August 24, 2013 |
ESPN has severed ties with a hard-hitting PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League's management of player head injuries - a two-hour show that was a collaboration between the sports giant and the public television network. The decision raises questions about whether the sports network yielded to pressure from the NFL, and highlights the delicate balance it must maintain with its billion-dollar partner. ESPN asked Thursday to have its logos and credit removed from the "Frontline" episode, which includes interviews with former NFL players and is not expected to portray the league in a flattering light.
May 14, 2013 |
News Corp.'s Fox Sports will launch not one, but two new national sports cable channels in August, according to people familiar with the plan. In March, Fox Sports said it would debut Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17. At the time, the company downplayed talk that it had plans for a second national service -- Fox Sports 2 -- as well. But now insiders say Fox Sports 2 will launch around the same time and perhaps even the same day as Fox Sports 1. The new channel will take the place of Fuel TV, a News Corp.-owned network that currently carries a heavy load of Ultimate Fighting Championship programming.
March 5, 2013 |
Scheduling the month of October is going to get a lot easier for the folks at Fox. For years, Fox has had to uproot its October schedule because of postseason baseball. That often meant shows that premiered in September suddenly went missing for a few weeks because of playoffs and the World Series. Although baseball is a good promotional platform, it could also be a momentum killer for a new show trying to build an audience. But starting in 2014, Fox's baseball headaches will be greatly reduced.
February 6, 2013 |
News Corp. continues to bet big on sports. Rupert Murdoch's media company is planning a new national 24-hour Fox Sports cable channel and has been adding regional sports networks to its portfolio. But a top company executive conceded Wednesday that the TV sports landscape is becoming increasingly tricky -- and expensive. “We believe we are making the right decisions in navigating this invaluable yet complicated business,” News Corp.'s chief operating officer, Chase Carey, told analysts during a call to discuss the company's earnings.
January 22, 2013 |
With Time Warner Cable putting the finishing touches on a new partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the next question is what will happen to the team's current TV home, News Corp.'s Prime Ticket. Besides the Dodgers, Prime Ticket also has rights to the red-hot Clippers basketball franchise and Ducks hockey team. Its other Los Angeles sports channel -- Fox Sports West -- carries the Angels and Stanley Cup Champion Kings A Fox insider said there are no plans to consolidate Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West into one channel.
January 21, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out why I didn't get the holiday off. The Skinny: It's a holiday but someone forgot to tell my bosses! I'm here but I hope you're not. Today's headlines include Time Warner Cable's big baseball play, the back story behind a movie that was covertly shot at Disney World and a review of Fox's "The Following. " Daily Dose: Pity the folks at Fox Sports who had to name their coverage after Sunday's 49ers-Falcons game the " Yippee Ki-Yay" post-game show.