What’s on your mind? Mine is on whether this blog is going to talk about something other than Fareed Zakaria this week…
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Off to Indonesia where I will not lose any snorkels…I hope. Komodo, Lombok, and Bali await.
Blogging resumes September 16th. Longer if I…
• Go down in a plane crash.
• Get the bends.
• Have a heart attack while diving.
• Get stung by an Irukandji.
• Get kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists.
• Get buried under volcanic ash.
• Get stung by a Box Jellyfish.
• Get busted for drugs that were planted in my luggage by smugglers.
• Contract malaria despite taking the pills.
• Contract typhoid despite taking the pills.
• Become shark bait.
• Get buried under rubble after a massive earthquake.
• Get swept away by a tsunami after a massive earthquake.
• Contract Japanese Encephalitis (I’m not paying $600 for a vaccination)
Diving is fun?
Seven months ago I said it could happen…
I would not at all be surprised to see Zucker implement some version of NBCU 2.0 across CNN Worldwide. In Zucker’s mind NBCU 2.0 was a necessary step in NBC News’ evolution that just about every NBC News executive will publicly state was a success, albeit perhaps a trying success. And with CNN’s uber redundancy, with more bureaus and news staff than any other news network in the US by far, combined with the network’s years going push of all things digital, Zucker has to be extremely tempted to have at that very low hanging fruit begging to be picked. Streamlining and eliminating redundancy cuts costs and increases the bottom line. So long as its ability to deliver quality news is not damaged, increasing the bottom line makes for a nice bullet point in the face of a sluggish ratings trend.
Turner Broadcasting is embarking on a plan to “futureproof” the company by the year 2020 (the company’s 50th anniversary) in a plan executives there are calling “Turner 2020.”
The plan is designed to help turn around struggling networks, like TNT, while bolstering stronger ones, like Adult Swim.
Those changes will almost certainly involve layoffs and restructuring, and Turner Broadcasting C.E.O. John Martin did not dance around that fact in an email to staff Monday evening.
“We’ve been shifting resources already and I would ask that you think carefully about how and where to get the greatest return on the assets you control,” Martin wrote. “This may mean staff changes. In fact, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t.”
“Turner 2020″ bears a striking similarity to “NBC 2.0,” which was undertaken by Bob Wright at NBC Universal in 2006. Jeff Zucker, now the president of CNN, was the president of the NBC Universal TV Group at the time. Now at Turner, Zucker’s CNN is one of the channels facing challenges.
Ok, I’ve been severely distracted most of this week taking care of some very important internet business which will become very apparent in three months time. So I’m playing catch up on the blog. One of the things I wanted to note is the recent battle for ratings table scraps that have broken out among Cable News’ minnows…
TVNewser’s Jordan Chariton wrote yesterday about NewsMax TV securing distribution through DirecTV.
Newsmax has found a TV home, signing a deal with DirectTV for a soft-launch next month. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy says the channel, which streams online from headquarters in Florida and studios in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, will be “independent news with a mainstream conservative tilt.”
This is a big deal…not for NewsMax really – they’ll need a lot more than DirecTV if they want to mount a credible challenge to FNC and outflank them on the Right.
No…this is a big deal for another Right leaning upstart you never heard of; One America News Network.
In signing with DirecTV, One America News Network, has been put in a serious bind. It’s been on the air for a year but hasn’t been able to gain much penetration beyond Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse. I don’t know the total viewership levels of those two fiber distribution channels but I doubt it’s as big as DirecTV. Furthermore, by signing with DirecTV, NewsMax has essentially bigfooted OANN from expanding there (if it ever had a shot to begin with).
If NewsMax gets on FiOS or U-verse, OANN’s days may be seriously numbered…
CNBC LAUNCHES “SQUAWK ALLEY” NEW PROGRAM TO AIR WEEKDAYS AT 11AM ET/8AM PT
LIVE ONE-HOUR PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON THE INTERSECTION OF WALL STREET & TECHNOLOGY
Anchored by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla and Featuring CNBC’s On-Air Tech Editor Jon Fortt and CNBC Reporter Kayla Tausche
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 15, 2014—CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced the addition of “Squawk Alley” to the network’s Business Day programming line-up, beginning Monday, May 19th. The program will air weekdays at 11AM ET/8AM PT.
“CNBC’s ‘Squawk’ franchise has become the gold standard of business news television and we’re excited to expand one of the network’s most successful brands,” said Nikhil Deogun, SVP & Editor in Chief, CNBC Business News. “With technology infusing nearly every business story, ‘Squawk Alley’ will be the place where stories of innovation and disruption collide with capital markets and the global economy.”
What’s on your mind?
This is off topic but just too shocking to ignore…
The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson writes that NBC is looking outside of its own bench for temporary replacements to sit in for Savannah Guthrie while she is on maternity leave. One of which is Katie Couric…
To be sure, NBC News is also talking to others to fill Guthrie’s chair, including Meredith Vieira, who succeeded Couric at “Today.” Vieira, who was with “Today” until 2011, when she was replaced by Ann Curry, has a daytime chat show starting in the fall that could use some NBC cross-promotion.
Unbelievable. It’s just a few months. It’s not like there’s a need for a permanent co-host. And yet NBC couldn’t trust its own bench; the very people who are supposed to be the ones tasked with getting the show back to #1, to get the job done and had to go outside and bring in a ringer.
I know, I know…it’s not 10 years ago. The morning wars are so fierce between GMA and Today that both shows regularly do stunts like this to try and hold viewers. But still, if I’m Tamron, Natalie, or Erica…I’m not feeling the love right about now.