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NPR's Carl Kasell to retire
March 4th, 2014
06:30 PM ET

NPR's Carl Kasell to retire

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Carl Kasell, the beloved voice of NPR's weekly game show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!," is calling it quits. He announced on Tuesday that he will record his last edition of the program sometime this spring.

Kasell, 79, will still appear on "Wait Wait" occasionally, and will continue to record one of his trademarks: custom voice mail greetings for the game show winners.

"It's a real sad day for all of us at 'Wait Wait' and for me," tweeted Peter Sagal, the show's host, on Tuesday afternoon. "But Carl deserves a chance to lay down the mic and enjoy himself."

Kasell has worked at NPR in various capacities since 1975. He was the newscaster for one of NPR's flagships, "Morning Edition," from 1979 until 2009.

Read more of Brian's article here. 

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Obama administration sides against Aereo
March 4th, 2014
11:45 AM ET

Obama administration sides against Aereo

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

The Obama administration has sided with the nation's television broadcasters in a pending Supreme Court case against Aereo, the Internet service that scoops up freely available television signals and streams them to paying subscribers.

A joint filing by the Justice Department and the United States Copyright Office, made public on Monday, found that the Aereo "system is clearly infringing" and recommended that a lower court ruling in Aereo's favor be reversed. Such a ruling would likely put Aereo out of business and protect the broadcasters from similar challenges in the future.

Aereo declined to comment on the filing. Supreme Court oral arguments in the case are scheduled for April 22.

Read more of Brian's article here. 

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Dish scales back AutoHop in deal with Disney
March 4th, 2014
10:40 AM ET

Dish scales back AutoHop in deal with Disney

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

Dish Network's disruptive AutoHop feature, which automatically skips all the commercials on prime time network television shows, has fallen victim to TV industry deal-making.

Dish (DISHFortune 500) announced on Monday night that it would turn off AutoHop for ABC shows until three days after a program first airs. The deal is part of a wide-ranging new contract agreement with The Walt Disney Co. (DISFortune 500), ABC's parent company.

AutoHop sparked a series of lawsuits, but the two companies said they'd drop "all pending litigation" involving the feature.


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