Broadband & TV
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4/2/2020

Jason Kilar, who was previously Hulu's chief executive officer, will soon be filling John Stankey's former role as leader of WarnerMedia. HBO and the upcoming HBO Max streaming service will be under Kilar's control, as will Warner Bros. and CNN.

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4/2/2020

Spectrum and Sportsnet LA have ended a standoff that lasted for seven years with a deal under which AT&T TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Now and U-Verse will broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games across Hawaii, Southern California and Las Vegas. Future game dates are currently unknown due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and programming until then may involve condensed classic games and player profiles.

4/2/2020

Comcast has earmarked $500 million for employee wages and benefits "where operations have been paused or impacted" by the coronavirus quarantines. Brian Roberts, the company's CEO, added that he and other top executives will donate their salaries to outbreak-focused charities.

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CNBC
4/2/2020

AT&T and Microsoft are teaming up to leverage the Azure Edge Zones to bring ultra-low-latency edge computing to customers they both serve, Microsoft's Yousef Khalidi announced in a blog post. He said Microsoft and AT&T will collaborate to build an Edge Zone, a local extension of the Microsoft Azure Cloud, to Los Angeles later this spring.

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4/2/2020

Television networks have spent millions on the rights to sporting events that are now on hold indefinitely, but have yet to announce whether or not they will seek to recoup the money they're out. Some media officials have raised concerns that the funds tied up in sports deals might be needed if governments ask pay-TV companies to reduce bills for consumers.

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CNBC
4/2/2020

One America News, which refused to follow health guidelines for White House briefings, no longer has a spot in the White House Correspondents' Association's press rotation. The press association had set up a rotating schedule of attending media outlets so that journalists could remain six feet apart, but Chanel Rion of the far-right organization ignored it, claiming to be press secretary Stephanie Grisham's guest.

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CNN
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4/2/2020

The hosts of popular late-night talk shows are slowly returning to their regular time slots, looking and sounding less polished as they broadcast remotely while studios remain closed. Hosts say that, while shooting without professional equipment and a crew has presented unique challenges, it's important to keep audiences entertained and show staff employed.

4/2/2020

Fox News personalities continue to minimize the threat of the coronavirus and spread false information about it, 74 journalism experts warned in a letter to Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch, adding that doing so violates basic principles of the profession. The letter adds that these hosts are putting elderly Fox viewers in greater danger and contributing to the pandemic's growth.

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Newsweek
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4/1/2020

US viewers, housebound due to the coronavirus crisis, have streamed 400 billion minutes of programming to their TVs during March's initial three weeks, Nielsen reports. The total was up 85% from the same period last year.

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Variety online
4/1/2020

The Federal Communications Commission recently postponed the deadline for broadcasters to submit first-quarter reports on Children's Television Programming, citing challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic. Reports were initially due March 30 and April 10, but can now be submitted as late as July 10, which is still the due date for second-quarter reports.