July 1, 2013 |
Soledad O'Brien is adding another new gig to her post-CNN roster. She's joining Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent. The Qatar-based news organization announced on Monday that O'Brien had signed a deal to provide short-form segments for the soon-to-launch channel's prime time news magazine show "America Tonight. " Her company, Starfish Media Group, will also produce one-hour documentary programming. This is the second high-profile deal O'Brien has announced since leaving her role as anchor of the CNN morning program "Starting Point With Soledad O'Brien.
June 27, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before going back to my salad diet. The Skinny: Had dinner at the iconic diner Pann's on Wednesday night and now I can't move. But it was worth it. Thursday's headlines include a potential scandal involving a top Miramax executive, CNN bringing back "Crossfire" and moguls getting ready for Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley, Idaho, conference. Daily Dose: While Food Network personality Paula Deen continues to get beaten up by the media and business partners (see below)
June 26, 2013 |
The original political shout-fest is coming back. CNN said "Crossfire," which was a staple of the cable news channel for over 20 years before being canceled in 2005, will return to its schedule this fall. “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that 'Crossfire' did - it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker in a statement. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum.
June 20, 2013 |
Howard Kurtz is taking his critical lens on the media from CNN to Fox News. The media critic and longtime host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" will anchor a similar weekend show for Fox News starting in July. In making the announcement, Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente said Kurtz is a "master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter. Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.
June 18, 2013 |
CNN's "New Day," the morning show the cable news channel launched Monday, averaged 247,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. That is a 19% drop from what CNN was averaging in the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. time slot this year. However, compared with the same Monday a year earlier, "New Day" was up 15% in total viewers. Among the adults 25 to 54 demographic that "New Day" is targeting, the show averaged 95,000 viewers. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Overall, "New Day" finished behind Fox News' "Fox & Friends," which averaged just more than 1 million viewers, and MSNBC's "Morning Joe," which averaged 355,000 viewers.
May 24, 2013 |
Canadian-born "KTLA Morning News" anchor Michaela Pereira never expected to wind up as a news anchor in Los Angeles, especially for nine years. And she really never imagined that she would be working as a news anchor in the Big Apple. But one came true, and the other is on the horizon. Pereira wound up her nine-year stint at KTLA on Thursday in a tearful but cheerful goodbye. Today, she is packing her bags for her new adventure as the news anchor for CNN's new morning show "New Day" premiering June 17. Her new teammates are Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan, who will host the show live from New York City from 6 to 9 a.m. EST (that's 3 to 6 a.m. for us West Coasters)
May 15, 2013 |
A popular art installation in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor is no longer making waves. A 54-foot rubber duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, started deflating Tuesday, and by Wednesday, the piece looked like a flattened yellow pancake bobbing on the water. “Rubber Duck” was installed May 2 and has since spawned serenades from city officials, choreographed dances by local groups and brisk sales of du ck-related goods. Officials were slow to report that the piece was deflated as part of a planned tuneup, leaving onlookers to wonder if the bird had been a victim of “fowl” play.
May 12, 2013 |
Three Cleveland women rescued after they were abducted and held captive for about a decade thanked the public Sunday and asked for privacy. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight issued statements that were read by a lawyer. "Thank you so much for everything you're doing and continue to do," Berry said. "I am so happy to be home with my family. " "I'm so happy to be home and want to thank everybody for all your prayers," Gina DeJesus said. "I just want time now to be with my family.
May 10, 2013 |
CNN News President Jeff Zucker is putting a priority on the cable network's new morning show, “New Day,” which launches June 17. “It's really important that we have a very strong and good morning show,” Zucker said at a New York press conference Friday with the anchors and producers of “New Day.” Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan will host the three-hour (6-9 a.m. ET) show. Michaela Pereira, currently of KTLA-TV Los Angeles, will be the news anchor. Zucker, who cut his teeth as producer of NBC's “Today,” said the CNN show will steer clear of the cooking segments, concerts and other softer fare that are a hallmark of most morning shows.
May 8, 2013 |
Art is imitating life again. CNN personality and former tabloid editor Piers Morgan is going to try his hand at producing a drama about the British tabloid business in the 1970s. Morgan has signed on as an executive producer of "Fleet Street," a drama pilot in development at the pay-TV cable channel Starz. “Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day -- drinking, brawling, fornicating, nightclubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night.