November 24, 1993 |
It was surprising enough when people learned that corporate leaders gave money to Sen. Bob Packwood so that he could defend himself against charges that he groped or French-kissed 28 women. Surprising enough that some of their companies were household names. But, for some people, the biggest surprise of all was the identity of one of the larger contributors: Turner Broadcasting. That's right, the company founded by Ted Turner. The creator of the 24-hour news network, CNN. The self-styled new thinker behind the Better World Society.
October 19, 1988 |
Rick Blaine and Ilsa Laslow are drinking champagne in a Paris apartment, even as the Germans are preparing to occupy the city. Ilsa tells Rick that he'd better hightail it, because he's an enemy of the Reich. They agree to meet at the train station later that day, on their way out of town. "Here's looking at you," says Rick, looking into the eyes of the ravishing Ilsa, who is decked out in . . . what color was that dress? The original version of "Casablanca" was black and white, so you have to use your imagination.
November 4, 2006 |
In less than a year, Derrick Morgan should be coming to an ESPN College Football GameDay near you. If the pigskin career doesn't pan out for the Coatesville senior, though, he could still be gracing your television - not as a player, but as a broadcaster. Morgan, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end, gave an oral commitment to Georgia Tech on Wednesday, citing the university's strong communications program as a significant factor in his decision. "It came down to Georgia Tech and Boston College because of academics," Morgan said.
May 8, 1987 |
"Shaka Zulu," the controversial mini-series that aired Sunday through Wednesday on Channel 57, had been criticized as being racist, extremely violence and having too much nudity. All that apparantly contributed to a ratings victory for Channel 57. According to Channel 57 spokeswoman Robin Roberto, the station's 8-to-10 p.m. movie usually averages a 3 rating and a 2 share according to Nielsen. With "Shaka Zulu," it has averaged a 10.6 rating and a 15 share. Roberto says the station is "very pleased" with the results.
July 13, 1989 |
In a remarkably frank and wide-ranging news conference yesterday to visiting television critics, Ted Turner, president of Turner Broadcasting, held forth on subjects ranging from abortion to children's programming. Turner's TNT cable station is scheduled to air on July 20 a half-hour documentary called Abortion: For Survival, and Turner said, "I expect a hailstorm of protest, because it's a show that's pro-choice. I'm pro-choice, and this is my way of answering those idiots who want to outlaw abortion.
April 29, 1994 |
Talk about an overflowing hoops menu . . . You're losing interest watching tonight's New York-New Jersey NBA first- round playoff game on TBS. What to do? Switch to the Giants-Phillies on PRISM, or maybe "Jaws" (the shark movie, not a biography of Ron Jaworski) on Channel 17? Noooo. There's Chicago-Cleveland on TNT. Is this a great country or what? The folks at Turner Broadcasting are giving us more NBA playoff games than we've ever had, at least 35 on TNT and five to 10 on TBS. Tonight on TBS, the Knicks and Nets begin at 7 o'clock, with Bob Neal and Doug Collins announcing.
September 22, 1993 |
The NBA and Turner Broadcasting announced a four-year extension of their television contract yesterday that will bring a game of the week to TBS and assure that every playoff game will be on some national TV network. Turner will pay a reported $346 million for the four years, beginning in the 1994-95 season - about 25 percent more than the network paid over the past four years. "We have concluded lengthy and very amiable negotiations to not only keep the NBA for TNT, but also to expand to a game on TBS," Turner Broadcasting president Ted Turner said at the joint announcement with NBA commissioner David Stern.
February 2, 2005 |
Baseball legend Yogi Berra - the master of sayings that seem so numskull-ian they're probably ineffable Zen koans - is suing Turner Broadcasting for $10 mil for abusing his name. According to the Smoking Gun Web site, Berra is upset with the way Turner has been advertising its sanitized reruns of HBO's Sex and the City. Promo posters on buses and subway kiosks seek the definition of the word Yogism. Possible answers include "(a) a type of yo-yo trick" and "(b) sex with Yogi Berra.
July 14, 1989 |
At least one of the numerous targets nuked by Ted Turner at a Wednesday news conference in L.A. chose yesterday to return fire. Said Captain Outrageous of NBC's new cable network, Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC): "Boy, that sucks, doesn't it? What a piece of garbage. " (Ever thought of diplomacy as a career, Ted? Move over, Henry Kissinger.) Responding to Turner's quote, CNBC's Jim Boyle said: "We heard the cable industry was a friendly one. Now we know it's the operators who are friendly, not necessarily the programmers.
October 23, 2014 |
LORNE MICHAELS has added another "Saturday Night Live" cast member to his little black book. NBC said the show is adding Leslie Jones to its cast. She won't have to move or anything - the African-American comedian has been a writer on the show. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. She starred in a one-hour comedy special, "Problem Child," on Showtime. She came to "SNL" in January, along with fellow writer LaKendra Tookes , as well as Sasheer Zamata , who was signed to join the cast at that time.