Archive for February 3, 2013

What’s Hot/What’s Not: 01/03/13

Posted in What's Hot/What's Not on February 3, 2013 by icn2

What’s Hot:

Chris Cuomo – Cuomo bolted ABC for CNN. Score another hire for Jeff Zucker…

Mark Whitaker departs CNN – Can’t have too many chefs in CNN’s kitchen I guess…

James Carville, Mary Matalin, and Erik Erickson depart CNN – Will the last person departing CNN please turn the lights out?

Steve Capus – Must be the week to depart news networks or something because Capus is leaving NBC News…

What’s Not:

MSNBC – MSNBC got caught again using edited video in its daytime news operation. MSNBC’s response to this was to not address the matter at all other than to play the whole video.

Starting Point – Can you say “Dead show walking”?

Dining on Ashes? – Leaks (apparently) from Team Starting Point paint a picture of promises unfulfilled by CNN brass.

The Most Trusted Name in Beyonce News – CNN’s decision to cover Beyonce’s press conference live shows the not so invisible hand of Jeff Zucker at work. Up next? The latest on Justin Bieber no doubt. There’s absolutely not truth to the rumor that Zucker is working hard to bring Mary Hart out of retirement. Hopefully…

5 and 1 – No comment.

More on Steve Capus…

Posted in MSNBC on February 3, 2013 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Marissa Guthrie writes about the departure of Steve Capus and other things related to said departure…

Speculation is rampant that Capus could reunite with Jeff Zucker at CNN. It was Zucker who as NBCUniversal CEO tapped Capus to run NBC News in 2005. The two men have maintained a good relationship. And CNN has been on a hiring spree of late adding Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper from ABC News, while former CNN executive Mark Whitaker (who came to the cable news network from NBC News) himself resigned on Tuesday. There is chatter that Capus would be a good fit to get the fledgling Al Jazeera America off the ground when it takes over Al Gore’s Current this spring. But sources close to Capus say he has no immediate next move and will likely explore options outside network news including consulting. “That’s not why he left,” said a source close to Capus, referring to CNN. Rather, he had been contemplating stepping down since Fili-Krushel was put in place over him and likely would have gone sooner if not for a flurry of new events late last year (Hurricane Sandy, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary and the kidnapping of foreign correspondent Richard Engel in Syria).

And there’s this which I found interesting…

At the same time, MSNBC has found its brand and ratings success under Griffin, even if that ideologically liberal identity has at times caused tension with NBC News. Sources inside MSNBC say that there has been no interference from Comcast. “They’ve been very supportive,” says one MSNBC staffer. “Their mentality is they just want us to do well.” Which means that’s Griffin would not necessarily be tainted by the liberal bent of MSNBC in the eyes of Comcast executives. But Griffin is also known to be quite happy where he is – and enjoys the loyalty and affection of his staff – and not entirely itching to take on the headaches of NBC News.

Meanwhile, Fili-Krushel is still getting to know the rank-and-file at NBC News and MSNBC. (She has given virtually no interviews and remains an enigma among media reporters who cover the TV news beat.) And she recently moved her office from the 52nd floor executive suite of NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters to the third-floor newsroom; which was interpreted as an effort on her part to be more involved. Sources inside NBC News and MSNBC say that elevating female leaders is a priority for her and many speculate that she’d like to be the one to anoint the first female president of a new division.

Jeff Zucker’s First Days…

Posted in CNN on February 3, 2013 by icn2

The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson writes about Jeff Zucker’s first days at CNN…

The boss is in a nondescript office in the middle of the fifth-floor news room at Time Warner’s HQ in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle.

Zucker has struck up a good relationship with Ken Jautz, who runs the CNN’s US operations, while Zucker’s role is global, a source tells The Post.

No one could accuse Zucker of being slow out of the gate. He has spent two years champing at the bit after being dumped as chief executive of NBCUniversal by Steve Burke, who took his place.

Zucker has NBC’s “Today” show squarely in his firing line. CNN’s new morning show is being prepped for an April launch, just a month before the critical upfront buying gets started on Madison Avenue, insiders told The Post.


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