August 10, 2013 |
When Kyle Martino was growing up in Westport, Conn., it was easier to find tractor pulls and Australian rules football on TV than it was to find the world's most popular sport. If you wanted to watch soccer, you needed access to European broadcasters. "When I was a kid and I fell in love with this game, I was watching games in Italian on Sunday mornings," says Martino, whose understanding of the language remains no deeper than the menu at Olive Garden. "That was my soccer. " But if soccer was once the unwanted stepchild of the television sports family, it's now one of TV's most desirable properties - so much so that NBC is wagering hundreds of millions of dollars and an unprecedented number of broadcast hours on the English Premier League, coverage Martino, a former Major League Soccer All-Star, will help anchor as a studio analyst.
August 5, 2013 |
The management shakeup continues at Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting unit. Turner Broadcasting System Inc. on Monday promoted David Levy to president to oversee channels including TBS and TNT. He had been president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner. The promotion comes a few weeks after Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes picked John Martin as Turner's new chief executive when current CEO Phil Kent steps down in 2014....
July 18, 2013 |
Thom Yorke may have recently scuttled his band Atoms for Peace's relationship with Spotify. But that doesn't mean he's not interested in trying new digital ways to get his music into fans' hands. Atoms for Peace says it'll upload live performances from two of its upcoming shows at London's Roundhouse in nearly real time on the burgeoning platform Soundhalo . The service, previously used by acts such as Alt-J, is designed to deliver high-quality video and sound taken from the live mix, delivered seconds after each song's performance.
July 18, 2013 |
Time Warner Inc. is shaking up the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, chief executive of Turner Broadcasting since 2003, will give up that title at the beginning of next year to John Martin, Time Warner's chief financial officer. Kent will remain Turner's chairman until his contract expires at the end of next year. Turner, the parent of cable channels TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and TruTV, is Time Warner's biggest revenue and profit generator. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Martin's rise positions him as a potential successor to Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, whose contract with the media giant expires in about five years.
July 11, 2013 |
The woman in the TV commercial is identified as Julie, a mother of two. She's sitting on a bench in a nice yard containing a kids' play structure. A little boy swings in the background. "Two years ago," Julie says, "my son Caleb began having seizures. The medical care he received meant the world to me. Now I'm paying more attention. "I have some questions about Obamacare," she continues. "If we can't pick our own doctor, how do I know my family is going to get the care they need?
July 10, 2013 |
Tribune Co. is getting out of the faltering newspaper business, but probably not the way it hoped. The media giant announced Wednesday that it will spin off its publishing unit into a separate company, a maneuver that's likely to delay a long-expected sale of the Los Angeles Times. The spinoff could take nine months to a year to complete. The new entity, to be called Tribune Publishing Co., would comprise The Times, the Chicago Tribune and six other daily papers. All other assets, including the company's real estate holdings and stakes in several Internet sites, would remain part of Tribune Co. The spinoff would be tax-free to Tribune shareholders.
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July 10, 2013 |
James L. Loper, a founder and former president of KCET Channel 28 who helped build the public broadcasting station into one of the nation's leading noncommercial outlets, has died. He was 81. Loper, who went on to oversee the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences , died Monday at his Pasadena home, his family said. No cause was announced. An Arizona transplant, Loper was a doctoral student at USC in the early 1960s when he joined a small group, the Committee for Educational Television, that was trying to establish a public broadcasting station in Los Angeles.
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)