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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Anne Arundel Community TV will premiere "Senior Centers in Action" at noon on Tuesday. The program will be a monthly show highlighting activities at the seven county-run senior centers, according to the county's Department of Aging and Disabilities. The first episode will focus on a crab feast, volunteer appreciation breakfast, Canine Companions for Independence and the "Not-So-Newlywed Game. " The show will repeat at noon daily and at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. Anne Arundel County TV is found on Comcast Channel 98 and Verizon Channel 38.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
I took a deep dive last week into Baltimore's drug scene. And when I finally came up for air, I had a newfound clarity on the city's troubled TV image and the line between responsible documentary filmmaking and exploitative reality television. Online Monday, I previewed a National Geographic Channel program that depicted Baltimore as a drug-infested wasteland of vacant rowhouses and lost lives. It's titled “Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire,”and if you missed it last week, you can see it again this week at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
UPDATES WITH LINK TO RESPONSE POST BY GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: After watching coverage of the Wisconsin recall, I am convinced more than ever that it's time for a major press gut check. We have been in real trouble for a long time with cable TV news, but we truly have reached a new low of partisanship at MSNBC and Fox News -- and confusion at CNN. It's the confusion part at CNN that has me truly worried these days. Monday night after watching cable TV, I wrote about being "dismayed" by the polarized place that MSNBC and Fox News had come to. Scott Walker, the Republican governor, wouldn't talk to MSNBC, and Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger, wouldn't come on Fox. Who could blame them?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Spies, sex, drugs and a beaming Ronald Reagan. Those are the elements for one of the most arresting scenes you'll see this year on television. It will air Wednesday night on "The Americans," one of the most talked-about series this spring on cable TV. The scene features a female Russian spy on a mission, a male congressional aide on cocaine, and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), the Soviet sleeper agent at the center of the FX series, breaking into a congressman's office safe late at night while the other two go at it under a portrait of the Great Communicator.
FEATURES
By Daniel Cerone and Daniel Cerone,Los Angeles Times | December 18, 1991
In an ordinary residential neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., the future of cable television will officially go on-line today. That's when the Time Warner New York City Cable Group will hook up the first subscriber to receive the nation's only 150-channel cable-TV system."
BUSINESS
By Chicago Tribune | April 17, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a financial blow to the pay-TV industry, ruling that states and cities do not violate the First Amendment when they tax cable television but exempt print media.Voting 7-2, the justices yesterday upheld an Arkansas tax that, by one estimate, means more than $4 million a year for state coffers from cable TV services.The court said the tax, which applies to a variety of services, from utilities to concert tickets, is constitutional because it is not based on the content of cable programming and does not burden only a small group of taxpayers.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | November 17, 1993
After months of complaining that the cable television operators have been getting away with murder in their pricing policies, the industry's critics in Congress have been handed what they call a "smoking gun."In a memo in August, a top executive of Tele-Communications Inc. told local managers to ignore customers' objections and jack up rates on various cable television services before a new cable TV regulation law went into effect."The best news of all is we can blame it on the government now. Let's take advantage of it!"
BUSINESS
By Chicago Tribune | April 17, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a financial blow to the pay-TV industry, ruling that states and cities do not violate the First Amendment when they tax cable television but exempt print media.Voting 7-2, the justices yesterday upheld an Arkansas tax that, by one estimate, means more than $4 million a year for state coffers from cable TV services.The court said the tax, which applies to a variety of services, from utilities to concert tickets, is constitutional because it is not based on the content of cable programming and does not burden only a small group of taxpayers.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | December 16, 1992
In another sign of the accelerating clash between the telephone and cable television industries, Bell Atlantic Corp. announced yesterday that it would team with a small New Jersey company to provide 60 channels of television over new high-capacity lines to 38,000 homes in Dover Township, N.J.The venture will be the first in which a telephone company hascompeted head-to-head against a cable TV service. The deal comes as the biggest cable companies begin to install technology that allows them to provide a much broader array of information and entertainment.
FEATURES
By Rick Kogan and Rick Kogan,Chicago Tribune | January 28, 1992
CHICAGO -- The phone rang, and when I picked it up, a man said, "How do I get cable TV?" This happens all the time. I told him whom to call, then I asked, as I do all the time, why he wanted cable."
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
All the TV stations in Baltimore say they're the ones to turn to for breaking news. Coverage of a shooting Saturday morning at the Mall in Columbia that left three dead put those promises to the test in a major way. Not everyone passed. The local stations that got there first with the most resources were WJZ (Channel 13) and WBAL (Channel 11), which were on the air shortly after 12:30 p.m. WMAR-TV was on-air with live coverage shortly after 1 p.m, but WBFF (Channel 45) didn't offer viewers anything except syndicated programming, infomercials and auto racing until 2:30 p.m. And then, it provided only 30 minutes of coverage before returning to Fox network NASCAR coverage.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
And so, the inevitable has finally become the official with the announcement from Fox News today that Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon turned conservative pundit, has become a paid contributor. Carson "is a brilliant neurosurgeon who has dedicated his life to healing others," Fox chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. "He also has a broad perspective on what's going on in the country and his wisdom and provocative viewpoints will make a major contribution to our network.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
I will leave it to The Sun's political reporters to write about who "won" or "lost" this cooked-up and dumbed-down TV cartoon of a debate between Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Texas counterpart Rick Perry Wednesday on CNN's "Crossfire. " I am only here to say how sad I am to see Maryland's Democratic governor and our political discourse bent to fit the phony dictates of cable TV this way. When comedian Jon Stewart famously denounced the "Crossfire" format in 2004, he called the two hosts that night, Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala, "partisan hacks.
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.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Anne Arundel Community TV will premiere "Senior Centers in Action" at noon on Tuesday. The program will be a monthly show highlighting activities at the seven county-run senior centers, according to the county's Department of Aging and Disabilities. The first episode will focus on a crab feast, volunteer appreciation breakfast, Canine Companions for Independence and the "Not-So-Newlywed Game. " The show will repeat at noon daily and at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. Anne Arundel County TV is found on Comcast Channel 98 and Verizon Channel 38.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
One of the driving principles in the live and late-breaking world of TV news is to just keep moving on. Don't dwell too long on yesterday's mistakes, or you'll miss today's big story. But the mistakes made by social media and cable TV after the Boston Marathon bombings have continued reverberating with the discovery last week of the body of a young man falsely accused of being a suspect. We saw similar patterns after the Newtown shooting, and we need to look at this trend before the media get any further out of control.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
From live appearances by Karen Valentine and Don Knotts to televised ones of the old "Password" game show and classic sports moments, nostalgia met high tech yesterday at the Baltimore Convention Center, site of a three-day gathering of the cable television industry.No doubt, few TV viewers in the days of "Room 222," and "The Andy Griffith Show" ever imagined the array of programs and channels served up by today's cable TV -- a forum for shopping, choosing movies, checking the weather. Perhaps even fewer guessed at consumer interest in oldies -- both television and film.
NEWS
March 5, 1992
The state fire marshal's office is investigating the explosions of three pipe bombs last night in Hampstead, Carroll County.Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Thomas said the devices were placed in a cable television junction box and two mail boxes. No one was injured.The first bomb went off about 10 p.m. in the junction box belonging to Prestige Cable TV in the first block of Fairmount Road.A company spokeswoman said today about 400 customers lost service. She could not estimate when service would be restored.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
When Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. completes three deals announced in the past two months, it will own more television stations across the country than any other company. The Hunt Valley company will operate 134 stations in 69 markets, reaching more than a third of all U.S. homes with televisions. It will have more than doubled in size in about two years, and that's presuming it doesn't broker any more acquisitions. It still won't own stations in megamarkets such as New York or Los Angeles, but that's part of its strategy.
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