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  • Andrew Lack in talks to return to NBC Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    An executive at NBC Universal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said that if an agreement was reached, Lack, a veteran executive who ran NBC's news division from 1993 to 2001, would return in a lead role at the NBC News Group, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. After more than 15 years at CBS News as a top producer, he replaced...

  • Television's 'Judge Judy' staying in session Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Daytime television's most popular personality, "Judge Judy" Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020.. The new deal also gives CBS first look at any projects by Sheindlin's production company, which makes the new court show "Hot Bench." "We could not be more excited to continue our longtime...

  • NEW YORK— More viewers have tuned in to watch Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly as he faces criticism for some of his past reporting. The Nielsen ratings company says O'Reilly had his largest audience since last summer among the 25-54 age demographic, the basis of most ad sales for news programming. Stories over the past week have accused O'Reilly of falsely...

  • *4th- qtr profit of $1.06/ shr vs est $0.99. *4th- qtr revenue of $609.4 mln vs est $602.4 mln. Feb 26- AMC Networks Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, helped by strong ratings for its hit zombie drama "The Walking Dead" and its purchase of BBC America.

  • NBC stays in lead with Lester Holt Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Lester Holt's audience shot up by more than half a million viewers on his second week filling in at NBC's "Nightly News" for the suspended Brian Williams. NBC's newscast averaged 10.1 million viewers last week, roughly 600,000 more than the week before, the Nielsen company said. But on a busy news week with many viewers shut in by the cold, ABC's "World News...

  • NEW YORK— What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. Hollywood's commitment to reflecting the nation's diversity, and its sensitivity to how these issues are perceived, could not be missed on Sunday's show— from the opening joke on. "Tonight, we honor Hollywood's best and...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 23- Sunday's Academy Awards telecast on ABC drew its smallest audience in six years with 36.6 million average viewers, according to Nielsen figures, in what critics deemed a long, lackluster show and limited box office appeal among top nominees. Nielsen data on Monday showed a 16 percent decline from last year, a significant drop for Walt Disney...

  • Veteran Holt in unique position at NBC Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Lester Holt's first report card as NBC's choice to fill in for suspended anchor Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor found him maintaining the network's ratings lead, although the competition has tightened. The understated understudy has worked without a break since Williams took himself off the newscast on Feb. 7 and was suspended for six months by...

  • Nielsen's top 20 prime-time programs for Feb. 9-15 Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 8:07 PM ET

    2. "NCIS," CBS, 18.77 million. 3. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 16.19 million. 6. "Scorpion," CBS, 11.86 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A fight between an upstart Spanish language TV network and Comcast Corp has provided more ammunition for critics who fear Comcast would gain too much market power if its buyout of Time Warner Cable Inc goes ahead, antitrust attorneys said. Formed by the son of a Mexican immigrant in 2009, Estrella TV currently is distributed by Comcast in 16...

  • FACTBOX-Single serve coffee's rise Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 8:11 PM ET

    In 2009, Folgers, owned by J.M. Smucker Co. led the single-serve pack, with 17.9 percent market share and sales of $1.5 billion, data from market research firm Euromonitor show. Leading single-serve maker Keurig Green Mountain was seventh, with 2.7 percent market share and sales of $224 million. In the 52 weeks ended Jan. 24, single-serve accounted for 40 percent of...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- Stephen Shapiro says he "couldn't survive" without his Keurig single-serve coffee machine. "I wake up, before I even go to the bathroom I turn my Keurig on," said the 75- year-old retired health food store owner, who splits his time between New York and Boca Raton, Florida. Sales of coffee pods for the slick single-serve machines like Keurig Green...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Hershey Co's announcement on Thursday that it will buy jerky maker Krave Pure Foods Inc reflects a growing appetite for healthy snacks in the United States, even those that were once considered gas station staples. According to Nielsen data released earlier this month, 30 percent of U.S. consumers specifically look for food that is high in...

  • Jan 29- Viacom Inc is jumping on the direct-to-consumer bandwagon with plans to introduce an online video streaming product for its children's cable network Nickelodeon, the company's chief executive said on Thursday. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman did not offer much detail including pricing about the subscription offering, but said more information will be...

  • Jan 26- Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc said it would acquire privately held rival MOM Brands Co for about $1.15 billion to expand in the growing bagged and hot cereal categories, sending its shares up as much as 9 percent. U.S. sales of bagged cereals grew 5.6 percent annually in the past four years, even though overall sales of cereals fell, Post said, quoting data...

  • Brewing goliaths struggle to fit in at craft beer party Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ BRUSSELS, Jan 21- At Top Hops on Manhattan's hip Lower East Side, drinkers can choose from 20 beers on tap from Dark Penance to Devil Dancer and over 600 more in bottles. The bar is tapping into the surge in demand for craft beers and finds only the occasional customer opting for Budweiser or other brands of the two major brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and...

  • Midday movers: Chevron, Hess, Morgan Stanley & more Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 12:55 PM ET

    Some of Tuesday's midday movers:

  • Chobani plans to name a new chief executive in the first half of 2015 and among the candidates to replace company founder Hamdi Ulukaya as CEO is interim president and chief operating officer Kevin Burns, a senior partner at Texas- based TPG with a reputation as a turnaround expert with experience in manufacturing. Ulukaya will remain chairman, Chobani's Chief...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 29- Consumers paid $15 million in just four days to watch "The Interview" from the comfort of their couches, building expectations that other hot, new films might also make their debut online. But Hollywood is not quite ready to give that to viewers, experts say. The experiment, a last-ditch effort by the unit of Sony Corp to keep "The Interview" alive...

  • In Disney's hands, fairy tales grow up Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:51 AM ET

    Audiences seem to be falling out of love with traditional fairy tales and their happy endings.