The Skinny: I was just thinking it is time to watch "Midnight Run" again when the sad news that Dennis Farina, who has a memorable role in that underappreciated comic classic, had died. I've been afraid to watch "Midnight Run" again because Robert DeNiro makes those Marlboros look so good. Tuesday's headlines include
Daily Dose: On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission released a report on the television industry revealing that small cable operators are starting to disappear. Although the regulatory agency did not go into specifics as to why this is happening, Matthew Polka, president of the American Cable Assn., cited rising programming costs, particularly for local broadcasters, as a major factor.
Team in place. After spending the last few months hiring on-air talent, Al Jazeera America finally named who would be calling the shots off camera. Veteran
Numbers up, stock down. A few days after receiving 14 Emmy nominations for its original shows including
The over-the-hill gang. In TV, the logic is that the older your audience, the less value they are to advertisers. But
Adios. Univision has pulled the plug on radio personality Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo, host of the Spanish broadcaster's nationally syndicated morning show "Piolín por la Manana." While the show has been a big hit, its ratings have tumbled somewhat as of late. There is speculation that there is a contract dispute between Sotelo and Univision, which declined to comment beyond confirming the departure. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Billboard.
Harder than it looks.
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