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How many advertisements can U.S. TV networks jam into their commercial breaks? According to the tabulations of two Wall Street analysts, too many.
Beset by declines in audience, a majority of U.S. cable networks stuffed more commercials onto their air in the fourth quarter, with Viacom boosting its ad load by 13% across its cable networks; A+E Networks increasing the number of commercials it runs by 10%; and Discovery Communications adding 9% more TV spots, according to research released Wednesday by independent analyst Michael Nathanson. On the broadcast side, Fox raised the number of spots it aired by 15% in the quarter, Nathanson said, while ABC and CBS reduced theirs by 2% and NBC cut its by 6%.
Executives for Discovery, A+E, Viacom and Fox were not immediately available for comment.
TV networks have been caught jamming more ads into their schedule in the past, and it’s not a move borne from confidence. »
- Brian Steinberg
Daniel Bryan’s appearance at the 2015 Royal Rumble Sunday night in Philadelphia marked his comeback from a neck injury that saw him stripped of his WWE title – so fans were more than shocked at how early his defeat was scripted. Daniel Bryan At Royal Rumble During the WWE Network’s pay-per-view 30-man wrestling match, Bryan […]
- Chelsea Regan
The outspoken rapper, 44, had some super-harsh words for Bowling for Columbine director Michael Moore and The Interview star Seth Rogen, who've both publicly criticized Clint Eastwood's latest film about real-life Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle's life on and off the battlefield.
"F*ck you Michael Moore, you're a piece of s*it and your uncle would be ashamed of you," he wrote on his website, referring to Moore's claim that his uncle was killed by a sniper in World War II, and that snipers were "cowards."
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
He also went in on Rogen, who tweeted that the film reminded him of a fake »
The Oscar-nominated actor surprised about 260 wounded service members and medical center staff at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas following a screening of the film.
He spent time visiting injured patients, speaking one-on-one with soldiers and staff, signing autographs and handing out posters and t-shirts.
Post by Brooke Army Medical Center.
The 40-year-old actor was joined by Wayne Kyle, the father of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle who Brad portrayed in the film. And the two were accompanied by veterans Jacob Schick and Brian Anderson, both of whom appeared in American Sniper.
Bradley answered questions from the audience following the screening »
4 items from 2015
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