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  • Casey Kasem, ‘American Top 40’ Radio Countdown Host, Dies at 82

    Casey Kasem, the radio personality who spent about four decades counting down the most popular songs in the U.S. each week, has died. He was 82.

  • Fox’s Reilly to Exit After ‘Idol’ Ratings Decline

    Kevin Reilly, who led Fox Broadcasting to the top of the network TV ratings, will step down after a loss of viewers marked by the declining popularity of “American Idol.”

  • Fox-Apollo TV Merger Joins ‘Idol’ With ‘Biggest Loser’

    Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. plans to form a TV-production venture with Apollo Global Management LLC, combining the companies that make “American Idol” and “The Biggest Loser.”

  • ’American Idol’ Contestant Defeats Dead Political Rival

    Clay Aiken, a runner-up on “American Idol,” already was close to winning his bid for a U.S. congressional nomination. Then his opponent died.

  • Punk Rocker Juggling Billions in Bertelsmann Growth Hunt

    Thomas Rabe speaks five languages, holds a doctorate in economics, and cycles, runs or rows more than 60 miles a week. In his 20s, he managed hundreds of millions of deutsche marks in East German assets after the Berlin Wall fell. In his 30s he oversaw the finances of Europe’s largest TV broadcaster. As he approaches age 50, Rabe works in an office next to his boss and lives in a house next to his boss’s mother.

  • Fox’s ‘American Idol’ Draws Fewest Viewers Since 2002

    “American Idol,” the singing competition show, drew the smallest audience to a season premiere since the program’s initial 2002 start.

  • How an Israeli Rock Star Got Bob Dylan and Silicon Valley to Dig His Tech Startup

    Yoni Bloch's latest project began with a flash of inspiration in the recording studio. Bloch, an Israeli rock star and former host of the local version of "American Idol," couldn't come to an agreement with his band mates over who would get to play a particular solo.

  • Chamber-Backed Candidates Thwart Tea Party in Primaries

    The Tea Party lost the first round.

  • Fox Network Looks for Life Beyond American Idol, 24

    By Ronald Grover May 13 (Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Kevin Reilly, Fox Broadcasting's entertainment president, is racing to find new shows. His worry is that the network's buoyant ratings could sink once Simon Cowell, the caustic talent judge and star of American Idol, leaves the successful singing competition this month after nine seasons. The Fox programming chief wants to remake a network that has relied on Idol, hour-long dramas, and cartoon comedies to lead in the crucial 18-to-49-year-old viewer category for almost six years. In addition to Cowell's exit from Idol, TV's most watched show, Fox is losing Kiefer Sutherland and his popular thriller, 24. The network needs fresh fare, especially because 18-to-49 ratings for both Idol and a medical drama, House, are slumping. Reilly, 47, insists he welcomes the challenge. "It's a high-class problem to have," he says. "The shows are still very

  • Chamber-Backed Tillis Thwarts Tea Party in North Carolina

    Republican Thom Tillis avoided a potentially expensive and divisive runoff by winning his party’s U.S. Senate nomination in North Carolina, a victory that allows him to focus on a November race against vulnerable Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

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