• Miley Cyrus bares nipple on VMAs

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Miley Cyrus' various costumes for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were for the most part nearly naked — and then she took it a step farther and flashed her nipple during a costume change. As the camera panned backstage, Cyrus failed to cover up and the broadcast quickly cut away to the crowd while she continued to talk. She then said, "What's happening? Oh, sorry." Throughout the show, she made drug references and sang about smoking marijuana during the final performance of the show. Mariana Agathoklis, a representative for MTV, said the shot would be removed from future broadcasts of the show. The Parents Television Council, an advocacy group, accused MTV of trying to create controversy.

  • Under new TV contract, US Open returns to Sunday men's final

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Open men's final could be played on a Sunday. That is the traditional final day of a Grand Slam tennis tournament, including in New York — until five straight years of rain, followed by a two-year schedule change partly prompted by that wet weather, pushed the last match to Monday. Now, under the U.S. Tennis Association's new TV contract with ESPN, the sport's fourth major of the season will look like the first three. Gone for good is "Super Saturday," the old format pairing the men's semis and women's final. The men get their desired day off between the last two rounds, while the women's semis are now in Thursday prime time.

  • China's leadership fans smoldering antipathy toward Japan


    BEIJING (AP) — By administrative order, dramas about resisting the Japanese wartime enemy will fill Chinese TV channels this week as China celebrates — including with a massive military parade — the victory over Japan 70 years ago. Combined with pervasive patriotic education that goes to great lengths in detailing Japanese atrocities, the order on programming from Sept. 1-5 ensures that the Chinese public — generation after generation — always remembers the country's past humiliation as well as the bitter but valiant efforts to resist the Japanese. "We are reminded of the war against Japan so constantly that I have developed an inherent antipathy toward Japan," said Cong Yuting, a 26-year-old teacher from the northe

  • Vin Scully: 2016 will be final season in booth for Dodgers

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully said Saturday that 2016 will be his last season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which would mark the end of his record 67-year tenure with the same franchise. The Hall of Fame announcer turns 88 in November. The team revealed Friday night he would be back next year, but Scully took it a step further while speaking to the media a day later. "I would say realistically — I don't want any headlines — but I would say next year would be the last one," he said, joking, "How much longer can you go fooling people?" "I would be saying, 'Dear God, if you give me next year, I'll hang it up.

  • Survivor's husband recounts story before gunfire erupted

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The chamber of commerce official who was answering questions about her community on live TV when gunfire erupted said she never saw the gunman walk up to the group. Vicki Gardner, who is executive director of the resort area's chamber of commerce, says the camera's bright light blinded her. She was wounded as she fell to the ground after hearing the first shots, her husband said.. The gunman, Vester Flanagan, ambushed WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker during the interview Wednesday at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center. The first four shots were aimed at Parker, and two more were aimed at Ward, Gardner's husband Tim said Friday in a telephone interview from the hospital whe

  • Rowing alone: Author channels life on water with kids' book

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    ONANCOCK, Va. (AP) — An Eastern Shore of Virginia native who grew up fishing and crabbing on Onancock Creek has authored a children's book celebrating life on the water and the creatures that live in the Chesapeake Bay. Anna Burger wrote "Pea Soup and the Seafood Feast" during the winter of 2012 and asked another Shore native, her childhood friend Laura Gordon Craig, to illustrate it. Belle Isle Books of Richmond published the book earlier this month.

  • Norwegian TV to air fictional series about Russian invasion

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a move that has annoyed Russia, a Norwegian television channel says it will air a fictional TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after radical environmentalists seize power and freeze the Scandinavian nation's oil and gas industry. TV2 drama chief Christopher Haug said Saturday the 10-episode drama that starts Oct. 4 is "foremost about Norway and Norwegians, not Russia or Russians." In "Occupy," Russia partly occupies Norway to resume the oil industry following a secret deal with the European Union. The series is the most expensive drama in Norwegian television history, costing 90 million Norwegian kroner ($11 million), according to TV2, which said the production company has already

  • Hockey moms sought for Minnesota reality TV show

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hockey moms are wanted for a Minnesota reality TV show set to debut this winter. Producers at McCally-Lee Entertainment are looking for "colorful" hockey moms and "fun, dramatic" families from the State of Hockey. An initial casting call for "Hockey Moms" was held in spring 2014. But since then, producers say they want "more relevant" moms — and their hockey-loving families — who would be available for a fall shooting schedule. Online casting calls will end Sept. 9. Candidates can apply at www.hockeymom.tv . "Hockey Moms" is set to premiere Dec. 26 on 45TV (KSTC-TV) in the Twin Cities, KAAL-TV in Rochester-Austin and MY 9 Sports Network in Duluth-Superior.

  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return next year. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news Friday night in the second inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs. Magic Johnson, a co-owner of the team, appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board to tell the crowd that Jimmy Kimmel had a major announcement. Late-night TV host Kimmel appeared and without a sound used cue cards to explain Scully would return for another season "at least," read one of the cards. His last card read: "God bless us everyone." The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered.

  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no records indicating he was ever committed for psychiatric care or had been the subject of a restraining order.

  • TV shooting survivor's husband recounts story before gunfire

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The woman who survived the on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists says she never saw the gunman walk up to the group because the camera's bright light blinded her. Vicki Gardner, a chamber of commerce official, was answering questions about the community on live TV when the gunfire erupted. She was wounded as she fell to the ground after hearing the first gunshots, her husband said Friday. The gunman, Vester Flanagan, ambushed WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker during the interview Wednesday at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center. Gardner is executive director of the resort area's chamber of commerce.

  • After TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    COLLINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV. "This will be my mission," he told reporters. While his articulate Southern voice renews a push for gun restrictions, winning such measures has proved nearly impossible in the U.S., even after other high-profile tragedies garnered sympathy across the country and elicited similar pledges of activism from victim's relatives. And Parker is starting his battle in unforgiving territory.

  • UW men's basketball game times, TV coverage released

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Game times and television coverage have been released for the 2015-16 Wyoming Cowboys basketball season. Wyoming will have 16 regular-season games televised as part of the Mountain West television package, beginning with a non-conference home game versus California-Berkeley on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 5. The other non-conference home game that will be televised will be versus Southern University on ROOT SPORTS on Dec. 10. The Cowboys will be featured on TV in 14 of 18 conference games. Wyoming is scheduled to appear on CBS Sports Network telecasts six times during the regular season. Three Cowboy games will be televised on ESPN Networks.

  • The Latest: Father of slain reporter says he will buy gun

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker says he thinks he will have to buy a gun now that he has decided to be an outspoken advocate for tougher gun laws. Adam Parker made the remarks Friday outside the station where his daughter worked. He said he currently doesn't own a gun, but believes he will now have to buy one because his mission will be tougher gun laws. He says background checks should be done on people who buy weapons at gun shows. Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by Vester Flanagan earlier this week.

  • IFC puts off comedy due to Virginia shooting similarities

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The IFC network has postponed an episode of its new comedy series "Documentary Now!" that was supposed to air this week out of sensitivity to the on-air shootings of two Virginia television journalists. The episode that was scheduled to air Thursday parodies HBO's Vice News and features Fred Armisen and Bill Hader portraying journalists killed on camera. IFC said Friday that the episode will instead air next week. It was the second entertainment show delayed because of Wednesday's shootings. USA put off for a week the season finale of its "Mr. Robot" drama because it contained a graphic scene similar to the killings. The delayed "Mr. Robot" episode will also air next week.

  • TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like "Empire," ''black-ish" and "How to Get Away With Murder," diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry's diverse talent on both sides of the camera. "Diversity no longer means niche," said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. "Diversity is mainstream." The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With little on the agenda other than to celebrate, stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and "American Crime" supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled under t

  • On-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said. More than two years later, Flanagan — fulfilling a threat to put his conflict with co-workers into "the headlines" — gunned down two station employees during a live morning broadcast, one of them a cameraman who had filmed his firing. But as station employees struggled Thursday to explain the events that framed Flanagan's anger, others who had run across the gunman in the time since he lost his job at WDBJ-TV described a man whose hair-triggered temper was increasingly set off by slights that were more often imagined

  • Virginia shootings make for tough media decisions

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In an era when anyone can go online and find video of extremist beheadings, police shootings and other carnage, major news organizations applied their own standards to coverage of this week's killing of a TV news crew in Virginia and showed only carefully selected portions of the footage. They were difficult newsroom decisions, informed by competitive pressures, questions of newsworthiness and taste, and an understanding that for all the talk about the great convergence of media, a fundamental difference still exists between TV and the Internet. "We went back and forth on this — whether to run it, not run it, or just use frame grabs," said Al Ortiz, CBS vice president of standards and practices. "It's not

  • The Latest on TV shooting: Husband overjoyed wife is alive

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The husband of on-air shooting survivor Vicki Gardner says his wife lost a kidney and part of her colon, and faces three months of convalescence. Tim Gardner said in a telephone interview Thursday his heart goes out to the families of Roanoke, Virginia, television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. They were killed Wednesday by gunman Vester Flanagan as they interviewed Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Despite his sorrow, Tim Gardner says he's overjoyed that his wife of 40 years is alive.

  • Stephanie Ready becomes full-time female NBA game analyst

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — FOX Sports Southeast has promoted Stephanie Ready to NBA game analyst covering the Charlotte Hornets. Ready is entering her 12th season with Hornets telecasts, previously working as the host of "Hornets LIVE!" and as a sideline reporter. She was an assistant coach in the NBA D-League, making her the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team. She also two spent seasons as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program at Coppin State, the first female to hold the position of full-time recruiting assistant on an NCAA Division I men's basketball staff. "I am so excited because this is why I got into sports broadcasting," Ready said. "Years ago I envisioned myself being a game analy