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.
October 19, 2012 |
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has signed on for another four years. The new employment agreement, announced Friday by parent company News Corp., will keep Ailes at the controls of one of the television's company's most successful divisions through the 2016 presidential election. In addition to serving as chairman and chief executive of the top-rated Fox News, Ailes also oversees the company's 27 television stations, Twentieth Television syndication,...
January 8, 2008 |
Global media company News Corp. said it bought almost 15% of Premiere, Germany's biggest pay-TV operator. The New York company, whose holdings include Fox News Channel and Star TV, said it paid cable operator Unitymedia in Cologne $422.5 million in cash for a 14.58% stake. Unitymedia said it received 17.50 euros ($25.75) for each of its 16.4 million shares in Premiere. Premiere has more than 4 million subscribers in Germany and Austria to its television and digital radio channels, whose offerings include live soccer and first-run movies.
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.
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 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.