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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
Cable network RLTV, based in Baltimore and geared toward over-50 adults, has entered into a content-sharing agreement with Next Avenue, a public television website out of Minnesota that also focuses on creating content for people in their sixth decade and beyond. The agreement allows RLTV to use Next Avenue's articles and blog entries on its own website. The partnership, which was announced Wednesday and already has taken effect, also makes room for Next Avenue to develop exclusive content for RLTV down the road.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
An average audience of 4 million watched the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3 on cable channel TBS Thursday night. That was up by 54 percent over the audience for a comparable league division series last year. The audience peaked at 5.4 million from 8:15 to 8:30 p.m., according to Nielsen figures supplied by TBS. About 17 percent of homes in Baltimore's cable TV universe were tuned to the game compared with 16 percent in Detroit. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By David Zurawik | January 6, 1999
WETA, a major producer of public television programs, will be going into the cable television business this spring with a new channel devoted to public affairs.The Washington home of such shows as "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" announced yesterday that it is teaming with Gannett's Freedom Forum to create the Forum Network, a 24-hour regional channel featuring news and public affairs programs.The pairing of a public television station with a private foundation to create a cable channel is unprecedented but indicative of the new kinds of arrangements being made by PBS operations these days.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Domenica Davis, who worked at WBAL-TV from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the station on a part-time basis starting Monday, according to General Manager Dan Joerres. Davis, who also served as a weathercaster for the Fox News cable channel and WNBC, the NBC-owned station in New York, will be featured in Preakness coverage next week, Joerres said. It is expected that Davis will become a recurring contributor to WBAL's morning news program. In a tweet last week, Davis described her return to WBAL as "doing some freelance.
NEWS
By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | September 30, 1997
In the latest fight between the warring political agendas of the Baltimore City Council president and the housing commissioner, last evening's council meeting was not broadcast on the city's cable channel.In a missive delivered by a mayoral aide moments before videotaping would have begun, Lawrence A. Bell III, the council president, was told that the meeting would not be aired on Channel 44 because of "technical difficulties.""I was assured by the mayor [Friday] that the show would get on the air," Bell told council members.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Sun Staff Writer | February 10, 1994
A new cable television channel offering environmental news and entertainment has selected Howard County for its national headquarters.Eric McLamb, an Ellicott City resident who is founder and chief executive officer of the ECOlogy Channel, said he and his partners chose Howard over Atlanta and other areas because of its proximity to Washington and the many environmental organizations and regulatory agencies there.Executives of the channel plan to air their first broadcast in December. But they face an uphill climb to get big cable system operators such as Comcast and TCI to offer their 24-hour programming to subscribers, industry analysts say."
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Ray Lewis is expected to join ESPN after the Baltimore Ravens season ends, according to a Sports Illustrated report citing unnamed sources. Here's the core of what the report says: Multiple sources told SI.com the Ravens linebacker is close to signing a multi-year contract with the network. At ESPN, Lewis is expected to have a significant role on the network's Monday Night Countdown program. As with most ESPN NFL talent, Lewis would also be featured on multiple platforms, including ESPN Radio.
BUSINESS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 10, 2004
Comcast Corp. may have lost the fight to acquire a giant programming company when it withdrew its offer for the Walt Disney Co., but it has apparently not lost its appetite for entertainment programming. Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, is in talks with potential partners to create a digital cable channel for children, according to people close to the discussions. Those potential partners include the Public Broadcasting Service, Sesame Workshop and HIT Entertainment of Britain, according to one of the people, who added that any deal was a month to six weeks away.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
Video crews from C-SPAN are filming in Annapolis this week, highlighting the history of the state capital for programs that will air on the cable channel in September. Mayor Josh Cohen said the public affairs network's focus on Annapolis is "a really cool promotional opportunity" for the city to be seen by a national audience. The segments are part of C-SPAN's 2013 Local Cities Tour, in which producers and crews are visiting more than two dozen small and mid-size cities to document contributions to America.
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By Bill Thomas and Bill Thomas,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 3, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Question: If a speech is made in Washington and C-SPAN isn't there to cover it, does it make a noise?This time of year it's hard to say. With Election Day drawing near, the whole city is talking politics, and C-SPAN seems determined to broadcast every last syllable."
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
CNN's heavily-promoted prime-time documentary series "Chicagoland" launches tonight at 10. The cable channel desperatedly needs these documentaries to boost ratings. Here's a preview I did for WYPR-FM. Let me know what you think after you see it. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; } #sigheadshot{ float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; } #sigtwitter { margin-right: 5px; } #sigtooltip { padding: 5px; border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; }
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
One of the shortest and most meaningless suspensions in TV history ended Friday with A&E announcing that it was back in business with "Duck Dynasty" and its 67-year-old, bearded patriarch Phil Robertson. The announcement was a total cave-in by a cable channel in the face of a defiant Robertson and the members of his Louisiana clan. The cable channel had put Robertson on "hiatus" Dec. 18 after he was quoted in a GQ article comparing homosexuality to bestiality while making other ignorant and insulting comments about gay identity and sexuality.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
The most important TV moment of 2013 didn't even happen on television. It came on Feb. 1 when Netflix made all 13 episodes of season one of “House of Cards” available online for its subscribers. Social media and the Internet lit up the next two weeks with personal accounts of subscribers “binge-viewing” the Baltimore-made political thriller starring Kevin Spacey - fans streaming one episode after another until they had their fill. Given that binge-viewing had been going on for years with DVDs, and that media habits started more than a half-century ago don't end overnight, it would probably be an overstatement to call 2013 the year appointment television died.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
I did something foolish last week. I spent at least four hours a day with cable TV news, starting Tuesday. I was hoping for some information and clarity on two huge stories that were starting to unfold: the partial government shutdown and the launch of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance mandate otherwise known as Obamacare. By Friday, I was confused, jangled and far angrier than I had been when my cable immersion started. I am sure the red-hot and hyped-up rhetoric from politicians and spin doctors contributed to my anger and mounting confusion about the two stories.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
Sinclair Broadcast Group's billion-dollar bet on seven ABC affiliates and a regional news network in Washington, D.C., hinges on a plan to transform that network into a national enterprise. Sinclair would use NewsChannel 8 to create a unique hybrid model for cable television news, blending national and international coverage with local news customized for each market. But the channel's success is far from certain, broadcast experts say, and depends on many unknowns, including Sinclair's ability to persuade cable operators to carry the network and the appetite of viewers and advertisers for more news.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to create a new cable television news channel with a blend of local and national programming and bring it to cities across the United States over the next couple of years, CEO David Smith said Tuesday. Smith expanded on his vision for a hybrid local/national network a day after the Hunt Valley broadcaster announced its largest acquisition to date: the purchase of eight television stations for nearly $1 billion, including NewsChannel 8, a 24-hour cable/satellite all-news network that covers the Washington metro area.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
HBO has set premiere dates for its two big-ticket political projects filmed in Maryland last year. "Game Change," the made-for-TV movie starring Ed Harris as John McCain and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, will premiere March 10, according to Stuart Levine in the Hollywood trade publication Variety . "VEEP," the half-hour political satire that finished filming its first season in December in the Baltimore area, will debut April 22....
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
Video crews from C-SPAN are filming in Annapolis this week, highlighting the history of the state capital for programs that will air on the cable channel in September. Mayor Josh Cohen said the public affairs network's focus on Annapolis is "a really cool promotional opportunity" for the city to be seen by a national audience. The segments are part of C-SPAN's 2013 Local Cities Tour, in which producers and crews are visiting more than two dozen small and mid-size cities to document contributions to America.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
The CBS Sports Network does some drum beating for March Madness Monday night with " The Miracles : The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks," a documentary about how an underdog team won the national championship that year. Known as Danny and the Miracles, because of star Danny Manning, Kansas upset the Oklahoma Sooners for the championship. There are a couple of local angles worth noting in the film that marks the 25th anniversary of that championship. One of the producers is Tamiko Bullock, a graduate of Morgan State University.
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