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MEDIA CRITIC HOWARD KURTZ OUT AT THE DAILY BEAST (Updated)

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Howard Kurtz, arguably the most prominent media critic ever to appear in print or on television, has been fired by The Daily Beast and may also lose his job as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. Kurtz’s firing — he himself said that he had decided to “part ways” with the online publication — came after […]

CNN RATINGS HEAT UP FOR ANTHONY BOURDAIN SERIES

April 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TV chef Anthony Bourdain’s new series on CNN, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, debuted on Sunday with 747,000 viewers of whom 282,000 were in the 25-54 age group, the demo advertisers prize when it comes to news programs. Tellingly, that number was more than twice that of CNN’s principal rival, Fox News during the 9:00 p.m. […]

TIME WARNER CABLE CHANNELS BUOY CONGLOMERATE

February 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Time Warner may be the only media conglomerate among the top five — the others are Comcast (NBC), News Corp (Fox), Disney (ABC) and National Amusements (CBS) — without a broadcast network of its own (its Warner Bros. unit is partnered with CBS in the CW network), but its vast system of cable networks propelled […]

ZUCKER TO CNN STAFF: “THINK EVEN MORE BROADLY”

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Zucker officially took over as head of CNN on Monday, and in that capacity, he dispatched his first memo to the cable news network’s staff on Tuesday. It began with a note of congratulations for their work on Monday’s presidential inauguration coverage. “It is clear that the capability of this organization to inform, enlighten […]

RATINGS FOR SECOND INAUGURAL PLUNGE

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Reporters from virtually all the networks covering Monday’s inauguration ceremonies observed that the crowds were down considerably from President Obama’s first inauguration four years ago. So too, it turns out, were the number of television viewers. While 17 million watched the swearing-in ceremony in 2009 on the three major cable news networks — CNN, Fox […]

REPORT: NBC IGNORING CURRY’S REQUEST TO DEPART

January 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

One week after reportedly asking NBC to let her out of her contract, Ann Curry is still waiting for a response, RadarOnline.com reported on Wednesday. The gossip website reported last week that Jeff Zucker, Curry’s old boss at NBC, where she was the news reader on the Today show for 14 years before becoming co-host […]

HANNITY, O’REILLY SEE RATINGS PLUMMET

January 1, 2013 by · 223 Comments 

Politico.com media columnist Dylan Byers has taken issue with New York Daily News TV writer Don Kaplan, who on Sunday headlined his column “Political commentator Sean Hannity was one of the big losers in the 2012 election.” Kaplan had written that Hannity’s ratings had “cratered” following the election as he lost around half his audience, […]

REPORT: CNN’S ZUCKER RAIDING VARIETY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

December 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New CNN chief Jeff Zucker is planning to beef up the cable news channel’s coverage of the entertainment business and will raid Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to do so, the New York Post‘s “Page Six” column reported today (Monday), citing an unnamed source. According to the column, Zucker is also looking to bring other […]

TIME WARNER & TIME WARNER CABLE CHIEFS CLASH OVER BUNDLING

December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The heads of Time Warner and Time Warner Cable are at odds over the practice of “bundling” cable TV networks — forcing carriers to accept low-rated (or no-rated) channels in order to receive popular ones. On Monday, Time Warner Cable chief Glenn Britt said that TWC plans to drop channels “that hardly anyone watches.” However, […]

CNN’S ZUCKER: WE NEED TO BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF NEWS

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Newly named CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said during a conference call with reporters on Thursday that he aims to make the cable news channel “relevant, vibrant and exciting.” He did not offer details on how he planned to do that, but he did indicate that he would not follow the example of Fox News […]

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