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The MSNBC Conundrum

Posted in MSNBC on March 29, 2015 by icn2

In a must reaad, the AP’s David Bauder (I presume it’s Bauder…as usual this went out uncredited) writes about MSNBC and its challenges. I want to quote the whole damn thing but that would be wrong. Instead I’ll highlight the part everyone will be talking about most…Keith Olbermann’s opinion on the situation…

To many fans, MSNBC’s weakness isn’t that it’s liberal. It’s that the network is boring.

“The solution is not that ‘we need more news’ or that ‘we need to alter the political viewpoint,’ but what does the content of the shows look like,” said Keith Olbermann, former MSNBC prime-time host. “Do not be afraid to make good television. And in Rachel, Phil Griffin, and Andy Lack, they’ve got three people in place who’ve already done that there.”

Olbermann single-handedly lurched MSNBC to the left during President George W. Bush’s second term when his angry commentary attracted a loyal audience. He had the passion, Maddow the quietly analytical mind and together they formed a potent one-two punch.

After Olbermann left, MSNBC set about modeling its lineup after Maddow, its Rhodes scholar and highest-rated personality.

Liberal in outlook, MSNBC’s programming approach is often conservative. Watching MSNBC can feel like a hidden camera picking up a discussion in the faculty lounge. Fox viewers often feel like they’ve stumbled upon a street brawl.

MSNBC Speculation

Posted in MSNBC on March 26, 2015 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie writes about Andrew Lack getting his feet wet at 30 Rock…

MSNBC insiders expect the pro­gramming revamp that began with the axing of daytime shows hosted by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid to continue. There is widespread speculation that Al Sharpton’s show could be moved to a weekend slot as the network led by Phil Griffin hews toward news programming during daytime. The fate of 8 p.m. host Chris Hayes, a pro­tege of Rachel Maddow, is unclear. “Contrary to rumors that already have been reported, there are no plans to move Rev. Sharpton’s or Chris Hayes’ shows,” says an MSNBC spokesperson.

MSNBC has been on a ratings slide for months; in February, it was down 48 percent in primetime in the 25-to-54 demo and 43 percent in total day compared with the same month last year, when MSNBC hosts, notably Maddow, were hammering New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

Lack, who in his previous stint at NBC presided over the partnership with Microsoft that created MSNBC, is expected to more closely integrate NBC News and MSNBC, a reversal of the strategy advocated by NBC News president Deborah Turness that drew a stark line between the units.


Posted in MSNBC on March 22, 2015 by icn2

Mediaite’s Joe Concha takes a few ideological conspiracy theory tinged whacks at Brian Stelter and Reliable Sources…

But now, fortunately for those who have worked for Fox — or are currently employed by Fox, or like to write books about Fox — there’s now a very public place to get everything off one’s chest, and 100,000 or so in the 25-to-54 demo can hear all about it: CNN’s Reliable Sources. CNN, of course, is a competitor of Fox in a mostly-lopsided cable news race, and therefore has the motive to make the network running ahead of it look bad or stupid. Reliable has been on the air since 1992, and is currently hosted by longtime Fox critic and former New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter.

First off some disclosure on where I stand regarding Stelter. He’s a professional acquaintance and a somewhat kindred spirit. We both share a driving passion toward the nuts and bolts and mechanics of TV News. I do wish he hadn’t taken the CNN gig and had stayed at The Times because of the conflict of interest issues working at CNN brings to someone of his calibre where he can do extensive reporting on other networks but is necessarily constrained from going as in depth on his own network. Worse, when he does infrequently go that in depth we are left to wonder what the motivation is behind why this one story made it out in such detail but others, just as if not more deserving of similar treatment, did not.
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The False Equivalency False Narrative…

Posted in MSNBC on March 20, 2015 by icn2

FTVLive is reporting that Rachel Maddow is pissed at Chuck Todd…

Sources tell FTVLive that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is “apoplectic over” Chuck Todd’s moral equivalence of Fox News and MSNBC prime time.

Todd was on The Mike O’Meara show, when he said, “I think advocacy journalism, sort of the Fox and what MSNBC primetime, those models, that hasn’t been healthy for politics. It’s just not healthy for it. It all goes to one of the explanations why we don’t persuade people anymore.”

Word is that MSNBC staffers are pissed at Todd’s takedown of cable news and no one is more mad at Mr. Meet The Press than Maddow.

Sources say that Todd is furiously backpedaling and trying to apologize to Maddow… who is having none of it.

Todd shouldn’t be apologizing (if he really is apologizing) because he’s not wrong. The primetime cable news POV ideological broadcasts have absolutely negatively impacted politics. But so has talk radio and the internet.

Press Releases: 03/20/13

Posted in CNBC, MSNBC on March 20, 2015 by icn2



NEW YORK & MIAMI, March 20, 2015—CNBC, MSNBC, NBC News and Telemundo today announced their plans for eMerge Americas, a groundbreaking technology conference taking place in Miami on May 1-5, 2015. As part of the multi-year media partnership between eMerge Americas and the NBCUniversal News Group, viewers and users across all of the networks will gain exclusive access to unique programming from the event.

Full coverage plans to date include:

CNBC’s “Fast Money” (M-F, 5PM ET), anchored by Melissa Lee, will broadcast live from the event. In addition, CNBC’s Chief International Correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera will report live from eMerge Americas for CNBC’s Business Day programming.
MSNBC’s “The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart” (Weekdays, 9AM) will broadcast live Monday, May 4th and MSNBC reporters will cover eMerge Americas live for
Based in Miami, Telemundo plans to send multiple programs to cover eMerge Americas:
Telemundo’s “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” (Sunday, 12PM) will air a segment about eMerge on Sunday, May 3rd.
Telemundo’s Diego Schoening will report live Monday, May 4th and Tuesday, May 5th for “Un Nuevo Día” (M-F, 7AM-10AM).
Telemundo’s “Al Rojo Vivo” (M-F, 4PM), hosted by María Celeste Arrarás, will feature stories about fashion and technology.
The websites of these NBCUniversal networks will be the exclusive destination for live streaming portions of eMerge Americas
In addition, NBC News’ Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press,” MSNBC and Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart and CNBC’s Melissa Lee will moderate panels at the event.

eMerge Americas 2015 is expected to attract more than 10,000 attendees, hundreds of top companies and the world’s leading disruptors and thought leaders. Key elements on this year’s agenda include:

eGov: Government Innovation Summit – Prominent mayors and government officials from around the globe gather to address the challenges faced by accelerated urbanization and how to transform their urban communities into Smart Cities through the power of innovative technology.
Startup Showcase – Entrepreneurs from over 100 start-up incubators/accelerators from Latin America and Europe compete for funding from well-known investors.
Country Pavilions – Participating nations from the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia showcase their local innovations and connect with strategic partners, generate new international leads and become a part of the ever-expanding technological transformation in the Americas.
Women, Innovation & Technology (WIT) – A one-day summit showcasing top female professionals from different industries discussing how they are transforming the business landscape through technology and innovation.

More MSNBC Speculation…

Posted in MSNBC on March 19, 2015 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about MSNBC’s mess…

The extent of that change could be vast: In the months ahead, MSNBC is likely to shake up the bulk of its programming, moving some shows and canceling others, high-level sources at NBCUniversal told POLITICO. With a few exceptions — notably “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Morning Joe” — every program is at risk of being moved or canceled, those sources said. “All In with Chris Hayes,” a ratings suck that currently occupies the 8 p.m. time slot, will almost certainly be replaced. Network execs are also considering moving some weekday shows, like “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton,” to weekends.

“The plan is to re-imagine what the channel is,” one high-level NBCUniversal insider with knowledge of the network’s plans said, “because the current lineup is a death wish.”


Lack, a former NBC News president, is likely to rein in MSNBC’s ever-leftward drift and focus instead on creating more news-driven programming, with more involvement from NBC News talent. This could become a radical change of course for MSNBC, where partisan, opinion-based programming has come to dominate the vast majority of the network’s lineup in both daytime and prime time. Lack is likely to keep Griffin at MSNBC’s helm, network sources said, because his seven years as president make him best-suited to implement the changes.

The guy that ran the network into the sticks is best-suited to implement the fixes? The guy who fiddled away while the signs pointed YEARS AGO that things were in trouble is best-suited to implement the changes?

For MSNBC to have a shot at redemption, the executive team has to go. They ran the ship aground. They are not best-suited to pull it off the rocks. Anyone who says otherwise is delusional…

For some NBC insiders, the failure of “All In” — Hayes is a distant third place to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, both in total and in the demo — is indicative of the limits of Griffin’s reactive approach to programming.

Well at least some people in 30 Rock get it…

Nancy Snyderman and NBC Part Company…

Posted in MSNBC on March 12, 2015 by icn2

The timing of this is very odd that it raises questions as to why now? Newsday’s Verne Gay writes about Nancy Snyderman leaving NBC News…

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, TV’s best-known medical reporter and a network news veteran of nearly three decades, has been dropped by NBC News. Her abrupt departure follows an appearance during a Feb. 22 “Nightly News” segment about peanut allergies, in which she seemed somewhat disoriented and stumbled over her words.

NBC declined to offer reasons for Snyderman’s departure.

In a statement, Snyderman said, in part, “I am stepping down from my position as Chief Medical Editor at NBC News.”

Lots of writers are noting what happened on Snyderman’s last appearance. Odd that it didn’t blow up all over the internet like what happened with Greg Jarrett. I didn’t even know about this until I read it today. Can’t say the same about Jarrett.


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