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February 19, 2014
James C. Dowdle Executive helped expand Tribune's TV, Internet operations James C. Dowdle, 79, an executive who played a key role in the transformation of Tribune Co. into a major media conglomerate, died Monday of congestive heart failure at his home in Wilmette, Ill., his family said. When Dowdle joined the company in 1981, Tribune was focused, as it had been for more than a century, on its newspaper holdings, particularly its flagship Chicago Tribune. By the time Dowdle retired nearly 19 years later as the company's second-ranking executive, Tribune owned 18 television stations, reached more than 75% of U.S. households, held a minority share in the WB network and was also aggressively involved in nearly every aspect of the information industry, including cable television, the Internet and new media.
February 19, 2014 |
One of Los Angeles' longtime developers is betting big on the revival of Hollywood as he launches work on a $138-million speculative office development near Santa Monica Boulevard. After dusting off plans for an office complex first conceived before the 2008 recession brought development to a halt, Jerry Snyder has begun construction of his 959 Seward project, even though he has no tenants lined up. Snyder, who has been in the real estate business since 1949, thinks demand is strong enough among businesses in creative fields such as entertainment to justify the risk of building a campus-style complex catering primarily to them in a part of Hollywood known as the Media District.
February 17, 2014 |
The saddest spot for a U.S. Olympian here is six feet under the ice, in a basement buffeted by heat and hindsight. The saddest spot is the cramped cavern into which the celebrated U.S speedskaters have trudged to meet the media after each of their eight events. The team is 0 for 8. It has won zero medals. It has not finished better than seventh place. It is one of the biggest debacles for an established American powerhouse in more than a generation. The press pit is an awkward proposition under the best of circumstances for small-sport athletes, but the mounting controversy over the bizarre struggles has further widened the speedskaters' eyes and backed them up, and finally, Sunday night, something snapped.
February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - The reporter made her way through the throng of media surrounding Chris Paul inside a hotel ballroom, thrusting her microphone close to the Clippers star so that she could pick up the answer to the question she just had to know: Bojangles' or Popeyes? "Bojangles'," Paul said. "No question. Not even close. They've got Popeyes here in New Orleans. Their biscuits are good, but Bojangles' over Popeyes. " The reporter wasn't done with the hard-hitting inquiries.
February 14, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. already produces movies, television shows and national and local news programs while operating theme parks and the largest pay-TV system in the U.S. And now, with one bold stroke, the Philadelphia conglomerate could dominate the flow of information and entertainment into American homes with historically unprecedented power. Comcast's proposed $45.2-billion takeover of Time Warner Cable would allow it to provide television, telephone and Internet service and even home security systems to nearly 30 million homes across the country. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The company's reach would encompass the nation's largest markets, among them Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
February 13, 2014 |
Comcast's blockbuster deal to buy Time Warner Cable has ignited speculation among Wall Street analysts about further consolidation in the media industry. Investors have long anticipated merger agreements between Dish and DirecTV on the satellite side, as well as Sprint and T-Mobile on the wireless service provider side, and are now pondering what's next. The deal also raises questions about future moves by Cox Communications and the jilted Charter Communications, which was in the process of its own takeover attempt of Time Warner Cable.