Archive for November 12, 2012

Trish Regan Profile

Posted in Bloomberg on November 12, 2012 by icn2

Haute’s Billy Gray profiles Trish Regan…

When we met with Regan at the Street Smart set, she’d recently returned from maternity leave after giving birth to her third child, Jamie, in July. (Regan and her husband, James Ben, also have two-year-old twin daughters, Alexandra and Elizabeth.) Motherhood does give her pause about those high-risk jobs in Medellín. “I don’t think I’ve ever been reckless, but I wouldn’t be truthful if I said my responsibility to my kids didn’t make me think twice,” she said.

Regan approaches all assignments diligently, whether they bring her to bleak crisis spots or, as Pursuits did, Branson’s 105-foot catamaran, the Necker Belle. “At the end of the day it’s about reporting a good story,” she said. “If it means being in some hellhole God knows where, great. And, yes, if you want to take me to Necker Island and put me on a yacht for thirty-six hours off the coast of the Dominican Republic to swim with whales and drink champagne, great! They’re equally challenging, and equally fun.”

Just as Regan continues to love opera while committing herself to journalism, the moguls she profiles on Pursuits maintain personal passions well outside of the boardroom while managing sprawling businesses. Branson opened his boat to Regan and introduced her to whales. Jim Glickenhaus gave her a tour of his 8,000-squarefoot- garage replete with custom-built Ferraris. And Lauder broke down an art market that the fervent collector has helped propel to staggering new heights.


Free for All: 11/12/12

Posted in Free For All on November 12, 2012 by icn2

Forgot about this. So what’s on your mind?

Megyn Kelly: Another viewpoint…

Posted in FNC on November 12, 2012 by icn2

A veteran observer of the cable news industry emailed in the following regarding the Megyn Kelly situation at FNC…

You know the media love to promote the Megyn Kelly Rising Star storyline, and it’s true she has been featured quite a bit. But it’s always in a manner consistent with a role as reporter rather than opinionator. And opinionators are what sell in primetime.

Also doesn’t anyone look at the ratings? She comes in below Fox & Friends! Only Happening Now (which has been lagging for years) and Studio B are lower in dayside. She loses viewers from Hemmer’s block. I just think it’s odd how much this meme continues to bubble around when she’s not exactly setting the Nielsens on fire. Though I understand it to a certain extent as she is so good on camera, and smart on her feet (lawyers turned journalists tend to have that ability)…but this in the role of a reporter, not as a primetime commentator/opinion host.

I would counter argue a couple of things raised here. I can’t say that Kelly ‘loses viewers’ from Hemmer’s block since her block doesn’t follow Hemmer’s block. As for the ‘opionators are what sell in primetime’ argument…They certainly do sell at 8pm and at 9pm but Greta Van Susteren has done just dandy at 10pm and I wouldn’t consider her cut from the same opinionator stone as Hannity and O’Reilly. I think a Kelly-Van Susteren swap out, if the network ever decided to go that route, wouldn’t hurt FNC’s primetime any.

Deja Vu All Over Again…

Posted in FNC on November 12, 2012 by icn2

The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz argues Megyn Kelly is destined for bigger things than 1pm…

She is clearly too big a talent to remain marooned at 1 p.m. and would like a more prominent time slot. But with Fox having stuck for years with a winning prime-time lineup of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Greta Van Susteren, it is not clear where Kelly would land.

Ohhhh…how about 3pm and 7pm? Just about everyone sees Shepard Smith as the “square peg” in FNC’s “round hole”. Granted, he brings something unique to FNC’s broadcasts, as does Kelly. But, my point is, FNC doesn’t have to give Kelly a primetime gig to elevate her further. Do I think it will happen? Only if Smith decides to leave for another network.