US District Judge Richard Leon says the government shutdown won't delay the antitrust case against AT&T and Time Warner due to the urgency of the case. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission says it will stay open through Friday; the commission submitted a shutdown plan in December.
CNN President Jeff Zucker has no interest in running ESPN now that John Skipper has left, a representative confirmed. A source says that Zucker remains committed to the network.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige was informed that the recent emergency missile alert was erroneous just two minutes after it was broadcast, yet Ige took 15 minutes to inform residents, National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Arthur Logan said at a hearing Friday. Lawmakers have criticized Ige's delay in responsive action, as well as his leaving the two-hour hearing after just 45 minutes without addressing any questions regarding the timeline of events.
President Donald Trump has rejected NBC's offer for a pre-Super Bowl presidential interview. Though the reasons for his rejection are unknown, it could be due to last year's low interview ratings or his stance against NFL protests or to avoid questions regarding his political views and recent controversial statements, writes Lisa de Moraes.
The government shutdown doesn't have a definitive narrative, which has left news organizations with the task of attempting to sort out who's to blame.
NBC's "This Is Us" was a big winner at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama. Also, Sterling Brown won best male actor in a drama for his work on the show.
State lawmakers in California are pushing to preserve net neutrality regulations, with Democratic Sens. Kevin De Leon and Scott Wiener each introducing bills to establish new rules. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pushing for a floor vote on a bill that would stop the rollback of regulations.
Regional sports networks are thriving, with Fox's 2018 cash flow for its RSN business expected to reach $1.9 billion, per MoffettNathanson. However, there are "longer-term secular concerns with those networks," the research firm notes, as the rise of key digital players could create a more complex scenario.
MoviePass has announced that it plans to invest in purchasing films through its subsidiary MoviePass Ventures to create new revenue streams outside of the box office through DVD, on-demand and streaming. The company recently surpassed 1.5 million subscribers.
A panel at the Freeform Summit discussed how the network plans to move the brand forward by exceeding expectations and pushing past stereotypes that are increasingly being shunned by millennials. The network announced plans for programming in line with its forward approach, including a "Party of Five" reboot, new drama "Cleopatra" and the return of shows such as "Grown-ish" and "Famous in Love."
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