Archive for August 13, 2012

Candy Crowley Tapped to Moderate Presidential Debate…

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CNN announced that Candy Crowley will be moderating a Presidential debate…

Crowley Named Presidential Debate Moderator, First Woman in Two Decades

In an announcement Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates, CNN chief political correspondent and anchor Candy Crowley was named as moderator of the second of the 2012 general election presidential debates. Her selection as moderator makes her the first woman in two decades to be chosen for this prestigious role.

Crowley will moderate the only town hall-style presidential debate between President Barack Obama and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The town hall debate will be the only format that allows undecided voters to ask questions of the candidates directly on foreign policy and domestic issues.
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Press Releases: 08/12/12

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NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, Telemundo, and Newschannel to Devote Special Programming to the Nation’s Worst Drought in Over 50 Years

NEW YORK – August 13, 2012 – The U.S. is currently in the throes of the worst drought to hit the country in over five decades. On Wednesday August 15, the networks of NBCUniversal News Group will provide comprehensive coverage and special programming of the devastating drought of 2012. Throughout the day, NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, Telemundo, and Newschannel will all bring forth the current state of the drought and its impact on Americans today.

More than sixty percent of the country is in a stage of drought impacting corn, wheat, cattle, commerce and, ultimately, the consumer. Nearly half of the corn crop in the U.S. is in poor or worse shape than earlier in the year, pushing corn prices to all-time highs. As the price of corn increases, so does that of feeding cattle and producing essential food items. As a result, consumers are forced to pay higher prices for meat, dairy and grains.
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Free for All: 08/13/12

Posted in Free For All on August 13, 2012 by icn2

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Another “What’s Wrong with CNN” Article…

Posted in CNN on August 13, 2012 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about CNN…

“CNN doesn’t seem to want to reframe itself according to the new identity of cable, but it doesn’t seem committed to an alternative strategy,” said Robert Thompson, the director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University . “They’re sticking with the brand that they’ve always been, and they’re having real ratings problems across the board.”

In interviews with POLITICO, several staffers throughout the organization described CNN as a troubled network suffering from an absence of editorial leadership. “There is no editorial guidance, no editorial culture,” said one staffer, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity. “We’re always chasing the story. How often do you see something that’s fresh and distinctive?”
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Despite the criticism and rating woes, CNN remains financially successful. The network is expected to make nearly $600 million in operating profit this year, which, like every year for the past 10 years, is a record high. Much of this comes from CNN International — which reaches 200 countries — and from the fees paid by the cable and satellite distributors who carry CNN. In fact, less than 10 percent of the network’s operating revenue comes from U.S. primetime advertising, which means that CNN/U.S. can afford to overlook its ratings.

But CNN, which prides itself on an extensive reporting staff, has never measured its success by revenue.

“CNN makes a lot of money, but the brand is the treasure,” David Bohrman, Feist’s predecessor at CNN and the man who oversaw the network’s coverage of the 2004 and 2008 elections, told POLITICO.

“There’s more pride at CNN when they do things that are big, important and right,” added Bohrman, who is now president of Current TV. “But there is a real identity crisis going on, and CNN is the one network where there should be no identity crisis.”


Posted in CNN on August 13, 2012 by icn2

The New York Post’s Page Six Michael Shain reports on things CNN is contemplating for righting the ship…

Among the changes in the works, according to documents obtained by The Post, are:

* A late-night talk show featuring a panel — an 11 p.m. version of “The View.”

* Five new reality shows to air on Saturday and Sunday nights — to compliment traveling chef Anthony Bourdain, who is set to debut a new Sunday night CNN show starting early next year.

* A hunt for new on-air personalities outside of traditional TV news. Bourdain is the “prototype” for the new star CNN is now looking for, it is telling Hollywood agents.

One outside producer who has been in meetings with CNN brass likened it to “that moment when MTV decided to stop playing music videos, because it wasn’t working more.”

I’m usually not at a loss for words. In this case I am…