June 5, 2011 |
Bassem Youssef is barefoot, pacing around the dining room of his apartment in the tony Maadi neighborhood where he has assembled a crack team of twentysomething bloggers and activists. They are hunched over their laptops in Conan O'Brien and "Family Guy" T-shirts, plotting Egypt's comedy revolution. To Youssef, 37, the actual revolution was hilarious. Much of the January uprising that unseated Egypt's longtime president was fueled by online media: social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter , but also clips posted on YouTube — images of Tahrir Square, of protesters and security forces and former President Hosni Mubarak addressing the nation on state television.
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May 22, 2011 |
An apt title for the typical TV newscast of the 1950s might have been: "Inaction News!" There simply wasn't much of it on the tube back in those pre-Lindsay Lohan days. In Southern California, for instance, the nightly fare on KNXT-TV (Channel 2) in 1959 consisted of a network newscast from 7:15 to 7:30, and two local newscasts from 7 to 7:15 and 11 to 11:15. Yup, 30 minutes of local news nightly, two-thirds of which was devoted to sports and weather. TV anchors would sometimes introduce stories by holding up the morning's newspaper headlines.
May 18, 2011 |
Katie Couric has poise, good looks, smarts and the kind of warmth on camera that a lot of other news people would love to duplicate. She also had the distinction of serving as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" as it became stubbornly locked into its position as least favored of the three nightly network newscasts. As Couric prepares to sign off Thursday night for the final time, one can't help but wonder what went wrong. Nothing more, it appears, than misplaced priorities, unrealistic expectations and an underestimation of how dangerous it can be to remake a venerable franchise.
May 4, 2011 |
After luring Katie Couric away from NBC's "Today" show in an attempt to revamp the evening news with star power and broad appeal, CBS News has made a more traditional choice in tapping "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley to succeed Couric. He will take up the anchor role on "CBS Evening News" starting June 6, the network announced on Tuesday. As an internal hire and a veteran newsmagazine reporter, Pelley is many things that Couric was not. Where Couric brought a conversational, accessible style from her morning show background, he represents the network's return to a more sober, direct approach.
February 9, 2011
The political crisis in Egypt and a sprawling winter storm helped the network evening newscasts to some of their biggest audiences in years. NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" averaged 11.3 million viewers last week, its largest weekly audience in six years, the Nielsen Co. said Tuesday. Brian Williams traveled to Cairo to anchor the newscast amid the political unrest. To give that number some perspective, NBC's evening newscast had more viewers last week, on average, than any of that network's prime-time shows.
October 6, 2010
After three decades of writing about the media for the Washington Post, Howard Kurtz is taking a new gig at Tina Brown's website, the Daily Beast. "After a lifetime in newspapers, I'm ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism," Kurtz said Tuesday. The Daily Beast describes his beat as "politics, media, and the intersection of the two. " Kurtz will continue his "Reliable Sources" show on CNN. Last month, Newsweek's Howard Fineman and the New York Times' Peter Goodman both signed on with the Beast's competitor, the Huffington Post.