Morning Headlines — 6/20/13 — In Memoriam

Actor was vacationing in Italy when stricken,
according to news reports
James Gandolfini, 'Sopranos' Star, Dead at 51

James Gandolfini, star of HBO's "The Sopranos," has died of a possible heart attack in Rome. He was 51.

A spokeswoman for the cable network said that Gandolfini was on holiday in Italy. 

"We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family," HBO said in a statement. "He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect.  He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility.  Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time.  He will be deeply missed by all of us." [TheWrap]

EDITOR'S NOTE: This special edition of Morning Headlines is being posted early because of the sad news about James Gandolfini. The rest of this morning's news can be found after the jump.

Nielsen Abandons STB Data In Metered Markets, Moves Ahead In Diary DMAs
Nielsen isn’t abandoning set-top-box (STB) data, but it is substantially scaling back plans to use it for local measurement. It boils down to the need for speed. In the 55 largest markets, Nielsen has determined -- at least for now -- that it’s not possible to collect and process the data in a timely enough fashion to continue with overnight ratings, a major client need. So, Nielsen has altered the new “hybrid” system it laid out last summer. [MediaPost]

ABC News names Dan Abrams 'Nightline' anchor
Dan Abrams has been named "Nightline" anchor and chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, the U.S. television network said Wednesday. "In his new role Dan will continue his regular legal segments on 'Good Morning America,' show us a whole new side of his talents with a new branded 'GMA' segment on a wide range of topics, and join the other 'Nightline' anchors on ABC's 'The Lookout,'" ABC News President Ben Sherwood said in an email to the network's news division. [UPI]

News Corp spinoffs start preliminary trading
News Corp's publishing and entertainment arms began trading separately on a preliminary basis on Wednesday, one of the last steps before Rupert Murdoch's company officially splits in two on June 28. [Reuters]

Lazarus: NBC Committed to TV Everywhere, Looking Forward to EPL in 2014
Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group, reiterated the importance of the TV Everywhere philosophy of delivering sports content to authenticated sports fans during a keynote session at the B&C Sports Business & Technology Summit, held today in New York City. [Sports Video Group]


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