David Letterman's departure will reshape late-night American TV

Apr 7, 2014

David Letterman's departure will reshape late-night American TV

Time doesn’t stop for comedy legends, or superstars of any sort. David Letterman, the pioneering American late-night TV host who has announced that he will retire sometime in 2015, had to feel it. Letterman, known for his Top 10 lists, his ironic detachment and ...

U.S. Comedian Colbert accused of racism over Asian tweet

Mar 29, 2014

U.S. Comedian Colbert accused of racism over Asian tweet

Social media erupted in outrage and counterattacks Friday after U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert used language that mocked Asian-Americans in what was intended as an anti-racist jibe. Colbert, who is liberal but parodies a blustery conservative on his late night talk show, took aim at ...

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Mar 9, 2014

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Singer Courtney Love hadn’t been born and tweeting was reserved for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. But when a California jury recently decided that Love shouldn’t have to pay $8 million ...

Mar 7, 2014

'Not enough' Canadian porn on TV: regulator

Canada’s broadcasting regulator wants to see more locally made porn on Canadian television, according to a notice on its website that accuses three channels of failing to meet licensing requirements. According to the the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), three Toronto-based channels — ...

CNN to pull plug on flopping Piers Morgan show

Feb 24, 2014

CNN to pull plug on flopping Piers Morgan show

CNN chief Jeff Zucker has decided to end television host Piers Morgan’s show after its ratings plunged, sources at the network said Sunday. The former British tabloid editor — who irked conservative Americans after launching somewhat of a crusade for greater gun control measures ...

Feb 24, 2014

Netflix reaches deal with Comcast

Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to American households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider. The two companies said in a joint statement ...

Pistorius opposes bid to televise his murder trial

Feb 21, 2014

Pistorius opposes bid to televise his murder trial

Lawyers representing fallen Paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius objected Wednesday to a bid by the media to televise his murder trial next month via remote-controlled “spy” cameras placed in the courtroom. The sprinter’s lawyer, Barry Roux, argued in a Pretoria court that an application by ...

China spotlights meeting with senior Taiwan figure

Feb 20, 2014

China spotlights meeting with senior Taiwan figure

Chinese state media devoted blanket coverage Wednesday to a visit by a senior figure in Taiwan’s ruling party in a sign of its desire to nudge the self-governing island closer to Beijing. Coverage of a meeting between Lien Chan and Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Web pioneers try to transform TV

Feb 16, 2014

Web pioneers try to transform TV

by Dominic Rushe

Netflix had a chance of breaking the Internet over the weekend in America. The hugely popular movie streaming company released the second season of the award-winning drama “House of Cards” on Friday, just as winter storms turned large swaths of America into a nation ...

Sid Caesar, comic genius of 1950s television, dies

| Feb 13, 2014

Sid Caesar, comic genius of 1950s television, dies

Sid Caesar, the prodigiously talented pioneer of TV comedy who paired with Imogene Coca in sketches that became classics and who inspired a generation of famous writers, died Wednesday. He was 91. Family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld said Caesar, who also played Coach Calhoun in ...