February 7, 2013 |
CNN newsman Anderson Cooper received a package thought to be from the ex-Los Angeles police officer-turned fugitive Christopher Dorner a week before the massive manhunt that has gripped Southern California. "Learned today suspect Christopher Dorner sent me a parcel at CNN. Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes," Cooper said in a Twitter message Thursday. Cooper was one of several news personalities praised in the lengthy manifesto that authorities said was published on what they believe is Dorner's Facebook page.
January 31, 2013 |
Winter X Games competitor Caleb Moore died Thursday morning in a Colorado hospital a week after his snowmobile crashed during an event. He was 25 years old. Moore crashed last Thursday while attempting a backflip on a 70-foot ramp during a freestyle event. During his landing, the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile hit the snow, sending Moore flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first onto the ground; then his snowmobile rolled over him. Moore walked off the course and went to a hospital to be treated for a concussion, but his condition quickly worsened.
January 30, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before the thunderstorms hit D.C. The Skinny: Yes, I'm in Washington now. I'm out of the New Orleans hotel with no window and in a basement on a couch. Isn't the life of the entertainment journalist glamorous? FX's latest drama "The Americans" premieres Wednesday night. I've seen the first two and it's worth checking out, especially if you want to see Keri Russell kick butt. Tuesday's headlines include some big changes at CNN, an "Entourage" movie gets the go-ahead and Walt Disney Co.'s "Epic Mickey" game is history.
January 29, 2013 |
Jeff Zucker has officially been on the job at CNN for all of eight days, but sweeping changes are already underway at the ratings-challenged cable news network. First up: The network Tuesday announced the hiring of Chris Cuomo, formerly the anchor of ABC's "20/20, who is to play "a major role" on a new, as-yet-untitled morning show. The program is in development and is expected to launch sometime in the spring, according to a CNN spokesperson. Cuomo, the younger brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is no stranger to the wee hours: He was news anchor on ABC's "Good Morning America" from 2006 to 2009.
January 25, 2013 |
Rachel Nichols will be covering the Super Bowl in New Orleans next weekend, only not for ESPN. The popular sports reporter will be leaving her broadcast home of nine years to work for CNN and Turner Sports, the two companies announced Thursday. And her first assignment in her new gig will be the biggest sporting event of the year. "I couldn't be more excited to join the CNN and Turner Sports family,” Nichols said . “I believe in [CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker's]
January 2, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before making sure I don't blow 2013 in the first week. T he Skinny: I saw "Django Unchained" on New Year's Day. It's "Blazing Saddles" meets blaxploitation. It's also, like every movie coming out these days, about 40 minutes too long. Wednesday's headlines include a look at what the new owners of Tribune Co. are thinking, lessons from the box office and whether Ann Curry is looking to change gigs. Daily Dose: Be careful what you wish for. Last year, the new HBO comedy "Girls" about four friends in Brooklyn and their messy lives, took a lot of heat from some critics for not having a diverse cast.
December 21, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if the Mayans are right and this is my last Morning Fix ever. The Skinny: So far, I'm still here. Check back with me later in the day. Friday's headlines include the holiday weekend box office preview, a profile of media investor Gordy Crawford, some division among the owners of Hulu, and reviews of "This is 40" and "On the Road. " Also, News Corp. details financial information on its publishing unit in advance of spinoff and CNN hires ABC's Jake Tapper.
December 3, 2012 |
Looking to tap the wealth of U.S. Latinos, CNN is planning to introduce a Spanish-language programming service tailored for broadcast TV stations next year. The service, CNN Latino, is being designed as an eight-hour programming block featuring news, documentaries, talk shows and lifestyle programming. It is expected to launch in late January in Los Angeles on independent station KBEH-DT Channel 63 and eventually be carried by TV stations in other cities. CNN Latino comes 15 years after the Atlanta-based news organization launched CNN en Español, a 24-hour Spanish-language news network available in about 30 million homes in Latin America and 7 million homes in the United States.
November 30, 2012 |
CNN and Jeff Zucker are betting on each other to revitalize their tarnished brands. The cable news network, which has struggled to keep pace with rivals Fox News and MSNBC, has tapped Zucker, a onetime wunderkind news producer who later stumbled as chief executive of NBCUniversal, to be president of its worldwide operations. In his new role, Zucker, 47, will oversee a sprawling news operation with 4,000 employees and channels around the globe that is expected to generate a record $600 million in profit this year for Turner Broadcasting, the Time Warner Inc. unit that houses CNN. For all of CNN's financial success and international prowess, CNN's performance in the United States has been lackluster and its former dominance as a news channel has been ceded to its competitors.
November 30, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before finding some zebras and building an ark! The Skinny: I know I said yesterday I like the rain but I don't like guests that overstay their welcome. Time for some sun. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a profile of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and a review of "Killing Them Softly. " Daily Dose: Although Federal Communications Commission rules prohibit a company from running more than two TV stations in an individual market, Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has found a way around that.