Free For All: 03/26/15

Posted in Free For All on March 26, 2015 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

MSNBC Speculation

Posted in MSNBC on March 26, 2015 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie writes about Andrew Lack getting his feet wet at 30 Rock…

MSNBC insiders expect the pro­gramming revamp that began with the axing of daytime shows hosted by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid to continue. There is widespread speculation that Al Sharpton’s show could be moved to a weekend slot as the network led by Phil Griffin hews toward news programming during daytime. The fate of 8 p.m. host Chris Hayes, a pro­tege of Rachel Maddow, is unclear. “Contrary to rumors that already have been reported, there are no plans to move Rev. Sharpton’s or Chris Hayes’ shows,” says an MSNBC spokesperson.

MSNBC has been on a ratings slide for months; in February, it was down 48 percent in primetime in the 25-to-54 demo and 43 percent in total day compared with the same month last year, when MSNBC hosts, notably Maddow, were hammering New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

Lack, who in his previous stint at NBC presided over the partnership with Microsoft that created MSNBC, is expected to more closely integrate NBC News and MSNBC, a reversal of the strategy advocated by NBC News president Deborah Turness that drew a stark line between the units.

The Hazards of LiveTV: #25,133

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on March 25, 2015 by icn2

Ugh…POV analysis run amok

During a Now w/ Alex Wagner conversation about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s statement that he became a country music fan directly after 9/11, guest Jamilah Lemieux opened up the conversation with this remark: “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music, fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia. Someone who obviously does not want to be a polarizing candidate, he wants to bring people together, I mean — really? That’s absurd.”

While co-panelists Joan Walsh and Michael Steele could be heard laughing at Lemieux’s remark, guest-host Melber responded: “Well, I mean there’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?”

A few segments later, Melber appeared on-air with an apology: “We have a programming note. A few minutes ago on this show, a guest made a comment about country music. That comment was not appropriate, and we want to be clear this network does not condone it.”

Al Jazeera America to Expand Live Newscasts…

Posted in Al Jazeera on March 25, 2015 by icn2

Al Jazeera America announced an expansion of Live news today…


Network Reinforces Commitment to Presenting Live News from the U.S. and Around the Globe with Increased Hours of Coverage Weekdays

NEW YORK, NY, March 25, 2015 – Today, Al Jazeera America announced that the channel will present more hours of live news programming, from more locations with more resources, beginning this coming Monday, March 30th.

Each weekday starting at 6am ET until 12 noon ET, Al Jazeera America will present a live morning news block hosted by a rotating roster of the channel’s anchors and reporters. The updated morning news brings viewers an additional two hours of content from Al Jazeera America’s headquarters in New York City, and will be interwoven with live news broadcasts from Al Jazeera studios in Doha and London, the network’s 82 bureau locations and field reporters around the world. The new format continues the in-depth coverage and fact-based information that Al Jazeera America is known for, while offering even more continuous, real-time news coverage.
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Press Releases: 03/24/15

Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2015 by icn2

MSNBC (1), CNN (1)



Joy Reid Hosts One-Hour Special Live from the #YesWeCode Hackathon at the Ford STEAM Lab

NEW YORK – March 24, 2015 – MSNBC will present “Growing Hope Live from Detroit,” on Friday, March 27th at 2 p.m. ET. The one-hour special, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, will be hosted by MSNBC National Correspondent Joy Reid live from the #YesWeCode Hackathon at the Ford STEAM Lab in Detroit, Michigan.

Featured guests include U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor and co-host of “Detroit Today,” and Van Jones, founder of #YesWeCode. Reid will also look at Sisters Code, a Detroit organization that teaches women of all ages how to code and succeed in science, technology, engineering and math industries.

Additionally, Reid will speak with Hackathon participants and serve as one of the competition’s judges. #YesWeCode’s Detroit Hackathon will provide 100 Detroit middle school students training and computer programming skills to pave the way for high-tech education and careers. Students will present a final project and the concepts they learned to a panel of judges.

“I witnessed firsthand at last year’s My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon that teaching our youth the value of coding enables creativity,” said Reid. “I’m thrilled to be a guest judge to support the students of this city and the #YesWeCode program, which is essential to fostering diversity in the tech industry.”

Launched last year, Ford STEAM Lab is an educational program from the Ford Motor Company Fund designed to spark student passion for technology entrepreneurship and careers in STEM fields.



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CNN Loses NLRB Appeal…

Posted in CNN on March 24, 2015 by icn2

The CWA put out a release noting that CNN lost its latest NLRB appeal on a very old case…

NLRB Throws Out CNN’s Joint Employer Challenge

Washington, DC – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has rejected CNN’s reconsideration motion, which challenged the ruling that the cable news giant and a unionized subcontractor Team Video Services (TVS) were joint employers.

At issue is last September’s NLRB decision ordering CNN to compensate more than 300 employees who lost jobs and wages following the company’s phony reorganization to get rid of NABET-CWA-represented workers in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The NLRB had found that CNN and TVS were joint employers and CNN violated U.S. labor law by terminating its contracting relationship with TVS in December 2003.

In the order issued on Friday, a three-member panel said CNN’s reconsideration bid, “failed to raise any substantial argument not previously considered by the Board.” They wrote, “the evidence provides ample support for the Board’s finding that CNN and TVS had a joint employer relationship at the time of the unfair labor practices.”

“This company has dragged its feet every step of the way. But after more than a decade of delays, CNN is finally running out of options,” said CWA President Larry Cohen. “It’s time for CNN to follow the law and end the enormous damage to these employees and their families.”

Meanwhile, the workers continue to wait. A number of their colleagues have passed away as this case slowly made its way through the NLRB process. Workers have lost their homes, gone bankrupt and struggled to pay their medical bills.

“No worker should ever have to wait this long to see justice. Now again, we wait to see if CNN owns up or continues to stall. As a group we will never give up until all our members are made whole,” said Jimmy Suissa, who worked for CNN for 17 years.

In November 2008, an Administration Law Judge (ALJ) ruled in favor of NABET-CWA. The ALJ found, in part, that CNN had engaged in “widespread and egregious misconduct” and had demonstrated “a flagrant and general disregard for the employees’ fundamental rights.”

Yet, CNN appealed the ruling. Two years later, in October 2010, CWA filed another motion with the NLRB, calling on the board to give this case priority over all other pending cases. By this time the NLRB’s status was in jeopardy and was not resolved until late 2013.

Finally in September 2014, the NLRB affirmed the ALJ’s ruling. It ordered CNN to rehire about 100 workers fired in the 2003 reorganization and compensate about 200 more employees who stayed with the company without the benefits of a union contract. The order also called on CNN to resume bargaining with NABET-CWA Local 11 and NABET-CWA Local 31.

Press Releases: 03/23/15

Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2015 by icn2

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The Weather Company Expands Marketing and Communications Group, Appoints David Jaye as Chief Marketing Officer

Maureen Marshall Also Promoted to Vice President of Communications

Atlanta, GA – March 23, 2015 – The Weather Company has expanded its marketing and communications group, appointing David Jaye as chief marketing officer and elevating Maureen Marshall to vice president of communications. Jaye joins Weather from Google and will spearhead the marketing, creative and social media efforts for The Weather Channel® and Weather Underground brands across all platforms. Marshall will lead the communications efforts for the marketing and communications group, supporting cross-functional efforts for the company. Both Jaye and Marshall will report to Shirley Powell, executive vice president of marketing and communications.

“I’m thrilled to have a terrific leader like David join the company,” said Powell. “His strong digital marketing experience and passion for marketing will be a great asset and help strategically position Weather to show just how ‘It’s Amazing Out There’ across all of our brands.”
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