October 28, 1994
Even without live baseball to complement it, Ken Burns' nine-part documentary "Baseball" dominated the Public Broadcasting System's September ratings. The Top 10 programs, ranked by average audience percentage: Rank Program Aud. 1 Baseball "A National Heirloom" (Part 4) 5.6 2 Baseball "Home" (Part 9) 5.4 3 Baseball "A Whole New Ballgame" (Part 8) 5.2 4 Baseball "Our Game" (Part 1) 5.1 Tie Baseball "Shadow Ball" (Part 5) 5.1 6 Baseball "Capital of Baseball" (Part 7) 5.
March 14, 2014 |
It's one of Hollywood's longest-running guessing games: Who will succeed Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger? And it just got a little more interesting. Anne Sweeney's announcement this week that she will step down as head of Disney's media networks, including ABC-TV, could help set up important moves on a corporate chess board as Disney prepares for bigger and more dramatic changes. Iger agreed last summer to stay on as CEO through June 2016, 15 months longer than initially planned.
August 2, 1999 |
The Internet search company LookSmart is announcing today that it will underwrite five Public Broadcasting System television programs for three years--a level of support that is unprecedented in scope and places LookSmart "in the upper ranks" of donors, according to PBS spokesman Stu Kantor. LookSmart will fully underwrite three cooking series and contribute money to the popular children's show "Sesame Street" and the crime drama "Mystery."
June 9, 1995 |
While not advocating a ban on advertising and commerce, the authors of "Marketing Madness" do think it's time for consumers to draw a line. "Like air pollution and acid rain, commercialism has crossed the threshold into the danger zone, and it is time to consider remedial action," they write. Their book, intended as a consumer guide, offers ways to fight back and resource groups. Some examples: * If an ad campaign offends you, contact the manufacturer and boycott the product.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1986 |
The fate of Orange County's only Public Broadcasting System television station, KOCE, was finally resolved: It will become a "television academy" for student courses. The station has been on the financial brink for years, as its operator, the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees, repeatedly threatened to eliminate its funding in the face of competing costs of operating its three colleges.
June 30, 1990
I find it revelatory to observe that the very week the rap lyrics censorship and NEA funding controversies rage across the country, TV viewers had the opportunity to watch a heavily promoted series of four programs created by an acknowledged anti-Semite that included the following plot elements: 1. A physically deformed man physically and mentally abuses his likewise deformed brother over a piece of jewelry. 2. Another man murders his brother in a passionate argument over the same piece of jewelry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1985
I like the word oxymoron. I like the look and the sound of this noun, which means "a combination of contradictory or incongruous words." I am grateful, therefore, to reporter Thomas B. Rosenstiel for giving me a chance to use it. In his story (Nov. 22) on "infotainment," that mix of news and entertainment being served up by the networks, Rosenstiel refers to the "dull, bald, erudite Kuralt." Bald and erudite, yes. But dull? Dull as in stupid, lacking sharpness, slow in perception or sensibility?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1987
Two California State University, Northridge students flew to Montreal Friday to participate in an internationally televised debate. Ian Fielding of Reseda and Mark Crossman of Northridge will argue against establishing a free-trade agreement between the United States and Canada, said William Eadie, chairman of CSUN's speech communications department. Eadie said Fielding and Crossman are both graduate communications students.
March 17, 1989 |
Public radio and television programming faces serious disruption unless Congress finds money to pay for a new satellite to replace one that will fail in 1991, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting said today. CPB officials, who are also seeking full funding of their fiscal 1992 budget authorization of $265 million, urged a Senate panel to provide an additional $143.