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October 15, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 14 - 20 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES 30 for 30: In the new episode "There's No Place Like Home" filmmakers Maura Mandt and Josh Swade document one man's quest to purchase at auction James Naismith's original rules of basketball and return it to Lawrence, Kan., where Naismith coached and taught for more than 40 years (5 p.m. ESPN and...
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | By Meg James
A huge audience -- an estimated 67.2 million people -- watched the first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday, according to ratings firm Nielsen. The crowd levels represent a 28% increase over viewership for the first debate four years ago between then-Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  That debate, in September 2008, garnered an audience of 52.4 million viewers. Wednesday night's event was carried live from the University of Denver in Colorado across nearly a dozen channels.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Republicans watch this, Democrats tweet that. Data from the last two weeks of rhetoric-filled political conventions show that Americans are increasingly funneling into separate partisan media silos. Right-leaning Fox News Channel scored huge numbers during prime-time coverage of the Republican National Convention. And Democrats, during their gathering that wrapped up Thursday, raced to liberal-skewing MSNBC and filled social-media platforms with millions of comments during speeches from President Obama and others.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
News Corp. reported a nearly $1.6-billion loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, reflecting the declining value of its publishing businesses — a beleaguered unit that it intends to spin off into a separate publicly traded company next year. For the April to June quarter, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company reported a net loss of $1.55 billion, or 64 cents a share. That compared with a $683-million profit, or 26 cents a share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. The quarterly results, reported Wednesday, included a $2.9-billion pre-tax impairment and restructuring charge that the company said was related to its Australian newspaper and TV operations and other publishing titles.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2012 | By Meg James
News Corp. reported lower earnings and revenue in its fourth quarter as the global media giant controlled by Rupert Murdoch struggles to manage the financial fallout from a devastating phone-hacking scandal at its British publishing subsidiary. For the April-June quarter, News Corp. reported a net loss of $1.6 billion, or a loss of 64 cents a share. That compared with a $683 million profit, or 26 cents a share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. The quarterly results included a $2.9-billion pre-tax impairment and restructuring charge, primarily related to the company's publishing businesses.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
News Corp. is contemplating what once was unthinkable — splitting its entertainment and publishing operations into separate companies. The company Tuesday confirmed that it was considering a breakup of the $52-billion global media conglomerate. The lucrative film and television operations — including the 20th Century Fox film studio, the top-rated Fox broadcast network and the profitable Fox News Channel — would form one company. News Corp.'s newspapers, HarperCollins book publishing assets and education businesses would comprise a second publicly traded company.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2012
SERIES Tom Reed's For Members Only: This new episode looks at the founding of Los Angeles in 1781, and the Native Americans and people of African and Spanish descent who helped define the city (11 a.m. KSCI). The Revolution: This new lifestyle series encourages viewers to make changes in their lives for the better, with health advice from Dr. Jennifer Ashton, fitness tips from Harley Pasternak and relationship expertise from Dr. Tiffanie Davis. Ty Pennington and Tim Gunn also contribute (1 p.m. ABC)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Greg Gutfeld, 47, is the host of Fox News Channel's late-night news and humor chatfest, "Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. " In July, the New York-based TV personality began helming "The Five," a daily round table that replaced departed host Glenn Beck's show. Let's start with your surprising career arc from men's magazine editor to Fox News personality. I was a magazine guy. I worked at Men's Health, where I like to think I wrote all the great ab lines, like "Lose your gut. " I think that was me. And "Six-pack abs in six minutes.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch survived calls for his removal as News Corp. chairman in the wake of a damaging phone hacking scandal at his British tabloid that critics said revealed lax oversight. After a contentious shareholders meeting in Los Angeles on Friday, News Corp. said a majority of shareholders supported his reelection to the company's board, as well as the reelection of his sons, James and Lachlan, and the rest of the directors. News Corp. did not disclose the vote tallies, saying it would do so early next week.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2011
After 31 years in the business and 15 albums, R.E.M., the Southern rock band hailing from Athens, Ga., announced on its website Wednesday that it is calling it quits. "As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band," R.E.M. members Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Michael Stipe and Bill Rieflin said. "We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.
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