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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 1, 2002
Steve Bornstein, president of the ABC television network, resigned yesterday as the struggling network made its first major move to improve its image with advertisers who will be spending tens of millions of dollars on fall lineups in coming weeks. Bornstein, 50, has been head of the ABC network for only a year, and is not of particular importance as an individual executive and programmer. What's significant about his resignation is how plain it makes the fact that the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC, is deeply unhappy with the network's performance.
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From Sun staff reports | September 23, 2014
Maryland's football game against No. 22 Ohio State at Byrd Stadium on Oct. 4 is set for a noon kickoff and will be broadcast nationally on ABC, the Big Ten Conference office confirmed Monday. The game will be the first meeting between the schools. Tickets are still available. Times are also were set for home games against Iowa and Michigan State. The Terps will take on the Hawkeyes at noon Oct. 18 and will face the Spartans at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15. Maryland's next game is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Indiana on the Big Ten Network.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
Maryland's Oct. 26 homecoming football game against Clemson has been given a 3:30 p.m. kickoff time. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. The Terps played at 3:30 this past Saturday against Virginia and will do so again this Saturday at Wake Forest. That game will be on ESPNU. Click here for the updated schedule/results .
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Long-time ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr and I joined Howie Kurtz for some analysis Sunday on the change last week at the ABC News anchor desk involving Diane Sawyer, David Muir and George Stephanopoulos. I really like what Sherr had to say about it being so important for the person who is first in anything "to not mess up. " And Kurtz is right about where the money and power (what's left of it anyway) is in network news.   #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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March 29, 2002
ABC announced yesterday it has canceled the acclaimed drama Once and Again. While it has one of the most devoted audiences on television, Once and Again never generated ratings numbers large enough to match that fan loyalty. It will end its three-year run with a series finale April 15. Part of the problem is that the show - which stars Sela Ward and Billy Campbell as a couple dealing with the everyday obstacles of their blended family - bounced around ABC's schedule. The network shuffled it around to seven different timeslots in its three seasons, finally placing it at 10 p.m. Mondays midway through this season.
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November 29, 2001
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune Nov. 24: IN THE battle of the networks to compete with cable TV's edgy and uncensored fare, a recent special on ABC scored unexpected attention - from the government. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show opened more than a few eyelids when its televised lingerie exhibition uncovered body areas seldom seen on network TV. It also prompted about 600 telephone calls and e-mails to the Federal Communications Commission, according to Commissioner Michael Copps.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 18, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Indicating that there is nowhere ABC won't go for viewers, the network yesterday announced an off-beat fall promotional campaign that targets men's restrooms, among other places. The restroom campaign will be on behalf of the prime-time sitcom "Norm," starring Norm MacDonald. Spoofing its own "Must See TV" slogan, ABC will put posters on the walls in front of restroom urinals in New York and Los Angeles featuring MacDonald next to such headlines as "Must Pee TV." And, using CD-ROM technology, MacDonald will "speak" to those standing at the urinals.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK AND STEPHEN KIEHL and DAVID ZURAWIK AND STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTERS | April 11, 2006
In a bold move that reflects a revolutionary realignment taking place in American media, Disney-ABC will begin next month offering four of its most popular series, including Desperate Housewives and Lost, on the Internet for free. In doing so, the network will become the first to offer prime-time programming to Internet users without asking them to pay for it. Dubbed "experimental" by the media conglomerate, the strategy addresses viewers' growing desire to choose when and where they watch their favorite shows and the need of advertisers for their commercials to be seen by the targeted audience.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 17, 1995
Top-rated ABC yesterday announced a fall schedule so conservative and seemingly uninspired that the biggest news is what isn't on it: The critically acclaimed, cutting-edge "My So-Called Life," starring Claire Danes and Baltimore native Bess Armstrong."
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By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | May 28, 2006
The news that Charles Gibson will be leaving Good Morning America to anchor World News Tonight solves one problem for ABC but raises another. Gibson's departure this week opens a spot at Good Morning America just when the show's producers were hoping to have a solid team in place to battle NBC's powerhouse Today show, which will lose longtime co-anchor Katie Couric after Wednesday. As soon as Gibson's move was announced last week, speculation erupted about the future of the show, a perennial runner-up to Today.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
It used to be that change at a network anchor desk was huge news. Now, with all the fragmentation, not so much. Anchor changes like the ones announced at ABC News today are a real barometer of how far network news has sunk in prestige and power -- though the networks are still making money off the nightly newscasts as they crawl on bloody knees to the media boneyard. ABC News announced today that it is shuffling its anchor desk. Diane Sawyer, who helped make "World News" a more aggressive operation and led a ratings surge that overtook Brian Williams and his sinking NBC News ship, is leaving the anchor desk.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to sell two television stations to help the company move ahead with a $1 billion planned purchase of seven ABC affiliates and a Washington-based cable news network. Selling the stations for a combined $97.4 million will allow Sinclair to comply with updated broadcast ownership rules as it aims to win regulatory approval on the purchase from Allbritton Communications by July 27. Sinclair said Monday it expects that deal to close in the third quarter.
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By Cal Thomas | April 5, 2014
When people speak of a legacy, they usually mean something other than what the late economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, left behind, namely the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (edchoice.org). The foundation has just released a small book entitled " The ABC's of School Choice : The comprehensive guide to every private school choice program in America. " The Friedman philosophy can be summed up in two sentences, which are posted on their web page: "School choice gives parents the freedom to choose their children's education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools to better serve families' needs.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
Maryland's Oct. 26 homecoming football game against Clemson has been given a 3:30 p.m. kickoff time. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. The Terps played at 3:30 this past Saturday against Virginia and will do so again this Saturday at Wake Forest. That game will be on ESPNU. Click here for the updated schedule/results .
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The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
On Monday, the Atlantic Coast Conference named Maryland sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs as the conference's Receiver of the Week. Diggs had a career-high 179 receiving yards, including a 41-yard touchdown, in the Terps' 47-10 victory Saturday at Byrd Stadium. In two games this season, Diggs has 11 catches for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Diggs' 179 yards were the most by a Maryland receiver since Torrey Smith had 224 against North Carolina State on Nov. 27, 2010, according to a news release from the university.
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By Tricia Bishop
The Baltimore Sun
| August 14, 2013
A group of city and state biking enthusiasts has put together a free event set for Saturday, Sept. 21, detailing the ABCs of Baltimore Family Biking  for seasoned riders right down to the newbies, who are curious but concerned about taking their tots on the road.  The two-hour get-together will feature: a show-and-tell by "pedal parents" who will present their gear and answer questions about family bike safety and logistics, ...
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By Milton Kent | January 28, 2000
Chances are, you will remember your neighbor Marcy's guacamole, the beer-shilling frogs and the Phil Collins halftime spectacular from Sunday's Super Bowl better than anything from the four-hour pre-game show, and John Filippelli hopes to change that. Filippelli is the vice president of production for ABC Sports, and it's under his watch that the network's Super Bowl telecast falls. It's telling that the other day on a media conference call he was willing to invest the most promotional capital on the pre-game show rather than ABC's main game coverage.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 18, 1997
ABC News management abruptly canceled a report about abuses by Congress that was scheduled to be broadcast Friday night on its newsmagazine program "20/20," and one participant in the report contended that the network had acted out of fear of alienating members of Congress.ABC News executives dismissed the contention as groundless, saying the report was pulled simply because its reporting was inadequate.The "20/20" report, based on a book to be published next week by Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post reporter, had been scheduled for Friday and promoted on earlier ABC shows.
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By Jordan Bartel | July 24, 2013
It pays to give back. Four Baltimore charities will be highlighted when the series "Secret Millionaire" returns at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 on ABC, according to a press release. Casey Cares Foundation, Duncan Street Garden Project, Moveable Feast and Rose Street Community will be the Baltimore foundations getting surprise funds in the season premiere. "Secret Millionaire," based on a U.K. show, follows self-made millionaires as they "spend a week in the country's poorest areas and ultimately reward some unsung community heroes with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money," according to ABC's website.  What to expect?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
The verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin was announced at 10 p.m. (ET) Saturday, and it was a network news operation, ABC, not any of the all-news cable channels, that had the best initial TV coverage. By comparison, ABC's network rivals, NBC and CBS, were not in the same league on TV or online. The cable news channels initially rode a press conference with prosecution lawyers longer than they should have as Florida State Attorney Angela Corey tried to spin her way out of a failed performance by her team.
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