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But Mr. Hastings said Amazon and another online video rival, Hulu — a joint venture between News Corp., Disney and NBC Universal — offer only a “fraction of our content” and their total viewing hours are “less than 10 percent of ours.”
China’s CCTV to launch American service this week
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV is launching its American service this week as part of a major overseas expansion aimed at boosting China’s international influence.
The network said Wednesday that Washington-based CCTV America eventually will offer four hours of programming daily. It said content will be produced by about 100 journalists working out of 15 bureaus in North and South America.
CCTV America’s initial lineup will feature a business and finance program, “Biz Asia America,” a panel show called “The Heat,” and a magazine program, “Americas Now.” It will target an audience of more than 100 million in 120 countries, competing for viewers with the likes of BBC, CNN and Qatar’s Al-Jazeera.
The network is also opening a studio in Nairobi, Kenya, and hiring scores of new journalists and technical staff around the globe.
The expansion aims to counter negative images of China, especially over issues such as human rights, one-party communist rule, and Beijing’s policies in the restive western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet.
Judge urges settlement in Golden Globes dispute
Testimony concluded Tuesday in a trial that will decide whether the Golden Globe Awards remain on NBC through 2018 with a federal judge strongly urging both sides to settle before a ruling is necessary.
U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz warned attorneys for the Globes’ organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its longtime producers that he would declare a clear winner, which could result in the Globes being tangled up on appeal for another awards season.
The case involves a $150 million deal that Dick Clark Productions negotiated with NBC in 2010. The glitzy awards gala has aired on the network since 1996, but the HFPA contends the company had no right to enter the deal or to continue working on the show without its authorization.
Attorneys for Dick Clark Productions, which is no longer owned by entertainment pioneer Dick Clark, argue a nearly 20-year-old agreement gives the company rights to work on the Globes for as long as the ceremony airs on NBC.
After hearing nine days of testimony, Judge Matz set closing arguments in the case for Friday and urged both sides to make another attempt at reconciliation.
“Somebody’s going to win and somebody’s going to lose,” Judge Matz said. “It’s not going to be a compromise.”
He said if he ruled it would leave a legal cloud over the Globes similar to one faced during this year’s show, for which both sides agreed to allow the show to be produced under the disputed terms of the NBC deal.
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