U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region, The New York Times reported on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed the project was ...

U.S. considers allowing commercial drones for movie shooting

Jun 3, 2014

U.S. considers allowing commercial drones for movie shooting

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography, a potentially significant step that could lead to greater relaxation of the agency’s ban on commercial use of ...

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

May 30, 2014

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

Researchers have found less gray matter in the brains of men who perused large amounts of sexually explicit material. The research, which appeared Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if pornography actually caused the brain to shrink, however, and the authors ...

Wanna Marry Harry? TV show draws royal ridicule

May 21, 2014

Wanna Marry Harry? TV show draws royal ridicule

Drastic times call for drastic action. Is Britain’s newly single, media-shunning Prince Harry really so desperate for a wife that he asked an American TV channel to fix him up? Probably not. But that’s the fantasy being peddled to 12 pretty, ultracompetitive American women ...

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

May 18, 2014

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

by Jennifer Rankin

A monster lays waste to America’s cities, smashing skyscrapers and tearing up passenger trains. It’s the familiar tale of Godzilla, a mutant lizard last seen rampaging through cinemas in 1998 and now back on the big screen. Godzilla, which was made for an estimated ...

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 ...