Archive for June, 2012

Oil and Water?

Posted in CNN on June 30, 2012 by icn2

We interrupt this blog interruption to note that Page Six is saying things are not at all well in CNN’s executive ranks…

Abysmal ratings at CNN have insiders pointing fingers over who’s to blame, and sources say a big problem is friction between managing editor of CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker and CNN President-US Ken Jautz.

Ratings at the cable channel fell to a 21-year low last week, with viewership particularly disappointing at Soledad O’Brien’s morning show and Piers Morgan’s nighttime talker.

Sources were quick to cite “misaligned management” within the top ranks as a major reason for the dysfunction. Jautz, who previously ran HLN, replaced former CNN US head Jon Klein two years ago — but some of Klein’s duties were given to Whitaker.

“When Jon was there, the structure was more linear,” said an insider, adding that Jautz and Whitaker, “have competing ideas for what we should do.”

The insider further told us: “Ken is not an editorial guy. He really is an operations guy. Mark’s strong suit is editorial, but he doesn’t know as much about television.”

Sources pointed to O’Brien’s show, which Whitaker oversees, as an example of competing, confusing philosophies. One insider said: “Ken does not like all of the ‘conversation on camera’ on the morning show. Mark does, because his vision is to make it that go-to conversation piece that ‘Morning Joe’ has become. It’s a constant battle.”


Blogus Interruptus…

Posted in Blog Announcements on June 29, 2012 by icn2

Blogging resumes Monday…

Bogus Claims: Round 2…

Posted in FBN on June 28, 2012 by icn2

Earlier this week’s Bill Dedman took aim at the claim that Bloomberg TV’s Betty Liu had a Pulitzer nomination. Now he’s targeting FBN’s Charlie Gasparino…

When asked on Tuesday in which year he was nominated, former boxer Gasparino jabbed back in a one-line email: “I was nominated by the wsj sir.”

But the news organizations don’t choose the Pulitzer nominees, any more than the record studios choose Grammy nominees. By Gasparino’s reckoning, thousands of journalists each year could sell books and earn speaking fees by calling themselves “Pulitzer nominees.”

Later Tuesday, Fox changed its online bio of Gasparino, keeping the P word but dropping any claim to a nomination, saying instead that his work “was submitted for the Pulitzer.”

A Fox spokeswoman also sent over a statement:

“The Wall Street Journal submitted Charlie Gasparino’s reporting of Wall Street research scandals to the Pulitzer Board in 2002,” said the statement from Kevin Magee, executive vice president of Fox Business Network. “While Fox Business never claimed he was a finalist for the award, we’ve clarified his bio to reflect the submission as opposed to a nomination.”

Neither Fox nor Gasparino would answer the question: Why include a “submission” in a bio at all if it didn’t make the finals?

Supreme Court Health Care Ruling: Your Reactions…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on June 28, 2012 by icn2

Barring a natural/un-natural disaster striking somewhere or a terrorist attack, expect today’s Health Care ruling to suck the air out of everything on cable news today. So post your comments here regarding today’s soon to be wall to wall overcoverage…

Press Releases: 06/27/12

Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2012 by icn2

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley and John King will lead the network’s live coverage when the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday morning issues its decision on health care reform. Coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET.

After listening to the rulings inside the courtroom, Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst and author of “The Nine: Insider the Secret World of the Supreme Court,” will join congressional correspondent Kate Bolduan and John King on the steps outside of the Supreme Court. Candy Crowley will report live from Capitol Hill. Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be on hand to break down potential medical implications and what the decision will mean for doctors and patients.

Chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen will provide insight and analysis on the ramifications of the decision. Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin will report live from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and national political correspondent Jim Acosta, who is covering Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, will report on the decision’s impact on the 2012 race. CNN contributors on hand to weigh in will include: John Avlon, Donna Brazile, Margaret Hoover and Roland Martin.

Congressional action Thursday on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt will be covered live by CNN’s team of anchors and reporters, with crime and justice correspondent Joe Johns joining the ensemble.

Online, /ThisJustIn will provide up-to-the-minute updates and reports as news develops.


CNN en Español to broadcast coverage of Mexico’s presidential elections

CNN en Español presents special coverage of the presidential elections in Mexico with analysis and context of the economic, political, and social status of the country
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Free for All: 06/27/12

Posted in Free For All on June 27, 2012 by icn2

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CNBC Announces New Middle East Program…

Posted in CNBC on June 27, 2012 by icn2

CNBC announced a new Middle East Program today…

CNBC Annouces New Middle East Programme

Access: Middle East launches 4 July and to air globally

London and Dubai, 27 June 2012 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced that it is launching a new series covering business and finance in the Middle East, significantly increasing its news coverage of the region.

Each fortnight, starting on 4 July, CNBC’s Yousef Gamal El-Din will present a new half-hour series, Access: Middle East which will air in primetime programming. Gamal El-Din will travel around the region taking an in-depth look at the key business centres, interviewing top business leaders and policy makers. The programme will examine the economy and highlight those industries leading the growth.
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