Archive for January 28, 2013

Press Releases: 01/28/13

Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2013 by icn2

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On Thursday, January 31st, Anderson Cooper will host a town hall from George Washington University on the topic of gun control with today’s leading voices on this hot button topic. Guests and additional details to follow.

Anderson Cooper 360° Town Hall: Guns Under Fire will air at 8pm ET on CNN.


Not Gone But Forgotten?

Posted in CNBC on January 28, 2013 by icn2

Value Walk’s Paul Shea got a hold of an internal memo from NBCU President Steve Burke which highlights USA, Bravo, E!, Style, Syfy, Golf, mun2, MSNBC, and Telemundo. Shea seems to think that because CNBC was omitted that this must mean something…

CNBC has for years been regarded as one of the centerpieces of the NBCUniversal empire. That may be changing, recent reports, including one from the New York Daily News, have suggested that ratings for some of the cable channels top shows, including Squawk Box and Closing Bell, plummeted in 2012.

It clearly has not been a good year for CNBC, but for the company to be left out of a memo reflecting on 2012 things must have been simply awful. Ratings between December 2011 and December 2012 fell by 14%. In the highly sought after 25-54 demographic viewership fell by 15%. 2012 was the worst year for the company since 2005.

Is Shea on to something? I ran through NBCU’s cable properties. The following networks were also not mentioned…

NBC Sports Network (though sports was mentioned prominently in Burke’s memo)
Oxygen Media
The Weather Channel (!!!)
Universal HD

Chiller, cloo, and G4 are niche channels which have never gained a large following. Universal HD is hard to find. I never heard of Sprout. But Oxygen and the Weather Channel are another matter (especially TWC which NBCU paid a premium to get a controlling interest in). So I don’t know. Should Burke have mentioned CNBC and its sister networks? Probably. Is it significant that he didn’t? Maybe. Maybe not.

Chris Cuomo to CNN?

Posted in CNN on January 28, 2013 by icn2

FTVLive is reporting that Jeff Zucker is making a play to lure Chris Cuomo from ABC.

Insiders tell FTVLive that Zucker has his sites set on ABC’s Chris Cuomo and he’s pulling out all stops to land him.

We also hear that ABC is doing all they can to make a decent counter offer to get Cuomo to stay at the alphabet network.

Zucker has cast his early focus on the mornings at CNN and he wants to bring in a heavy hitter. He thinks Cuomo fits the bill.

Update: TMZ is hearing the same thing…

Sources connected with CNN tell us … Cuomo will host a morning show. The buzz is his co-host will be Erin Burnett — interesting, because we’re told Erin’s contract at CNN is to do a prime time show … so if execs move her to an earlier spot, they might have to do a little convincing.

Free for All: 01/28/13

Posted in Free For All on January 28, 2013 by icn2

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Van Susteren to Interview Clinton…

Posted in FNC on January 28, 2013 by icn2

Greta Van Susteren will be interviewing Hillary Clinton tomorrow afternoon. The interview will be broadcast on Tuesday night’s On The Record…