Nickelodeon still tops kids' TV ratings, but Cartoon Network is snapping at Nick's heels. Since 1997, Cartoon has cut Nick's ratings lead in half, and it now boasts penetration to nearly 80 million homes.
Six years after Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of ABC, the network has fallen from the No. 1-rated prime-time spot to No. 4. Insiders say ABC not only has failed to produce hit shows, but Disney also has made a series of strategic missteps. Disney says shoring up ABC has become a top priority.
Turner is credited with playing a major role in establishing CNN as a preeminent news organization. CNN hired Turner -- no relation to founder Ted Turner -- in 1980. He retired in 1998 as VP in charge of newsgathering. Turner had been battling liver cancer.
Oprah Winfrey reportedly has expressed frustration with a deal that gave her a 25% stake in Oxygen Media in exchange for $20 million and the rights to reruns of her massively popular talk show. Oxygen spokeswoman Laura Nelson says Winfrey may be frustrated with the logistics of packaging the shows, adding that she may feel too closely linked to the network.
The FCC's decision to classify cable Internet provision as an "information service" is leading watchdog groups to request the government to require competition in high-speed access, a report says. The cable industry counters that it is embracing competition.
Game Show Network is ushering in a new slate of programming with an aggressive marketing push -- one that includes outdoor ads, street marketing and sports tie-ins. The marketing effort is part of a drive for the network to skew to a younger audience, a report says.