ESPN Vice President Norby Williamson has made changes to get the sports network back to its roots, including keeping the focus on sports rather than political talk and making the shows less personality-driven. ESPN's 7 a.m. and noon shows currently rank No. 1 in the 18-34 male demographic for those time slots on linear TV.
CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" ratings in November have increased 25% to almost 1.3 million viewers, overtaking Anderson Cooper's 8 p.m. ratings and inching closer to competing networks' numbers. Brian Steinberg credits anchor Chris Cuomo's style of talking to people on both sides of an argument and verbally sparring with his guests as the reasons the show is resonating with its audience.
T-Mobile is reportedly getting back into the banking business with the launch of the T-Mobile Money app, which allows users to access their bank accounts and handle other banking activities. Analysts say the carrier is joining a global telecom trend aimed at capitalizing on relationships with current subscribers.
The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives may be looking closely at issues involving broadcast station mergers, privacy and net neutrality. Watchdog organizations hope the new legislature will roll back some of the regulation-light policies the Federal Communications Commission has enacted.
Dana Walden will be moving into her role as chairman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment once the merger with Fox is complete. Walden spent 26 years with Fox, where she was a successful creative executive. "I really want to find a way to take this opportunity to empower leaders under me to run their own businesses," Walden said.
Because cybercriminals' activities have become increasingly sophisticated, one expert says that cybercrimes, and especially financial scams, have risen sharply in 2018. "Criminals are no longer just getting the email credentials of a person in the company, they are now monitoring their email and communication style in order to send a phishing email that is hard to detect as being fraudulent," says Jeremy Barnett of NAS Insurance, suggesting that companies put steps in place to prevent phishing scams.
Media companies, such as Disney and WarnerMedia, are pursuing the launch of their own streaming services, which may lead to pulling content off Netflix. This would put Netflix, which produces 8% of its programming, at risk of losing up to 20% of its existing offerings.
Comcast Vice President of Access Architecture Rob Howald encourages competitors to work together on issues that will make the industry more efficient. "The strength of any open source project is the strength, passion and engagement of the supporting open source community," Howald says.
A recent online poll showed that 78% of US smartphone users use the internet from their phones as often as or more often than from their computers, while 73% of users said that smartphones let them do most or all of what they want online. The Axios/SurveyMonkey poll also revealed that 80% of those whose internet access is mostly through smart phones find it more convenient than using a computer.