Get Well Neil…

Posted in FBN, FNC on June 21, 2016 by icn2

TV Newser’s Chris Ariens reported this morning that Neil Cavuto had open heart surgery. Hope to see Cavuto back on the air soon…

Fox News and Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto is on the mend following open heart surgery. Cavuto, 57, who has been off the air since May 31, underwent the procedure yesterday.

“Neil Cavuto had open heart surgery yesterday and came through it with flying colors,” a Fox News spokesperson said. “Knowing Neil, he’ll be back as soon as he can, but he is slated to return to hosting his three programs on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network later this year. Everyone here is wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Tamron Hall Interview…

Posted in MSNBC on June 21, 2016 by icn2

The New Potato interviews Tamron Hall…

During a week such as this, how do you approach reporting what’s going on without becoming emotional? What’s your biggest personal priority when covering something like the tragedy in Orlando?

My personal priority is to answer the questions you want answered, and ask the questions you want answered. When you have forty-nine people senselessly murdered, I would not lie to you and pretend it did not have a great impact on me. You have Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers, pleading for an answer; they just want to know where their loved one is. I cried my eyes out Sunday night, and I’m okay with that. And I was still able to, the next day, get on air and ask those questions. So, I no longer, after being in this business for twenty-five years, try to separate normal human emotion from integrity. I hope that I am able to provide both.

How do you prepare mentally in a situation like this?

You can’t. I, Sunday morning, like the rest of us, woke up to the news and I instantly called in and said I’m available, I’m in town, and I’m ready to go. I was immediately told to come in and I was on air, as things were unfolding. It was truly breaking news. There is not a lot you can do to prepare or read up on. I have covered these types of stories before, and can recall all the facts on gun control and on terror. All of those things are there, but you don’t know why it’s happening, so all of the information you have stored really doesn’t matter until you know more.

Do you feel that as a reporter you always need to remain objective, or are there times you can be subjective?

I think, 99% of the time, absolutely, I’m mainly objective. That’s my job. In cases like forty-nine people being killed, or during Hurricane Katrina – when there were people on the roofs of their homes, and you had government officials saying it was all okay – you don’t have to say, “Wait a minute, what’s the other side of the story?” There is no other side to a senseless murder. There is no other side to government failing us. There’s a why: Why did this happen? But you don’t have to say, “Wait a minute, on the other hand…” There are stories that do not require us to be objective and say “Well, what about that lynching? Was that okay?” No it was not and the occupation does not require that of you. You’re not required to be artificial intelligence.

Press Releases: 06/21/16

Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2016 by icn2

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Bloomberg Television Debuts New Morning Show, “Daybreak Asia,” Featuring Global Co-Hosts

Building on the network’s strategy to deliver 24 continuous hours of global business and financial news, “Daybreak Asia” anchors join from New York and Hong Kong

New York & Hong Kong, June 21, 2016 — Bloomberg today announced the launch of “Daybreak Asia,” a new morning television program delivering viewers the most pressing global business and financial information they need as U.S. markets close and Asian markets open.

Betty Liu, Ramy Inocencio, Su Keenan and Kathleen Hays will anchor the show in New York, with Angie Lau, Yvonne Man, Rosalind Chin, Haidi Lun and Shery Ahn in Hong Kong. “Daybreak Asia” replaces “First Up,” airing weekdays from 7-9 am HKT in Asia and on Sunday evenings from 7-9 pm ET in the United States.

“Over the past year, our mission at Bloomberg TV has been to align our sophisticated programming and unparalleled journalistic resources around the world to create the #1 business and financial television network,” said Al Mayers, Head of Bloomberg TV and Radio. “The combination of anchors in New York and Hong Kong will tremendously enhance our coverage of global markets, and deliver to our viewers the essential news and information they need to start or close their business day.”
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Shots Fired…

Posted in CNN, MSNBC on June 9, 2016 by icn2

Politico did a podcast with Joe Scarborough. Glenn Thrush writes about it…

Scarborough sees the real culprit of Trump-enabling not at his own desk but at a rival network’s – and he related an off-air conversation with Trump about CNN boss Jeff Zucker that he believes to be revealing, and not in a good way. “He and Zucker are very close. Zucker personally calls Trump,” Scarborough said. “[Zucker] books Trump. “And Trumps laughs and calls Zucker ‘my personal booker’ because Zucker will call Trump. He hasn’t said that publicly, but he’s said it. I’ve said it publicly now. Trump will laugh every time Zucker calls.”

Related: Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher sheds further light on the subject

A source at CNN with direct knowledge tells us that Zucker “personally books all the candidates and big gets, and doles them out to whichever anchor he wants,” adding that individual shows’ producers “are barred from calling our own contacts personally” to book guests like Clinton and Trump.

According to this source, even if a candidate wants to appear on a different show, they are almost always steered to either the network’s Sunday tentpole State of the Union with Jake Tapper, their morning show New Day, or the Anderson Cooper-hosted AC360. “He wants to prop up the Sunday show and the morning show and the 8 pm show,” the source says.

Talk about micromanaging…

Dish vs. Newsmax TV: Newsmax responds…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on June 6, 2016 by icn2

Newsmax TV presents its version of the Dish network carriage dropping story…

In less than two years, Newsmax TV has become a popular cable news channel – drawing close to 5 million monthly viewers, up from fewer than 500,000 when we launched.

In the past DISH has been forced to remove channels that charge excessive fees that must be passed on to their customers.

We applaud DISH for standing up for their customers – but it is important to remember that Newsmax TV does not charge DISH!

In fact, we financially benefit them and their customers so there are NO pass-along costs!

When DISH launched Newsmax TV, we were placed among a suite of shopping channels, unrelated to our news content.

Due to this unfair and inappropriate placement, DISH has made it difficult for their subscribers to find Newsmax TV.

Not addressed is whether Newsmax was trying to get the amount of money it paid Dish lowered or eliminated altogether…

Erica Hill Back To HLN…

Posted in CNN, HLN, MSNBC on June 6, 2016 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens writes that Erica Hill is leaving NBC for HLN/CNN…

“I’m thrilled to come home,” said Hill. “The opportunity to reunite with Ken and the smart, talented HLN/CNN family was one I couldn’t refuse. I am so excited to be a part of this new chapter at HLN.”

“Erica was a catalyst during our evolution from Headline News to HLN, and now, as we return to our news roots, she’s the obvious addition to our first-class on-air team,” added Ken Jautz, evp, CNN.

Hill will anchor her show from New York, beginning in the fall. This means HLN’s dayside shows will be anchored from Atlanta (Robin Meade), Los Angeles (Michaela Pereira) and New York (Hill).

It might be mildly surprising that Hill is coming back to HLN/CNN. What shouldn’t be any surprise is that Hill was leaving NBC; not after essentially being demoted off Weekend Today.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,148

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on June 6, 2016 by icn2

Dear Anonymous Cameraman,

Ok…this was a complete Charlie Foxtrot. Totally unprofessional. The F-bomb was bad enough but that wasn’t the big transgression…

You called Chris Jansing “Dude”!

YOU DON’T CALL CHRIS JANSING “DUDE”!

This is a dude…

The_Dude

Annnnnnd…this is Chris Jansing…

Not Dude

NEVER NEVER CALL CHRIS JANSING “DUDE”!

Are we clear?

Regards,

ICN

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