November 5, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before coming up with my own stat of the day. The Skinny: Caught most of an amazing documentary on KCET last night on World War II hero James "Maggie" Megellas. Incredible story. Go watch it. Tuesday's roundup includes more analysis of what Netflix's purchase of the documentary "The Square" means for the movie industry. Also, the cable channel HLN is going through an overhaul and CNN had a really bad week. Daily Dose: Fans of the old Howard Stern radio show remember well the king of all media's legendary birthday parties, which would draw a bizarre group of stars, politicians and, of course, freaks.
November 4, 2013 |
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)
July 3, 2013 |
These days, Greta Van Susteren isn't just covering the news, she's making it. Speculation is rampant that Van Susteren may be getting ready to walk away from her 10 p.m. Fox News Channel show and head back to CNN, where she rose to prominence in the 1990s as a legal analyst. One catalyst behind such a possible move? This week's announcement that hard-hitting anchor Megyn Kelly will get a prime-time slot after she returns from maternity leave later this year. Word is that Kelly could get the 10 p.m. real estate, which might leave Van Susteren with no home in prime time, between 8 and 11 p.m. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Meanwhile, CNN is in the middle of yet another reinvention, this one overseen by former NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker.
June 14, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if I can be a trophy husband. The Skinny: Once again my views on love have been shattered. It may take me years to recover from this one. Sorry we're late today. There were technical difficulties beyond our control. Hopefully you took the day off anyway. Friday's stories include coverage of Rupert Murdoch's divorce filing and a preview of the weekend box office. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live please send me a note . Daily Dose: Last week, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt criticized the idea of the Koch brothers, who often back conservative causes, owning the Los Angeles Times.
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 |
"The Wire" as a reality show? That appears to be what the cable news channel CNN is thinking with "Chicagoland," a new unscripted series about the Windy City from Robert Redford's Sundance Productions. "Chicagoland," which is set to premiere on CNN early next year, will showcase Chicago's challenges with crime, education and public policy. “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges,” said Robert Redford in a statement.