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E! Signs David Burtka to Talent Deal

LOS ANGELES: David Burtka is on board to serve as a correspondent for E! News as well as specials and live red-carpet coverage through a new talent deal with the celebrity- and entertainment-focused network. Burtka will begin reporting for E! News full time as of January 2012. The talent deal ...

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Disney/ABC Sets Up Times Square Studios

NEW YORK: Following the news that Brian Frons, the president of daytime at the Disney/ABC Television Group, will leave his role at the end of his contract in January 2012, the company has decided to merge its daytime and syndicated units into one division, Times Square Studios. The new integrated ...

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Xbox Live Grows TV Options

REDMOND: Microsoft is releasing a software upgrade for the Xbox 360 that allows users to access new digital entertainment content, including video channels from the likes of YouTube, HBO and Epix, along with the enhanced features of voice-controlled and hand-gesture-based navigation and content search through Kinect. Partnerships are in place ...

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YouTube Redesign Promotes Video Channels

SAN BRUNO: YouTube has done a major revamp to its website, which now emphasizes "channels" of content rather than single videos. Last month the service announced a slew of new partnerships with content providers to create 100 video channels with original programming. The redesign, the largest in YouTube’s history, highlights ...

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FOX Sets Premiere Dates for Touch, Alcatraz & More

LOS ANGELES: FOX’s midseason schedule includes the launch of the new dramas Touch, The Finder and Alcatraz, as well as the freshman animated comedy Napoleon Dynamite. American Idol returns with season 11, beginning with a two-night premiere on January 18. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and ...

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Comedy Central Slates Midseason Programming

NEW YORK: A host of new series and specials, including the sketch comedy Key & Peele, as well as returning favorites such as The Colbert Report, Tosh.0 and South Park, are on the grid for Comedy Central’s midseason lineup. In January, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert ...

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U.S. Cable Giants Sell Spectrum Worth $3.6 Billion to Verizon

PHILADELPHIA/BASKING RIDGE/NEW YORK/ORLANDO: Verizon Wireless plans to pay $3.6 billion for wireless airwaves from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, collectively known as SpectrumCo. The deal, subject to FCC approval, is for 122 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS). The joint venture paid $2.4 billion for 137 AWS licenses in ...

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