NEW YORK -- ESPN is cutting its workforce, the latest Disney division to reduce staff.
"We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs," the sports media giant said in a statement Tuesday.
"While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive."
The company would not say how many jobs are being eliminated, but they include unfilled positions.
ESPN has about 7,000 employees worldwide, with about 4,000 at its headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
NEW YORK -- News Corp introduced a long-rumored national cable sports channel,
Fox Sports 1, on Tuesday, aiming to compete with leader ESPN in an
increasingly crowded TV sports marketplace.
Fox will launch the channel on Aug. 17 in 90 million homes,
executives of the network said at an event in New York City.
The channel will carry college basketball games from conferences
such as the Big 12 and Pac 12, college football games including a Notre
Dame versus Stanford matchup, and Major League Baseball games starting
Arlington, Va. --In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its year-round commitment to diverse programming, PBS has announced an on-air lineup commemorating the contributions of African Americans in music, dance, television and civil rights, providing an in-depth look at key figures and events that shaped black - and American - history.
In addition to these programs, PBS announced it will launch the PBS Black Culture Connection, a digital storybook of black films, history, trends and discussion that's available throughout the year on PBS.
WASHINGTON -- The
National Association of Black Journalists is saddened by the recent termination of meteorologist Rhonda S. Lee by Shreveport, La. television station KTBS.
According to numerous published reports, Lee was fired for responding to what she described as an offensive station Facebook page posting about her short, natural hairstyle.
Her employer says Lee was fired for repeatedly violating a company policy that discouraged employees from responding to "complaints from viewers" on the station's Facebook page.
BRISTOL, Ct. -- Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song will not return to ESPN's "Monday Night Football," the network announced Thursday.
In the wake of Williams using an analogy involving Adolf Hitler and President Barack Obama to make a political point on the Fox News Channel, Williams' "All My Rowdy Friends" will no longer be part of the MNF opening.
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr," ESPN said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years.
NEW YORK -- After ending an impasse over a new collective bargaining agreement, theNational Football League
is back. This is a relief to all the television networks that paid billions of dollars for television rights.
But one media giant isn't dancing in the end zone.
Comcasthas taken the end of the labor dispute as an opportunity to settle a beef with one of its rivals, satellite TV companyDirectTV,
which it accuses in a new lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Illinois
federal court of deceptive advertising.
ATLANTA -- Plans for the first 24-hour U.S. broadcast network programmed specifically for African-Americans were announced Monday in Atlanta.
Bounce TV, which will target viewers primarily between the ages of 25-54, said it will show a mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-network series and original programming.
The ad-supported network will air 24 hours a day, seven days a week as a digital terrestrial network designed for carriage on the digital signals of local television stations.