Archive for May, 2012


Posted in CNN, FNC on May 31, 2012 by icn2

It looks like it wasn’t just TVNewser and Mediaite that got used over this Fox and Friends “rogue producer with the CNN offer” fiasco. Tonight this item from Dominic Patten went up on Here’s the money quote…

A source told Deadline that CNN contacted White after the video aired and offered to hire him at double his Fox News salary.

The implication here is that CNN is so desperate for buzz that they’ll pay though the nose to get someone who causes a stir. But there’s something fishy about this leak. It suggests a timeline that looks at best highly unlikely…and at worst totally impossible.

Consider the following:

- The video aired at 8:07 am ET
- The first article to appear online talking about this video and mentioning the CNN offer was posted by Mediaite’s Noah Rothman at 9:36am. Presumably that is ET. TVNewser didn’t have its article up with three sources saying White had a CNN offer on the table until 5:26pm ET.

That timeline means that between 8:07 am ET and 9:36 am ET, according to Deadline’s leak, the following things had to have happened during only 1 hour and 29 minutes:
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Not All Leaks are What They Seem…

Posted in CNN, FNC on May 31, 2012 by icn2

Last night I posted this on my Facebook page…

I’m really not getting why the fact that the Producer who was responsible the FnF Obama clip fiasco had his potential future job prospects at CNN splattered all over Mediaite and TVNewser. It was obviously a leak but the question is why leak it? What’s the motivation? Is it to make CNN look bad because they have an offer on the table for the guy? Or is to punish the guy by maybe making CNN think twice about the offer because of the controversy and yanking it? There’s gotta be a reason why this info, which had nothing at all to do with the story of the video, got such public prominence.

Well today yesterday’s “innocent tidbit” had its desired effect. The New York Times’ Jeremy W. Peters writes

The producer, Chris White, had been offered a job by CNN before the video was broadcast. But on Thursday, a CNN spokeswoman said that the network would not be hiring him.

Mr. White’s fate at Fox News is unclear.

Congratulations to TVNewser and Mediaite for being played so expertly. Suckers. You should have known something was up when that total non-sequitur about White’s CNN plans got dumped in your lap.

Turner CEO Weighs in on CNN Ratings Issues…

Posted in CNN on May 31, 2012 by icn2

Broadcasting & Cable’s John Lafayette chronicles Turner CEO Phil Kent’s appearance at the Nomura U.S. Media & Telecom Summit today…

Kent said CNN’s current primetime lineup still has “very high potential.” He called Anderson Cooper a television news star who “at this moment is not getting a star’s ratings and that’s because of lead-ins.”

But Kent also offered support for Erin Burnett and Piers Morgan, whose shows lead in to Coopers’.

He calls Burnett “a great get for us,” but said “that show should be doing better. I think that show can do better. I think it’s just a question of a terrific talent with the right staff around her playing as much to her strengths as possible.”

Kent also said the company believes strongly in Morgan, who replaced CNN mainstay Larry King. “I think he’s a tremendous interviewer,” he said, adding that “it seems to be that when he is interviewing people that are in the news in a meaningful way, the show works better than a typical celebrity interview. I don’t really know what to make of that yet.”

Of the rest of CNN’s lineup, “we have some other shows that probably need to be replaced. This is an execution issue and to me, this is TV 101.”

Why CNN is Really Stuck This Time…

Posted in CNN on May 31, 2012 by icn2

When the 2012 Q1 ratings came out for CNN and it was revealed that its new morning shows had hit greater than 10 year lows, I called it a crisis moment.

In ratings terms it’s not a necessarily disaster but in PR terms it is an unmitigated disaster. CNN will publicly make the case that this is an ongoing process and that the network is committed to both Early Start and Starting Point. There is some truth to this because CNN made a big public display by attaching VP and Managing Editor Mark Whitaker’s name so prominently to these launches so any admission of trouble would immediately be tracked back to Whitaker because these two shows, particularly Starting Point, were his projects.

But it’s still a PR disaster for CNN, long term commitment or not, precisely because nobody was expecting the numbers to be worse now than four months ago. And breaking a 10 year history barrier? You just can’t spin your way out of that. Media writers like nice neat pithy headlines that are easy to disseminate and nothing could be pithier or easier to disseminate than “CNN breaks 10 year low in the morning”.

I had thought that this would be as bad as it could get for CNN. Smashing through 10 year ratings low barriers doesn’t happen very often; it’s the exception and not the rule. Things couldn’t possibly get much worse.

So imagine my surprise to read about CNN’s primetime May ratings yesterday where not only did Prime smash through its own 10 year low barrier for May but both OutFront and Piers Morgan Tonight hit all time recorded lows in both Total Viewers and the Demo.

My mind immediately raced to an infamous scene from “Spinal Tap”
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Fox and Friends: Following in Hardball’s Footsteps?

Posted in FNC, MSNBC on May 31, 2012 by icn2

The Atlantic Wire’s John Hudson writes that Fox and Friends wasn’t the first cable news show this year to produce a slick collection of bits aimed against a presidential candidate…

The crux of media complaints was that airing GOP ads is one thing but for a news network to produce and broadcast its own partisan pieces dangerously shifts its role from “journalism to advocacy,” as Mediaite’s Noah Rothman put it. By the same standard, however, one would have to argue that MSNBC is guilty of the same crime.

In late February, the left-leaning network aired a slickly-produced hit piece on Mitt Romney titled “Mitt: Better Off Mute” that aired on the nightly cable show Hardball with Chris Matthews and Sunday morning talk show The Chris Matthews Show, which typically airs on NBC affiliates and their sister stations. The video lampoons Romney’s habit of gaffing whenever he opens his mouth, and plays off the theme of the Oscar-winning film The Artist in which a silent film star struggles to adapt to films with sound.

The video latches onto the idea that, by appearance, Romney looks presidential and competent but is actually a buffoonish dunce. “Much like the perfect silent picture star whose career was thwarted by the emergence of sound in cinema, Mitt Romney has stumbled when he’s had to open his mouth,” reads the film’s YouTube description. Some might argue that the video is shorter in length (it’s a little over one-minute) and far less savage with its subject, but then we’re getting into gradations, which is a factor in all political advertising. For instance, the way the segment humorously displays the build-up of political hype surrounding Romney only to show him fail, resembles the satirical “Obama is cool” ads produced by GOP operative Karl Rove.

Free for All: 05/31/12

Posted in Free For All on May 31, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

FBN Changes

Posted in FBN on May 30, 2012 by icn2

It’s not exactly new news as this had been anticipated for some months now but TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports that Melissa Francis’ new FBN show which now has the name “Money with Melissa Francis” will debut on Monday at 5pm, which in turn pushes The Willis Report to 6pm and Neil Cavuto’s show an hour later to 8pm.

Update: Evidently FBN had a change of plans. The original plan, as relayed via Mediaite back in February…

In addition, FBN is developing a new 5PM/ET program hosted by Melissa Francis who joined the network from CNBC earlier this year. The show will debut in the second quarter, at which point The Willis Report will move to 8PM/ET, enabling FBN to be the only business network providing viewers with uninterrupted live coverage of financial news from 5AM/ET to 9PM/ET.

Now, 8pm will be anchored by Cavuto live and not Willis.

May Numbers: MSNBC…

Posted in MSNBC on May 30, 2012 by icn2

MSNBC is noting its May ratings…

MSNBC Weekday Primetime Beats CNN By 98% in Total Viewers and 78% in the Demo for the Month

MSNBC Ranks #1 Among Adults 18-34 in Primetime for May

CNN Has Lowest Primetime Performance Since May 2000 and Hits All -Time Lows at 7p and 9p

NEW YORK –May 30, 2012 – MSNBC dominated CNN during the month of May topping the network in all major ratings categories according to data from Nielsen. During the month which marked all-time lows for CNN at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (since at least 1991) and the lowest M-F primetime performance since May 2000, MSNBC topped CNN by 98% among total viewers and by 78% among A25-54 (223,000 vs. 125,000) in weekday primetime.

MSNBC beat CNN in M-Su Primetime, with an 89% advantage over CNN in A25-54 (216,000 vs. 114, 000) and a 73% lead among total viewers (674,000 vs. 389,000). This marks MSNBC’s largest monthly percentage advantage in M-Su Primetime over CNN ever.
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Four Years is Long Enough…

Posted in Blog Announcements on May 30, 2012 by icn2

If I haven’t burned out your corneas by now, I’ll never get it done…
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Wolf and Jeras out at CNN…

Posted in CNN on May 30, 2012 by icn2

TVNewser’s Alex Weprin scoops that Reynolds Wolf and Jacqui Jeras have been dropped by CNN…

Wolf has been with CNN since 2006. and has specialized in reportage from dramatic weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. He was one of CNN’s most prominent correspondents during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010.

Jeras has been with CNN since 1999, and also dedicated a significant amount of her time covering natural disasters. During Hurricane Katrina Jeras spent 84 hours on the air covering the hurricane and its aftermath.

It’s not like CNN has been doing tons of weather forecasts the past year or two. I see Chad Meyers on CNN talking more about non-meteorlogical things than I see him talking about the weather these days.

Further CNN Changes Coming?

Posted in CNN on May 30, 2012 by icn2

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about the CNN John Berman hire but casts it in terms of the first of many changes likely to come…

Amid internal CNN complaints about the chemistry between the two, it is all but certain that the program will evolve in some way once Mr. Berman comes aboard. CNN declined on Wednesday to comment on potential changes. In a news release, it called Mr. Berman “an anchor” of the program, implying that he would be joined by one if not both of the current anchors.

Other changes to CNN’s weekday newscasts are also expected in the coming months, as dissatisfaction mounts inside the channel and its parent company, Time Warner, about low ratings. Schedule shake-ups have arguably had little effect in the past at CNN, where the ratings tend to rise and fall in accordance with the news cycle.

CNN just rejiggered its dayside so I’m looking at older CNN changes that might be re-evaluated. Piers Morgan is golden. His ratings haven’t been blowing the doors off but he’s the biggest gun not named Anderson Cooper CNN has in the evening. But everything else, including one of the two AC 360 hours, is probably on the table.

Free for All: 05/30/12

Posted in Free For All on May 30, 2012 by icn2

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Taking Sides…

Posted in FNC on May 30, 2012 by icn2

Mediaite’s Noah Rothman nails Fox and Friends to the wall for going all in against Obama with a ridiculously partisan in house campaign style ad…

It is a fine line between cheerleading for one side and contributing actively towards a campaign – it is hard not to view this package piece as anything but a negative ad against President Obama. In my estimation, that crosses a line from merely voicing support for a candidate or cause to advocacy and campaigning. While no law prohibits this behavior, it is slightly distasteful and at least partially negligent of the mission of any morning news program — which should be to inform the political debate but not become the subject of it.

One quibble: FNC steadfastly cops out maintains that Fox and Friends is not a news show but an entertainment show, particularly whenever that show is caught doing something it probably shouldn’t have been. Yes, you know it’s BS that it’s not a news show and I know it’s BS but that’s the ludicrous talking point FNC routinely trots out.

Update: TVNewser reports that FNC’s Bill Shine has issued a statement regarding the matter…

A statement from Bill Shine, EVP of programming for Fox News: “The package that aired on FOX & Friends was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network. This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

CNN’s (Temporary?) Return to the “Three Headed Monster”…

Posted in CNN on May 30, 2012 by icn2

With today’s John Berman hiring news, CNN has returned again to the “Three Headed Monster” format it had been using on the now defunct “American Morning”…at least for the moment. More on that in a bit…

As I wrote several months ago when reviewing “Early Start”, the show had all kinds of chemistry issues between Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin.

Something needs to happen and soon. Early Start with Banfield and Sambolin may be salvageable but not without major adjustments. If the chemistry issues can’t be ironed out, I would not be surprised to see the duo split up in six months time.

In the intervening months since I wrote that, CNN has been trying all kinds of things on the show to get it going. A lot of the experimentation involved bouncing the anchors around the studio; sitting down at the desk, standing up solo for interviews, standing up together, sitting back down, etc. But the chemistry problem remained and all the bouncing in the world wasn’t going to address that. With Berman’s hire, the chemistry equation has been changed.

It’s not clear exactly what Berman’s anchoring duties will entail. Will he be an equal partner with Banfield and Sambolin? Or is CNN merely swapping him in for Christine Romans (who handles headline reading segments in addition to business news)? Judging from the press release I’m betting on the former but it may also mean that Romans’ headline reading segments are going bye-bye as well.

Whatever the case, CNN is moving the show much much closer to the Three Headed Monster format American Morning was using at the time of its demise. While it is true that at the time of its demise American Morning’s ratings were higher than Early Start’s are now, that does not necessarily mean that the Three Headed Monster format is a good idea. I continue to take a dim view of the Three Headed Monster format. With the exception of one show, traditionally it has never been a long term viable format for cable news. The “one exception” has been Fox and Friends and FnF has always been a much more relaxed format compared to what CNN is trying to do with news in the morning.

As such, I’m not convinced that CNN is planning on sticking with the Three Headed Monster long term. I think what the network will do is see who Berman clicks with better; Banfield or Sambolin, and then drop the other from the show.

ABC’s John Berman Joins Early Start

Posted in CNN on May 30, 2012 by icn2

CNN announced that former ABC talent John Berman has joined the network and will be anchoring Early Start…in addition to Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin?

John Berman Joins CNN as an Anchor of Morning Show “Early Start”

Berman to Also Contribute Reports to CNN Programs Across the Day

John Berman, who served as a correspondent for ABC News and regular contributor to Good Morning America, joins CNN as an anchor of the morning program Early Start and will contribute reports to various CNN programs including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, it was announced by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN.

CNN’s Early Start, which premiered on January 2, 2012 with hosts Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin, airs weekdays at 5 am to 7 am, ET/PT.

“We are so fortunate to have this talented and seasoned journalist join our morning show and become a regular presence on our air throughout the day. John is a skilled reporter with a passion and personality that shine through, whether he’s covering the political season or his beloved Red Sox,” said Jautz.
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The Hazards of Live TV: #25,163

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on May 29, 2012 by icn2

The BBC plays too many video games apparently

Inside MundoFOX

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on May 29, 2012 by icn2

TVNewser’s Alex Weprin writes about News Corp.’s new Spanish Language channel, MundoFOX, and talks with its VP of News…

News will be a significant part of the new channel, according to Jorge Mettey, the senior VP of news at MundoFox.

“We have a lot of expectations; we strongly believe that we have a different approach and the right people, the vision and the ability to communicate at a different level,” Mettey tells TVNewser.

The basics: the network will launch with a single news show, an evening news program anchored by Rolando Nichols of KWHY Los Angeles, a MundoFox affiliate. There will be two live half-hours produced every weekday, one for the east coast and a second, customized version for the west coast.

So far, MundoFox has secured affiliates in 40 markets, including L.A., Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and Chicago, and is expected to have deals in New York and Houston shortly, rounding out the top 10 markets. In total, the network will reach around 70% of Hispanic households at launch.

I saw a MundoFOX spot on Fox Soccer Channel yesterday. What was odd is that I got the feeling this was a cable channel because it was telling viewers to call their provider to get the channel. But apparently it’s not a cable channel so I’m not clear why the spot went out with that appeal.

Donald Trump Assists Wolf Blitzer in Destroying Donald Trump…

Posted in CNN on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Read the Mediaite summary here. It was quite possibly the worst shellacking I’ve seen Trump take. I’ve never seen him so feckless and feeble in his lame responses to Blitzer’s questions. Blitzer’s deconstruction of Trump was clinically methodical and surgical. And Blitzer wasn’t even trying that hard really. Trump just kept stepping back into that bear trap and Blitzer naturally slammed it shut again and again. It was brutal. And deserved.

The only thing that sucked about the segment is that CNN will now replay it 50 bazillion times the next 24 hours.

Tamron Hall Interview…

Posted in MSNBC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Ebony Magazine’s Kristin Braswell interviews Tamron Hall…

EBONY: How have you seen the news industry change over time, particularly in regard to diversity?

TH: If it’s a company that’s moving in the right direction, you will walk into their corporation and see more Black people, more women, more Latinos and diversity in general. News cannot be an isolated island to examine diversity. What I would counter that idea with is to look at the diversity in life, and hopefully we’re seeing everywhere that there is more gender equality and representation of different backgrounds.

EBONY: What do you think are some of the most important topics in our country today that can help move the national dialogue forward?

TH: The economy. This is what we know this will move the election. This is the question that people will ponder when they go to vote in November. We have millions of people without work, people that are at an age when they may never be able to reenter the work force other than with part time or jobs that don’t fit their skill set. Immigration and our dependency on oil are also important topics, but the economy will continue to be at the forefront.

Thomas Roberts: POV Star…

Posted in MSNBC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Mediaite’s Noah Rothman writes about Thomas Roberts doing his POV thing again…

Roberts first detailed the negative response from Democrats to Romney’s appearance with Trump. He asked Gidley if President Obama had appeared at a fundraiser with comedian Bill Maher, “wouldn’t Republicans be just as outraged?”

“I’m sure they would be,” said Gidley. He went on to characterize the controversy surrounding Trump as “ridiculous.” Gidley said that one of MSNBC’s anchors had asked how Romney could stand on stage with someone who could embarrass him at any moment. “And I’m thinking to myself, well Barack Obama could be embarrassed at any moment by a guy he made Vice President,” said Gidley.

“Hogan, are you really going to throw Joe Biden under the bus,” asked Roberts. “Are you really going to compare Joe Biden, one of this country’s most dignified and greatest political leaders that can cross the bridge getting to both sides of the aisle, and compare him to a Donald Trump? Do you really want to say that?”

I’ve said enough about Roberts, who used to be considered a straight news anchor, already. I’ll just let this exchange stand without further comment…

Update: I tried but I can’t just let it drop. The Biden to Trump analogy is accurate in one important detail, the most important detail. Biden is a serial gaffe magnet. Everyone knows this. He’s a loose cannon. Everyone knows this. He’s not a huge conspiracy theorist like Trump but Gidley wasn’t arguing that point. He was arguing that Biden could embarrass Obama at any given time, just like Trump could embarrass Romney. And he’s right…because Biden’s gaffes have embarrassed the President on occasion.

Team Play?

Posted in MSNBC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

Very interesting…NBC’s Today show this morning had a “Today’s Professionals” segment where one of the subjects was Chris Hayes’ “Heroes” gaffe. NewsBusters’ Kyle Drennan writes about it here

During a panel on Tuesday’s NBC Today, liberal pundits Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Nancy Snyderman condemned left-wing MSNBC host Chris Hayes for suggesting fallen U.S. troops are not heroes. Deutsch was the strongest in denouncing Hayes: “I hope that he doesn’t get more viewers as a result of this…this guy is like a – if you’ve seen him…he looks like a weenie.” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Jones was clearly appalled by the offensive comments: “…the person that he [Hayes] was talking to was the officer whose job it was to call the families of fallen soldiers. Could you be more inappropriate on Memorial Day?” Snyderman voiced her disgust as well: “To criticize the young men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and then cheapen it…”

Co-host Matt Lauer actually attempted to defend Hayes: “I’m not sure he was criticizing those young men and women. He was just saying that the word is overused.” The panelists would have none of it. Snyderman declared: “But he’s wrong….Because you know what? The four of us aren’t fighting those wars. So these people are heroes to me.” Jones added: “When it’s a dead soldier, it’s not overused.”

After Lauer quoted Hayes’s apology for the remarks, Snyderman responded: “Where was that eloquence on the front hand?” Jones reiterated: “You don’t say this on Memorial Day.”

The news here isn’t that the panelists ripped Hayes. At this point it would be expected almost. The news is that NBC allowed this segment on the air in the first place. Snydermann is an NBC News employee. Deutsch is an NBC brass favorite. And they just threw one of their own under the bus. Today staffers had to have known, or at the very least guessed, that the segment would go in this direction. Was this a subtle signal from NBC trying to distance itself from Hayes?

One could make that argument. If NBC didn’t want this issue addressed the word would have come down from the execs to Today EP Jim Bell and the word would have been “hands off”. If we add the fact that Hayes himself basically did a complete 180 going from putting out two different tweets (via J$); neither of which could be remotely considered apologetic, to suddenly issuing a full on contrition filled apology roughly 24 hours later, and you seriously wonder if you’re witnessing the invisible hand of NBC News at work.

Such a scenario would probably have gone down like this: NBC forced Hayes to do a full on mea culpa. Then to further distance NBC from Hayes, Today puts on a segment regarding Hayes where people say just how wrong he was. This approaches tinfoil hat territory but I don’t think we can dismiss the possibility out of hand. It’s just too coincidental.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot…Re-open Mouth, Re-Insert Foot…

Posted in FNC on May 29, 2012 by icn2

So you thought the story of Roger Ailes vs. The New York Times was over and done with? Think again. NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen discusses

See what Ailes did? In his imavictim mind, he mapped the Ritholtz post onto the Times story about his name surfacing in court documents and created a fiction: that the New York Times falsely indicted him on the front page, relying on some bathroom conversation in Barbados. And for this (imaginary) crime, Ailes called (real) New York Times reporters “a bunch of lying scum.”

Now for the extra twist. Ailes had to apologize for the “lying scum” comment. Well, sort of. Not really. I mean he did it in the most weasely way possible. He got Howard Kurtz of CNN and the Daily Beast to anonymously quote a “senior Fox News executive” claiming that Roger feels bad about the whole thing: Ailes Regrets ‘Scum’ Attack on NYT.

Ailes himself couldn’t apologize, because that’s not the kind of guy he is. But this was before we knew how fictional his front page resentment narrative was. No one can figure out what Kurtz was doing when he granted anonymity to a Fox person for the purpose of apologizing on behalf of the boss (which is not exactly whistle-blowing, if you follow me…) but: there it is!

Anthony Bourdain Joins CNN…

Posted in CNN on May 29, 2012 by icn2

CNN announced that Anthony Bourdain has joined the network from The Travel Channel and will host a new weekend program in 2013…


Launching in Early 2013 on CNN & CNNI, Program Expands CNN’s Coverage of Food and Travel; Bourdain to Also Offer Commentary Across CNN Programs

World-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain will join CNN as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel. The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker.

“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism.” said Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”
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Free for All: 05/29/12

Posted in Free For All on May 29, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

Inside CNN’s Social Media World…

Posted in CNN on May 28, 2012 by icn2

We all know that social media and TV News are getting increasingly intertwined. Many of us follow news anchors, producers, and network executives on Twitter and Facebook. But what we don’t see and know very little about is the infrastructure behind what the networks are doing in the social world.

With that in mind, and because I’m a nosy sort that likes mechanical stuff like this, I wanted to get behind the scenes and drill down below the usual superficial articles regarding cable news social media that we only infrequently get to read about. So, ICN corralled Steve Krakauer, Senior Digital Producer at CNN and the network’s point man on social media, to get a better sense of what his network does and wants to do with social media…

ICN: Would you briefly describe for ICN’s readers what your role is and how that translates into what CNN does with Social Media?

Krakauer: As senior digital producer for CNN U.S., my job is to represent the TV side online, through the web ( and social media. I also run the @CNN Twitter account, which has more than 4.5 million followers.

ICN: How is social media structured at CNN? I know some shows have dedicated personnel attached to them for managing and implementing social media strategies. You yourself came to your new job from such a position at Piers Morgan Tonight. But it’s not clear to me, being on the outside, how the organizational structure functions, co-ordinates, and communicates.

Krakauer: As I’m sure it is at many companies, social media touches several aspects of the organization. When it comes to the editorial side of TV, I coordinate with the digital producers for CNN shows. All the shows have individual and unique digital strategies, which I help with, but also look out for the network as a whole and longterm projects like the election.
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Open Mouth, Insert Foot…

Posted in MSNBC on May 28, 2012 by icn2

The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson writes about the self-inflicted wound Chris Hayes gave himself by touching a third rail. Mirkinson also has Hayes’ apology which people are going to wonder whether was ordered from on high…

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes sparked controversy and debate on Sunday when he said that he felt “uncomfortable” calling soldiers killed in action “heroes” because the term can be used to justify potentially unjust wars. He later apologized for the statement.

What’s Hot/What’s Not: 05/27/12

Posted in What's Hot/What's Not on May 27, 2012 by icn2

What’s Hot:

The Robin Meade Show Minus Robin Meade – HLN announced a new two hour evening news show called Evening Express. The name obviously is not so subtle linkage to Morning Express, Robin Meade’s show. Just one thing, Morning Express has Robin Meade. Evening Express won’t.

Cable News Peakage – Reuters’ Jack Shafer called looked at cable news historical ratings pattern and basically the top for it. Shafer makes some very interesting points but doesn’t allow for the possibility that a format shift in cable news could change things. His omission may prove accurate but since we just don’t know, I’m hedging…

Comcast Looking to Gain Full Control of – It’s not clear whether Comcast will succeed in NBC Universal buying Microsoft out of its stake in but if it’s successful expect wholesale changes.

What’s Not:

Roger Ailes – Ailes came out swinging at the New York Times and then walked it back…

Alex Pareene – Pareene scribbled a nasty opus on Luke Russert. Whatever valid points Pareene made will be lost in all the venom…

What’s Hot/What’s Not: Submissions…

Posted in What's Hot/What's Not on May 26, 2012 by icn2

After a multi-week layoff, What’s Hot/What’s Not returns. Post your nominations and I’ll post the finalists Sunday night…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,162

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on May 25, 2012 by icn2

Your World was beset with audio troubles today but my ego is the real reason why I’m noting this one (you’ll have to get to end of the post to see why)…

Press Releases: 05/25/12

Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2012 by icn2

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CNN To Provide Global, Multi-Platform Coverage of the Diamond Jubilee

Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin Will Host CNN’s Live Coverage

Live from London, CNN will globally televise the spectacular pageantry of the Diamond Jubilee, marking Queen Elizabeth’s 60 year reign of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. CNN’s special live coverage will be anchored by Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin, across CNN/U.S. and CNN International. Users can also watch the simulcast live online at or on the CNN App for iPad and iPhone by authenticating through their cable, satellite or telco provider.

CNN’s live simulcast coverage begins on Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (ET) on location at the Tower Bridge for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Hundreds of boats will sail up the River Thames, making it one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river.
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