October 1, 2001 |
Everywhere you looked on NBC News last week, you saw Moscow correspondent Dana Lewis, traveling with Afghan rebels. While Lewis held forth on "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw," MSNBC, the morning "Today" show and an online MSNBC.com diary, MSNBC anchor Ashleigh Banfield popped up from Pakistan on CNBC. Hoda Kotbe, normally a correspondent on NBC's newsmagazine "Dateline," anchored MSNBC, as did Maurice DuBois, a reporter from NBC's local New York station.
August 21, 2008 |
Rachel Maddow already has some ideas for her new show on MSNBC, which debuts Sept. 8. "Live audience. Live punk band. You know, mariachis for important segues," she joked with Keith Olbermann on Tuesday evening during an appearance on his program to announce her new gig. No matter what form her show takes, there's no question that the 35-year-old host will cut a different figure than most of her cable brethren. An openly gay woman, unapologetic liberal and Rhodes scholar with a doctorate from Oxford University, Maddow has drawn a passionate following during her stint this year as an analyst for MSNBC.
October 4, 2002 |
Cable news channel MSNBC this week started discussing changes to its lineup, after its summer programming overhaul failed to make much of an impression on viewers. Most prominently, under one scenario being considered, Ashleigh Banfield would end up losing her nightly "On Location" (7 p.m. on the West Coast), which has fared poorly in recent weeks while she has been on a tour of America. Likewise, the news channel is talking about moving Jerry Nachman's hourlong show (4 p.m.
September 20, 2003 |
MSNBC is quietly slipping a new show onto its schedule this weekend, but it is already sparking some internal controversy, because it is hosted by pollster Frank Luntz. While Luntz is already a political analyst for the channel, he has worked for Republican candidates, creating a potential conflict of interest. "It's Frank's job to ask people what they think; that's what he does for his clients and that's what he'll do on the program," said an MSNBC spokesman.
July 22, 2002 |
literally. Even after fatuously anointing itself "America's News- Channel," this flailing NBC-Microsoft hybrid a week ago assumed a second identity as cable's replica of frantic talk radio. You know, knee-jerk, yet superficial. In fact, MSNBC is America's SchmoozeChannel. No, not snooze, for it's hard dozing through a din, notably one as loud as this--created by an agenda that is usually not coherent discourse, but attention-grabbing combat.
February 27, 2003 |
MSNBC's turn to the ideological right drew criticism Wednesday from a number of sources, including liberal talk show host Phil Donahue, whose 7-month-old program was canceled Tuesday because, while drawing the network's highest ratings, it wasn't the breakout show that executives wanted.
July 19, 1996 |
Thursday was the day that camera crews camped en masse outside the Garden Grove home of Ralph Kevorkian, a TWA pilot said to have been in the cockpit of doomed Flight 800. "The drapes are drawn," reported Jason Carroll of KCBS-TV, solemn either because of the occasion or because Kevorkian's wife could not be found and no one else was available to assault. Stations later told of more Southland residents being aboard the doomed flight. Quick, men, to their houses!
June 13, 2006 |
NBC News on Monday announced a new management team for its beleaguered MSNBC network, less than a week after the cable news channel's president abruptly exited. In a surprise move, Dan Abrams, who since December 2001 has hosted the network's legal affairs show "The Abrams Report," will take over as general manager. He will report to NBC News senior vice president Phil Griffin, a former MSNBC executive who currently helps oversee "Today" and will add oversight of the cable channel to his duties.
December 22, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. sold its popular Slate online magazine Tuesday to Washington Post Co., a move that makes Slate's political commentary and quirky feature articles more broadly available across the Internet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Slate editor Jacob Weisberg said the amount was "a very respectable, impressive price." Microsoft has said Slate, with about 6 million readers monthly, breaks even financially but isn't consistently profitable.
November 18, 1996 |
In 1981, when I attended Comdex for the first time, everyone was talking about the recently introduced IBM personal computer and speculating whether PCs would someday replace computer terminals on corporate desktops. Fifteen years later, Comdex attendees this week will debate whether it's time to go back to the future as IBM, Sun, Oracle and others unveil their network computers--essentially terminals that let you do your work via the Internet or your company's centralized computer system.