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  • Tough Times for November TV Sweeps Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 4:04 PM ET
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    The "November Sweeps" period -- when ratings set local affiliates ad rates -- ends Wednesday. But this year the buzz on Madison Avenue is about how little sweeps matter. Yes, local affiliates still certainly matter -- they account for north of $20 billion in advertising revenue, with just under $10 billion of that based on sweeps, according to Horizon Media's Brad Adgate. But, with the growth of cable, not to mention the impact of DVRs, logging real-time viewing in a Nielsen diary seems antiquated.

  • 5 Companies That Sold the Most to Survive Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 1:08 PM ET

    Some companies haven't had the luxury to make acquisitions since the financial crisis and instead have been using ventures and business line fire sales to stabilize bleeding operations.

  • Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 12:38 PM ET
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    NBC announced Monday it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News, the New York Times reports.

  • Disney Beats Earnings Forecast; Shares Rise Slightly Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 5:09 PM ET
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    Walt Disney topped analysts' expectations for its quarterly profit and revenue on Thursday as advertising held strong at its ESPN sports channel and other media networks, sending shares higher after the closing bell.

  • Stocks End Higher After Bernanke Comments Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 4:48 PM ET

    Stocks recovered from their afternoon lows to close higher Wednesday after Ben Bernanke said the Fed may look to reinvest in mortgage backed securities to provide additional support to the weak housing market.

  • Futures Gain After Jobs Reports, Ahead of Fed Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 9:04 AM ET

    Futures were higher Wednesday, following two days of sharp declines, following a pair of better-than-expected jobs news and ahead of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy statement.

  • Comcast CEO on Earnings Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 7:15 AM ET
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    A breakdown of the cable company's Q3 results, with Brian Roberts, Comcast chairman/CEO, who says the numbers are close to analyst expectations. Roberts says the numbers to focus on are cash flow and it was a healthy quarter for the company. He also weighs in on the company's acquisition of NBC Universal.

  • European Leaders May Upstage the Fed Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 8:20 PM ET
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    European leaders gathering for an emergency meeting Wednesday in Cannes could get more attention than Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, unless he has a surprise policy move up his sleeve.

  • Media Earnings: Ads & Digital In the Spotlight Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 3:14 PM ET

    We're headed into a slew of earnings this week from media giants—on both the content and distribution side. Whether we're talking about content creators like News Corp and Time Warner or kings of distribution like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, there are a couple key themes that will impact the whole industry. Here's what to watch as earnings reports roll out this week and next.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Like an unpleasant relative, the European debt crisis came back for a visit Monday and may still be hanging around on Tuesday.

  • Television Industry Veteran Dan Burke Dies at 82 Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 5:46 PM ET
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    Daniel Burke, a media industry veteran who helped create Capital Cities/ABC before it was sold to Walt Disney, has died of complications from diabetes. He was 82.

  • Paid Tweets are a Gray Area for Athletes and Celebrities Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 1:57 PM ET

    Earlier this month, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick tweeted: "Check these prizes from the McDonald's monopoly game," and included a link. Next to the tweet it said "spon," which I assume meant sponsored. So I called up McDonald's and asked them if they were now sponsoring Michael Vick.

  • Jobs Had Figured Out How to Transform TV: Book Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | 3:41 PM ET
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    Before he died, Steve Jobs believed he had figured out a way to transform television—just as he had done with computers, music players and cell phone.

  • Reaction: NFL Starts Venture Capital Firm Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | 1:49 PM ET
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    Earlier this week, Sports Business Journal broke the story that the NFL was starting a venture capital fund, with the owners willing to put in at least $32 million to invest in businesses. I knew I needed to comment on this, but, to be honest, I didn't think I was the most qualified. For that, I went to Dan Shanoff of Quickish, a media company focused on short-form, real-time news curation and discovery.

  • GE's Immelt: US Must Invest...Solyndra or Not Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 7:17 PM ET
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    To get its confidence back, America needs less regulation and more innovation even if that means some failed ventures using taxpayer money, General Electric Chairman Jeff Immelt told CNBC Thursday.

  • Steve Jobs — More Than a Gadget Guru Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 4:10 PM ET
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    Steve Jobs was so much more than a gadget guru — he challenged movie, music, video game gurus, and even the advertising to "think different." Jobs left a massive legacy across the media business, pushing for an overhaul of content distribution.

  • Are Rising Corporate Cyber Attacks a Conspiracy? Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 3:40 PM ET
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    High-profile cyber intrusions, mixed with anonymous mechanized threats and curiously timed offline periods for major corporations, have prompted conspiracy theorists to wonder if hackers are trying to undermine big business or the economy.

  • Stocks Close Near Highs, Led by Materials Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 4:23 PM ET

    Stocks rallied sharply in the final minutes of trading to finish near their highs in another volatile session Wednesday, buoyed by a handful of better-than-expected economic news and amid optimism over the euro zone.

  • Microsoft's XBox 360 Gets a Slew of New TV Content Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 2:12 PM ET
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    Microsoft just announced a slew of new content partners to make its XBox 360 Live platform the entertainment hub of your living room.

  • When MSFT and Xbox Meet TV Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 10:15 AM ET
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    Microsoft is set to make a big announcement today with its Xbox. Rumor has it that Steve Ballmer is bringing TV service to your game console. Rick Sherlund, Nomura Securities, shares his insight from the Oracle World Conference.