October 5, 2002
Re "CNN Is Anything but Mickey Mouse," Commentary, Oct. 1: Cheers to Ken Bode for pointing out that CNN is the network the world turns to to cover real news, especially foreign news. If Ted Turner does return, he should fire all the yahoos who have tried to clone the Fox News Channel. The direction that CNN has taken since the AOL merger leaves this former CNN junkie desperately longing for the old CNN. "Crossfire" (without Tucker Carlson) and "News- Night" are the only programs worth watching without reaching for the vomit bag. Frederique N. Sol New Rochelle, N.Y.
October 18, 2008 |
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck is leaving CNN Headline News for Fox News Channel, where he will host a weekday show at 5 p.m. starting next spring. His daily radio show is heard by nearly 7 million people, ranking him fifth in popularity behind Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Laura Schlessinger, according to Talkers magazine. Beck sensed growth opportunities at Fox, which appeals to a more conservative audience and has many more viewers than CNN Headline News.
December 24, 2008 |
Fox News Channel has selected White House correspondent Bret Baier to replace Brit Hume as anchor of its weekday 3 p.m. newscast. Hume is cutting back to part-time work at Fox and was anchoring his last newscast Tuesday. Baier will start his new job Jan. 5. Baier is familiar to viewers of the show as Hume's occasional substitute and from his work as Fox's top person in the White House. He said he plans "on continuing to maintain the prestige of the program in every way I know how."
May 14, 2011 |
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won several Republican primaries in the 2008 presidential race, said Saturday night that he would not make a run for the White House in 2012. Huckabee's decision was a secret to all but his close family until he revealed it on his weekly Fox News Channel program. Since losing the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, Huckabee has fashioned a lucrative post-political career as an author, speaker and contributor for Fox News, where he makes about $500,000 a year in a contract that goes through 2012.
August 29, 2005 |
The world of 24/7 cable news can be hard to leave. Many anchors and reporters have proven it by switching networks, and Bill Hemmer now joins their ranks. The former cohost of CNN's "American Morning" lands at Fox News Channel as anchor of the 9 a.m. weekday edition of "Fox News Live" starting today.
July 31, 2004 |
As broadcasters sharply limited their coverage of the Democratic National Convention this year, cable news networks and PBS leaped into the breach and came away with some impressive ratings. Overall viewership for the convention -- including ABC, CBS and NBC plus the three all-news cable networks -- was down slightly compared with 2000, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. This year's coverage averaged 20.4 million total viewers over four nights, off 1% from four years ago.
October 4, 2012 |
A huge audience -- an estimated 67.2 million people -- watched the first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday, according to ratings firm Nielsen. The crowd levels represent a 28% increase over viewership for the first debate four years ago between then-Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). That debate, in September 2008, garnered an audience of 52.4 million viewers. Wednesday night's event was carried live from the University of Denver in Colorado across nearly a dozen channels.
March 11, 2005 |
TV shows often feature plots ripped from the headlines, but an upcoming episode of David E. Kelley's legal drama "Boston Legal" was a bit too lifelike for ABC executives. Sunday's episode of the series starring James Spader is about the censorship issues raised when a high school principal tries to block students' access to a cable news channel. In Kelley's original script, the network in question was News Corp.'s Fox News Channel.
July 28, 2007 |
Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network. MoveOn.org, the Campaign for America's Future and liberal blogs like DailyKos.com are asking thousands of supporters to monitor who is advertising on the network. Once a database is gathered, an organized phone-calling campaign will begin, said Jim Gilliam, vice president of media strategy for Brave New Films, a company that has made anti-Fox videos.
September 29, 2006 |
A financial struggle is looming between Fox News Channel and the cable and satellite providers who carry the network, with the risk of Bill O'Reilly, Shepard Smith and Sean Hannity being yanked from TV screens if talks go sour. With Fox's 10th anniversary next week, a series of 10-year contracts with providers will begin expiring. Fox says the systems pay roughly 25 cents per subscriber each month to carry its programming.