The Latest: McConnell says Trump’s border plan suits reality
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local):
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump's proposal to increase border security through physical barriers "suits the reality on the ground" along the U.S.-Mexico border.
ABC to join ESPN, NFL Network in broadcasting NFL draft
ABC is joining the NFL draft broadcast business and will televise all three days of picks next April.
The network will join ESPN, also part of Walt Disney Company's TV properties, for prime-time coverage on Thursday and Friday nights, April 25 and 26, from Nashville. NFL Network also will televise those two nights, which include the opening three rounds of the draft.
NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.
Charlottesville TV station pioneer honored with AP award
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Harold Wright, who is credited with bringing broadcast television decades ago to the Charlottesville, Virginia, area, is the recipient of The Associated Press' Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award.
Wright, vice president and general manager of WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, was honored Saturday by the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters, a group of more than 30 radio and television stations across Virginia and West Virginia.
Charlottesville TV station pioneer honored with AP award
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters are honoring a Charlottesville, Virginia, television pioneer with an award.
Harold Wright of WVIR-TV is credited with bringing broadcast television to Charlottesville decades ago.
He's the recipient of The Associated Press' Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award.
Lansing — The Republican gubernatorial primary battle is heating up on a television near you, with Gov. Rick Snyder touting Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in a new advertisement and Attorney General Bill Schuette blasting Calley in the first attack ad of the 2018 cycle.
Olivia Munn to helm Critics’ Choice Awards after T.J. Miller
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers said Wednesday that Olivia Munn will host the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards to be broadcast Jan. 11 on the CW.
Munn follows T.J. Miller, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when he was in college. Munn is among Brett Ratner's sexual harassment accusers and has been fighting for reforms in Hollywood.
Fox’s version of ‘Christmas Story’ fails to excite
New York — To judge by the collective shrug that viewers greeted Fox's performance of "A Christmas Story Live!," the fascination with live theater on television may have run its course.
The Nielsen company said that Fox's telecast was seen by 4.52 million viewers on Sunday night. That's lower than any of the live productions that have been shown on broadcast television since NBC kicked off the trend in 2013 with "The Sound of Music."
Fox’s version of ‘Christmas Story’ fails to excite viewers
NEW YORK (AP) — To judge by the collective shrug that viewers greeted Fox's performance of "A Christmas Story Live!," the fascination with live theater on television may have run its course.
The Nielsen company said that Fox's telecast was seen by 4.52 million viewers on Sunday night. That's lower than any of the live plays that have been shown on broadcast television since NBC kicked off the trend in 2013 with "The Sound of Music."
Rep. Pittenger spending on TV ads wishing “Merry Christmas”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina congressman preparing for a Baptist minister as his repeat challenger in next May's Republican primary is on the airwaves professing his Christian faith and criticizing "political correctness" during the holidays.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony is revising its plan to make sanitized versions of R and PG-13 rated movies available for home viewing after directors like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen publicly expressed their disapproval. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment President Man Jit Singh said Wednesday that they will only make the films available with the directors' approval.
‘This is Us’ finale gets highest viewership of season
NEW YORK (AP) — Those who believe it's impossible for a broadcast network to make new hits anymore probably isn't a fan of "This is Us."
Spanish-language Vme TV dropped in large Hispanic region
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico PBS, a public television station in a state with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents, is dropping Spanish-language TV channel Vme from its lineup due to low ratings and amid continued struggles by media companies to reach Latino audiences.
The move comes as Vme TV — the first and only Spanish broadcast television network associated with public television stations — recently announced it was transitioning to commercial cable over the next year.
Millions being spent on ads in Florida legislative races
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — There may be a torrent of presidential ads flooding the airwaves in Florida, but millions are also being spent on state races.
Newly analyzed data shows that nearly $14.3 million has been spent this year to air more than 24,000 commercials targeting races for the Florida Senate. The total amount spent on broadcast television ads for Florida House races was slightly less than $1 million.
Montana’s Gianforte leads nation in ads by a state candidate
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana residents inundated with TV ads about gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte now have proof of just how much they've seen of him: A nonprofit investigative journalism organization says he's aired more campaign ads than all other candidates in the nation seeking to win statewide elections.
Casino measure dominates Rhode Island TV advertising
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's November ballot includes seven ballot questions, but only the Question 1 casino measure has been dominating air time on broadcast television.
More than $370,000 has been spent for about 300 broadcast TV ads supporting the Tiverton casino proposal, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity, based on data from Kantar Media/CMAG. The center released its findings Thursday.
Montana governor’s race generates 2nd highest number of ads
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana governor's race has generated more broadcast television ads than all but one of the 12 states with gubernatorial elections this year, with Republican challenger Greg Gianforte responsible for the majority of them, according to data released Thursday.
Report: Ads run in N Carolina governor’s race near $20M
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina governor's race is proving to be an expensive political battle across the state's airwaves.