March 5, 2007
NEW YORK -- In the last three years, Josh Bernstein rode horses across the Mongolian steppe with nomads, traveled deep into the Amazon to seek out a remote tribe and slept in an igloo on an Austrian glacier to test the conditions faced by Neolithic cavemen. Now he's venturing into another new territory: the Silver Spring-based Discovery Channel, a television network in the midst of its own evolution. Last week, the cable channel plucked Bernstein away from rival network the History Channel, where he has drawn a following as the host of the popular Digging for the Truth series.
March 20, 2006
WASHINGTON -- As Americans watched the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, this year, we enjoyed the acrobatics of world-class athletes. But back in Washington, a supposedly expert government agency was engaged in a less-inspiring kind of acrobatics - a flip-flop that could lead to higher cable television bills for consumers and less opportunity for television programmers. The less-than-elegant back flip was a highly questionable effort by the Federal Communications Commission, which reversed itself in a report that endorses a new federal regulation that would allow cable television viewers to be charged on a per-channel basis.
January 15, 2006
ELENI VANRODEN made adjustments to the camera while Jennifer Retzlaff reviewed the script for the third time. Stephanie Griffin and Michael O'Donnell sat before a bank of phones, taking in the last few moments of quiet before calls started rolling in. Nearby, Diane McDonnell quietly put the finishing touches on a math lesson she would present on air. I'm scared to death," said McDonnell, who taught middle school math for 13 years in Cecil County....
June 16, 2005
If the Baltimore Orioles and Comcast Corp. cannot work through their legal problems, a regional cable network - thought to be a boon for the club - could be more of a short-term bust, and many baseball fans in the Baltimore-Washington area could lose the opportunity to watch their home teams almost every night. Or, industry analysts say, the standoff could be no more than posturing between giants who realize it's in their mutual best interest to reach a deal. "Obviously, they're both losing money in the short term, but this isn't about losing, it's about winning," Roger Caplan, whose Howard County ad agency places commercials on local sports broadcasts, said yesterday.
February 15, 2005
If Ted Sophocleus becomes Anne Arundel's next county executive Tuesday, the first thing he ought to do is send a "Thank you" card to Robert J. Pivec. Pivec helped transform Sophocleus from an obscure North County councilman to the candidate of the people. He capitalized on Sophocleus' affable nature, turning it into a weapon against the hard-edged professionalism of Republican Robert R. Neall. He took a candidate whose name people didn't recognize and couldn't pronounce and made him a household name.
September 19, 2004
Once upon a time, the Emmys celebrated excellence in writing, producing, acting and directing wherever found throughout the television industry. But this year, one network seems to have, if not a stranglehold, then a headlock on superior programming. Cable's HBO network, which already has set one record by receiving 124 nominations, is expected to sweep tonight's 56th annual Emmy Awards show when the statues are handed out. And a second record stands to be broken: Angels in America, HBO's adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about AIDS and Reagan-era America, is likely to surpass ABC's 1977 landmark Roots (which won nine Emmys)