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October 26, 1993
Spotlight on Scandinavian Broadcasting System: "We've applied American expertise in television programming, management and technology to Scandinavia, where commercial TV is still in its infancy," said Chairman Harry Evans Sloan. "In addition to the huge demand for American-made TV shows, SBS programs locally produced entertainment, including news, sports, home shopping and interactive games. In the future, SBS will target the direct-to-home (DTH) market for expansion."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2011 | Times staff and wire reports
Eleanor Mondale, the vivacious daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale who was a television entertainment reporter, radio show host and occasional magnet for gossip, died Saturday at her Minnesota home, a family spokeswoman said. She was 51. "Our wonderful daughter … after her long and gutsy battle against cancer, went up to heaven last night," the former vice president said in a statement emailed to friends. Mondale had left her job co-hosting a weekday morning radio show in Minneapolis in 2009 when she announced the return of brain cancer.
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BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Joe Flint and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Cable television giant Comcast Corp.'s yearlong quest to win government approval of its proposed $30-billion merger with NBC Universal took a significant step forward Thursday when a key regulator proposed to vote for the deal if the companies agreed to a series of conditions. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to limit the ability of Comcast ? which would become the nation's largest media company ? to egregiously flex its newfound muscle, according to senior FCC officials.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Joe Flint and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Cable television giant Comcast Corp.'s yearlong quest to win government approval of its proposed $30-billion merger with NBC Universal took a significant step forward Thursday when a key regulator proposed to vote for the deal if the companies agreed to a series of conditions. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to limit the ability of Comcast ? which would become the nation's largest media company ? to egregiously flex its newfound muscle, according to senior FCC officials.
NEWS
March 17, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Durward Kirby, a versatile TV funny man who for years was a regular on "The Garry Moore Show" and for a time was co-host of "Candid Camera," has died at age 88. Kirby died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Shell Pointe Village Pavilion, a nursing home in Fort Myers in southwest Florida, his son Randall Kirby said Thursday.
NEWS
August 17, 1989 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, Times Staff Writer
Americans are becoming increasingly confused about which television programs are news and which are entertainment, and they are divided over whether news programs should simulate or reenact real events, a Times Mirror survey released Wednesday reveals. Half of those surveyed believe "America's Most Wanted" is a news program, and 28% believe it is entertainment, according to the Times Mirror News Interest Index.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2001 | STEVE LOPEZ
Critics can take their shots at KCBS-TV Channel 2 for showing the aftermath of a car chase during President Bush's speech last week, but I happen to think it was a hallmark moment for television news in Southern California. It seems we can barely get through a week this summer without a televised chase or three. But this one was special.
BUSINESS
July 19, 1995 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday put to rest months of speculation about who would manage its television operation by naming the head of its television studio, Jon Feltheimer, to succeed Mel Harris, who will leave the company. Feltheimer, 43, is considered a top television salesman. He is credited with nearly doubling the number of new Columbia TriStar Television shows on the prime-time schedule this year, as well as the returning "Mad About You" and "The Nanny."
NEWS
July 11, 1985
I want to compliment David Haldane on a well-researched and captivating article about the ins and outs of public access television (Southeast/Long Beach section, July 4). I hope it will encourage cable viewers to stray from Home Box Office and MTV now and then for a glance at what some earnest and energetic neighbors have to say and show. Public access at its best is just good television. It communicates, it cares, and it entertains--not with a big budget, but with lots of soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1990 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alan Alda won't be joining NBC for the 1990-91 season--but Jackie Collins, Danielle Steel, Jane Curtin, Richard Roundtree and a TV movie about Jim and Tammy Bakker will.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2009 | Meg James
Not long ago, Jeff Gaspin was known inside NBC Universal as a "man without a country." The executive floated from job to job, collecting clunky titles such as executive vice president for alternative series, longform, specials and program strategy. No one can say that now. Last week, the man without a country gained an empire as the reserved 48-year-old executive was thrust into the No. 2 job at NBC Universal, directly under Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2007 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
On the final day of television's midseason press tour, journalists finally got a chance to pepper Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori with questions about two of pop culture's most urgent matters -- O.J. and "A.I." Dressed in jeans and a dark sport coat, the calm and casual Liguori handled the press as deftly as any NFL running back -- he deflected the attempted tackles. When he was asked about his judgment in the botched O.J.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2005 | Gary Cohn, Times Staff Writer
As Brad Grey takes the helm of historic Paramount Pictures today, there's at least one person who hasn't been blowing air kisses his way: KTLA-TV Channel 5 entertainment reporter Zorianna Kit. "Now, interesting choice in hiring Brad Grey since his film credentials are extremely limited," Kit reported on Channel 5's "News at 10" on Jan. 6, the day Grey's hiring was announced. "Has anyone seen 'View From the Top' with Gwyneth Paltrow?" Kit continued as a clip rolled.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2003 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
Steven COJOCARU flirted with the Bangles, flashing his 10-million-watt smile and bragging about the highlights in his hair. (The best in Los Angeles County, he said.) Surrounded by a small film crew at the SkyBar on Tuesday afternoon, "Entertainment Tonight's" newest star quizzed the band on its scheduled performance at "E.T.'s" big Emmy party. "Any chance you might skinny dip?" he asked, nodding toward the bar's sun-drenched pool and tanned hardbodies.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2002 | JON HEALEY and ALEX PHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As media companies start piping music and movies through the Internet, their wares reach millions of personal computers--but few of the living room stereos and TV sets most people turn to for entertainment. Those companies--including Vivendi Universal and Warner Bros.--count on the Internet to be the next-generation conduit for digital entertainment on demand. But without a simple path to the living room, music and movies from the Web may never find their way to mainstream audiences.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2002 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Major changes in network television--shrinking audiences, rising production costs, money-losing sports deals and the growing threat of digital video recorders that allow viewers to skip commercials--are forcing TV executives to hunt for new ways to make money. What those solutions might be is still up for debate. But it's too early to write an obituary for the networks, CBS President and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves told reporters and members of the Television Critics Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the third consecutive year, NBC will use the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree at New York's Rockefeller Center as the centerpiece of a prime-time special. "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," airing tonight at 8, will feature performances by Marc Anthony, 98 Degrees, Natalie Cole, Destiny's Child and Wendie Malick of "Just Shoot Me." Also participating on the hourlong show will be the Radio City Rockettes and Olympic ice skating champion Tara Lipinski.
OPINION
August 19, 2001
Re "Chase TV: That's Entertainment!" Aug. 15: So here we are, at the end of another pursuit, with some troubled soul ruining the drive for thousands of motorists. A lot of children would not get picked up on time! I say to my pilot, "Oh, my God, you won't believe what CBS TV just did. The president is speaking to the world about perhaps one of the most important issues of the future for mankind and they went to a split screen with the pursuit!" Pilot Evan Jensen, wise way beyond his years, says, "Cool, which box did Bush get?"
BUSINESS
April 5, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly two decades in morning television, Bryant Gumbel quit Thursday as co-anchor of CBS' third-place "The Early Show," saying he wants to do something else with his life. Gumbel's contract with CBS expires in May and negotiations hadn't been going smoothly, leading to increasing speculation in recent weeks that he might leave. No replacement was named and the anchor's departure date has yet to be set, but the show is expected to continue with its current format.
OPINION
August 19, 2001
Re "Chase TV: That's Entertainment!" Aug. 15: So here we are, at the end of another pursuit, with some troubled soul ruining the drive for thousands of motorists. A lot of children would not get picked up on time! I say to my pilot, "Oh, my God, you won't believe what CBS TV just did. The president is speaking to the world about perhaps one of the most important issues of the future for mankind and they went to a split screen with the pursuit!" Pilot Evan Jensen, wise way beyond his years, says, "Cool, which box did Bush get?"
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