MORNING ROUNDUP: Prince William and Kate Middleton Announce a Wedding Date, Location -- on Twitter
PLUS: Oprah gives away more cars, Turner broadcasting conducts study to pack more ads into online shows, the $80 Steve Jobs action figure is sold out.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding date and location was announced Tuesday on the British Monarchy's official Twitter page: Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth II wed at the 1,000-year-old church in central London, which holds 2,200 people, yet still feels intimate, according to Prince William's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. "Even at the altar, it seems like a parish church," he told the AP. They decided against walking down the aisle at St. Paul's Cathedral, where Prince Charles wed Princess Diana in 1981. The wedding date has been declared a national holiday in England. It's expected to be the biggest TV event of all time.
- Oprah gave away more 275 2012 Volkswagen Beetles to her audience Monday as part of the second episode of her "Favorite Things." The car, which won't be unveiled until next spring, was shown in silhouette on Winfrey's show. Winfrey also gave away iPads, gift certificates to Nordstrom, Ugg boots and $400 Coach bags.
- People seem willing to watch TV shows online with more ads than traditional TV, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Citing research from Time Warner's Turner cable networks unit, it said online viewers are open to more than the typical 15- or 30-second commercial breaks on the Web. Jack Wakshlag, chief research officer for Turner Broadcasting, the parent of TNT and TBS, told the Times that regardless of ad load, “people will spend approximately the same amount of time watching episodes online.” In a test, viewers of 30-minute TBS sitcoms like Meet the Browns watched on average 40 percent of the episode, including the ads, if there was one minute of ads and 37 percent of the episode if there were 16 minutes of ads. Viewers of hourlong TNT dramas watched 59 percent of an episode with short ad loads and 49 percent if there was 20 minutes of ads.
- An $80 Steve Jobs action figure created by MIC Gadget has sold out, Valleywag reports. The company created only 300 mini Jobs. See more photos of the doll at BusinessInsider.com.
- Australian detectives dropped a 5-year investigation into Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan's tax holdings, the AP reports. Australian Crime Commission Chief Executive John Lawler said in a statement that they were ending the probe for reasons including "insufficient prospects of securing convictions." Officials suspected Hogan hid the earnings from his movie trilogy in offshore bank accounts. He's still being pursued by the Australian Taxation Office over a multi-million tax bill.