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Broadcasting ‘the Shock, the Horror, the Outrage’ Live, Again and Again

Last week, the CNN anchor Brianna Keilar found herself, for the second time in under a week, guiding viewers through the grim ritual of trying, and failing, to make sense of another mass shooting.This time, it was 10 people dead at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo. Only a few days before, she had interviewed a survivor of the rampage at Atlanta-area massage parlors. In 2019, Ms. Keilar reported on the back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. In 2018, she spoke with relatives of students killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla. Broadcast journalists like Ms. Keilar, 40, have now …

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Ellen DeGeneres Loses 1 Million Viewers After Apologies for Toxic Workplace

Public perception of Ms. DeGeneres started to change in July when BuzzFeed reported that several of the show’s former and current staff members said they had confronted “racism, fear and intimidation” on the set. Several staff members also said producers had sexually harassed them. Warner Bros. investigated the workplace and found “deficiencies.” Three high-level producers were fired, including Ed Glavin, an executive producer; Jonathan Norman, a co-executive producer; and Kevin Leman, the head writer. Ms. DeGeneres apologized to her staff before addressing her viewers in September.Some observers believe the accusations may have weakened Ms. DeGeneres’s relationship with …

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Piers Morgan Can’t Wait to Bring the Worst of America Home

The opportunity for a new era in British television begins in the studios of LBC, a radio station that has tested, and effectively stretched, the British legal requirements that broadcast news be “balanced.” Instead of offering down-the-middle recitations of news developments, the network serves up clashing and sometimes strident debates over issues. The station thrived during the long run-up to Brexit, making clear to broadcasters that they could abandon their starchy customs and reflect more partisan passions — as long as the stations didn’t embrace just one political side.Now, television is poised to fill the space that LBC opened. …

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Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Draw 17.1 Million to CBS

Since then, the rise of digital media and its infinite screen-time options have cut deeply into the might of the big broadcasters. As the viewing audience fractured, opportunities for must-see prime-time interviews became vanishingly rare. Even the biggest one-on-ones of recent years have lacked the drawing power of the specials from two decades ago and more. The audience of 17.1 million for Ms. Winfrey’s interview of Ms. Markle and Prince Harry matched the number of viewers who tuned in when Caitlyn Jenner revealed that she was transgender to Ms. Sawyer on a 2015 episode of ABC’s “20/20.”The Sunday night special …

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How the Pandemic Stalled Peak TV

One reason for the drop is obvious: With productions shut down, new seasons could not be completed in time. But there was another reason, executives and agents said. When filming resumed, extensive safety protocols for actors and crews added roughly 30 percent to most production budgets, said Chris Silbermann, the chief executive of ICM Partners, a major Hollywood talent agency.“Everyone saw these costs pulling through the system and realized, ‘Oh, no, we’re going to have to do less,’” Mr. Silbermann said. “Stuff that was on the bubble, a lot of that stuff just went away.”The slowdown also meant …

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Jeff Zucker Announces Plans to Step Down

Jeffrey A. Zucker, the president of CNN who reshaped the cable network and America’s news media over the last decade, said during a morning call with CNN staff members on Thursday that he planned to step down at the end of the year, when his contract is up.“I cannot imagine not being here right now,” Mr. Zucker, 55, said, according to a CNN staff member who was on the call. “I’m going to stay and finish my current contract, which, as I said, will keep me here until the end of this year. At that point, I do …

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Uber Eats, Chipotle Rise as Super Bowl Commercial Newcomers

The game, from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., filled to 30 percent of capacity, will showcase Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, the defending champions, against Tom Brady, who is playing in his 10th Super Bowl, this time as a new star of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although Tampa and Kansas City are midsize television markets and N.F.L. ratings have been down this season, some TV executives anticipate that the marquee quarterback matchup could draw 100 million or more viewers. Last year’s game had a television audience of 99.9 million.Fox, which broadcast the 2020 contest, sold all of …

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Super Bowl Commercials: To Address or Avoid the Pandemic?

The game, from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, filled to 30 percent capacity, will showcase Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, the defending champions, against Tom Brady, the 10-time Super Bowl veteran and a new star of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although Tampa and Kansas City are midsize television markets and N.F.L. ratings have been down this season, some TV executives anticipate that the marquee quarterback matchup could draw 100 million or more viewers. Last year’s game had a television audience of 99.9 million.Fox, which broadcast the 2020 contest, sold all of its Super Bowl ad space before …

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TV Captures the End of a Tumultuous Presidency

Pomp and celebration, the usual TV tropes of the day, were laced with remarks about a potential outbreak of violence, not an unreasonable concern in the wake of what occurred at the Capitol. And then there was the absence of Mr. Trump himself, the first president in 152 years to skip out on the inauguration of his successor.“This is a moment to turn the page,” said the “60 Minutes” correspondent John Dickerson. “We just have never seen a president who tried to hold on to the book.”Marine One took Mr. Trump from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base, …

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Paramount+, the successor to CBS All Access, launches March 4 in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America

Last year, ViacomCBS announced its CBS All Access streaming service would soon rebrand as Paramount+, to better reflect the expanded content lineup following the Viacom-CBS merger in 2019. Today, the company says it has set a launch date for Paramount+ in the U.S.: March 4, 2021. It’s also sharing the launch dates for other international markets, including Latin America, Canada and the Nordics.
The service will debut on March 4 in Latin American markets, and will rebrand from CBS All Access to Paramount+ in Canada at the same time. However, Canada won’t receive the expanded lineup until later in 2021. The Nordics …

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