KTLA-TV laid off seven news staffers Monday: station veteran Gerry Ruben, exec producer, special projects; Joe Russin, exec editor of planning; John Hensley, exec producer of Morning News at 9 a.m. as well as reporters Walter Richards, Bill Smith, Willa Sandmeyer and Janet Choi.
RATINGS REIGN IN SPAIN
Spain's victory in the Euro 2008 soccer final Sunday set all-time records for Spanish television, averaging an 81% audience share of 14.5 million viewers for Sogecable's free-to-air channel Cuatro. The 1-0 triumph over Germany was not only the most-watched game ever on Spanish television, but the last minute was the most-watched minute in Spanish history. More than 17.7 million people — or 88.6% of the audience — tuned in to watch the end of the match.
STYLE TO U.K.
Comcast's Style Network will launch on satcaster Sky in the U.K., boosting the spinoff's foreign subscriber base to nearly 10 million. Style will be featured as part of Sky's Lifestyle & Culture package. An extensive media campaign spanning print, online and television will support the launch Monday.
TV STILL THE WORKHORSE
A new study found that 94% of adults who subscribe to cable or satellite TV prefer to watch programming on their sets rather than online. The study, from the Nielsen Co. and the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, also found that about one-third of those surveyed have watched at least one program online.