What’s Hot/What’s Not: 10/23/11

What’s Hot:

FBN Course Correction – Kevin Magee’s internal FBN memo regarding the network not doing too much politics coverage signals a move towards more business news.

MSNBC Primetime Flip Flop – MSNBC, apparently feeling a little CNN heat, is going to flip The Last Word and The Ed Show. It’s probably the right call but it also is going to add fuel to the storyline CNN is pushing; that it’s primetime programming changes are having an impact.

Zoraida Sambolin – Sambolin has apparently been hired away from WMAQ by CNN. More importantly, tonight Robert Feder reports that Sambolin may be headed to American Morning. Which leads to the obvious question…who is she going to replace?

Gaddaffi Killed – It dominated the news the last half of the week.

What’s Not:

MSNBC’s 12 noon programming change – Putting on more political coverage instead of live news is not a welcome development.

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13 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: 10/23/11”

  1. I forgot about the FBN thing. Yep, that’s hot.

  2. At the extreme risk of sounding like harry, uh,yeah.

  3. ^ You’d have to try real hard to sound like harry.

  4. FBN’s shift would be welcome, especially since CNBC is so hyper partisan. half of CNBC (and CNN’s Erin Burnett) are to the right of half of FOX’s employees.

    If I got FOx Biz, I’d watch it. Now, I’m stuck with CNBC.

  5. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of things that most people qualified to talk on a business show are going to be conservative pro-Big Business, anti-regulation people. It’s the same equation that explains why you almost never meet a Republican in social services.

  6. Ironically, most of the uber-wealthy big-business people are liberals.

  7. Apparently the minions who attach themselves to them on Wall Street, then angle for a job in cable, are not.

  8. Sort of. But the truth is that the workings of “big business” is what it is, and the political leanings of the big shots doesn’t change that. The rhetoric changes some, but that’s just noise.

  9. “MSNBC’s 12 noon programming change – Putting on more political coverage instead of live news is not a welcome development.”

    I don’t see this decision as all that big a deal. If you accept that that at least half of Dayside coverage, on all the cable networks, is already political news and opinion then the amount of additional political coverage caused by this programing change is probably less than 30 minutes.

    The non-political balance of cable news coverage is made up of mostly sensational crime stories, celebrity news or human interest items. Foreign news,except where the US is directly involved, is almost completely absent and all news nets cover big breaking news stories in the same wall to wall fashion.
    I doubt you will see any discernable difference in MSNBC’s news coverage because of this programing change.

    The only questions I have about this move are: why was Wagner chosen over the other contenders; especially Melissa Harris-perry, how was she screen tested and what does MSNBC do with Thomas Roberts, Craig Melvin and the host of other Dayside anchors they have under contract?

    After all this was the last unnamed slot open at the network.

  10. “I doubt you will see any discernable difference in MSNBC’s news coverage because of this programing change.”

    Correct.

  11. Re: Cable News (FNC, MSNBC and CNN)

    I will be curious to see which poltical story lines are created beginning in early February if Romney is a lock at that point. It does seem like Perry and Cain’s best days might be behind them.

    Considering it’s almost November that is only about 14 weeks away.

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