Thursday, December 12, 2019

BYE BYE, BABBA WAWA

May 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Barbara Walters, who began her network television career in 1961 as a 32-year-old writer on NBC’s Today show and eventually became a celebrity in her own right, parodied by the late comedian Gilda Radner as “Babba Wawa,” has announced that she will retire next year. Her announcement first appeared on the ABC News website Sunday […]

CASEY ANTHONY MURDER TRIAL BOOSTS RATINGS FOR HLN

June 20, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

The Casey Anthony trial has sent ratings soaring for HLN, CNN’s sibling channel, and has also boosted ratings for other broadcast and cable shows focusing on the trial, the New York Post reported today (Monday). The newspaper observed that total viewers for HLN have risen more than 150 percent since the trial began; the channel’s […]

COURIC STAYS MUM ABOUT FUTURE PLANS

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A seemingly awkward moment occurred on the syndicated The View Tuesday, when Barbara Walters, apparently referring to persistent reports that Katie Couric will be leaving as anchor of the CBS Evening News to host a daytime talk show, remarked, “I think you’re doing the right thing.” Couric retorted, “Well, you don’t know what I’m doing, […]

BACKLASH HITS NPR FOLLOWING WILLIAMS FIRING

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A day after NPR fired liberal commentator Juan Williams after he admitted during a Fox News interview that he worries when he sees people in “Muslim garb” board an airplane, Fox News extended Williams’s contract for a reported $2 million a year. Williams also found defenders across the entire political spectrum. “He’s an honest man,” […]

FIREWORKS AS O’REILLY GUESTS ON THE VIEW

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In an unprecedented display of temper between opposing factions on a TV talk show, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the stage of The View Thursday during an appearance by Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly. The walkout came after O’Reilly, who was promoting his latest book, Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the […]

ROSIE O’DONNELL TO RETURN TO DAYTIME TV ON OWN

August 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to daytime TV, and Oprah Winfrey’s got her. In a surprise announcement, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Thursday said that it had picked up the O’Donnell show exclusively. Trade reporters indicated that efforts by syndicators SantaBu running into a roadblock of station executives who worried that O’Donnell might stage one […]

GLAAD TAKES ON “THE VIEW”

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has issued a “Call to Action,” urging its supporters to sign an online petition protesting comments by two black panelists on ABC’s The View about the spread of HIV-AIDS among African-American women. Host Sherri Shepherd and guest host D.L. Hughley, the group said, “perpetuated dangerous myths … […]