kicked off Monday in Beverly Hills, with media moguls Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch among the hundreds of business leaders and politicians slated to speak. The annual event, run by financier and philanthropist Michael Milken, will also host talks by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Vice President Al Gore, Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. There are close to 4,000 attendees this year watching 600 panelists participating in some 140 sessions.
April 29, 2013 |
Fox Broadcasting begs to differ with Barry Diller. On Monday, Diller suggested that Aereo -- the start-up company he is backer of that distributes broadcast content via the Internet -- had successfully beaten legal challenges from the broadcasters. "We think the lawsuit is over," Diller said at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills. Diller was referring to the fact that earlier this month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York ruled that Aereo's transmissions and recordings of broadcast programming do not violate copyright law. Fox, a network that Diller helped build in the late 1980s, fired back at the mogul.