October 23, 2012 |
Fox News always dominates in its competition against CNN and MSNBC, but last week the cable channel managed the unusual feat of beating all other cable networks in viewers, including juggernauts ESPN, USA and TBS. In prime time, Fox News averaged almost 3.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That was almost a million more than ESPN averaged. Fox News also won the total day crown with an average of 1.66 million viewers, nipping kids channel Nickelodeon, which averaged 1.63 million viewers.
October 22, 2012 |
NBCUniversal has tapped E. McRate "Mac" Budill as president of TV Networks Distribution. He succeeds Bridget Baker who resigned last week. The post is a key one for NBCUniversal. Budill will be responsible for negotiating distribution agreements for the media company's array of cable networks including USA, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Channel and the Golf Channel. Budill will also handle retransmission consent negotiations for the broadcast stations owned by NBC and its Spanish-language network Telemundo.
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,...
September 20, 2012 |
Despite a reputation tarnished by his handling of an extended phone hacking scandal in Britain, James Murdoch is preparing to step into a prominent U.S. role running much of News Corp.'s vast and profitable American based television operations, according to people familiar with the plans. James Murdoch, the 39-year-old son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is expected to take charge of the Fox broadcast network, FX cable channel, regional sports networks, Fox International channels and National Geographic channels - some of the most profitable assets in the $34 billion-a-year media conglomerate.
September 7, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before deciding if I need the new Kindle. The Skinny: In yet another sign that I'm getting old (as if I needed it), last night was the first time in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards that I didn't tune in for one second. What I won't do is now write a story saying the show is passe because I'm no longer the target audience. Friday's headlines include a grim look at the weekend box office, new contract talks for Fox News chief Roger Ailes, and Christopher Nolan being caught up in a fight between two big Hollywood talent agencies.
August 31, 2012 |
Is Sarah Palin on the outs at Fox News? You betcha , says New York magazine. According to Fox-watcher Gabriel Sherman, Palin is in the early stages of renegotiating her lucrative contract as a contributor to the network, where she earns a reported $1 million a year for occasional guest appearances on shows like “On the Record” and “Hannity.” Palin's current deal makes her the network's highest-paid contributor, but she may not...