DISNEY POSTS FINANCIAL LOSSES
UNDATED (AP) – There’s good news for the Walt Disney Company – in the sense that its bad news wasn’t as bad as feared. The entertainment company says it suffered a big fourth-quarter loss, much of it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it says the fiscal results weren’t as bad as expected. Before the pandemic, Disney flourished as its media and entertainment offerings outperformed expectations. But when COVID-19 hit, the company lost revenue from the closure of its theme parks – and a drop-off in sales from its movies, cruises and other properties.
TEXAS COUNTY OFFICIALS DROP LAWSUIT AGAINST SHERIFF
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – County commissioners in Texas have backed off from suing a sheriff who invited a reality TV show to keep filming police, even though a contract with the show expired. Williamson County sued Sheriff Robert Chody in May for working with the A&E program “Live PD.” But now the county is dropping the lawsuit. The show was canceled in June after it reportedly filmed the death of a Black man in custody after a traffic stop in which he allegedly failed to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic. A&E says it never aired the footage – and destroyed the video. Meanwhile, Chody is leaving office in January, after losing his reelection bid last week.
SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMER NAMED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It will be another couple of months before we know who will be playing in the Super Bowl. But we do know who will do the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation say The Weeknd will be in the spotlight between halves of the Feb. 7 game in Tampa, Florida. The Weeknd says he’s “humbled by the opportunity” – and says it’s the fulfillment of a dream he and other singers have had. Others who have played the Super Bowl halftime show include Beyonce, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Prince, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. Last year, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez performed at the half.
JAMIE OLIVER ON ORDERING-IN
NEW YORK (AP) – Being kept close to home because of the coronavirus pandemic has meant people have ordered a lot of their meals online. But foodie Jamie Oliver says rather than firing up their computers or smartphones, he’d like to see people fire up their ovens and cooktops. The TV host says these days, “it’s never been easier to fix that urge for food at the click of a button.” But he says people would be better off if they made their meals at home. Oliver hopes to inspire home cooks with his newest book, “7 Ways.” It focuses on meals that can be made with items most people already have in their fridge or pantry.