Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that he has decided to close the country's consulate in Miami after the United States expelled a Venezuelan diplomat in the same city.
Venezuela's consul general in Miami has been declared to be persona non grata and must leave the United States, a State Department spokesman said Sunday.
It's the type of plot that defense hawks in the United States warn about: a potential cyberattack against the U.S. government orchestrated by none other than Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, with the help of a group of Mexican leftists.
On Tuesday, USA Today offered an aggressive takedown of the Big Ten Network's coverage of the Penn State child abuse scandal, writing that the network (which is owned by The Big Ten Conference along with Fox Networks) "seems to be tiptoeing around the scandal." It further stated the Big Ten Network had provided "no coverage of the young boys allegedly victimized, no debates about what should happen next, no analysis of the impact on PSU and the surrounding community." SI.com spoke with Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman on his network's coverage:
Five Republican presidential candidates are boycotting a proposed Univision debate because of what they say were unethical reporting practices by the Spanish-language network in how it handled a story concerning Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
The Emmys will be Sunday night at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and AMC, HBO and Showtime have nabbed a huge chunk of the major nods this year. This yet again sparks the question that has been looming around the industry for years: Is the quality of programming from the major broadcast networks on the decline?
The eagerly awaited premiere of the fifth season of "Mad Men" may have been pushed to the start of 2012, but if you are a fan of all things Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce -- and who isn't pining for the return of Joan! -- you don't have to wait until then to get in on the action as an investor.
The patron saint of March Madness buzzer-beaters will not be calling the NCAA tournament next year.
As broadcasters and television networks try to figure out their Internet strategy, the TV content that actually is online is generating quite a pretty penny.
Commoner Kate Middleton, known as "Waity Katey" for her patience in waiting for Prince William to pop the question, has finally gotten her prince.
Oprah Winfrey was headed into her "la-di-da years" -- her term for semiretirement -- when David Zaslav came along and wrecked her grand plan. The queen of TV talk had never met the CEO of Discovery Communications until he arrived at her Chicago office in April 2007 with a proposition. "OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network," Zaslav said, pitching the notion that they create a cable TV network together. "I don't want your money," he told her. "I want you."
Police confirm the suspect who held people hostage at Discovery Channel headquarters has died.
Walt Disney Co. posted fiscal third-quarter results Tuesday that topped Wall Street's expectations, led by rebounding sales at its television networks and movie studio divisions.
Jorge Ramos has been the face of Univision's News broadcast for 24 years. The program's estimated audience of more than 2 million viewers exceeds most English language news broadcasts. Ramos is also a best-selling author of 10 books. His latest is "A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto."
At 8:15 p.m. yesterday -- the start of primetime -- one of the most watched television networks in the country went dark, along with its website and radio properties. The 35-year-old president of this media empire's networks took to the microphone to exhort viewers, listeners, and readers that "now is the time" to let their government hear their growing yet oft-ignored voices -- by filling out their census forms.
The calendar turned to March this week, which means one of our nation's most celebrated sporting events is just around the corner. Two Sundays from now, CBS studio host Greg Gumbel will read off the names of 65 college basketball teams. Millions of fans around the country will race to fill out their brackets. Many will find excuses to skip work or take long lunch breaks the following Thursday and Friday, as another NCAA tournament tips off.
Last week, I posed five questions worth considering through November. We won't know the answers to four of them until later this month, but on the issue of Fedor Emelianenko's marketability, there appears to be some movement, at least anecdotally.
Relative to where mixed martial arts wallowed a decade ago, it's easy to say it has reached mainstream success in North America. Yet, thinking to where the nascent combat sport could stand a quarter century from now if one were to glean anything from the way boxing grew palatable to audiences after its formative years, MMA has plenty of room to mature.
Infomercial pitchman Billy Mays died at his Tampa, Florida, home Sunday morning, authorities told CNN.
LOUISVILLE -- As 19-year-old jockey Joe Talamo prepared to enter the parking lot party tent where Tuesday's Kentucky Derby post position draw would take place, he was stopped by a crew from the reality series Jockeys, which airs on the cable network Animal Planet and is currently filming its second season. His wireless microphone was adjusted and activated, ensuring that his every interaction would be captured.
When the series "ER" airs its finale on Thursday, the event will not only mark the completion of one of NBC's most successful shows, but it can also be viewed as the end of an era for the network.
Where in the world is Tom Freston? A lot of people have been asking that question ever since the day in September 2006 when Freston fell off the face of the media world.
The Televisa TV station in Monterrey, Mexico, came under attack Tuesday night from hooded gunmen who launched a grenade and fired at least one high-power weapon at it, federal authorities said.
Michael Westen, the main character in USA Network's hit show, "Burn Notice," has plenty going for him. He's attractive, and handy with a sniper rifle. But after spending ten years as a covert operative in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, he has been mysteriously blacklisted by the United States. He's not sure what it will take to get his good name back.
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off a revamped line of iPods on Tuesday and trumpeted a truce with NBC Universal that means the TV network will begin selling programs again on iTunes
Dana White loves to say that running a major mixed martial arts organization isn't as easy it looks -- that's the typical self-congratulatory rhetoric we've become accustomed to from the outspoken UFC president. But White surely is the king of easy in comparison to the Elite XC, a recently tumbling promotion that has become the prodigy of making it look hard -- really hard.
In the aftermath of the writer's strike - and with ever-increasing competition from the Internet, cable channels and digital video recorders - primetime network television isn't the all-powerful medium it used to be.
The future of television is changing before our eyes, as media giants scramble to stake their claims in the wilderness of Internet video.
So much for a weak dollar and stronger global economy helping to lift results for large multinational companies like General Electric.
General Electric's latest attempt to revive its troubled NBC television unit with a 65-week "superseason" of fresh programming is grabbing a lot of headlines these days. But some investors wonder if it's worth the conglomerate's trouble.
It's no secret that the Internet, digital video recorders and video games are sucking audiences away from broadcast television and radio. Just how painful that shift is for traditional media hit home Tuesday when CBS, owner of the country's most popular television network, released its earnings.
This is "Green Week" at NBC Universal, a seven-day revelry of environment-themed content spread across the company's various TV channels and other properties. The 150 hours of programming - integrated into everything from news and sports to soaps and entertainment - is certainly a first for a major media company.
With many viewers apparently outside enjoying summer's last hurrah, the broadcast television networks hit a negative ratings trifecta only a few weeks before the start of the fall season.
Walt Disney Co. reported a 4.7 percent increase in net profit Wednesday, driven by strong television program sales and higher receipts at its theme parks.
The Fox Broadcasting Co. Monday named Kevin Reilly, the recently ousted programming chief at rival television network NBC, as entertainment president, pairing him with his former cable TV boss, Peter Liguori.
Cable television shows, unless they are the series finale of "The Sopranos," often don't generate the types of ratings that come anything close to what even the least-watched programs on the free broadcast networks get. But cable TV is actually among the hotter segments of the media business these days.
It has already revolutionized the music business with its iPod device and iTunes music store. Now will Apple help kill the television's industry historic reliance on the 30-second TV commercial to help pay the bills?
The hunt is still on for Web giant Google to find a willing television partner, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
When Carl Icahn tried to force Time Warner to split into four companies in February, it was easy to suggest that Icahn was being unfair in his criticism of the media giant.
There has been a lot of chatter about how network television is starting to lose some of its allure thanks to the growing popularity of online video and digital video recorders that allow people to fast forward through ads.
CBS gets a bad rap.
Leslie Moonves has spent his entire career trying to get people to watch television. He's been pretty good at it too. When he was president of Warner Bros. Television in the early '90s, he oversaw ...
Leslie Moonves has spent his entire career trying to get people to watch television. He's been pretty good at it too. When he was president of Warner Bros. Television in the early '90s, he oversaw the development of hit shows like Friends and ER, which became part of NBC's Thursday night "Must-see TV" lineup. He leaped to CBS in 1995 and proceeded to break the Peacock network's hold on Thursday night with phenomenally popular shows like Survivor and CSI.
Is the old-fashioned 30-second TV commercial destined to go the way of the dinosaur, the wooly mammoth and the dodo?
On 52 nights last season the most watched television network among 18- to 34-year-olds was not ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, or even youth-oriented outlets like the WB and UPN. It was Univision, the Spanish-...
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Once again, there are six major TV networks. Or is it five and a quarter?
CBS is looking to sell its theme parks, which account for about $1.1 billion in annual sales, according to a published report.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Who will be the big winner from the creation of the new CW television network? Here's a hint. It might not be CW or even the other major TV networks.
ABC, the Walt Disney-owned network that pulled itself out of a ratings slump this year, has lined up initial ad sales at higher rates than last year, according to a new report.
As the world watched Iraq's historic elections Sunday, Arab media weighed in with a mix of hope, concern, and skepticism. The following is a selection of quotes from Arabic newspapers as well as TV networks:
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said late Thursday it will replace Sharon Patrick with former ABC Entertainment president Susan Lyne as its new president and chief executive officer.
"Lost," "Desperate Housewives" and "Wife Swap." Desperate measures for desperate times -- the long-struggling ABC network took a gamble this season with risky, edgy shows, and it's paying off.
Russia said it still has concerns about the draft U.N. resolution on Iraq proposed by the United States and Britain and that it "needs some hard work," according to Interfax.
The Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera showed video Wednesday of three Italian hostages taken captive in Iraq nearly two months ago. In the video, one of the men said the captors were treating them "excellently."
What do you get when you mix spouse-swapping, anxious housewives and yet more lawyers behaving badly?
The Triple Crown of advertising sales kicked off Monday and all bets are on cable channels to make further strides against major broadcast networks.
The annual Preakness Stakes of advertising sales kicks off Monday and all bets are on cable channels to make further strides against major broadcast networks.
The ABC television network, owned by The Walt Disney Company, shook up its entertainment division Tuesday, announcing a series of major changes led by the departure of ABC Entertainment Television Group Chairman Lloyd Braun and ABC Entertainment Television President Susan Lyne.
Citing reports by Arabic-language television networks they considered erroneous, U.S. military representatives urged Tuesday that reporting from some news organizations not be taken at face value.
Victoria's Secret, owned by Limited Brands Inc., is dropping its racy televised fashion show this year, but a spokesman for the company told CNN/Money on Monday that it has very little to do with Janet Jackson's breast-baring move at this year's Super Bowl.
All night long the fax machine at Jay Leno's house spits out jokes. It delivers jokes about President Bush, the Democrats who want to unseat him, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson and his sister Jane...
Last December, some of the biggest names in the television business gathered in a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side for Viacom's annual Christmas party. It was the company's first holiday c...
I predict that mass culture will persist.
One of the notable things about the presidential primaries so far is the largely superficial treatment given to the candidates' economic views. Charges and countercharges about tax reform, tax cuts...
Whenever a couple of media titans are spotted having lunch, Wall Street analysts and the press start blurting out the "s" word. It happened most recently when CBS and Viacom announced their $36 bil...
With the broadcast networks losing market share and making slim profits, you'd think they'd be focused on creating new hits. Alas, programming a TV network in a world of clashing media titans isn't...
Barry Diller doesn't blink. When you meet him, that's the first thing you notice. His stare feels demanding--though some of the many journalists who have called on Diller in the past have described...
Considering Scott Sassa's career, you might think his main talent is failing his way to success. He got fired from Fox Broadcasting by Barry Diller, squeezed out of Time Warner by Ted Turner, and n...
Wall Street's favorite TV show these days is not Seinfeld, ER, or the CNBC stock ticker but a CBS drama that we'll call The Mel and Les Show. It stars Mel Karmazin, 54, the pugnacious radio mogul w...
Traditionalists at NBC were appalled. General Electric CEO Jack Welch had announced that he was changing the name of the landmark RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Center to the GE Building. This was ...
Leslie Moonves can't escape his job as president of CBS Entertainment. His home fax machine beeps at dawn with the overnight Nielsen ratings. He spends evenings poring over scripts and screening vi...
Shaped like a snub-nosed bullet, the ruthless billionaire who controls CBS may be the world's worst broadcaster, but Laurence A. Tisch is close to making a killing from the Tiffany Network's tatter...
HE HAS BEEN LAMPOONED, vilified, and skewered for pulling apart CBS and turning television's Tiffany network into costume jewelry. For Larry Tisch, heading CBS must sometimes seem like a long run t...
ON THE WALL of Rupert Murdoch's office at Twentieth Century Fox are four clocks, keeping track of the time in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. They remind visitors that here resides a gl...
ACCORDING TO Robert Wright, CEO of the National Broadcasting Co., here's how network television works: ''We're buying the most expensive programming available and taking it off the air quickly.''
There must be a media company somewhere that Rupert Murdoch does not want to get his mitts on, but trying to name it would be foolish.
The battle for the rights to televise National Football League games is as intense as sudden death overtime. A weak advertising market and the emergence of upstart cable and independent TV networks...
The U.S. will soon have what is billed as a fourth TV network. Fox Broadcasting Co., the subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. that operates the six TV stations formerly owned by Metromedia, wi...
THE TELEVISION networks are well aware of viewers' complaints that their favorite programs are submerged in a sea of commercials, station breaks, and promotional spots. But under prodding from adve...
ROBERT C. WRIGHT, president of NBC, is the luckiest guy in network television. His company takes in 40% of the industry's revenues, earns about 70% of the profits, and broadcasts the four top-rated...