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March 1, 1985 | From the Associated Press
Reid Collins, a longtime radio broadcaster for CBS News, will join Cable News Network in mid-March as a Washington-based anchor.
February 25, 2014
CNN and boss Jeff Zucker are having a lousy February. Results from Nielsen show that the viewer-bereft cable news network just suffered through one of its worst months ever, with Erin Burnett's "OutFront" program sinking to the lowest numbers CNN has recorded at 7 p.m. in 22 years. Barely 300,000 total viewers tuned in for Burnett's show. Between 8 and 11 p.m. - prime time - CNN averaged just 399,000 total viewers - a 39% plunge compared with the same month last year, when Zucker had just started the job. Since 1991, CNN has performed worse only twice before (in April 2012 and last November)
February 9, 1985 | From the Associated Press
Turner Broadcasting System will begin transmitting its Cable News Network to Europe in September. TBS officials said they will offer a live feed of the 24-hour television news network to European Broadcasting Union members. The signal will be made available to European customers for excerpting purposes, free of charge, for a three-month familiarization period. The telecasts will be received in Europe by satellite dishes as small as two to three meters in diameter, TBS said.
December 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Jay Leno, CNN might want to stick a press card in your hat. With his gig on NBC's "Tonight Show" wrapping up early next year, the 63-year-old comic is thinking about his next move. And published reports say that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has recently visited Leno, possibly to discuss coming over to the cable news network. It would be a reunion of sorts, since Zucker was Leno's boss when he ran NBC Universal. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times A CNN spokeswoman did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
March 24, 1988 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
After more than a month of negotiations, Cable News Network (CNN) announced Wednesday that it has agreed to produce a weeknight newscast in Spanish for a major Spanish-language television network--a first for an English-language broadcaster. Officials at the Atlanta-based network said CNN will produce a 30-minute newscast titled "Noticiero Telemundo-CNN" beginning May 31 for the Telemundo Television Group, one of two national Spanish-language networks in the United States.
December 6, 1985 | From Associated Press
Cable News Network has been granted permission to routinely receive transmissions of Soviet television pictures direct from the Soviet satellite system. The permit is subject to instant cancellation without hearing any time "such revocation is in the public or national interest," a statement from the Federal Communications Commission said. John M.
October 18, 1985 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, Times Staff Writer
Atlanta cable baron Ted Turner said Thursday that he wants to sell part of Cable News Network to ease the debt that he will shoulder as a result of his planned acquisition of MGM/UA Entertainment. Turner Broadcasting System said it wants to raise $200 million to $300 million by selling 30% to 40% of CNN.
September 20, 1989 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
Birney Groom's seventh-grade social studies class at Farb Middle School on Tuesday became one of the first in California to use television news as a regular tool to improve understanding of current events. The Tierrasanta class is using the Atlanta-based Cable News Network show "CNN Newsroom," a 15-minute weekday newscast produced for secondary school students. It is provided free to any school equipped for cable transmission.
In a decision that may signal new willingness to limit press freedom, the Supreme Court on Sunday refused to allow Cable News Network to broadcast government-recorded phone calls between deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega and his lawyers. The high court on a 7-2 vote let stand an order by a judge in Miami requiring CNN to turn over the tapes to him for his examination. The Supreme Court has never formally upheld an order barring the publication or broadcast of news and information.
February 17, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Long-struggling MSNBC, NBC's third-place cable news network, may be getting a new leader. NBC News is expected to announce as early as today that it has hired Rick Kaplan, a senior vice president at ABC News who also previously oversaw CNN, to run the news network, sources at MSNBC said. Erik Sorenson, who has been running MSNBC since 1998 and currently is president and general manager, will move to an as-yet-undefined job at NBC. MSNBC is a joint venture of General Electric Co.'
December 12, 2013 | by Scott Collins
Megyn Kelly is representing for Santa Claus. And according to the Fox News host, the chubby dude in the red suit is white. He just is , OK?  On Wednesday's "The Kelly File," the newswoman criticized a Slate article written by a black journalist that questioned cultural depictions of Santa as white and suggested that the traditional jolly and zaftig elf should be replaced by a penguin. "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," Kelly informed viewers.
November 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
When he was tapped to run CNN a year ago, Jeff Zucker was supposed to help lift ratings at the 24-hour cable news network. Whoops. CNN last week plunged to its worst numbers since August 2012, months before Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought aboard to right the ship. How bad was it? CNN last week was a distant No. 3 (385,000) in prime time behind MSNBC (683,000) and Fox News (2.4 million). On the set: movies and TV But here's the worst part: CNN's total audience barely beat Fox News' viewership just in the demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54 (377,000)
October 7, 2013 | By Meg James, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly is bright, beautiful and blunt when she needs to be. Just ask Karl Rove. Her willingness to take on all-comers, even conservative hero Rove - as she famously did on election night last November - is one reason Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has promoted Kelly to a plum prime-time perch. On Monday, the network's 17th anniversary, "The Kelly File" premieres between the opinion-heavy programs of the network's conservative firebrands Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
August 9, 2013 | By Scott Collins
MSNBC's lineup may be getting some serious firepower: Looks like Alec Baldwin is signing up to host a show on the cable news network. Baldwin, the 55-year-old former costar of NBC's sitcom "30 Rock," would bring his famously liberal point of view to a show that would air at 10 p.m. Fridays, according to the site Mediaite, which broke the story. The cable news wars are heating up again. News of Baldwin's possible show broke the same day that reports indicated Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would get the 9 p.m. slot currently occupied by Sean Hannity.
July 15, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Maybe the legacy media aren't dead after all: Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" posted a small gain in its Season 2 premiere Sunday. An average of 2.2 million total viewers tuned in to the 10 p.m. broadcast, according to Nielsen. That's a relatively modest 4% gain compared with last year's premiere, but at least the numbers are headed in a positive direction. That's good news for HBO, given that Sorkin's series about a fictional cable news network was considered something of a disappointment last season.
July 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before asking for Fridays off in the summer. The Skinny: Wouldn't it be great if we got Fridays off in July and August? Let's get a bill passed! In the meantime, Friday's headlines include the weekend box-office preview and reviews of "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2. " Also, 20th Century Fox has Broadway dreams. Daily Dose: Last night, Twitter turned into one long promotional platform for Syfy's "Sharknado, a spoof on disaster movies. But once again, it seems that a ton of tweets does not necessarily translate into huge ratings.
CNN said it will lay off nearly 10% of its 4,350 employees and centralize its news- gathering system in a bid to revitalize the 21-year-old cable news network at a time of declining ratings and intense new competition. CNN also named new executives to head three struggling spinoff cable networks. The moves, which will tie CNN's television operations more closely to its Internet sites, had been anticipated since last week's acquisition of CNN parent Time Warner by America Online.
April 1, 1990 | JANE HALL
It is a busy day in the global village. George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and South African President F.W. de Klerk are all making front-page news. West Virginia is under a court order to close an overcrowded prison, the Toronto city council is considering a measure to curb the greenhouse effect and Japan is introducing a new bullet train. Around a large conference table in the Atlanta headquarters of Cable News Network, the senior executives and producers of CNN gather at 8 a.m.
April 22, 2013 | By Scott Collins
CNN has always thrived during high-interest breaking-news stories. Friday's conclusion of the Boston bombing manhunt was no exception. The cable news network scored its best overall day across all TV-rating categories since the Iraq War 10 years ago. Among total viewers, it was CNN's top performance since election day 2012, according to Nielsen.  In prime time - with viewers seeking news of the dramatic capture of the second suspect in the...
April 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
CNN might not have gotten all the facts straight, but viewers desperate for information on the Boston bombing manhunt seem willing to overlook some errors. The cable news network has seen huge ratings spikes after Monday's bombing at the Boston marathon and through the dramatic law-enforcement investigation that has followed. CNN drew a 194% ratings boost Monday through Thursday compared to the same period one week earlier, according to Nielsen. Fox News was up 48%, while MSNBC got a 37% lift.
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