Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter

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Brian Watt is a Business and Economics Reporter for KPCC. He joined the KPCC news team in 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a producer at "Marketplace," where he filed a number of his own stories and even filled in some mornings as host.

Brian holds degrees in Theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including "The West Wing," "Judging Amy," and "The District."

Stories by Brian Watt

Time Warner Cable takes customer heat for CBS blackout

A lawsuit filed by Time Warner Cable subscribers shows customers are angry at the cable company for blacking out CBS and Showtime. But does TWC have a point?

MAP: Fruit fly quarantine declared for LA and Orange counties

The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Wednesday the pests have been detected in parts of Anaheim, Artesia, Cerritos and other areas.

VIDEO: Herzog film helps AT&T campaign against texting and driving

A short documentary from Werner Herzog on texting while driving is helping drive AT&T's campaign against the practice. Will it work?

Dole Foods agrees to go private with CEO's sweetened offer

Dole Foods is going private after accepting an offer from CEO David Murdock. The offer has sweetened since June, when Murdock and family made their first bid.

Man gets his '58 Impala back, all fixed up; why he's mad about it

Norman Marden's '58 Chevy Impala was stolen seven years ago. He has it back, but he's not happy about it.

TWC customers manage while blackout of CBS continues

CBS and Time Warner Cable dispute draws government attention, while TWC subscribers look for alternatives during the blackout.

CBS goes dark on Time Warner Cable in LA, NY (poll, updated)

CBS and Time Warner Cable failed to reach a deal by 2 p.m. today over carriage fees. Stations are going dark in Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas.

Earnings up for Time Warner Cable, CBS as cable dispute continues

Time Warner Cable and CBS Corporation report earnings growth in second quarter. Both companies continue negotiations over carriage fees as they face a Friday deadline.

CPUC wants to regulate app-based ridesharing services (updated)

The CPUC declared Tuesday that it should have jurisdiction over and regulate companies that use mobile apps to help people find a ride.

Time Warner drops CBS, then halts decision; negotiations continue

The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS took an odd turn when the cable giant said it was dropping CBS in L.A. and two other cities, then reversed the decision.

Update: No Time Warner CBS deal, CBS going dark in LA, NY and Dallas?

If fees aren't settled, six CBS TV stations could go dark for around 3 million Time Warner Cable customers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.

Activision to buy back stake from Vivendi, gain independence

In a deal valued at $8.2 billion, the Santa Monica-based maker of "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty" will split off from its parent company.

Time Warner Cable blackout of CBS could affect more than a million in LA (updated)

The companies extended their game of chicken on subscriber fees until Monday. Meanwhile, Time Warner announced its CEO will step down at the end of the year.

Update: Monday is new deadline for Time Warner, CBS to resolve dispute

CBS and Time Warner Cable continue to work to resolve a dispute over the fees the cable provider must pay to carry the broadcaster's local stations.

CBS, Time Warner keep talking to resolve cable fees dispute

FCC rules push deadline back in a dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable over fees. If they can't reach an agreement by Thursday, KCBS and KCAL could be off the cable system.