Press Releases: 04/21/15

Posted in Press Releases on April 21, 2015 by icn2

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Thomas Roberts to be honored at 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York

New York, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced it will honor Emmy-nominated journalist Thomas Roberts at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the Waldorf Astoria New York on May 9, 2015.

The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo; and Official Presenting Partners Amazon and Bud Light. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality.
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Press Releases: 04/20/15

Posted in Press Releases on April 20, 2015 by icn2

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Conferences Focus on Entrepreneurship, Small Business and Innovation

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ & NEW YORK, NY – April 20, 2015 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Inc. Media, the publisher of Inc. magazine, today announced details for The iCONIC Tour, a new three-part event series focusing on entrepreneurship, small business and innovation, bringing together some of the country’s most dynamic business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The first conference is scheduled for May 19, 2015 at The Chicago Theater in Chicago. The second event is scheduled for June 23, 2015 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles with the final conference in Washington, D.C. on November 11, 2015 at the Warner Theater. Tyler Mathisen, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch” and “Nightly Business Report” and Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc., will serve as the hosts for each event. Event sessions and interviews will be featured on multiple platforms including CNBC, and
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Roger Ailes Interview

Posted in FNC on April 20, 2015 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Marissa Guthrie does a deep dive interview/profile piece on Roger Ailes… (via J$)

Ailes Mouths Off On…

Why Jon Stewart never will be allowed on Fox News

“Under the guise of comedy, he can do anything. He’s figured out a way to win. But you don’t invite a guy like that in-house to pick his ammunition and shoot you with it.”

Skipping this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“[In 2009] Obama said, ‘I know you all voted for me except you guys over there at the Fox table.’ And I’m thinking, ‘I finally did something right.’ The media is cheering. I’m the only guy in the room saying, ‘Hold on a minute.’ ”

The return of NBC News chairman Andy Lack

“Andy is a smart guy. He’s going to work on several problems at the same time. That in and of itself will make a difference. He’s got to make the right call on Brian Williams. I’d put Brian back.”

Why he doesn’t watch the hit Fox drama Empire

“It isn’t that I would not watch — I would. But I don’t watch much TV other than the news. I think African-Americans have been hoping for a show that they felt comfortable with, but there must be a bigger audience for it than that because it’s doing so well.”

The Daily Show’s new host, Trevor Noah, and his controversial tweets

“He had a rocky start, and he’s probably learned the first lesson of comedy: Not everything you say is funny.”

The problem with Rachel Maddow and MSNBC

“They have to decide what they are. I don’t think they even view it as television. They view it as a place to express their views, which happen to be all the same view. And so you’ve got one topic and 12 people [with the same opinion], and it’s just boring.”

CNN’s Political Muscle Flexing…

Posted in CNN on April 20, 2015 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael O’Connell and Kate Stanhope write about CNN’s recent political hiring spree…

“We have several dozen new employees covering politics for CNN that weren’t here six months ago,” says network senior vp and Washington bureau chief Sam Feist. “Under Jeff’s direction, we’re making a significant investment in covering this campaign. Our long-term goal is to build up our political team on TV and digital.”

Recent hires include ABC News’ Jeff Zeleny, Washington Post alum Nia-Malika Henderson, the L.A. Times’ Maeve Reston and Wall Street Journal veteran Sara Murray. Also joining the usual suspects — Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King — in the political fray is Jake Tapper. CNN’s chief D.C. correspondent, the first big hire of the Zucker era, will be a focal point during his first presidential campaign since departing ABC News. Tapper’s The Lead already has become an election hub, most recently playing host to Republican candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio the day after he formally entered the race.

The hope is that the poaching will help CNN close the ratings gap with perennial victor Fox News and further distance itself from third-place MSNBC. In 2012, right-leaning FNC averaged 363,000 in the news demo of adults 25-to-54 in the run-up to the re-election of President Obama, while left-leaning MSNBC averaged 239,000. CNN, which doesn’t align itself with either political perspective and suffered lows that year, averaged 189,000.

Free for All: 04/20/15

Posted in Free For All on April 20, 2015 by icn2

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Chris Matthews to Interview Obama

Posted in MSNBC on April 19, 2015 by icn2

MSNBC announced that Chris Matthews will be interviewing President Obama Tuesday…


On Tuesday, April 21, Chris Matthews will sit down exclusively with President Barack Obama to talk about free trade and news of the day. The interview will air during MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. ET.

Al Jazeera America Announces New Ali Velshi Program…

Posted in Al Jazeera on April 17, 2015 by icn2

Al Jazeera America announced a new public affairs show for Ali Velshi today…


NEW YORK, April 17, 2015 – Al Jazeera America announced today that the channel is launching a new nightly, half-hour current affairs program hosted by award-winning journalist Ali Velshi entitled, “Ali Velshi on Target.” The program debuts May 11, 2015 and will air weeknights on Al Jazeera America at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT.

Capitalizing on Velshi’s experience as a pre-eminent global financial journalist, economic commentator and financial author, “Ali Velshi on Target” will speak truth to power through debate, in-depth interviews, expert analysis and on-the-ground reporting. Each evening on Al Jazeera America, Velshi and his team of experts will provide context and analysis around current political and economic issues. Acting as an advocate on his viewers’ behalf, Velshi will ask the difficult questions that need to be answered and, in the interest of his viewers, pursue justice and solutions with equal vigor.

“’Ali Velshi on Target’ will be exactly what the name says: pointed and focused on people and policies that stand in the way of prosperity and a better life, especially for those who can’t fight entrenched interests by themselves,” said Velshi. “We’ll shine a light on bad decisions and the decision makers behind them.”

“Ali Velshi on Target” will include daily segments focused on signature themes, including implications of the global economic situation for America, America’s crumbling infrastructure, gaps in wealth, race and gender, and the influence of special interest groups in politics and the economy, especially as they affect the prospects of Americans who are struggling economically and politically.
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