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Technical problems force HBO to scrap Jon Stewart venture

Jon Stewart, Carolyn Maloney

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO is scrapping a web-delivered satirical project it was developing with Jon Stewart, a change of plans that keeps the popular political humorist on the sidelines as the Trump administration continues to provide his fellow comedians with comic gold. “HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project,” the network ... Read More »

Hannity backs off story about murdered DNC staffer

Sean Hannity, Reince Priebusent

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity said Tuesday he’s backing off his speculation about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich after talking with Rich’s family, which had appealed to the media to stop. The decision took Hannity off a potential collision course with his network, which earlier Tuesday had removed a week-old story ... Read More »

FCC: No punishment for late-night host Colbert’s Trump joke

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be no fine for Stephen Colbert’s risque joke about President Donald Trump. A Federal Communications Commission spokesman said Tuesday that the agency received “thousands” of complaints about the late-night host’s May 1 show, so it reviewed the material as “standard operating procedure.” It’s the FCC’s job to police obscene or indecent material on TV ... Read More »

Fox News finds itself in an unaccustomed spot _ out of first

Bill O'Reilly

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel has found itself somewhere it has rarely been the past decade — out of first place. The network’s weekday prime-time lineup, long the king of cable news, finished behind MSNBC in viewers last week, the Nielsen company said. Among the 25-to-54-year-old audience that advertisers pay a premium for, Fox finished third to MSNBC ... Read More »

CFO of Soup Nazi-inspired company indicted on tax charges

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief financial officer for a company licensing recipes from the real-life chef who inspired the “Soup Nazi” character on “Seinfeld” has been arrested on tax charges alleging he cheated the government out of a half million dollars. Robert N. Bertrand was arrested Tuesday after being charged in Brooklyn federal court with failing to pay Medicare, ... Read More »

Nielsen’s top programs for May 15-21

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 15-21. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “NCIS,” CBS, 13.19 million. 2. “Bull,” CBS, 10.85 million. 3. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 10.07 million. 4. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.112 million. 5. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 9.11 million. 6. “Billboard Music Awards,” ABC, 8.7 million. 7. ... Read More »

Missing earring halts Philadelphia TV weather forecast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia meteorologist has a TV news anchor to thank for finding an earring that fell off during her live forecast. In a video posted on Cecily Tynan’s social media accounts , she can be seen giving the details for Memorial Day weekend weather when her earring pops off. Moments later, WPVI-TV anchor Jim Gardner walks behind ... Read More »

A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

Andrei Arshavin

MOSCOW (AP) — Kuban Krasnodar’s fans hoped that signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. By July 2015, Arshavin had lost much of the pace and attacking skill which made him a star in England for Arsenal years earlier, but he was still among Russia’s best-known footballers. Like most ... Read More »

PBS airing live nature special from Alaska this summer

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat in Alaska. “Wild Alaska Live” will air over three nights on PBS on July 23, 26 and 30. Cameras placed in the Tongass National Forest, the Kenai ... Read More »

Three lawsuits allege foot-dragging by Fox on harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network’s legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority having cases alleging racial hostility by a since-fired financial executive. Fox said Monday that the lawsuits have ... Read More »