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TODAY‘S RATINGS HAD RISEN WHEN CURRY WAS OUSTED

June 29, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Ann Curry was removed as co-host of the Today show at a time when ratings for the NBC morning show had retaken the lead from ABC’s Good Morning America, according to the latest morning numbers released today (Friday) by Nielsen Research. In fact, according to the audience trackers, Today had held the lead for four […]

MURDOCH EXPLAINS WHY HE’S SPLITTING NEWS CORP

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Rupert Murdoch spent much of Thursday discussing his decision to split his News Corp media empire into two companies, one for entertainment, the other for newspaper and book publishing, but denied that it was “in any sense a reaction to anything in the U.K.” It was about as far as he would come to mentioning […]

REPORTS: CURRY NOT SOURCE OF TODAY‘S DECLINE

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Several analysts have suggested that Ann Curry ended up as the scapegoat for numerous problems that have brought about the decline of ratings for NBC’s Today show. In an interview with today’s (Friday) Los Angeles Times Jeffrey McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University, pointed the finger at NBC’s low-rated telecasts during primetime. “So few […]

WHEN CABLE NEWS FAILED ON YEAR’S BIGGEST STORY

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CNN might have been boasting today (Friday) that it was the first to announce the Supreme Court’s decsion on Obamacare Thursday morning. It was the first, beating Fox News by eight seconds, but it also got the story spectacularly wrong. So did Fox News, which also was vying for the right to claim that it […]

WILL A TEDDY BEAR TRIUMPH AT BOX OFFICE?

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A bunch of male strippers led by Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum are expected to be no match for an animated obscenity-spouting teddy bear and his best friend, played by Mark Wahlberg, at the weekend box office. Analysts are predicting that Ted, directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, will debut with around $35-40 million, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TED

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Raunchy? Yes. Funny? Yes. That’s the way most of the nation’s critics have voted in their reviews of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted. In fact, Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times minces no superlative: “The funniest movie character so far this year is a stuffed teddy bear. And the best comedy screenplay so far is Ted,” he […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAGIC MIKE

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It may seem surprising that a movie about male strippers would become one of the best-reviewed films of the year, but such is the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle compares the movie to the best of Howard Hawks and William Wellman. […]

BOTH CABLE NEWS NETS BOTCH SCOTUS CALL ON OBAMACARE

June 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end, both major cable news networks got it wrong — CNN and Fox News both reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned the key individual mandate portion of what has come to be known as Obamacare. It did not. By a 5-4 vote, the high court upheld the law. But for nine […]

ANN CURRY: “I COULD NOT CARRY THE BALL”

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After nearly a week of avoiding rumors that she was about to be axed as cohost of NBC’s Today show, Ann Curry herself confirmed the rumors today (Thursday), saying it would be her last day on the morning talk show. However, there was not a trace of the defiance that marked Conan O’Brien’s farewell on […]

MURDOCH CONFIRMS NEWS CORP WILL BE SPLIT; OFFERS NO DETAILS

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Rupert Murdoch confirmed today (Thursday) that the News Corp board has approved his plan to split the company into two separate businesses — one devoted to newspapers and other publishing, the other devoted to entertainment. His 150-word statement concluded, “We determined that creating this new structure would simplify operations and greater align strategic priorities, enabling […]

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