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Bilingual anchor's defense of Spanish pronunciations sparks debate

New York (CNN) — A bilingual news anchor in Arizona has defended her pronunciation of Spanish words and in doing so has brought national attention to the issue.

During a broadcast on Monday, Vanessa Ruiz, an anchor at Phoenix's KPNX, responded to hateful messages she'd received over the way she …


Tim Draper won't have to pay his $1 million gamble

New York (CNN) — Tim Draper's money is safe despite his offer to give away $1 million if 1 million people watched his reality show this week.

The audience for his ABC Family show "Startup U" did grow this Tuesday from 47,000 viewers to a 63,000, according to the network.

That number may inch a bit …


Radio host Hugh Hewitt welcomes his 'Donald Trump tattoo'

New York (CNN) — Hugh Hewitt says he's received his "Donald Trump tattoo" and he doesn't mind it one bit.

Hewitt, the conservative radio show host, tripped up Trump in an interview on Thursday evening. Trump seemed flustered when Hewitt brought up General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Quds …

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Gwen Ifill scolded by PBS ombudsman for 'inexcusable' tweet

New York (CNN) — Gwen Ifill, the the co-anchor of "PBS NewsHour," has received a public slap on the wrist for a tweet that drew condemnation from conservatives.

PBS ombudsman Michael Getler said the offending tweet was "inexcusable" and a "real self-inflicted wound."

Ifill had posted a link on …

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Al Jazeera America digital journalists vote to unionize

New York (CNN) — Another day, another unionization effort at an online news organization.

This time, it's Al Jazeera America, whose digital journalists announced Thursday that they have voted to unionize. They are represented by NewsGuild of New York.

Whether AJAM's management recognizes the union …


Fox News anchor sues toy company over 'demeaning plastic rodent' doll

New York (CNN) — A Fox News anchor is suing toy company Hasbro for millions after she said it appropriated her name and her likeness for its "Littlest Pet Shop" product line.

Harris Faulkner filed the suit in U.S District Court Monday over the toy line's "Harris Faulkner Hamster" doll.

"Hasbro's …


Cord cutters getting to watch more NFL streaming games this season - Sep. 2, 2015

Why the NFL rules TV

Cord cutters will get a chance to watch more NFL games streamed for free this season.

CBS will stream seven of its games live without requiring the viewer to authenticate that they have an account with a cable or satellite television provider.

Even though most NFL games are …


Hulu offers commercial-free option for a few bucks a month

New York (CNN) — Now you can skip all the ads on Hulu -- if you're willing to pay a few extra bucks a month.

Hulu, the streaming service owned by NBC, ABC and Fox, announced a "commercial-free option" on Wednesday.

It's the latest twist in an increasingly intense competition between Hulu, Netflix, …


Rebekah Brooks is back at News Corp

New York (CNN) — Rebekah Brooks is back at News Corp.

Four years after she emerged as a central figure in the phone hacking scandal that threatened to upend Rupert Murdoch's media empire, Brooks has officially returned to the company as CEO of the UK division.

"I am delighted to return to News UK. It …

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After murders, colleagues and rivals rush to side of Virginia's WDBJ

New York (CNN) — As the WDBJ newsroom in Roanoke, Virginia, grappled with the most painful story in its history, the murder of two co-workers on live TV, it had exemplary help from counterparts in other states.

A news desk manager and a jack-of-all-trades journalist flew in from Wichita, Kansas.

A …


Inside the secret tests of Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show'

New York (CNN) — Most of us won't see Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" for another week, but several hundred people have already watched him quiz guests and try out material.

These episodes aren't quite ready for television. They're test shows, designed to let Colbert work out any kinks before he …

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Texas TV station called 'unethical' by police for showing shooting video

New York (CNN) — Texas television station KSAT is coming under withering criticism from a sheriff's office for uploading an amateur video of a police-involved shooting.

"Broadcasting a man's death for $100 has sparked threats to our deputies' lives," the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet …


Amazon Prime now lets you download TV shows for offline streaming

New York (CNN) — The next time you're traveling, you won't need an Internet connection to watch Amazon Prime TV shows and movies.

The streaming service has enabled "offline viewing" on popular phones and tablets, letting monthly subscribers download shows like "Transparent" and "Under the Dome" …


Netflix down 8% as Apple talks to Hollywood

New York (CNN) — Netflix shares fell sharply over 8% on Tuesday, following reports that Apple is considering launching its own streaming media service.

The company has been reaching out to high-level people in the entertainment industry for confidential talks, an executive familiar with Apple's …


Pope Francis asks US teen to sing for him, saying 'Be courageous'

New York (CNN) — Pope Francis had a virtual papal audience with Catholics in three U.S. cities Monday and surprised a teenage girl in Chicago with a request that she sing for him.

The pope, who is arriving in the U.S. in September, spoke from the Vatican via satellite in an event orchestrated by ABC …

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VMAs TV ratings dip, but online viewing surges

New York (CNN) — MTV's Video Music Awards were flamboyant and at times outrageous, but that couldn't prevent its television audience from slipping slightly.

At the same time, however, its online audience -- from Twitter to streaming -- increased.

On TV, the awards show had a hefty 9.8 million viewers …


Hulk Hogan: 'I'm not a racist' - Aug. 31, 2015

Hulk Hogan and Gawker face off in sex tape lawsuit

Hulk Hogan says his history of using the n-word isn't evidence of racism. It's a byproduct of his upbringing.

"I'm not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it," the iconic professional wrestler said in …

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Hit movies moving from Netflix to Hulu with Epix deal - Aug. 30, 2015

Hulu CEO: We can get as many subscribers as Netflix

Hulu's new front in its competition with Netflix involves "The Hunger Games" and "Transformers."

Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) said Sunday that it had decided to let its distribution deal with Epix expire, which covers popular movies from the studios …


Sarah Palin was 'tremendous' as host on Fox News challenger, boss says

New York (CNN) — Is Sarah Palin going to become a nightly talk show host like Megyn Kelly or Sean Hannity?

She filled in last week on One America News Network, or OANN, a small cable channel that wants to rival Fox News someday.

OANN very much wants to have Palin stick around, but at the moment there …

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News Corp. in talks to bring back Rebekah Brooks

New York (CNN) — Rebekah Brooks may have a second act at News Corp.

A spokesperson for News Corp. confirmed Friday that it has been in talks with Brooks, who was cleared of all charges last year in a phone hacking scandal that had threatened to derail her career.

"As we've said before we have been …

Rebekah Brooks

New York Daily News defends showing shocking shooting photos

New York (CNN) — The New York Daily News was widely condemned for its front page about the on-air murders in Roanoke, Virginia, with critics calling its use of the graphic images "despicable" and "heartless." The tabloid had a different description: newsworthy.

"The images that The News used …


Virginia TV shooting leaves news crews rattled

New York (CNN) — Live shots are not supposed to end with shots fired.

Wednesday morning's murder of two journalists on live television is causing heartache and anxiety in newsrooms across the country. It is also causing a difficult reassessment of the security concerns surrounding a staple of TV …


Miley, music videos and mayhem: Why the VMAs matter

New York (CNN) — Is YouTube killing the video star?

Not so much according to Van Toffler, the executive producer of this weekend's Video Music Awards on MTV.

Thanks to social media, music videos are thriving and the VMAs have a bigger audience than ever.

"Even in the modern age of social media and …


Al Jazeera America loses another female executive

New York (CNN) — Al Jazeera America has parted ways with another top female executive, the latest in a string of high-profile departures this year at the struggling news channel.

AJAM confirmed that Mary Caraccioli is no longer serving as the channel's senior vice president of news output.

Caraccioli …

Plastered on the New York Daily News and Post front pages: an execution

New York (CNN) — Even by the standards of the New York Daily News and the New York Post, this seemed like a step too far.

The tabloid newspapers chose to put close-up images from a gunman's execution video on their front pages on Thursday, immediately provoking condemnation from other journalists …

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Angry WDBJ GM on shooter: 'I'm not sure if I want him to live or die.'

New York (CNN) — WDBJ general manager Jeff Marks did not hold back in his anger over the deaths of his two young staffers, reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward, who were shot to death live on air.

Marks appeared on the station's noon broadcast Wednesday which reported that the suspected …


Virginia journalists first to be slain in U.S. since 2007

New York (CNN) — Until Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists had counted 39 deaths of journalists around the world in 2015, in countries like Syria, Yemen and France.

Now two more names, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, are being added to the list.

Parker and Ward, the reporter and photographer …


Police: Bryce Williams fatally shoots self after killing journalists on air

(CNN) — After he shot two journalists on live TV and before he shot himself, Bryce Williams sent a message: "I've been a human powder keg for a while....just waiting to go BOOM."

Those were the words the gunman wrote in a chilling fax to ABC News, according to the network. The document purportedly …