December 23, 2013 |
Earlier this month, Roberts Broadcasting sold three TV stations to ION Media for $7.75 million. The deal is tiny compared with the recent acquisitions of Belo Broadcasting by Gannett Co. and Local TV Holdings by Tribune Co., both of which were for billions of dollars. However, it is significant for another reason -- the Roberts Broadcasting stations are the last that were owned and operated by an African American entity, according to media watchdog Free Press. "There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country," said Joseph Torres and Derek Turner of Free Press, which blamed the FCC's relaxing of TV ownership regulations for the current situation.
December 13, 2013 |
Online ticketing service Fandango is enlisting comedian and actor Kevin Hart in its first national TV network ad campaign. On Monday, L.A.-based Fandango, which is owned by NBC Universal, will debut an ad campaign on NBC and other cable channels featuring Hart touting the benefits of watching movies on the big screen and, of course, Fandango. Hart is featured in two spots, including one called "Hero Dad," in which he turns into Fandango Man, a caped hero who whisks his kids to the movies and bypasses lines in order to get the best seats, where they are "not blocked by big people heads.
December 8, 2013 |
More than 70 passengers on a US Airways Express plane were recently surprised to see police and paramedics board the jet in Phoenix and announce that a fellow flier might have tuberculosis, a contagious airborne disease. Further tests by the Maricopa County Public Health Department in Phoenix determined a few days later that the passenger was not infected with TB. But don't fret. It is extremely rare for a passenger with a highly contagious disease to board a commercial plane, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
December 8, 2013 |
More than 70 passengers on a US Airways Express plane were recently surprised to see police and paramedics board the jet in Phoenix and announce that a fellow flier might have the contagious airborne disease tuberculosis. Further tests by the Maricopa County Public Health Department in Phoenix determined a few days later that the passenger was not infected with TB. But don't fret. It is extremely rare for a passenger with a highly contagious disease to board a commercial plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
December 5, 2013 |
There's a nip in the air. Couples bundle against the cold. It must be time for the "war on Christmas. " Like the changing of the weather, the war on Christmas arrives each year a few weeks before Dec. 25. Conservatives take to the airwaves to denounce schools, parks and businesses that have replaced Christmas rituals and decorations with generic "holiday" ones. And this year's battle features a familiar face: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In a new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," Palin rages at "angry atheists" who are allegedly threatening it. YEAR IN REVIEW: Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013 "Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs," Palin writes, in a press release for the book.
December 4, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant once again joined soccer star Lionel Messi in a spot for Turkish Airlines that made its debut on Tuesday. The minute-long clip shows Bryant and Messi racing around the world, trying to outdo each other with even more outrageous selfies. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Bryant introduced the video on Tuesday at a Turkish Airlines' news conference but avoided basketball questions. The Lakers star is recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury suffered in April.
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November 29, 2013 |
Nearly 100 firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday that threatened to consume a row of vacant South Los Angeles businesses reportedly used by homeless people for shelter. Los Angeles firefighters responded about 12:56 a.m. to the fire in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street. The fire was in the central section of a one-story row of empty businesses that shared a common attic. The first crews to arrive pushed back flames that threatened occupied homes to the west of the fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.
November 21, 2013 |
If you haven't seen it, check out the commercial for GoldieBlox that's sweeping the Internet. It's an ad for a set of interactive toys and books that encourages girls to build their own castles rather than wait for princes to come do it for them. In an age when girls' toys painfully adhere to gender stereotypes, the message in this commercial is clear: Girls want more than princess toys for Christmas. The commercial opens with three girls watching TV and looking unimpressed with what they're seeing: other little girls in precious party dresses dancing around a tea set. They switch on their record player, grab their hard hats and tool belts and get to work on a Rube Goldberg apparatus assembled with household items and typical girls' toys (everything from a tea set to a tiara and a baby doll cradle)
November 13, 2013 |
CBS boss Leslie Moonves has some big plans for TV commercials -- plans that could change how much advertisers pay for a 30-second spot, what kinds of ads viewers will see and even what kinds of shows stay on the air. At the moment, advertisers pay for viewers who watch TV programs within three days of the original airdate. But Moonves is pushing for a much longer window -- up to a month, in fact. Why? Because the more time-delayed viewing on DVRs that is thrown into the mix, the higher the overall viewership is -- and the more the network can charge advertisers.
November 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - France's role in the unraveling of an international deal to curb Iran's nuclear program brought angry reactions Sunday from Tehran, glowing praise from Iran's detractors and a whirl of speculation about what the French motive might be. A marathon round of international talks in Geneva fell short of a widely anticipated deal early Sunday after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius objected, saying the terms of a preliminary accord were...