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Moonves says Katie is the CBS anchor "long into the future"

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 18th 2008 6:02PM
Katie CouricOf course, to paraphrase a former President, it all depends on what the meaning of "future" is.

Making an appearance at the daily noon CBS Evening News staff meeting today, CBS CEO Les Moonves said that despite what you've heard recently, Katie is their anchor today, tomorrow, next week, and long into the future.

Now, let's take that phrase word by word...

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Silly walking man makes appearance on FOX News - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 31st 2008 3:05PM

FNC logoThere was a special surprise guest on FOX News last night, talking about the Republican Presidential Debate from the Reagan Library in California.

At first I thought this person was there for some comic relief, but he actually talked seriously about how the American system of debates and political advertising differs from what happens in England. And there you go, I've just given you two clues as to who this celebrity is: he's a he and he's British! The video is after the jump. Most of the clip is of pollster Frank Luntz talking to a crowd of voters and getting their reaction to the debate (kind of interesting to see FOX News talking about a debate that was only seen on a competing station, CNN). The man in question shows up around the 2:45 mark.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2007 1:01PM

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Shepard Smith doesn't want to do more crap

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 9th 2007 2:40PM

Shep SmithI used to dislike Shepard Smith. Not because he was on FOX News, but for the way he anchored the news. It was as if he was skipping whole words or something, making these short, declarative sentences, and it was hard to listen to him for a long period of time. But my view of him has softened the last couple of years (and will continue to if he keeps being this funny). He also doesn't seem to just automatically spew the network's line at the drop of a hat.

TV Guide's Stephen Battaglio has an interview with Smith about the new look and direction for his show. Among other topics, Smith talks about why CBS and Katie Couric quickly went back to a traditional newscast, why the news industry might be dying, and the possibility of hosting one of the presidential debates. He also says they're not going to do "more crap...we're not going to do more titillating [stories], Hollywood movie reviews and jokes."

[via TV Newser]

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TV news news: Claman, a game show, and a new TV Newser

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2007 1:29PM

Liz Claman

Lots of changes this week in the land of TV news:

  • Liz Claman is leaving CNBC. She was going to renew her contract, but decided she wanted to go some place else. She has to wait 90 days, however, because of a non-compete clause in her contract. She's been with the financial network for almost 10 years. I remember Claman from her days on Channel 7 in Boston.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 8th 2007 12:24PM

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2007 3:33PM

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Joe Scarborough might get Imus' job on MSNBC

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2007 9:01PM

MSNBC hosts

Ever since Don Imus made his little, um, faux pas a while back, viewers have been wondering who will eventually take over his morning slot on MSNBC. Right now they have a rotating group of hosts, including Joe Scarborough, David Gregory, and Jim Cramer, but several execs (including network GM Dan Abrams) have been impressed by Scarborough.

Right now Scarborough hosts a nightly show, Scarborough Country, at 9pm after Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Scarborough will again host the morning program next week, and a decision about a permanent host should be made very soon.

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Shake-ups in the world of cable news

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2007 8:40PM

Nancy GraceThe latest from the land of CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News:

1. Jeff Greenfield is leaving CNN. He's going over to CBS to become part of their Election 2008 (or whatever CBS is calling it) coverage. The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz says that Greenfield hasn't been too happy with the way CNN has been using him lately.

2. Dan Abrams to lose his title at MSNBC. Last year he got a promotion from on-air host/analyst to general manager, but it looks like Abrams will lose that title when the cable network moves from New Jersey to 30 Rock in NYC. The move probably won't happen until the end of the year.

3. Nancy Grace and John Gibson news. Both of their shows (Grace on CNN Headline News and Gibson over on FOX News) had "Breaking News" reports that Michael Jackson was really ill in the hospital, when he actually is just a little sick and not in the hospital at all. Yet more evidence that the "Breaking News" and "This Just In" and "Developing News" graphics are waaaaay overused. Don't the networks use judgment anymore?

[via TV Newser]

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CNN must be in the front row

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2007 3:06PM

CNN logoBoth CNN and Fox News were fighting to get a seat in the front row of the new White House press briefing room, and CNN has won.

The White House Correspondents Association decided to give the front row seat to CNN "based on CNN's 27 years of covering The White House, as well as the resources it brings to the in-town and travel pool, and its daily prescence at the briefings."

CNN wasn't the only winner. Veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who was knocked back to the second row to make way for the cable news outlets recently, will get back her front row seat. The association has decided to honor a commitment they made to Thomas years ago. She has been covering The White House since the early 60s.

The new White House briefing room will be ready in June. (And if anyone isn't sure what that headline means, I'm referring to an old commercial with Bob Uecker.)

[via TV Newser]

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 7th 2007 2:44PM

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It's official: Maria Bartiromo is the Money Honey

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2007 10:39AM

I was kinda obsessed with CNBC in the mid to late 90s, when the stock and internet boom was in full throttle. The station was quite entertaining, even if I didn't really understand all the numbers. The personalities on the channel kept things lively and fun.

And one of my favorites was Maria Bartiromo, the really hot Wall Street babe financial expert who was dubbed the "Money Honey." I can't remember who dubbed her that, but it fit. And now you can still call her the "Money Honey," only this time it's official. Bartiromo has filed a trademark registration for the term, and it's been trademarked for many things, including coloring books, notepad, comic books, and coupon books.

Wow, a Maria Bartiromo coloring book. I would so buy that.

Bartiromo is in the news for other reasons lately as well.

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Anderson Cooper: the $4 million dollar man

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2007 5:05PM

Anderson CooperCNN's Anderson Cooper has just signed a new contract with the cable network, and this one is estimated to be worth $4 million dollars a year, a raise from the $2 million dollars a year he is getting under his current contract.

The Broadcasting & Cable article linked above also says that because Cooper is no longer available, producers of The Early Show are going to have to look elsewhere for a new host for the morning show. Though I never heard definitive word that Cooper was in line for the gig, just that the show was undergoing major changes.

Cooper hosts the nightly news show Anderson Cooper 360 and has started to also contribute to CBS' 60 Minutes. The new contract is a multi-year deal.

So readers...is he worth it?

[via TV Newser]

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Worst news of the day: Sanchez to replace Lin

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2006 7:34PM

Rick SanchezOh, I was afraid of this, and CNN made it official today: Rick Sanchez is going to replace Carol Lin as the weekend night anchor.

Rick "I Never Met a Tragic Situation I Didn't Want To Exploit" Sanchez has been showing up more and more on the network, as either a fill-in host or as a correspondent. He's the one who went out in the snow to try to "recreate" what happened to James Kim and his family. He's also the guy who got himself shot with a police taser gun, to the delight of people who don't like him (and fans of wacky videos in general). Not a big fan of his voice either. Grates on me like Rita Cosby's does.

Lin is leaving CNN after many years there, and she's having an interesting back and forth e-mail battle with Variety reporters over at TV Newser.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2006 3:10PM
  • Seth MyersWere Seth Myers and Amy Poehler stoned the other night on SNL? Dave Thomas has been investigating all weekend, and here's the evidence he's gathered.
  • Over at Best Week Ever, a picture of Bill Maher dressed as Steve Irwin for Halloween.
  • CBS' Early Show debuted new graphics this morning? And I missed it!
  • Check out David LaChapelle's sexy Christmas commercial for a UK drugstore chain. Note: it includes a woman fisting a turkey (and I hope that's the last time I have to type the phrase "fisting a turkey.")
  • Paul Davidson asks: is multiple personality disorder really a super power?

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