February 5, 2003 |
Ted Turner, who last week said he'd resign as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc., said he can't afford to buy its Cable News Network division and opposes a merger of the network with Walt Disney Co.'s ABC News. Turner, AOL Time Warner's largest individual shareholder and the founder of CNN, made the comments from his ranch in Montana during a telephone interview that will be included in a report on "60 Minutes II," said a spokesman for the newsmagazine.
January 16, 2002 |
Under a court order issued Tuesday, EchoStar Communications Corp. will continue carrying Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Family channel on its satellite TV service until March 11 to allow for a period of third-party discovery and depositions in the contract dispute suit. The U.S. District Court granted Disney's request for an injunction last month to prevent EchoStar from dropping the channel on Dec. 31.
February 6, 1997 |
The White House will appoint an advisory panel of broadcasters, public-interest advocates and others to suggest stepped-up public interest obligations for TV broadcasters once they receive and start using new digital broadcast licenses. "Digital technology will greatly enhance the opportunities available to broadcasters to utilize multiple channels or programs," Vice President Al Gore said. Currently, with their analog licenses, broadcasters like News Corp.'s Fox, Walt Disney Co.'
March 1, 2000 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC will pull its programming from Time Warner Inc.'s cable television system in Houston on Thursday unless the companies can reach a nationwide agreement for carriage of the network's programming. The move would affect about 680,000 Time Warner subscribers.
October 18, 2000 |
EBay Inc., the largest Internet auction company, is talking with U.S. television networks about creating a show promoting its Web site. The company hired the William Morris Agency to help develop ideas and has been in talks with several networks, including Walt Disney Co.'s ABC unit, EBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove said. The talks were reported earlier by Inside.com. EBay's Web site helps individuals trade everything from stamps to automobiles and real estate.
November 9, 1996 |
The nation's top communications regulator is asking local television and radio stations to follow the lead of the major networks and reject liquor advertising. "I would not like to see these ads on television," said Reed Hundt, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. What he plans to do about it remained murky, though. The trade group for the liquor industry has decided to abandon a voluntary pledge not to advertise on television and radio.
February 17, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Inc. said it promoted Doug Hare to president of ABC Radio, giving him responsibility for 38 radio stations and ABC Radio Networks. Hare replaces Robert Callahan, who was promoted to president of broadcasting earlier this month. Hare, whose appointment is effective immediately, previously was group president of ABC-owned stations. He will report to Callahan, who's now in charge of ABC's radio unit as well as its television stations.
October 1, 1998 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Radio Networks lost a $20-million breach-of-contract verdict after a jury decided that the network misappropriated the design of a children's radio service from its onetime partner. A nine-member federal court jury in Minneapolis ruled in favor of Children's Broadcasting Corp., which sued ABC two years ago, accusing it of abandoning a strategic alliance and then using what it learned to launch Radio Disney.
July 21, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Inc. said it reached a contract agreement with the leaders of most of its unionized broadcast and engineering workers, ending a 2 1/2-year labor dispute. Five out of 12 locals, representing more than 1,800 of the 2,400 National Assn. of Broadcast Employees and Technicians members at ABC, approved the tentative contract agreement reached last month.