November 30, 2013 |
Paul Crouch, a pioneering televangelist who founded Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian TV network, died today, according to the network's website. He was 79. The church reported in October that Crouch had fallen ill and was taken to a Dallas-area hospital while on a visit to a TBN facility in Colleyville, Texas. He had "heart and related health issues," the church said, and he was later returned to California for continued treatment. The son of a Missouri missionary, Crouch moved to California in the early 1960s to manage the movie and television unit of the Assemblies of God. A decade later, after receiving what he believed was a message from God, he began to buy television stations, cable channels and satellites and developed enough Christian programming to sustain a 24-hour network.
November 11, 2013 |
Louis J. Briskman plans to retire next month from his role as general counsel of CBS Corp. A mainstay of the broadcasting company, Briskman first joined CBS in 1975 when it was Westinghouse Electric Corp. He has served as the top lawyer for four public corporations, including Aetna Inc., Group W (the broadcasting subsidiary of Westinghouse) and Westinghouse Electric. After his stint at Aetna, Briskman rejoined CBS in September 2005, just four months before the CBS breakup with Viacom Inc. At that point, CBS became a separate publicly traded company.
November 8, 2013 |
Saturday night at a black-tie dinner in Chicago, a Dodgers broadcaster will go into the Hall of Fame and it won't be Vin Scully. A shocker? No. Scully is already there. If there is a Hall of Fame that has any connection whatsoever to broadcasting and Scully isn't in it, it's a lousy Hall of Fame. Now, Charley Steiner will be joining him. That means, next year, when fans tune in to Dodgers' baseball, they will be informed and entertained by three Hall of Famers. That's far from the norm, maybe a first, and should make Dodgers fans proud.
November 1, 2013 |
Even when the Lakers aren't favorites, they're still one of the league's marquee teams. The NBA has added Tuesday night's game between the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks in Dallas to the national NBA TV schedule. Through NBA.com, fans can vote weekly on which game they'd like to see each Tuesday on " Fan Night . " The Lakers-Mavericks game received 29% of the most recent vote to beat out Miami-Toronto (28%) and San Antonio-Denver. The NBA will have 19 "Fan Night" games this season.
October 21, 2013 |
This may be remembered as the autumn that network TV executives fell head over heels in love - with the DVR. Not that long ago, digital video recorders were seen as a threat to broadcasters' way of life, much as VCRs were seen as a killer for the movie business 30 years ago. How could any contraption that allowed viewers to skip commercials from sponsors be good for the television business? But now, armed with special data from Nielsen, executives are trumpeting the big viewership gains their shows are seeing up to a week after original air dates.
October 15, 2013 |
"Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins,'" NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas exhorted viewers during his halftime tirade of Sunday's Cowboys-Redskins game. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. "It is an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent," Costas continued.
October 12, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers do not plan to bring Steve Lyons and Eric Collins back to their broadcast team next year. Lyons had worked on the Dodgers' television broadcasts for nine years, most recently as an analyst on road games and on pregame and postgame shows. Collins, with the Dodgers for five years, had served as the play-by-play voice on televised games outside California and Arizona -- that is, the games to which Vin Scully did not travel. Lyons, a former major leaguer, announced news of his dismissal on Saturday via Twitter.
October 11, 2013 |
The nation's biggest television companies including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are asking the Supreme Court to shut down Aereo Inc., a startup distribution service that they view as a threat to their business. Launched in 2012 and available in a handful of markets including New York City, Aereo transmits the signals of local broadcast stations to consumers via the Internet. Aereo charges its subscribers between $8 and $12 a month for the service, which includes a small antenna to receive the signals and access to a cloud-based digital video recorder that can hold up to 40 hours of programming.
October 11, 2013 |
Cablevision Systems Corp., a New York-based cable operator, blasted the arguments made by broadcasters in a Supreme Court filing seeking to shut down Aereo, a start-up company that delivers local television station signals to consumers via the Internet. In a statement, Cablevision said the case that broadcasters including Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC are attempting to make against Aereo is a "willful attempt to stifle innovation. " Specifically, Cablevision is concerned about remarks in the filing regarding its own remote digital video recording service, which also beat back legal challenges when it was first introduced.
October 9, 2013 |
CBS will once again broadcast the annual Tony Awards ceremony, with next year's show scheduled for June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. As in the past, the network will broadcast the ceremony live, with a delay for the West Coast. In recent years CBS has struggled with falling ratings for the Tonys, which has traditionally been the least-viewed of the major entertainment award shows. But the 2013 broadcast saw a significant bump in viewers to 7.24 million, up from 6 million in 2012.