Kate O’Brian Interview

Posted in Al Jazeera on August 19, 2014 by icn2

Capital New York’s Alex Weprin interviews Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian…

CAPITAL: Is there any type of programming that you think AJAM could be doing more of? I know you have morning programming now, but last year, you were still trying to figure out the morning show strategy. Is there more you want to do to build out the schedule?

O’BRIAN: There is always more, we have a number of things in development that we are looking at piloting, and we are seeing if they are good. It is all about the quality. If the quality is good and compelling, then we will give it a go ahead and you will see it on the schedule at some point. We are also doubling down on what we have right now. It is a pretty full grid of produced content, whether it is the breaking news hours, or the longer form hours. We want to be sure that they are doing the absolute tippy-top quality that we expect them to do.

CAPITAL: There has been some staff restructuring and layoffs over the first year. The sports department I know was affected. Was that focused in specific areas? Do you feel like the news team is structured in a way that is more efficient?

O’BRIAN: We made some choices based on who we are, and what kind of programming people expect to see on our channel, and that we expect to be providing for people. Looking over the year, we made some decisions based on that. Again, every news organization does the same calculus and makes their own decisions based on those things. I think we are in a good place, but we are always looking at improvement. Always. And we would be remiss, and I would be irresponsible, if I weren’t always looking at how to make things better. We are looking at high performance from every sector, and every time of day, and every show.

Trouble for Zakaria?

Posted in CNN on August 19, 2014 by icn2

Our Bad Media has a lengthy story on Fareed Zakaria and more alleged examples of plagiarism…

Unless Adam Winkler’s book on gun rights detoured into issues like the Chinese movie industry and corporate tax rates, the examples below seem unlikely to have been the result of another notes mix-up by Zakaria.


These are all articles that were written before the plagiarism scandal in August of 2012. In other words, these passages ostensibly would have been part of the reviews conducted by CNN, TIME and the Washington Post. Unless otherwise noted, none of the examples listed here have any kind of citation (hyperlink or otherwise) to the sources Zakaria lifted from.

Because these are no new instances of alleged plagiarism since the original scandal in 2012 that are listed here, this story takes on more of a historical tone than it would if any of these incidents had happened in the years since. But, it does raise serious questions regarding the due diligence that was conducted by those investigating Zakaria at the time.

Media Overreach?

Posted in CNN on August 18, 2014 by icn2

I suppose this was going to happen one way or another but it still makes me queasy. NewsBusters’ Tim Blumer writes about media outlets, including CNN, which revealed home location data on the Feguson shooter…

… CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning.

Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance.

Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the officer.

The UK Daily Mail also named the community, posted photos of the officer and gave a description of the house.

USA Today also named the community and reported a local police presence.

The Washington Post named the street where Wilson lives.

In the video report, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives. The CNN video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera does not name the street, he gives its approximate location.

Given what’s been going on in Ferguson right now, the media should have been a little more restrained in what it decided to reveal regarding the shooter.

Free for All: 08/15/14

Posted in Free For All on August 15, 2014 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

Survey Says…

Posted in CNBC on August 14, 2014 by icn2

Usually when I get told about an NBC News VIPs survey, it’s about some sort of advertiser related survey; “Did you know brand X sponsored this?” “Did brand X sponsoring this make you think more favorably about brand X?”…blah..blah..blah…


However, every once in a while you get genuine NBC gold dust in one of these surveys…something I can really sink my teeth into. We apparently have just such an example this week when News VIPs released a survey regarding the CNBC syndicated show On The Money with Becky Quick. Check out these survey screen grabs sent in by an anonymous mole…




This was no superficial advertiser survey but a top to bottom “How are we doing?/What should we be doing?” survey. It should not be that surprising actually. This isn’t the first time this show has been the subject of a “How are we doing?/What should we be doing?” survey…though back then it was called The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo. Bartiromo is no longer fronting that show, nor does it still have the WSJ branding.

As On The Money’s ratings…either from syndication or from CNBC…are not normally publicly revealed, there’s no easy way to tell if the show has dropped in the ratings recently. Though, certainly, the timing of this survey so soon after Bartiromo’s departure from CNBC leaves open the possibility that this survey’s arrival isn’t…how shall I put it?…purely coincidental.

New Day Experimentation?

Posted in CNN on August 14, 2014 by icn2

In a must-read for all the eyeball popping anonymous quotes, The Wrap’s Jethro Nededog writes that CNN is going to experiment with different hosts to be paired with Chris Cuomo for New Day…

Insiders tell TheWrap bad chemistry between co-hosts and ratings challenges have forced the network to look closely at “New Day”

CNN is in the process of making radical changes to its troubled morning show “New Day,” individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The network’s signature morning show is plagued with bad chemistry, including reports of bickering between its hosts Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira. The show is also stuck in the perennial No. 2 morning ratings spot among cable news networks.

And there’s this…

In a move to inject new life into “New Day,” insiders told TheWrap that CNN has tested several anchor combinations with and without current host Cuomo — to see what will work.

“They have tried Chris Cuomo with every available woman,” one individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. “And they keep trying ‘New Day’ combinations that use none of the three anchors.”

And this…

“The only success story on that show is Michaela Pereira, who came from a big morning job in L.A., but they keep shoving her to the 11 a.m. timeslot,” the individual said. “Chris is insecure about her, because she is a natural on mornings. It’s her career talent … so they push her aside so he looks bigger.”

Bolduan, who is currently pregnant, hasn’t been included in the anchor testings so far (though she co-hosted “New Day” on Thursday with John Berman, who was filling in for a vacationing Cuomo).

“That speaks for itself,” the insider said of the network’s lack of testing around Bolduan, inferring that her future with the morning show is uncertain.

And keep reading for more on Alisyn Camerota and Don Lemon…

Press Releases: 08/14/14

Posted in Press Releases on August 14, 2014 by icn2

Al Jazeera America (1)


Find Al Jazeera America near you: http://america.aljazeera.com/tools/getajam.html

NEW YORK, August 14, 2014 – Tonight beginning at 9pm ET, Al Jazeera America will present comprehensive, live coverage from Ferguson, Missouri with breaking news and analysis about the unrest.

Al Jazeera America’s “America Tonight” with host Joie Chen will broadcast live at 9pm ET/6pm PT, providing up-to-the minute reports from correspondent Lori Jane Gliha, among others. Additional reporting from Ash-har Quraishi, chief correspondent for Al Jazeera America’s Chicago bureau and “Fault Lines” correspondent Sebastian Walker who will be on the ground with the Ferguson community and its leaders, and will discuss the militarization of US police forces. “Consider This” will also air live at 10pm ET/7pm PT with additional coverage of the unrest.
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