Julia Child, the doyenne of culinary television, has died at the age of 91. Child, who began her on-air run on American Public Television in 1963 with The French Chef, brought Continental cuisine to amateur cooks throughout the the world.
Home makeover shows have hit Baghdad. According to The Christian Science Monitor, Labor and Materials is Iraq’s first hit reality TV show. Each 15-minute episode rebuilds shattered walls and restores hope to war-torn lives. All furniture and materials are donated by viewers.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has ruled TiVo can allow users to share digital content over the Internet. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Football League strenuously objected, saying it would lead to piracy. TiVo disagreed, impressing upon the FCC that file sharing would only be allowed between nine pre-registered users. A TiVo spokesperson said the move was intended to let subscribers share between boxes within the home, or at the cottage.
U.S. cablecaster A&E has a ratings hit with its new reality series, Growing Up Gotti. According to the net, the August 2 debut achieved an average audience of 3.2 million viewers – the highest ever on the net for an opener. Check it out for yourself, or sleep with the fishes.
Eleven-year-old Aaron Perez of Texas was able to fend off a bull shark attack by repeatedly punching his attacker in the gills – a move he learned while watching Discovery’s ‘Shark Week’.
The BBC exceeded its OFCOM-mandated target for independent commissions in ’03/’04, finding 28.8% of its shows in the indie sector. That rates above the 25% for which it is mandated.
In New York, pubcaster Thirteen/WNET will launch the new Journal Editorial Report this month – a show hosted by the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and backed by WNET news and public affairs head Stephen Segaller.