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Jon Stewart made politics entertaining — and highly partisan

Jon Stewart changed American culture. You can't say that about many performers, especially comedians working on a basic-cable channel that rarely drew more than a million viewers for any of its shows before him.

He took over the fake anchor desk at Comedy Central in 1999 at a time when social scientists regularly lamented the political apathy of young adults, and he made politics cool for millennials....

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Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana doing Vietnam miniseries

Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, whose TV credits extend back to NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and HBO’s “Oz,” have been signed by the National Geographic Channel to do a miniseries on the last days of the American Embassy in Saigon.

The production titled “Last Man Out,” will chronicle the evacuation of the embassy at the end of American involvement in the Vietnam War. It will be written by...

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Sun columnist David Zurawik wins National Press Club Award

Longtime Baltimore Sun television/media critic David Zurawik won a National Press Club Award on Wednesday.

The Washington-based journalism institution honored Zurawik with the Arthur Rowse Award for press criticism in print for his "strong series of columns on the shifting media environment and the power of videos from alternative organizations or citizens that are reshaping our culture and prompting...

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Stephen Yasko out as general manager at WTMD

After more than decade of leading radio station WTMD (89.7 FM), General Manager Stephen Yasko is out, according to Steve Reeves, chairman of the board of Towson University Public Media, which operates WTMD under contract with the University.

"Steve is not the executive director of WTMD today," Reeves wrote Tuesday in answer to email inquiries from The Sun.  "We have a different individual, Scott Mullins,...

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More downsizing at MPT as master control function shifts to Boston

It is unlikely that viewers will notice any change on their screens, but the job of monitoring the schedule and flow of programs broadcast on Maryland Public Television will now be done out of Boston rather than Owings Mills.

The move will result in the elimination of two positions at the station, MPT management said.

In a plan that MPT President and CEO Larry D. Unger estimates will save the station...

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'I Am Cait' serious, socially conscious, impressive in its opening

Caitlyn Jenner’s "I Am Cait" opened so strong on the E! channel Sunday that I want to give it a straight-up rave.

I loved its willingness to try and educate the audience about transgender identity even as it winningly engaged them in Jenner's new life.

I applaud its sense of social conscience in reminding viewers at several points about how hard the transition can be for some people who aren't famous...

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