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White House Correspondents Profile…

Posted in Al Jazeera, CNN, FNC, MSNBC on March 31, 2015 by icn2

Washington Life Magazine’s Virginia Coyne profiles a group of White House correspondents. Among them are several cable newsers including CNN’s Jim Acosta, FNC’s Ed Henry, NBC/MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, and Al Jazeera America’s Mike Viqueira. The story on the website is in-line PDF only so no quotes are coming since I’m wayyyy too lazy to transcribe it.

CNN Loses NLRB Appeal…

Posted in CNN on March 24, 2015 by icn2

The CWA put out a release noting that CNN lost its latest NLRB appeal on a very old case…

NLRB Throws Out CNN’s Joint Employer Challenge

Washington, DC – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has rejected CNN’s reconsideration motion, which challenged the ruling that the cable news giant and a unionized subcontractor Team Video Services (TVS) were joint employers.

At issue is last September’s NLRB decision ordering CNN to compensate more than 300 employees who lost jobs and wages following the company’s phony reorganization to get rid of NABET-CWA-represented workers in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The NLRB had found that CNN and TVS were joint employers and CNN violated U.S. labor law by terminating its contracting relationship with TVS in December 2003.

In the order issued on Friday, a three-member panel said CNN’s reconsideration bid, “failed to raise any substantial argument not previously considered by the Board.” They wrote, “the evidence provides ample support for the Board’s finding that CNN and TVS had a joint employer relationship at the time of the unfair labor practices.”

“This company has dragged its feet every step of the way. But after more than a decade of delays, CNN is finally running out of options,” said CWA President Larry Cohen. “It’s time for CNN to follow the law and end the enormous damage to these employees and their families.”

Meanwhile, the workers continue to wait. A number of their colleagues have passed away as this case slowly made its way through the NLRB process. Workers have lost their homes, gone bankrupt and struggled to pay their medical bills.

“No worker should ever have to wait this long to see justice. Now again, we wait to see if CNN owns up or continues to stall. As a group we will never give up until all our members are made whole,” said Jimmy Suissa, who worked for CNN for 17 years.

In November 2008, an Administration Law Judge (ALJ) ruled in favor of NABET-CWA. The ALJ found, in part, that CNN had engaged in “widespread and egregious misconduct” and had demonstrated “a flagrant and general disregard for the employees’ fundamental rights.”

Yet, CNN appealed the ruling. Two years later, in October 2010, CWA filed another motion with the NLRB, calling on the board to give this case priority over all other pending cases. By this time the NLRB’s status was in jeopardy and was not resolved until late 2013.

Finally in September 2014, the NLRB affirmed the ALJ’s ruling. It ordered CNN to rehire about 100 workers fired in the 2003 reorganization and compensate about 200 more employees who stayed with the company without the benefits of a union contract. The order also called on CNN to resume bargaining with NABET-CWA Local 11 and NABET-CWA Local 31.

CNN Joins Alliance to Combat Google and Facebook in Ad Money War…

Posted in CNN on March 18, 2015 by icn2

The Guardian’s Mark Sweeny writes about a new group of media companies joining up to take on Facebook and Google in the lucrative online advertising Money wars…

The Guardian, the Financial Times, CNN, Reuters and the Economist have teamed up to pool their digital advertising space, to fight back against the drain of ad spend to tech giants such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

The initiative, called the Pangaea Alliance, will give brands access to more than 110 million online readers using a computerised, or programmatic, advertising system.

“Pangaea’s uniqueness lies in the quality of its partners,” said Tim Gentry, global revenue director of Guardian News & Media, publisher of the Guardian. “We know that trust is the biggest driver of brand advocacy, so we have come together to scale the benefits of advertising within trusted media environments.”

The global online display advertising market, worth an estimated $60bn (£41bn) according to WPP’s Group M, is increasingly becoming dominated by media owners that can offer giant scale to advertisers.

The Wonderlist: Your Reactions…

Posted in CNN on March 2, 2015 by icn2

If you saw CNN’s Wonderlist last night, what did you think? Vanuatu was already on my bucket list so I was hooked before the episode aired.

February Numbers: CNN…

Posted in CNN on February 24, 2015 by icn2

CNN is noting its February ratings…


CNN Beats MSNBC for Eighth Straight Month

New Day Outperforms MSNBC’s Morning Joe Again; Tops by Largest Demo Margin Ever

MSNBC Sheds Viewers by Large Margins; Hits Decade Lows
Lost 55% of Primetime and 66% of Daytime Audience

CNN’s ratings momentum continued in February, with the network ranking #2 in cable news in total day in both total viewers and the demo 25-54, easily topping MSNBC. CNN also beat MSNBC once again in both M-Su and M-F primetime (demo 25-54) this month. The network has now outperformed MSNBC for eight straight months in total day (among both viewers and demo) and in M-Su/M-F prime (demo) — the longest streak across these dayparts in over six years (since November 2008).

CNN had big ratings gains this month, with all dayparts up significantly from year-ago levels, posting the largest growth in cable news. MSNBC continued to shed viewers, decreasing double-digits in all three key dayparts among P2+ and 25-54, posting the largest declines. CNN also posted the largest increases in daytime (9a-4p) among both total viewers and demo, while MSNBC daytime is down a whopping -66% to 36k in the demo, its lowest delivery in over 15 years.
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Nothing Story Of The Day…

Posted in CNN on February 17, 2015 by icn2

The Wraps Jordan Chariton wastes space writing up a perceived Washington D.C. conflict of interest story for CNN…

Responding to an anonymous email question from a CNN staffer regarding an unnamed D.C. executive who hosted the Obamas — along with other parents of Sidwell Friends School [in D.C.] — in their home for dinner, Zucker said there’s no issue.

“Zucker said no [it’s not a conflict] because he goes to cocktail parties all the time with different parents of his children’s friends,” the insider told TheWrap.

This is a big nothing burger Chariton writes about. Not because it’s not a conflict of interest, because by definition it is. It’s a nothing burger because most of the D.C. based media is conflicted with galas, events, off the record gatherings, holiday parties, and the like. Show me a D.C. based media person of note who doesn’t get sucked in to such things and I’ll show you an outlier. It’s endemic. Doesn’t make it right though. But let’s not single out one person at one network when this type of behavior is rampant in that city.

Jeff Zucker Interview…

Posted in CNN on February 17, 2015 by icn2

The Wrap’s Jordan Chariton interviews Jeff Zucker…

And CNN’s up big: 59 percent in viewers and 62 percent in the coveted 25-54 demo during the day; 35 percent in viewers and 50 percent in the demo in primetime (Monday-Sunday).

The formula: riding the coattails of breaking news — in many cases stretching that news far beyond its natural life cycle — mixed with a heap of original series. When Zucker deployed the latter, spearheaded by Anthony Bourdain, John Walsh and Morgan Spurlock, media critics howled he was stomping the news right out of the organization most trusted for it.

You can give Zucker credit for hiring Walsh but he wasn’t part of the hiring process for Bourdain or Spurlock. That was spearheaded by Mark Whitaker under a Jim Walton CNN Worldwide. Zucker almost certainly shaped to some degree how those two integrated with CNN so we can’t say he doesn’t deserve some credit there. But media writers need to remember that CNN’s move to taped programming preceded Zucker’s arrival.

Are you concerned with pushing away longtime CNN viewers who want all the news on CNN TV?

Good question, but wrong. Because what’s actually increased at CNN is the length of tune-in of our viewers, meaning that those viewers are actually watching for a longer length of time each time they come. So, we’re not alienating those viewers; actually by giving them what they’re interested in and more of it, they’re staying longer. That criticism from media critics — it may be a media criticism — but actually has been completely the opposite for our viewers. And our viewers have actually completely responded to it, and our length of tune-in has actually increased.

That answer is a bit of a dodge on the original question. Tune-in length does not automatically equate with airing “all the news”. CNN under Zucker has gone wall to wall more often on more stories but at the expense of covering more stories. This was underscored by the return of the hated “crawl”. Read the crawl on CNN sometime. Then see how many of those stories get mentioned on CNN’s air.

In previous years, critics said CNN was stuck in the 20th century of news, without a real identity in the increasingly partisan news world. What’s your identity now?

News. New. I believe we have reestablished the brand identity that this is the place for news. When the Paris terror attacks happen, when war breaks out in Ukraine, when unrest happens in Ferguson, people know that CNN is the place to come. News is our brand, and I think we’re doing more news in the morning, we’re doing more news all day, we’re doing news. We’ve added in the last year, five hours of additional news by doing news from 12 midnight to 5 a.m., so there’s more news on the network, so that has helped. We are basically doing live news 22 out of 24 hours a day. Everyone said we were getting out of news. We doubled-down on news.

Also a bit of a dodge of the original question. The criticism, which I didn’t think was ever well founded, was that CNN wasn’t adapting to the ideological landscape by sticking with news more often than partisan hackery. Zucker says that CNN has re-established its news brand. I don’t think it ever went away to begin with. Zucker’s argument is now that the brand has been re-established people identify it with recent breaking news events. I don’t think that ever went away either. It’s just that we have had more of those types of events the past couple years than we had the previous five or six.

Furthermore, Zucker trumpets adding overnight news in the past year. What this ignores is that last year CNN added that block and then took it away after MH370 cooled off only to bring it back when news started heating up again. If the news cycle starts cooling down again I would not at all be surprised to see overnight news disappear yet again.

As your numbers go up, why has Fox and MSNBC’s numbers gone down?

Listen, we should only have Fox News’ numbers. We’d be thrilled to have Fox’s numbers, and they deserve a lot of credit. With regards to MSNBC, I can’t speak to why they’ve declined dramatically — we’re just focused on what we’re doing here now.
*CNN up 51 percent, Fox News up 5 percent in all-important primetime news demo while MSNBC is down 45 percent for 2015

Zucker is playing it smart here. He’s not engaging either FNC or MSNBC with bulletin board material.


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