Reports that Disney might acquire key parts of 21st Century Fox have been out there for almost a month. CNBC now reports that those talks have progressed, and that a deal could be announced as early as next week. All told, Disney would reportedly pay more than $60 billion for the new assets. Properties included in the deal could include National Geographic, Star, movie studios, regional sports nets, and stakes in Sky and Hulu. Speaking of which, Disney and Fox each own 30% of Hulu; if Disney acquires Fox’s stake, it’ll own a controlling stake in the service. At the same time, Disney is planning to launch its own streaming services in the coming years, having recently declined to renew its licensing arrangement with Netflix. Assuming the Fox deal goes through, Disney will be able to pack additional movies and TV shows onto those platforms. Bottom line: In a few years, Disney will likely be giving Netflix a run for its money.
Kathie Lee Gifford, who has co-hosted Today with Hoda Kotb since 2008, is leaving NBC’s morning show in April. “As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us eleven extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors,” […]
Carol Burnett will receive the first Golden Globe award for special achievement in television, which will be named after her going forward. Burnett, who will accept the trophy during NBC’s broadcast of the ceremony on Sunday, January 6, is a five-time Golden Globe winner and the most decorated of all time in the TV category.
ITV announced a new deal with Haymon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions to bring exclusive coverage of exciting PBC boxing events to ITV viewers and fight fans in the UK. This marks the first time that Haymon Sports and PBC has partnered with a UK broadcaster to stage boxing events regularly in the UK. The […]
NASCAR unveiled times, television and radio networks for its 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series schedule, with only a few tweaks this year, most notably for the playoff opener out of Las Vegas Motor Speedway that will now run in primetime on NBCSN. Other shifts include moving the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway will move […]
E.W. Scripps Company’s Katz Networks is relaunching Court TV in May, having acquired brand assets including the 100,000-hour Court TV library from Turner Broadcasting. The 24/7 channel has secured over-the-air distribution agreements with local TV station groups that will allow it to reach over 50% of U.S. television households. “Today, while consumer interest in the […]