Press Releases: 07/16/14

Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2014 by icn2

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THE WAR COMES HOME – A Soledad O’Brien Report

Explores Hope for Vets Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress

Moving new CNN Special Presentation premieres Aug. 12 at 9:00pmET & PT

Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind. For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish. Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope. Produced by Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.

The one hour special, THE WAR COMES HOME, debuts Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am, and on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00pm. All times Eastern on CNN/U.S.

“These two strong young men went to war to serve their country, but were overcome by the ravages of war. They have young families that count on them, yet openly told us they wanted to harm themselves. Through the riveting stories of these men – and their families – our hope is that people will understand how truly awful post traumatic stress is, how destructive it is for families, how it robs potential from lives, and how we have it within our power as a society to help these veterans,” O’Brien said.
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Leaks Are Us…

Posted in MSNBC on July 16, 2014 by icn2

TV by The Numbers got all time low Demo numbers for Now with Alex Wagner…

MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner delivered an all-time adults 25-54 low yesterday, drawing only 19,000 viewers among the adults 25-54 demographic.

And how do we spell all time low?


Not A Propaganda Machine…

Posted in Al Jazeera on July 16, 2014 by icn2

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Scott D. Pierce writes about Al Jazeera America…

“We are the place to go when you want unbiased, high-quality, in-depth news,” said Kate O’Brian, president of Al Jazeera America. “We’re the only broadcast network to offer news in prime time, hosted by John Seigenthaler at [6 MT] every night. It’s news from the around the country and around the globe and how that news affects us here in the U.S.”

And, she insists, AJA does not lean in any direction politically.

“We don’t want to be right-leaning or left-leaning,” O’Brian said. “We don’t want to be taking a position on something. We really want to tell the story of the people that the story is affecting and let the viewer decide.”

Time Warner 1, Rupert Murdoch 0

Posted in CNN, HLN on July 16, 2014 by icn2

The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin and Michael J. De La Merced write about Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition attempt being blown off by Time Warner…

The media giant 21st Century Fox, the empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

The bold approach could put Time Warner in play and might again ignite a reshaping of the media industry, prompting a new spate of mega-mergers among the nation’s largest entertainment companies.

And there’s this…

As part of the proposal to buy Time Warner, people briefed on the proposal said, 21st Century Fox indicated that it would sell CNN to head off potential antitrust concerns since Fox News competes directly with CNN. Putting CNN on the auction block would likely stir up a bidding war for the news channel; both CBS and ABC, a unit of the Walt Disney Company, have long been viewed as interested suitors.

Well…that would be interesting…not the least because of what it would mean for Jeff Zucker’s future at CNN Worldwide…but I think it would take a lot more than spinning off CNN to get a Fox acquisition of Time Warner to get past Anti Trust regulators…

Alisyn Camerota joins CNN…

Posted in CNN on July 14, 2014 by icn2

CNN announced this morning that Alisyn Camerota has joined the network as an anchor. OK, so who gets sacrificed to make room for her? The fact that a permanent position will not be announced for months is, I think, not an accident…


Veteran anchor and reporter Alisyn Camerota has joined CNN Worldwide as an anchor.  She begins today.  Camerota comes to CNN after 16 years at FOX News Channel, which she left in March.   

“I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  “She is not only a seasoned journalist with a great curiosity and passion for the news, but she has a presence on camera that I think is very hard to find.  I can’t wait to have her on the air at CNN.” 

Camerota will contribute to all programs across CNN.  A permanent role will be announced in the coming months. 

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Free for All: 07/14/14

Posted in Free For All on July 14, 2014 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

CNN Launches TV Everywhere App…

Posted in CNN on July 11, 2014 by icn2

Multichannel News’ Jeff Baumgartner writes about CNN’s new TV Everywhere app…

Built around a simulcast of the live CNN feed, CNNx also provides access to a rundown of topics previously covered and what’s coming up on-air, and on-demand access to the day’s current shows and those that ran the day prior. The VOD component of CNNx also lets authenticated users stream CNN’s “featured” longer-form, scripted programming and documentaries. CNNx complements that with deeper digital coverage of on-air news topics, such as articles, video clips, interviews, and photos. The app also carves out a discrete area alongside the bottom to present a news ticker that viewers would see on the primary CNN TV broadcast.

An overarching goal with CNNx is to “redefine the news experience for users,” said Michael Quigley, vice president, business development and multiplatform distribution at Turner Broadcasting.

For the national launch, CNNx now becomes the default TVE app for CNN on iPads and Web browsers. CNN is also looking to extend the CNNx experience to set-top boxes with integrated IP capabilities later this year, Quigley said.


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