Post your nominations for this week’s What’s Hot/What’s Not. I’ll post the finalists on Sunday night…
BloombergBusinessweek’s Karl Taro Greenfeld profiles NewsMax’s Chris Ruddy and writes about Ruddy’s ambitions for a cable news channel…
Ruddy is registered as an Independent and is more moderate than the rhetoric typically espoused by his media properties. He has become friends with Bill and Hillary Clinton and won’t rule out supporting Hillary for president in 2016. All of which makes his latest ambition, to build a TV network that he believes will challenge the conservative news monopoly of Fox News, either a misguided fantasy or a cunningly disruptive business plan.
For the last 18 years, Fox News, led by its president, Roger Ailes, has exploited its unique slant on the news to generate nearly $1 billion in profits a year for parent 21st Century Fox (FOXA). There’s been no serious conservative competitor to Fox News, and Ruddy has never understood why. (Fox News didn’t make anyone available for comment.) “How do you have something so successful in cable that nobody else wants to imitate or cut into their market share?” Ruddy says. “It defies reason.”
This June, Ruddy plans to launch NewsmaxTV, a 24-hour cable news channel that will be, he says, a kinder, gentler Fox. “Our goal is to be a little more boomer-oriented, more information-based rather than being vituperative and polarizing,” he says. Ruddy says he can make NewsmaxTV profitable entirely through advertising and selling Newsmax’s consumer products over the air. It’s the same business model that’s been successful for QVC, Home Shopping Network (HSNI), and numerous televangelists, but no one has tried it in cable news. He’s quick to add that he doesn’t need to beat Fox News, he just needs to shave off a little of its audience—particularly those conservatives who feel Fox has drifted too far to the right. “If we take 10 to 15 percent of the Fox audience,” he says, “and they are making $1 billion a year, then we are going to be hugely profitable.”
If anyone was interested what happens when someone tries a Current TV on the conservative side the spectrum, they may soon get their wish. I wish them luck. They’ll need it…
CNN (1), Bloomberg (1)
Christiane Amanpour interviews President Nicolas Maduro from Venezuela in a CNN Worldwide Exclusive
After weeks of threatening to revoke CNN’s press credentials and ability to report from Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro sits down for an in-depth exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour. The interview will air worldwide across CNN’s networks and platforms, including CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN.com.
The interview will begin airing on CNN today, Thursday, March 6th. The full interview is scheduled to air on CNN International’s Amanpour, Friday, March 7th at 2 pm (ET) and 5pm (ET).
CNN en Español will broadcast a special on Friday, March 7th at 10:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday March, 8th at 7 pm (ET), and Sunday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m. (ET), 11:30 am (ET), and 8:30 p.m. (ET). CNN en Español continues to be a source of information for Venezuelans and continues to broadcast in Venezuela.
BLOOMBERG TV CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Stephanie Ruhle Interviews Top Brass Women in Business and Technology
Special edition of “Market Makers” airing this Friday, March 7, 10am – 12pm EST
In honor of International Women’s Day, Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers” is devoting two hours to showcase some of the most extraordinary women leaders in business, technology, sports, media and more. Bloomberg TV anchor Stephanie Ruhle (@sruhle) will be joined by female executives for a series of exclusive interviews to discuss their respective industries, going beyond traditional gender and image issues to get to the heart of what makes each individual woman successful.
TVNewser’s Jordan Chariton writes about the experimentation that CNN will be doing at 10pm for the next month…
Starting Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon returns to primetime with “The Don Lemon Show.” The half-hour program will lead in to another new weekly show, “Making The Case” at 10:30pm.
Tuesdays at 10pm will be one-hour special reports; Wednesdays at 10 will see “Death Row Stories;” “Chicagoland” airs Thursdays at 10; and on Fridays its “CNN Spotlight” followed by “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” at 10:30.
But this is what caught my eye…
“AC360″ will return to the 11pm hour Monday through Thursday, a re-air of the 8pm hour (live in the event of breaking news.) Friday’s at 11pm is reserved for “Death Row Stories.” This will be the schedule for at least the next five weeks.
It’s not clear from this, but does this mean that Outfront has lost its repeat?
TVNewser’s Alissa Krinski interviews Jeff Zucker…
As the network moves forward, though, one thing is clear: Zucker likes the ratings scored by series such as “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man”.
“Certainly, there’s an appetite and an audience that’s willing to come to CNN to watch that kind of programming, and I think that you’ll see more of that this year.” Zucker says he has “several other series in that vein that we haven’t even announced yet.”
And Zucker says that doesn’t mean CNN is moving away from being first and foremost a news organization.
“The fact is,” he says, “CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years. So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.”
I don’t doubt that CNN is offering more hours of live news programming now than at any point in the last five years. Adding Early Start alone pretty much accomplished that. But that was not really the issue either. It was the increase in the frequency of tape in primetime that is the issue.
The secret is out! Making the Case w/ Sunny Hostin & @markgeragos debuts on Monday, March 10th at 10pm @CNN Spread the word!! #savethetape
Horrible horrible planning and timing by Jeff Zucker. All hell is breaking loose in Ukraine and he slots a court show for Monday primetime.
Al Jazeera America announced special Ukraine coverage tonight…
‘CRISIS IN UKRAINE’ – DAYLONG COVERAGE ON AL JAZEERA AMERICA CULMINATES IN SPECIAL REPORT LIVE AT 9 PM ET/6 PM PT
“AMERICA TONIGHT” INTERVIEWS SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, FOLLOWS BREAKING DEVELOPMENTS AND OFFERS EXPERT ANALYSIS
Find Al Jazeera America near you: http://america.aljazeera.com/tools/getajam.html
ALL DAY – Al Jazeera America presents in-depth coverage of breaking news, background on the historical and geo-political development of the crisis, its impact on the day-to-day lives of Ukrainians and effect on world markets. Correspondents from across the Al Jazeera America network reaches into all the affected areas in Ukraine and the power centers of Moscow and Washington. Coverage includes:
· Nick Schifrin and Jennifer Glasse reporting from the ground in Simferopol
· Phil Ittner reporting from Kiev
· Mike Viqueria live from the White House with Obama’s reaction
· James Bays with reaction from the United Nations
· Rory Challands describing the situation from Moscow
· Ali Velshi talks to the conflict’s impact on the international markets from New York
· 9 pm ET – Joie Chen anchors a live hour on up-to-the minute developments in Ukraine on “AMERICA TONIGHT,” including an interview with Senator John McCain
· 10 pm ET – “CONSIDER THIS” interviews the former president of Georgia, who will discuss the similarities between the current conflict in Ukraine and when Russia occupied Georgian territories in 2008