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TV viewing surges during Britain's lockdown, led by streaming services


LONDON Britons spent 40% of their waking day watching TV and online video at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown in April, including spending twice as long watching streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, regulator Ofcom said.

Televisa, TV Azteca shares jump after Mexico home-schooling deal

MEXICO CITY Shares in Grupo Televisa and TV Azteca surged on Tuesday after the Mexican companies inked a deal to broadcast home-schooling classes during the next academic year while schools remain closed because of the coronavirus epidemic.

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Portia de Rossi speaks out as criticism of Ellen mounts

LOS ANGELES Actress Portia de Rossi defended Ellen DeGeneres on Monday after a social media campaign called for the talk show host to step down following reports of a hostile work environment for employees on set.

People Aug 03 2020

Ellen DeGeneres TV show to make workplace changes after probe of culture

LOS ANGELES Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday sent an emotional message to the staff of her television talk show saying she was taking steps to improve the culture on set following accusations of a hostile working environment. | Video

People Jul 31 2020

NBA's return doubles typical regular-season audience, broadcaster TNT says

LOS ANGELES The NBA's return to regular-season play for the first time in four months averaged 3.4 million viewers for a close contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the league and AT&T Inc's TNT cable network said on Friday.

MTV's VMAs to honor coronavirus shutdown music

LOS ANGELES Pop stars Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga led a girl power list of nominations on Thursday for the MTV Video Music Awards, which added two new categories to reflect how musicians are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Music Jul 31 2020

Muppets' Kermit jokes that lockdown kept diva Miss Piggy at bay

LONDON The Muppets have been describing life under lockdown ahead of the start of their new series, and the loveable puppets have been using video conferencing, learning new skills and appreciating some alone time.

Jul 30 2020

Emmy nominations, from 'Succession' to 'Schitt's Creek,' put premium on diversity

LOS ANGELES HBO's dystopian superhero drama "Watchmen" and the 1960s comedy "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on Tuesday led an Emmy nominations list dominated by Netflix and what Variety said was a record number of Black actors.

Jul 28 2020

Factbox: Key nominations for the 2020 Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES The nominations for the annual Emmy Awards, celebrating the best in television, were announced on Tuesday. The winners will be announced on Sept. 20.

Jul 28 2020

UK sets up $647 million emergency insurance fund for film and TV

LONDON Britain has announced a 500 million-pound ($647 million) fund to help television and film companies restart productions after companies complained they were unable to get insurance because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Film, Jul 28 2020