Press Releases: 10/23/11

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on October 23, 2014 by icn2

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CNN ANNOUNCES NEW ORIGINAL SERIES SET TO LAUNCH IN 2015

High Profits Will Follow Two of America’s Marijuana Moguls as they Seek to Build a Franchise Empire

Continuing to build upon its successful original programming line-up, CNN today announced a new Original Series set to launch in 2015. High Profits joins Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, This is Life with Lisa Ling, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe, The Hunt with John Walsh, and others as part of CNN’s acquired series programming.

In the newest CNN Original Series High Profits, viewers will meet Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire: two business-minded, dream seeking, relentless visionaries with a plan unlike any other – to franchise marijuana. The eight-part series, produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment, will grant exclusive access to the couple poised to be the first ever “moguls of marijuana.”
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Carol Costello Apologizes for Palin Commentary…

Posted in CNN on October 23, 2014 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about an apology Carol Costello made/was forced to make (pick one) about commentary she made about the Bristol Palin police report audio…

CNN’s Carol Costello apologized on Thursday for joking about a police recording of Bristol Palin.

“Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize,” Costello said in a statement to POLITICO.

On Wednesday, before playing a tape in which Bristol Palin describes an alleged altercation at a party in Wasilla, Alaska, Costello said, “This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across. Well, come across in a long time anyway.”

In the tape, Palin is heard describing what happened to her after she confronted someone she accused of pushing her sister.

“So we were in a limo. I walk back up. “Did you push my sister?” And some guy gets up, pushes me down on the grass, drags me across the grass. “You slut, you f—ing c—, you f—ing this.” I get back up, he pushes me down on the grass again,” Palin said, according to the recording. “And he pulls me by my f—ing feet. And he’s the one that’s leaving and I have my 5-year-old, they took my $300 sunglasses, they took my f—ing shoes, and I’m f—ing just left here?”

After the tape, Costello said “the long bleep was my favorite part.”

“We should point out that no charges were filed in this incident and in a Sept. 19th Facebook post, Sarah Palin defended her daughter, writing part — writing in part, quote, ‘I love my Bristol. I have to say, this is a proud mama. My kids’ defense of my family makes my heart soar.’ You can thank me later,” Costello said.

Indra Petersons Out at CNN…

Posted in CNN on October 22, 2014 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports that New Day Meteorologist Indra Petersons was a casualty of last week’s layoffs at CNN…

As part of the workforce reduction at CNN, New York-based meteorologist Indra Petersons will be leaving the network, TVNewser has learned. All shows will now rely on CNN Weather in Atlanta, led by meteorologists Chad Myers and Jennifer Gray.

It should be noted that CNN has really de-emphasized weather lately so combine that with New Day’s woes and it’s not surprising to see Petersons get cut…

Press Releases: 10/22/14

Posted in Press Releases on October 22, 2014 by icn2

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AL JAZEERA AMERICA DEBUTS “INFORMANTS,” NEW INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLORING THE SECRET WORLD OF FBI INFORMANTS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT 10PM ET/ 7PM PT

Find Al Jazeera America near you: http://www.aljazeera.com/getajam

“It literally boils down to: if you cannot find terrorists within the Muslim community, make terrorists. Create terrorists.”
— YASSIR FAZAGA, Imam, Orange County Islamic Foundation

NEW YORK, October 22, 2014 – “Al Jazeera Investigates: Informants,” a new hour-long documentary from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit that delves into the secret world of FBI informants’ counterterrorism activities, premieres Monday, October 27 at 10pm ET/6 pm PT. “Informants” will repeat Tuesday, October 28 at 1am ET/10pm PT and 10am ET/7am PT, Monday, November 3 at 10pm ET, Tuesday, November 4 at 1am ET and 11am ET.
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Bloomberg’s Digital Media…

Posted in Bloomberg on October 22, 2014 by icn2

Digiday’s Eric Blattberg writes about Bloomberg’s digital video business…

Bloomberg Media’s digital video investments are beginning to pay off.

Half a year has elapsed since Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith called digital video “a golden asset,” promising “large bets” on video content and distribution as part of “a new direction” for Bloomberg’s media business. Since then, video has increasingly taken center stage on Bloomberg’s digital properties — and viewership has spiked.

Paul Marcum, a former GE marketing executive Smith hired in December, is responsible for much of that growth. After a brief stint as Bloomberg’s head of digital innovation, Marcum has served as the business publisher’s head of digital video, overseeing its video content, distribution channels and partnerships. The new role couldn’t have come at a better time, he said.

“What we are seeing now is a new ubiquity of video, especially on desktop,” Marcum told Digiday. “Users are increasingly accepting video as an integral part of their experience.”

Free for All: 10/21/14

Posted in Free For All on October 21, 2014 by icn2

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CNN vs. NABJ

Posted in CNN on October 20, 2014 by icn2

Yes, I’m late to this. Blogging has had to take a back seat recently to other things. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes about the recent back and forth between the NABJ and CNN…

Bob Butler, the president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is unhappy with CNN. Just last Friday, Butler and NABJ issued a press release indicating that CNN had “withdrawn support of NABJ for the 2015 Convention & Career Fair.” Founded in 1975, NABJ is the largest group of journalists of color in the U.S., and their annual convention serves to help black media professionals with professional development and networking opportunities.

CNN responded with a statement of its own: “Following NABJ’s recent comments about CNN, we informed them we were reconsidering our relationship, but we were clear that we had not made a final decision. It’s surprising to us that they would choose to make such a statement.”

So: Butler says that the network had definitively withdrawn support; CNN says not quite. “They’re basically calling me a liar,” said Butler in a chat with the Erik Wemple Blog. “That’s very disturbing.”

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Here’s where the spat gets juicy. That critical press release and NABJ’s proposal to CNN for the 2015 annual convention hit CNN at about the same time, according to Butler. Therein lies a core conflict in what NABJ — and other journalism-diversity groups, for that matter — does from day to day. On the one hand, it monitors how well newsrooms embrace diversity; on the other, it pitches those same newsrooms to ante up for convention space and other stuff. Have a look at the 2014 convention program book with a nice full-page ad from CNN proclaiming, “CNN proudly supports the National Association of Black Journalists.” Says Butler: “They’re a corporate partner like many other companies are. We have relationships with CNN, with Fox News, CBS, NBC, ABC — those are all partners within NABJ.”

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