Cable television - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Cable television Death of Ailes reveals Fox News at a crossroads NEW YORK (AP) — On the surface, the Fox News Channel Roger Ailes left behind would seem to be thriving. Profits are strong, and it has spent much of 2017 as the most-watched network in all of cable television, not just cable news. Instead, Fox feels at a crossroads. Ongoing lawsuits related to the conduct of Ailes and others leaves a cloud over current ma... Fri, 19 May 2017 04:06:00 GMT 2017-05-19T04:06:00Z Roger Ailes' legacy: Transforming media and politics NEW YORK (AP) — Few media titans can claim a lasting legacy. They make their impact felt during stellar careers, and are honored and rewarded for it. Then, one way or another, they pass from the scene as other studio and network bosses, publishers and impresarios take their turns at wielding power and influence. This rule does not apply to Roger Ailes. Th... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:52:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:52:00Z Fox News founder Roger Ailes died of complications from fall NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77. Ailes died after a fall at his Palm Beach home on... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:22:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:22:00Z Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77 NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77. The cause of death and where Ailes died was not r... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:22:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:22:00Z Fox News founder Ailes in his own brash, entertaining words NEW YORK (AP) — During the past quarter-century, The Associated Press has had sit-downs with the Fox News founder several times. He was always brash and entertaining. Below are excerpts from those interviews: July 1995 — With Fox News still a year away, Ailes had launched NBC-owned America's Talking, an advice-and-lifestyle cable networ... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T15:33:00Z Creeping closer: MSNBC has good week competing with Fox NEW YORK (AP) — With President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey the week's big story, MSNBC had one of its best ratings weeks in memory — perhaps an ominous sign for troubled Fox News Channel. MSNBC topped Fox among the 25-to-54-year-old age demographic for the first time since the week of Dec. 29, 2008, just after Barack Obama's first el... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:42:00Z Amazon's streaming software powers new smart TVs NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's streaming TV software will appear on a new line of smart TVs designed to blend streaming TV services and over-the-air channels, but not cable packages. The TVs from Element Electronics will be sold under the Element and Westinghouse brands and will cost more than regular smart TVs from either brand. Officials say the TVs have better hardware for reli... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT 2017-05-16T16:52:00Z Pressure on Fox to change not likely to go away NEW YORK (AP) — Stories about an abusive workplace at Fox News Channel aren't likely to go away even after claiming the jobs of Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly and Bill Shine. The continued presence of other executives implicated in stories about harassment, discrimination and intimidation complicate Fox's ability to change its culture, both in practice and public perception. One... Tue, 02 May 2017 22:06:00 GMT 2017-05-02T22:06:00Z Halle Berry to appear on VH1 show celebrating moms NEW YORK (AP) — Halle Berry has signed on for VH1's show honoring moms ahead of Mother's Day. The cable channel says the Oscar-winning actress will honor a mother from the non-profit domestic violence organization, the Jenesse Center, at "Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms." VH1 says the second annual edition of the show will include stars paying tribute to their mothers. ... Tue, 02 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-05-02T16:02:00Z AP Explains: What will a Hollywood writers' strike mean? LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiations aimed at preventing a crippling strike by Hollywood movie and TV writers are down to the wire. That the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers talked over the weekend and continued on Monday was a hopeful sign. The current contract expires at midnight PDT Monday. Tue, 02 May 2017 02:09:00 GMT 2017-05-02T02:09:00Z Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver NEW YORK (AP) — One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions — or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks. Since 2011, when Comcast first took over NBCUniversal's film and TV studios, cable and broadcast networks, TV stations and theme parks, the parks have been one of its biggest revenue drivers... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:01:00 GMT 2017-04-27T13:01:00Z Without O'Reilly, Fox News faces its toughest test NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel has thrived despite losing founding leader Roger Ailes and next generation star Megyn Kelly within the past nine months. Wednesday's firing of defining personality Bill O'Reilly will be its toughest test yet. Fox moved quickly to install a new lineup after announcing O'Reilly's exit due to several harassment allegations by... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:01:00 GMT 2017-04-20T21:01:00Z O'Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too? LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the inglorious end to Bill O'Reilly's two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future. Fired on Wednesday amid a drumbeat of sexual harassment allegations, the vacationing host's "The O'Rei... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:59:00 GMT 2017-04-20T14:59:00Z O'Reilly's departure creates new challenges for Fox NEW YORK (AP) — With its biggest star departing in another blowup over sexual harassment, Fox News faces some big challenges. It now has to show that it can hang on to its loyal army of conservative viewers, improve its working culture, and still continue to make big bucks for its corporate parent. The company said Wednesday that it had parted ways with l... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:05:00 GMT 2017-04-20T05:05:00Z Fox News Channel dismisses O'Reilly, its biggest star NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years. O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Po... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:19:00 GMT 2017-04-20T02:19:00Z Internal memo on Bill O'Reilly sent to Fox News employees NEW YORK (AP) — The following internal memo was sent to Fox News Channel employees on Wednesday: "We'd like to address questions about Bill O'Reilly's future at Fox News. After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Mr. O'Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel. Th... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-04-19T19:07:00Z Viewership of 'O'Reilly Factor' drops without Bill O'Reilly NEW YORK (AP) — Through four days of Bill O'Reilly's vacation, his show's viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld. O'Reilly is on a nearly two-week vacation at the same time Fox News Channel's parent company looks into a woman's accusation that her career was slowed when she spurned his advances. Dozens of his ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:52:00 GMT 2017-04-19T02:52:00Z 21st Century Fox investigating O'Reilly harassment claims NEW YORK (AP) — As advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's nightly talk show amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News parent 21st Century Fox is investigating one of those claims against its popular TV host. The investigation is in response to a complaint lodged last week by Wendy Walsh, formerly a regular guest on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor"... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-04-10T20:41:00Z Kylie Jenner getting reality TV show called 'Life of Kylie' LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kylie Jenner is getting an E! reality series of her own. The cable network has announced plans for a "Keeping up with the Kardashians" spinoff titled "Life of Kylie." E! says the eight-episode series will document the life of the 19-year-old makeup entrepreneur as she juggles being a celebrity, a businesswoman and a teen. ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:41:00 GMT 2017-04-10T16:41:00Z YouTube TV has some nifty features - and some big drawbacks NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube TV, Google's new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry's latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection. Don't confuse the YouTube service, which debuts Wednesday, ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:02:00 GMT 2017-04-05T18:02:00Z Fox thrives despite scandals involving O'Reilly and Ailes NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of Fox News Channel was forced out in a sexual harassment scandal last summer. The network's No. 1 star, Bill O'Reilly, has been accused of crude and vindictive behavior toward women. Lawsuits depict a toxic environment at the company's New York headquarters. And yet, by the most important yardstick for television executives, F... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-04-04T22:47:00Z Bill O'Reilly, ex-Fox chief hit with more sexual allegations NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News contributor came forward to level more sexual-harassment allegations against deposed chief executive Roger Ailes on Monday, two days after it was revealed the network's most popular on-air personality, Bill O'Reilly, has settled multiple complaints about his own behavior with women. O'Reilly returned to the air on Monday followi... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 01:34:00 GMT 2017-04-04T01:34:00Z Spike network to be spiked, rebranded as Paramount in 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — Cable television's Spike network will be transformed into the Paramount network early next year, introducing new series with stars to include Alicia Silverstone and Michael Shannon.    In its announcement Thursday, owner Viacom billed the rebranded network as "a prime destination for premium storytelling." Spike, launched in 2003, has focused on young men. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-03-30T18:47:00Z BET Networks announces changes in executive ranks LOS ANGELES (AP) — Executive changes are afoot at BET Networks. The cable channel said Wednesday that its programming president, Stephen Hill, is stepping down. BET also announced that executive vice president Zola Mashariki is leaving. Connie Orlando, a BET senior vice president, will serve as interim programming chief after Hill's dep... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:48:00 GMT 2017-03-29T22:48:00Z 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike NEW YORK (AP) — A union representing AT&T workers says about 17,000 employees in California and Nevada have gone on strike over a change in some of their job duties. The Communications Workers of America said they went on strike Wednesday morning. The union plans to file an unfair labor charge with the National Labor Relations Board. Th... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-03-22T19:47:00Z 'Fox & Friends' the morning show of choice for Donald Trump NEW YORK (AP) — "Fox & Friends" has emerged as the morning television show of choice for President Donald Trump and his fans, although that may have backfired for Fox News Channel this week. Like many cable news shows in the Trump era, "Fox & Friends" has seen ratings jump, and not just in the White House. Its average February audience of 1.72 million viewers was 49 percent ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:56:00 GMT 2017-03-22T15:56:00Z Court rejects copyright exemption for online TV provider SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a victory for television broadcasters, a federal appeals court has rejected legal arguments that sought to allow live TV on the internet. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that an internet television provider cannot avoid copyright law by claiming it's a cable company. The case pitted Fox and oth... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:13:00 GMT 2017-03-21T19:13:00Z At a Glance: The legal dispute over release of Trump's taxes NEW YORK (AP) — The release of two pages of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns has sparked a legal dispute, with the White House and a major television network squaring off over whether a law was broken. The White House said MSNBC's publication of the pages Tuesday night violated a federal law that prohibits the unauthorized release of tax returns.... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 03:12:00 GMT 2017-03-15T03:12:00Z NYC sues Verizon, claims broken promises on Fios cable NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has sued Verizon, saying the phone giant broke its 2008 promise to make its Fios cable service available to all city residents. The city said in a lawsuit Monday that Verizon missed a 2014 deadline to extend wire by every home or apartment building in the city — in technical parlance, "passing" the home. The city also argues that Verizon hasn't ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:01:00 GMT 2017-03-13T19:01:00Z Fueled by Trump opponents, Maddow's popularity rises NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Maddow can trace the mood of her audience by looking at the ratings. Her MSNBC show's viewership sank like a stone in the weeks following Donald Trump's election, as depressed liberals avoided politics, and bottomed out over the holidays. Slowly, they re-emerged, becoming active and interested again. Maddow's audience has grown to the point where Febru... 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