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Sep 10, 2001  •  Post A Comment

CBS, ABC prime HDTV programming pump
New York-CBS and ABC upped the high-definition ante Friday with announcements that they will broadcast all prime-time comedies and dramas for the 2001-02 series in HDTV format. CBS is partnering with Panasonic and Zenith Electronics Corp. ABC, which is making the move without partners, will broadcastin HD all theatrical films and scripted series for the 2001-02 season.
TVB moves show away from NAB convention
New York-The Television Bureau of Advertising’s board of directors has voted to move the annual TVB marketing conference away from the National Association of Broadcasters convention, set for April 2002 in Las Vegas. The TVB’s conference will be held instead in March 2002 in New York in association with the New York Auto Show. The reason for the move, according to a TVB spokesman: It’s increasingly difficult to get members to make the trip to Vegas for the NAB, while the New York Auto Show puts TVB’s members in close proximity to their biggest advertisers.
ABC News reporter, cameraman assaulted
New York-ABC News correspondent Brian Ross and free-lance cameraman Jim Bowen were assaulted last Friday at the federal court in Dallas as they tried to cover the sentencing of a man who is the subject of an upcoming “PrimeTime Live” report on a charity scam. According to an ABC News spokesman, a female relative of defendant Michael Manzer struck first and bloodied Mr. Ross’ nose, then security guards shoved Mr. Ross against the wall. The camera was “trashed” and the cameraman was jostled but uninjured, the spokesman said. Mr. Ross filed a complaint with Dallas authorities but is not likely to press charges, the spokesman said.