Tag: Media industry

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International

Dutch push back against “Black Pete” criticism

In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo a child dressed as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”, right, watches a parade after St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, arrived by boat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber, File) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the “Black Pete” clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays has become the fastest-growing Dutch-language page ever, receiving 1 million “likes” in a single day. The mushrooming popularity of the “Pete-ition” page reflects the depth of emotional attachment most Dutch people — 90 percent of whom have European ancestry — feel to a figure that helped launch the tradition of Santa Claus.

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Business

Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

This combination of Associated Press File photos shows six prominent figures on Twitter. From top left,Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama, the Bronx Zoo’s once missing Egyptian Cobra, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.. President Barack Obama, and Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/File) by Barbara OrtutayAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — People don’t just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales —and advertisers and networks are taking note.

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International

Nigerian ‘Oprah Winfrey’ launches entertainment TV network

In this photo taken on June 28, Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV, speaks to Associated Press during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) by Michelle Faul LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed into nearly every country on the continent with programs showcasing its burgeoning middle class.

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Business

Broadcasters worry about 'Zero TV' homes

EXTREME CASE–James Weitze satisfies his video fix with an iPhone. He sleeps most of the time in his truck, and has no apartment. (AP Photo/James Weitze) by Ryan Nakashima AP Business Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some people have had it with TV. They’ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don’t like timing their lives around network show schedules. They’re tired of $100-plus monthly bills.