CNN in February attracted an average of 243,000 viewers in its target 25-to-54 demographic, a 55% increase over the same month in 2010. One of the network's bright spots was the new prime-time talk show hosted by Piers Morgan, "Piers Morgan Tonight," which was up 50% in the 25-to-54 segment last month.
This year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors are talk show icon Oprah Winfrey, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, country music star Merle Haggard, "Hello Dolly" composer-lyricist Jerry Herman and dancer-choreographer-director Bill T. Jones. The 33rd annual awards will be presented Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C., and broadcast on CBS on Dec. 28.
Tim Doyle, a senior writer for SNL Kagan, has been "downright impressed" by the free mobile DTV trial service being tested by nine Washington, D.C., broadcasters. A nationwide rollout is expected to happen by next year. "The service has what all good products have: It is worthwhile, simple and easy to explain, understand and value," Doyle writes.
Increasingly companies such as Apple and Netflix are trying to horn in on the turf currently occupied by pay TV operators by offering on-demand programming delivered via broadband. But amid this scrum, the value of the free, live and trouble-free viewing of news, sports and weather is being overlooked, according to Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins Jr. "We already have a technology eminently suited to deliver such programming efficiently -- it's called over-the-air broadcast TV, if only the FCC's archaic ownership and content regulations would get out of the way and let the industry reshape itself for the digital age," he writes.
Disney has hired Dorothy Attwood as its senior vice president of global public policy. Attwood is leaving her position as senior vice president of public policy and chief privacy officer for AT&T to take up the new post.