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CNN PLANS SHAKEUP AT HEADLINE (response to dumpster ratings)
NY POST ^ | 2/20/05 | TIM ARANGO

Posted on 02/20/2005 3:09:00 AM PST by Liz

For the first time in its history, CNN's Headline News is tinkering with its all-news format.

The network will launch a new primetime lineup tomorrow — the first time in the network's 20-plus years on the air that it's making a break from airing straight newscasts.

"We're doing it because it's a chance to use both of our networks in a complementary way," said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN Newsgroup.

"In this day and age there is so much competition in news. By the time you get to prime time people know the headlines of the day."

The switch is one of the early changes under new CNN President Jonathan Klein, who took over the network late last year.

While Fox News surpassed CNN in the ratings in recent years and is the No. 1 cable news network, CNN's sister network Headline News has held its own. Last year, for example, Headline News averaged 213,000 viewers during daytime hours, compared with 201,000 for MSNBC and 207,000 for CNBC, according to Nielsen.

In primetime last year, Headline News' ratings were largely flat from the year before.

Beginning tomorrow evening, Headline News will begin airing "Showbiz Tonight" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. — a live, talk-oriented show on the entertainment business. In the next hour, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., the network will air the legal talk show "Nancy Grace," hosted by the CourtTV anchor of the same name.

Grace, who became a prosecutor after her fiancee was murdered, will continue to host her CourtTV show "Closing Arguments."

"There's a very high interest among viewers in legal news and entertainment," Jautz said.

"It's the first time we've had a major marketing campaign for Headline News," Jautz said.

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"In this day and age there is so much competition in news. By the time you get to prime time people know the headlines of the day."

You got that right, buddy.

1 posted on 02/20/2005 3:09:00 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
For the first time in its history, CNN's Headline News is tinkering with its all-news format.

It would probably do better if it reported all of the news instead of just the half Ted Turner wants you to hear.

2 posted on 02/20/2005 3:10:17 AM PST by dirtboy (Drooling moron since 1998...)
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To: Liz

Ah, looks like they'll be switching from biased newscasts to 100% unfiltered propaganda.

Qwinn


3 posted on 02/20/2005 3:10:58 AM PST by Qwinn
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To: Liz

Unless they dump their ideology they will remain in a last place battle with PMSNBC.


4 posted on 02/20/2005 3:11:53 AM PST by John Lenin (Vampires suck your blood, liberals suck the life out of you)
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To: Liz
I would have picked the same quote to focus on, Liz.

The media is having a hard time reaching the well connected masses. It will only be harder for them moving forward. People have been freed by the ability to get news on demand rather than being fed news when the MSM demands. Podcasting is only going to make it worse, I think.

Best of luck to them.

5 posted on 02/20/2005 3:12:18 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: Liz
"There's a very high interest among viewers in legal news and entertainment," Jautz said.

Goody. What this tells me is that they anticipate the Michael Jackson trial being a big story, and they are blocking out 3 hours to cover it (entertainment and legal).

I can't tell you how excited I am at the prospect of all cable channels covering every sordid detail of Michael Jackson's psycho life, while they ignore such boring things as Social Security reform and foreign policy.

6 posted on 02/20/2005 3:14:29 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Qwinn

LOL!


7 posted on 02/20/2005 3:17:50 AM PST by Barney59 (Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here!)
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To: Liz
I bet if they hired Al Franken to report the news, ratings would pick up. And they could save money on his salary, too because he works for free these days. They also could save money on hiring reporters because Al just "improvs" what he says anyway.

Take my advice, CNN. It's a sure ticket to the top of the ratings and financial prosperity.

:^)
8 posted on 02/20/2005 3:19:26 AM PST by spinestein
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To: Qwinn

[Ah, looks like they'll be switching from biased newscasts to 100% unfiltered propaganda.]


I thought this was really funny until I realized how completely accurate it was.


9 posted on 02/20/2005 3:23:03 AM PST by spinestein
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To: Miss Marple

It could have been worse....they could have hired Triumph, the insult dog to compete with O'Reilly and you know how every body loves sock puppets.


10 posted on 02/20/2005 3:24:53 AM PST by ijcr (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps.)
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To: Miss Marple

OMG, the prospect of CNN airing the Jackson family story in-depth is enough to make my skin crawl.

Dysfunctional doesn't even come close to describing this living zoo of breast-baring, child molesting rogues and scalawags.

Wadda ya wanna bet it's another ratings disaster for the Crapola Network?


11 posted on 02/20/2005 3:28:09 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: Liz
In the next hour, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., the network will air the legal talk show "Nancy Grace," hosted by the CourtTV anchor of the same name.

A WHOLE hour of Nancy Grace? That should boost ratings. Not!

12 posted on 02/20/2005 3:30:05 AM PST by stopem (Support the troops yellow ribbon purse-key-holders.)
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To: spinestein

Good idea.......we oughta get a (ahem) "fan club" together to suggest CNN hires ol' Al.


13 posted on 02/20/2005 3:30:33 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: Liz

The only thing I want to hear about MJ is when his prison term starts.


14 posted on 02/20/2005 3:34:30 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (I'm back...with NEW and IMPROVED knuckle-dragging action.)
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To: Glenn

Too bad they didn't attribute FreeRepublic as singularly preeminent as THE instant source of news in the high tech age.


15 posted on 02/20/2005 3:34:42 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: Liz
You KNOW they are going to cover it in-depth. Celebrities, California, and guaranteed air coverage will draw reporters like moths to a flame.

Plus, if they fill their air time with Michael Jackson, they don't have to cover President Bush.

16 posted on 02/20/2005 3:34:56 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: dirtboy

You are so correct. What you get from headline news is more liberal spin than "straight" news. Of course they would not admit to it, but much of their "unbiased" news reports are decidedly leftist tinged. Maybe there is no right or left way to report disasters, but they sure go out of their way to not report anything that might be construed as positive towards conservatives or Republicans. Their coverage of the war is an excellent example. They always emphasize U.S. military and civilian Iraqi deaths and casualties while underreporting objectives and triumphs. Their chief "pundit" about Iraq is Tony Karon (?) from Time Magazine. Enough said. The sinister hand of Ted Turner obviously is directing what gets put on and how it is reported.


17 posted on 02/20/2005 3:39:13 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Miss Marple

Course, this is only a guess---but I would bet that Jackson and his star cronies and anyone connected to this trial are going to be indelibly tarnished as a result of the trial's raunchy evidence and testimony.

I wonder how long they will lend their star presence to this sideshow?


18 posted on 02/20/2005 3:41:55 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: Miss Marple

"...while they ignore such boring things as Social Security reform and foreign policy."

Arguable, ignoring these is actually better than the grossly biased 30-second sound bites and hate headlines they usually subject their audiences to.


19 posted on 02/20/2005 3:46:53 AM PST by libertylover (Being liberal means never being concerned about the truth.)
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To: Liz
Another opening for FOX News. They could start a network where the anchors were professionals and simply read the news, without slipping editorial statements in.

The few times I've seen CNN's version recently they were trying too hard to be hip, and cool. From what I remember of them when they began, that is already a change from what they used to do.
20 posted on 02/20/2005 3:49:07 AM PST by tongue-tied
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To: Qwinn

My thoughts exactly... they will go all-out al-Jazeera now, this is their latest excuse.

When they bring some non-flaming-liberals on board, I might tune in again.


21 posted on 02/20/2005 3:52:25 AM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: Liz

Wasn't the whole point of Headline News to be a place where the news was read through a half hour cycle continuously so there was somewhere to go to catch up if the main network was doing one of their talkfests or other non news programs?


22 posted on 02/20/2005 4:13:18 AM PST by xp38
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To: dirtboy

Ecellent comment. I heartily agree.


23 posted on 02/20/2005 4:21:20 AM PST by Banjoguy (The party of Democrats is not democratic.)
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To: xp38

Yeah, back in the "Stone Age," it was.


24 posted on 02/20/2005 4:25:12 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: tongue-tied
The few times I've seen CNN's version recently they were trying too hard to be hip, and cool.

No kidding. Hip and cool? Damn, I missed it (/sarc).

25 posted on 02/20/2005 4:27:46 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: Liz

I hope Grace moves on totally to CNN. It would be good for both. Meanwhile Court TV could develop legal shows along the lines of trading places -- with real-world lawyers and real-world legal advice.


26 posted on 02/20/2005 4:30:28 AM PST by bvw
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To: stopem
A WHOLE hour of Nancy Grace? That should boost ratings. Not!

That woman (cause she sure ain't no lady) has nothing but a hate-on for anything and anyone who crosses her. She is less concerned about whether her judicial observations are correct, than she is about coming across as some sort of crusader (since her fiance' was murdered many years ago).

Anytime I see her mug glaring out of my TV screen, it's an automatic 'click'.
27 posted on 02/20/2005 4:30:48 AM PST by Mad Mammoth
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To: Liz

im taking bets that six months from now their ratings between seven and nine will tank
any takers?


28 posted on 02/20/2005 4:50:47 AM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: Miss Marple

FOX cnn


29 posted on 02/20/2005 4:51:03 AM PST by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: Qwinn

Yep -- CNN // Ted Turder.. its not the format!!! Its the dishonesty. They will never ever ever GET IT !


30 posted on 02/20/2005 5:03:07 AM PST by A message (yep)
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To: JohnLongIsland

....there's no surer way to cash in then betting on that eventuality....


31 posted on 02/20/2005 5:04:11 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: Liz

Rearranging the deck chairs....


32 posted on 02/20/2005 5:04:41 AM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: Miss Marple

Amen!


33 posted on 02/20/2005 5:13:20 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: Liz
will begin airing "Showbiz Tonight" ... the legal talk show "Nancy Grace,"

So they're going from news to fluff. Good solution. (As if the world needs Nancy Grace on yet another channel)

Reporting the news is too much work anyway.

34 posted on 02/20/2005 5:14:33 AM PST by angkor
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To: driftless
They always emphasize U.S. military and civilian Iraqi deaths and casualties while underreporting objectives and triumphs.

Underreporting triumphs? They don't report anything but body counts. That is it, nothing else.

CNN isn't exceptional in that reagard, but it's still disgraceful.

35 posted on 02/20/2005 5:17:45 AM PST by angkor
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To: Liz

Hey CNN. Whatever shakes out at the shake up...every breath you take, every step you make, we'll be watching you.


36 posted on 02/20/2005 5:22:34 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Liz
The network will launch a new primetime lineup tomorrow — the first time in the network's 20-plus years on the air that it's making a break from airing straight newscasts.

Just re-arranging the liberals
37 posted on 02/20/2005 5:25:28 AM PST by uncbob (Yep just watching a bunch of millionaires having fun almost like watching POLO)
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To: tongue-tied
They could start a network where the anchors were professionals and simply read the news, without slipping editorial statements in.

Here in Metro DC we have the Mhz Network which runs 30 and 60 minute daily news shows from all around the world.

Some are in the native language, some are in English, and some with English subtitles.

But I kid you not, even the French and German news broadcasts are more interesting, less biased, and more globally comprehensive than the swill that pours forth from CNN.

Most of the shows include one or two newsreaders who announce a story, then allow a 2 to 5 minute in depth report to be shown. No phony jocularity, no smart quips, no false repartee. Just the news.

Really, the state of American news broadcasting is a disgrace.

As for BBC News, that's not shown on Mhz but is relegated to the PBS evening feed, where it belongs. It is by far the most sneering anti-American news broadcast out there (again, even compared to France and Germany).

38 posted on 02/20/2005 5:27:50 AM PST by angkor
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To: Mad Mammoth

"That woman (cause she sure ain't no lady) has nothing but a hate-on for anything and anyone who crosses her. She is less concerned about whether her judicial observations are correct, than she is about coming across as some sort of crusader (since her fiance' was murdered many years ago)."

I do not have a problem with her. She is smart, articulate, and well-informed. She was on 'our' side during the Simpson debacle.


39 posted on 02/20/2005 5:29:45 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Liz

"OMG, the prospect of CNN airing the Jackson family story in-depth is enough to make my skin crawl. "

What liberals really mean when they say it's 'for the children'.


40 posted on 02/20/2005 5:33:01 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: JohnLongIsland
im taking bets that six months from now their ratings between seven and nine will tank ... any takers?

Not here. There's 24 hours a day of "entertainment news" on the E! channel, and 24 hours a day of Nancy Grace et al on Court TV, not to mention the insufferable Abrahmson on MSNBC.

So this is not what one would call a savvy and cutting-edge executive decision.

But they'd see ratings skyrocket if they ran 2 hours of Seinfeld reruns.

41 posted on 02/20/2005 5:36:52 AM PST by angkor
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To: tongue-tied

Fox could use "Just the Facts, Ma'am" as their advertising slogan for an all-news the old fashioned way programming. Show clips of blather from CNN and intercut with Joe Friday's "Just the facts, ma'am" from the 1950s and you've got a winner.

Another great slogan -- show CNN blather, show real news on Fox, and have the real newscaster say "You can't make this stuff up."


42 posted on 02/20/2005 5:38:18 AM PST by KateatRFM
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To: Liz
"We're doing it because it's a chance to use both of our networks in a complementary way," said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN Newsgroup.

This stuff is too hilarious to make up.
What an idiot!

Being the propaganda arm of the radical faction of the Democrat Party hasn't dragged you far enough into oblivion?
Seeking a quicker death?
What?

43 posted on 02/20/2005 5:47:16 AM PST by Publius6961
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To: dirtboy
It would probably do better if it reported all of the news instead of just the half Ted Turner wants you to hear.

Great point!

One would think that they are about to introduce us to more trash programming because they have "run out of" news.

44 posted on 02/20/2005 5:50:16 AM PST by Publius6961
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To: Liz
In primetime last year, Headline News' ratings were largely flat from the year before.

Compared to their parent network; Headline News should count their blessings.

45 posted on 02/20/2005 5:56:06 AM PST by who knows what evil? (If arrogance was beauty, New England women would be supermodels!)
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To: Liz

They should get a big round table and seat a dozen liberals sipping kool-aid and whining how evil conservatives are.

They can call it "Kool-aid With Kooks."


46 posted on 02/20/2005 6:08:11 AM PST by sergeantdave (Smart growth is Marxist insects agitating for a collective hive.)
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To: Liz

When I want to hear the latest slap at Bush Administration policy, or at Bush's ongoing success in Iraq, or on the GOP plan to reform social security and/or the tax code -- THEN I turn to CNN/Headline News.

Unfortunately, I don't care to hear such drivel, which means that Headline News is simply a flyby channel while I click my way from Discovery to the Movie Channel to Fox News.


47 posted on 02/20/2005 6:32:45 AM PST by Edit35
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To: MojoWire
When I want to hear the latest slap at Bush Administration policy, or at Bush's ongoing success in Iraq, or on the GOP plan to reform social security and/or the tax code -- THEN I turn to CNN/Headline News.

LOL.....about sums it up.

48 posted on 02/20/2005 8:38:56 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: sergeantdave

LOL.....hey, maybe Kool-Aid mfg will even sponsor it.


49 posted on 02/20/2005 8:39:56 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: xp38

They play Headline News in many truck/rest stops, hotels, and other common areas for just that reason.


50 posted on 02/20/2005 8:40:08 AM PST by College Repub
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