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DID TV OVERHYPE IRENE?

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Notwithstanding the destruction and death wrought by Hurricane — now Tropical Storm — Irene over the weekend, the damage actually fell far short of TV doomsayers’ forecasts. (Britain’s Guardian newspaper described it as “the storm that wasn’t.) But preliminary figures suggest that it likely produced record ratings for The Weather Channel, a unit of Comcast-controlled […]

ABC NEWS WON’T PAY FOR INTERVIEWS FROM NOW ON

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC has decided to get out of the business of checkbook journalism. In his column for TheDailyBeast.com, media writer Howard Kurtz reported that, without fanfare, ABC President Ben Sherwood “has effectively taken ABC out of what had become a competitive bidding war for hot bookings.” In the recent past, the network has purchased photos and […]

REPORT: FOX NEWS MAY DUMP GLENN BECK

March 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox News executives are considering dropping Glenn Beck when his contract comes up for renewal in December, New York Times columnist David Carr reported on Sunday, citing unnamed officials at the cable news network. Carr indicated that they are becoming increasingly concerned about a significant erosion of Beck’s audience (he has lost more than a […]

REPORT: COURIC LIKELY TO STAY AS CBS ANCHOR

February 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS and Katie Couric are open to a new deal that would keep her as anchor of the CBS Evening News when her current contract expires at the end of May, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Monday), citing people briefed on the matter. Under a new pact that will likely be proposed, the newspaper […]

DID REPUBLICANS ISSUE ORDERS TO FOX NEWS?

December 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Although Fox News has adamantly insisted that any bias in its reports is limited to the commentaries of its primetime hosts and does not affect its daytime news coverage, the liberal website Media Matters has published memos to the news staff from Fox News executives that appear to raise questions about its claims. The memos […]

REPORT: COURIC LIKELY TO REMAIN CBS ANCHOR

October 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Katie Couric is likely to sign a new deal to remain as anchor on the CBS Evening News at least through the 2012 presidential election when her contract comes up for renewal next year, TheDailyBeast.com’s Howard Kurtz said Tuesday, citing unnamed insiders. Kurtz said that Couric “is said to understand” that her salary, believed to […]

FROM FLIGHT ATTENDANT TO TV STAR?

August 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Steven Slater, the much-celebrated flight attendant who reportedly ended his career dramatically after an encounter with an obstreperous passenger by releasing the emergency chute and sliding onto the tarmac, has been approached to host a reality TV series, the celebrity website TMZ reported over the weekend. According to TMZ, the show, in which Slater would […]

“WORLD NEWS” PRODUCER “FRUSTRATED” AT BEING NO. 2

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC’s World News executive producer Jon Banner has acknowledged that he is “deeply frustrated” that the news program with Diane Sawyer at the helm has made such slow progress in overtaking NBC Nightly News, anchored by Brian Williams. This season, the program has averaged 7.6 million viewers versus NBC’s 8.8 million. Banner, who is quoted […]

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