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WHERE WILL OPRAH’S VIEWERS GO?

May 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The departure of Oprah Winfrey from daytime network television will likely see the networks scrambling to attract her more than 6.5 million viewers, the Wall Street Journal observed today (Monday), noting that the networks are abandoning shows and personalities that appeal principally to older baby-boomers — soap operas and Regis Philbin, for example — and […]

OSAMA KILLING WAS TAPED, BUT WILL IT EVER BE SHOWN?

May 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Navy SEAL strike that killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday was reportedly watched by President Obama and White House staffers as it occurred, thanks to tiny cameras integrated into the helmets of the strike force. But television news executives indicate that the administration may never release the video. Today’s (Tuesday) New York Post quoted […]

CNN: THE TIDAL WAVE TURNS

April 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CNN has yet to discover a formula for holding on to the viewers who flock to it when disasters strike. With interest in the tumult in Libya fading and with the Japanese nuclear crisis waning, audiences deserted the cable news network and returned to the provocative commentators on Fox and MSNBC. Today’s (Friday) New York […]

AL-JAZEERA TAKES A VICTORY LAP

February 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TV critics are continuing to praise al-Jazeera’s coverage of the Egyptian uprising, with several suggesting that its young, erudite reporters in the streets and its seasoned studio anchors displayed a more authoratative grasp of the situation than their American broadcast network and cable news counterparts. In the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley noted that it […]

VIOLENCE AGAINST MEDIA PYRAMIDS IN EGYPT

February 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In what today’s (Friday) New York Times described as “an apparently coordinated campaign that is intended to stifle the flow of news that could further undermine the government,” reporters — particularly TV reporters and their crews — covering the demonstrations in Egypt came under increasing physical attack by Egyptian security forces and supporters of embattled […]

TV REPORTERS ATTACKED BY MUBARAK MOBS

February 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As Egyptian protests turned increasingly violent and a rupture of relations between Western governments, including the United States, and the Mubarak regime became more pronounced, Mubarak supporters, some of them reportedly bussed into the sites of the protests, turned on Western journalists covering the tumult with fists and clubs. Among those assaulted was Anderson Cooper […]

CNN FIRST TO SHOW FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD SHOOTING

December 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Taking advantage of its relationships with affiliated local TV stations, CNN on Tuesday broadcast Panama City, FL footage of a man threatening a Bay District school board meeting, then opening fire on board members. (He misses them all.) The man, Clay Duke, is then shot by an off-camera security officer. (Duke reportedly then killed himself […]

AFTER GAY PROTEST, UNIVERSAL YANKS THE DILEMMA TRAILER

October 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal has quickly yanked the trailer for its comedy The Dilemma after protests by the gay activist group GLAAD over a scene in which star Vince Vaughn says, “Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay, but, you know, ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.” The line was also denounced […]

UNACCOUNTABLY, ANDERSON COOPER’S STAR CONTINUES TO RISE

October 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite plunging ratings for his CNN show, AC 360 and criticism that when it’s not covering disasters, it’s focusing mostly on sensational tabloid topics, Anderson Cooper remains the fair-haired boy of broadcast and cable news. The latest evidence is a report that Warner Bros. Television, a corporate sibling of CNN, has signed a deal with […]

MADDOW: WHEN ANCHORS TRAVEL, THEIR RATINGS SHRINK

September 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the widespread perception that TV news organizations send their top anchors to scenes of major events in order to boost their ratings, the opposite may be the result. Appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show on NBC, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow conceded that her on-the-scene reports about the pullout of the last combat troops […]

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