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April 22, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr. and SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The key players in the cable TV industry vowed Tuesday to fight efforts to require them to carry high-definition programs from broadcasters, saying the new digital technology will take up so much transmission capacity that it will force cable operators to drop scores of channels. National Cable Television Assn.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
France goes head-to-head with CNN and the BBC with the launch Thursday of its state-funded 24/7 news channel, part of President Jacques Chirac's efforts to make his country's voice heard. France 24 will broadcast two channels, one in French and the other mostly in English. They will transmit to Europe, the Middle East and Africa via satellite. France 24 expects to expand coverage in North America and Asia and add Arabic and Spanish-language broadcasts in coming years.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch told reporters Tuesday that he hoped to launch a business news cable channel by the summer. Murdoch previously indicated an interest in the business channel but had disclosed few details, including the intended time frame for the launch. Speaking to reporters after the annual shareholder meeting of Fox Entertainment Group Inc., News Corp.'
BUSINESS
November 26, 2003 | From Reuters
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network and affiliates are planning a joint 24-hour news digital television channel heavy on local programming, a report said. One industry source familiar with talks on the matter confirmed that plans were underway for the digital channel but said that it would be at least a few months before a deal could be announced.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY
The blowup between ABC and Time Warner Cable last week highlighted several uncomfortable truths, among them that many people are addicted to "All My Children" and willing to publicly confess this to concerned-looking KABC-TV reporters.
BUSINESS
January 23, 1997 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buckling to consumer pressure, Tele-Communications Inc. has agreed to reinstate two music channels to several of its major cable systems after knocking them off this month, along with other channels it claimed had weak ratings. The two music channels, Viacom's VH-1 and MTV, are the latest services to be reinstated by TCI in response to public outcry at their removal.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1996 | TOM SHALES, THE WASHINGTON POST
Having contributed too little to the quality of American life during the 34 weeks of the 1995-96 TV season, commercial television nevertheless continues to insist on huge bequests for itself from the people, of the people and by the people of the United States. These include free access to new large chunks of the broadcast spectrum that will soon become available for the first time.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1996 | DON LEE and GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The company that is buying Orange County's cable news channel is planning to expand into Los Angeles, which could create the region's first 24-hour local news network. Century Communications Corp., a Connecticut-based cable firm with about 400,000 subscribers in the Southland, agreed this week to acquire Orange County NewsChannel (OCN) from Freedom Communications Inc. The price was not disclosed.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1995 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congress found out Wednesday that when it comes to combatting indecency on TV, some of the available technology aimed at helping parents fight the problem is not yet ready for prime time. Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, held a hearing that promised demonstrations of a slew of products to address the growing public furor over excessive sex and violence on television.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
Five of the world's biggest record companies have reportedly dropped plans to launch a U.S. competitor to music video channel MTV. The companies had disclosed a year ago that they were considering creating a rival to MTV that would be carried on cable TV systems in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Wall Street Journal reported in Friday's editions that the plan has been shelved. It cited knowledgeable executives it did not identify.
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