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Category: US television industry

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The Stone-Lalas dumbumvirate sums up Fox’s botched World Cup coverage

The broadcaster’s efforts at Russia 2018 were the TV equivalent of Marouane Fellaini, a player who tries to do everything and succeeds at almost nothingRatings in the US for this year’s World Cup are down significantly on 2014 and if reports are correc…

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Fox replaces ESPN’s cult of British accents with maximum volume at World Cup

US viewers have a new broadcaster in charge for Russia 2018, and it looks like Fox is not afraid of a gimmick or eightNo one likes to be condescended to – unless you’re talking about the American soccer public. That, it appears, is the core of the stra…

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Zach Ertz angry after Fox News shows his pre-game prayer to imply anthem protest

Eagles tight end calls Fox News footage ‘propaganda’Donald Trump cancelled Philadelphia’s White House visitFox News may have hit on a problem as it looked to report on Donald Trump’s decision to disinvite the Philadelphia Eagles from a White House visi…

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Former ESPN president Skipper says he resigned after cocaine extortion attempt

John Skipper quit in December citing ‘substance addiction’62-year-old says he and his family were put at riskJohn Skipper, who resigned as ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks in December because of a “substance addicti…

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Lawsuit claims ESPN ignored racial harassment of Jemele Hill by Chris Berman

Allegations are in suit by former ESPN employee Adrienne LawrenceBerman stepped down from regular presenting last yearA lawsuit alleges that Chris Berman, for years the face of ESPN, left a racially abusive voice mail for fellow anchor Jemele Hill in 2…

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Juventus and All Blacks turn to TV shows to win fans

Netflix and Amazon sign up big sports teams for docu-series like Last Chance U aimed at broadening clubs’ global appeal Sports clubs hoping to expand their fan base in an increasingly competitive international market are turning to Amazon Prime and Net…

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LeBron James responds to Fox host’s controversial ‘shut up and dribble’ comment

Laura Ingraham attacked NBA star for criticism of Donald TrumpMany saw hosts comments as filled with racist undertonesLeBron James has responded to what many perceived as racist comments from Fox News host Laura Ingraham.After the NBA star had said Don…

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NBC apologizes after praise for Japan’s ‘example’ angers Koreans

Japan committed human rights abuses during colonial ruleComments came during Winter Olympics opening ceremonyNBC has issued an apology after its Olympic “Asian analyst” Joshua Cooper Ramo praised Japan’s contribution to Korea’s history.The comments wer…

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Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with ‘agreement and support’ of Murdoch’s Fox executives

Documents form part of sprawling investigation into football corruptionTestimony in Fifa trial places Fox executives in meetings with corrupt officialsSenior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation are alleged to have agreed for mil…

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ESPN: can The Worldwide Leader in Sports manage its own decline?

The sports broadcaster has been buffeted by layoffs, declining revenue and a stormy political climate. Will it adapt to a changed media landscape?In the summer of 1998, ESPN did what successful American sports entities tend to do: it opened a restauran…

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NFL ratings down 7.5% as Kaepernick attorney bullish over ‘smoking gun’

NFL viewership down during time of protest – but so are Nascar figuresColin Kaepernick lawyer confident client will win grievance caseEagles’ Chris Long to donate rest of 2017 salary to education projectsThe NFL’s embattled season continues as the late…

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ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job | Marina Hyde

ESPN asked Jemele Hill to ‘discuss sports topics, news, culture, and social issues’ and to tweet on ‘a current issue impacting sports’ – then suspended her for doing exactly thatMore than a week into her suspension for some highly anodyne tweets relate…

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Al Michaels sorry for comparing New York Giants’ form to Harvey Weinstein

Veteran broadcaster makes comments during NBC’s Sunday Night FootballHollywood producer Weinstein accused of multiple sexual assaultsAl Michaels, one of America’s most respected sports commentators, has apologised after jokingly comparing the New York …

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Kaepernick backs ESPN anchor Hill after she calls Trump a white supremacist

  • ESPN sends out apology after series of tweets by SportsCenter host
  • Former 49ers quarterback says he stands with Jemele Hill

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has tweeted his support for ESPN anchor Jemele Hill after she called Donald Trump a “white supremacist”.

Hill’s attack on the president caused ESPN to issue an apology on Tuesday, with the broadcaster saying her views “do not represent the position of ESPN.” And “she recognizes her actions were inappropriate”.

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Fox Sports president leaves amid sexual harassment investigation, say reports

  • Jamie Horowitz was at helm as jobs were cut at broadcaster
  • Executive’s attorney says Horowitz is innocent of any misconduct

A week after pushing through a policy that saw a number Fox Sports journalists lose their jobs, the broadcaster’s president of national networks, Jamie Horowitz, is leaving the company.

The news, first reported by the Sports Business Journal, came on the same day that the Los Angeles Times said Fox Sports had been investigating sexual harassment. The Times reported that several women at Fox had been interviewed about Horowitz’s conduct.

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How Rebecca Lowe went from England to become the US’s face of football

The TV presenter, who fronts NBC’s Premier League coverage, tells Dave Caldwell about the challenges and rewards of her move across the Atlantic

As a girl in west London, Rebecca Lowe simply aspired to be like her mother, Judith, and become an actor. So how in the world did Lowe end up as a sports broadcaster on a US television network, with a weekly commute across America?

“I have loved football since I was very, very small, and my dad used to take me to games,” she told the Guardian recently. “That’s what comes from my dad.”

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Warriors, Charles Barkley and Bob Ley pay tribute to fired ESPN workers

  • Around 100 employees, including well-known names, lost their jobs
  • ESPN looking to cut costs as subscriber base falls

After a tumultuous day at ESPN, in which the broadcaster laid off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, tributes were paid to those who lost their jobs.

Perhaps the most striking came from the Golden State Warriors. Their assistant coach, Mike Brown, spoke about Ethan Strauss, a highly respected writer who covered the team and lost his job on Wednesday.

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Warriors, Charles Barkley and Bob Ley pay tribute to fired ESPN workers

  • Around 100 employees, including well-known names, lost their jobs
  • ESPN looking to cut costs as subscriber base falls

After a tumultuous day at ESPN, in which the broadcaster laid off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, tributes were paid to those who lost their jobs.

Perhaps the most striking came from the Golden State Warriors. Their assistant coach, Mike Brown, spoke about Ethan Strauss, a highly respected writer who covered the team and lost his job on Wednesday.

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ESPN layoffs hit on-air reporters and anchors as 100 employees face cuts

  • ESPN to lay off around 100 on-air and online anchors, reporters and analysts
  • Employees affected include some of network’s most popular personalities

ESPN was set to lay off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, according to multiple reports.

The Disney-owned sports giant had no plans to announce the names of the employees affected, but a number of the anchors, reporters and analysts who were informed of their release spoke out on social media.

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NFL suffers 8% drop in TV viewers but recovers from pre-election slump

  • Dallas Cowboys seemed to spur recovery in second half of the season
  • NFL viewership was down 14% prior to Donald Trump’s election victory

TV viewership of this year’s NFL dipped 8% year-on-year – but ratings did recover from a pre-election slump, thanks in part to the Dallas Cowboys.

Related: Jim Caldwell has been a clear success in Detroit. So why is his future in doubt?

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