Monthly Archives: September 2011

End of an Era: Andy Rooney signs off 60 Minutes

92 year old Andy Rooney, a Sunday night fixture in America’s homes since 1978, will make his final regularly scheduled closing commentary on 60 Minutes this coming Sunday (October 2). He will make the announcement in his regular essay at … Continue reading

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Cable Battle for 2nd Place Heats Up — CNN on the Move

The news this week about the battle for cable news is all about the runner-up slot. CNN, long languishing as number 3, is making moves on MSNBC.  Bill Carter of the New York Times surmises that the loss of Keith … Continue reading

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Roger Ailes profile in Newsweek/Daily Beast * NEW

Roger Ailes is profiled insightfully by Howard Kurtz, the media critic for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  Definitely worth a read! By popular demand, here’s the article in full: Roger’s Reality Show Sep 25, 2011 10:00 AM EDT First, Ailes … Continue reading

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15 Years of Cable News Choices

2011 marks a milestone in Cable News: * MSNBC launched on July 15, 1996 * Fox News launched on October 7, 1996 While the MSNBC crew celebrated with fireworks on the Hudson during their anniversary party on the night of … Continue reading

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Ted Turner: Bringing TV News to Cable

Ted Turner started as a billboard salesman in the family business, Turner Communications. The company’s merger with Rice Communications in 1970 added Atlanta’s WTCG Channel 17 into the business portfolio. Ted Turner took the helm of the perennial money-losing station … Continue reading

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Fox News Considered Best News Channel in New National Poll

Fox News, long the ratings leader amongst cable news nets, is now also considered the BEST news channel, according to a new national poll. Of 1,180 adults surveyed by Poll Position, 36% chose Fox News as the best news outlet, … Continue reading

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Roger Ailes: The Most Influential Executive in TV News Today

Since joining the staff of the locally-produced “Mike Douglas Show” in Cleveland in 1962, Roger Ailes quickly ascended to national importance, becoming executive producer of the nationally syndicated show at the age of 27. A spirited discussion with then-presidential candidate … Continue reading

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