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TV still major source of news for Americans

Television remains a key source of news for Americans even as digital media gains importance, a survey showed Friday. A Pew Research Center analysis found that 71 percent of Americans watch local television news at home and 65 percent view network newscasts over the course of a month. Some 38 percent of adults watch cable news, according to Pew, and many of these viewers are highly engaged "news junkies" who spend more time watching than most others. Pew analyzed data from the ratings agency Nielsen, including Nielsen's national panel of metered homes.

Spanish-language TV shows muscle in U.S.

Miami, Oct 2 (EFE).- The rise of the Spanish-language television industry appears to be unstoppable in the United States as media outlets that broadcast in English are looking more and more toward a market of 53 million Latinos with $1.2 trillion in purchasing power. Big networks such as Univision, Telemundo and CNN en Español and local channels like Miami's America TeVe and MegaTV are fighting a marketing battle to capture viewership among a complex and diverse Hispanic audience.

Nickelodeon joins with Clear Channel Media, gets station on iheartradio

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nickelodeon is getting into the radio business. The children's entertainment network has joined forces with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to create its own station on Clear Channel's online iHeartRadio. Nick Radio launched Monday with "The Way" singer Ariana Grande — also star of Nick's "Sam With its entry into radio, Nick Radio will provide some competition for Radio Disney, Disney's terrestrial and Internet radio stations. Like Radio Disney, Nick Radio will feature kid-friendly Top 40 music, stars from its network and celebrity interviews.

Judge tosses lawsuit opposed to Sirius takeover by Liberty Media

(Reuters) - The board of Sirius XM Radio Inc did not breach its duty to shareholders by allowing a takeover by Liberty Media Corp without demanding it pay a premium for the stock, a Delaware judge ruled on Friday. John Malone's Liberty Media acquired control of the satellite radio broadcaster in January. The media holding company had loaned Sirius $530 million in rescue financing in 2009, and as part of that deal Sirius' board agreed not to adopt a poison pill or any defense measures against a Liberty takeover after a three-year standstill.

Sirius considers international expansion, looking at Mexico - CEO

By Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sirius XM Radio Inc Chief Executive Jim Meyer sees an opportunity to enter international markets with Internet-based products, a business that could provide a new revenue stream to the company, which is mainly focused on the United States. When asked at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference on Thursday about incremental growth opportunities, Meyer said the company is exploring international markets, including Mexico.

Nielsen wins U.S. OK for Arbitron deal, with conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Television ratings giant Nielsen Holdings NV won U.S. antitrust approval on Friday for a $1.3 billion deal to buy Arbitron Inc, a company that dominates radio ratings measurement. The Federal Trade Commission said in a statement that Nielsen had agreed to sell and license some assets related to Arbitron's cross-platform as a condition of approval.

Merkel's conservatives win absolute majority: TV estimates

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are headed for an absolute majority, meaning they would need no coalition partners, estimates by two public television stations said after elections Sunday. Based on votes counted one hour after ballots closed, Merkel's party would win 304 out of 606 seats in the lower house of parliament, ZDF public television reported. ARD TV results also pointed to a narrow absolute majority. fz/kjm/mfp

Major U.S. carriers taking a pass on Canada's wireless spectrum auction:analyst

TORONTO - A Scotiabank analyst says big U.S. carriers are taking a pass on Canada's wireless spectrum auction in January, preferring instead to focus on their own markets. Analyst Jeff Fan says he has confirmation from Verizon, AT Fan says in a research note that he believes their decision was prompted by the lack of attractive returns in entering Canada's wireless market, as well as regulatory uncertainty in Canada and potential regulatory backlash in the U.S.

NPR offering buyouts in hopes of cutting staff by 10 per cent; acting CEO also named

WASHINGTON - National Public Radio said Friday that it was offering across-the-board buyouts in hopes of cutting its staff by 10 per cent and eliminating its deficit. The buyouts, which are to be offered across the entire organization, were approved by NPR's board of directors to help with a projected operating deficit of $6.1 million. NPR also announced Friday that Paul Haaga Jr., a board member since 2011, will take over as acting president and CEO effective Sept. 30. A search committee has been appointed to find a permanent replacement.

Broadcasters succeed in temporarily shutting down streaming TV service

By Erin Geiger Smith (Reuters) - U.S. television broadcasters won a significant court battle on Thursday when a federal judge shut down an online television service in most parts of the country until a lawsuit on the issue is resolved. FilmOn allows users to watch live television on their computers or mobile devices by streaming local news broadcasts and national television programs.
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