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Posted on 05/06/2005 4:50:08 PM PDT by abb
CNBC Pulls Tina Brown Show
By John M. Higgins -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/6/2005 4:25:00 PM
The subterranean ratings of Topic A with Tina Brown have finally prompted CNBC to pull the weekly interview show.
A memo sent to CNBC employees late Friday said that Brown was leaving the show to work on a book on the legacy of Princess Diana.
But Brown's ratings tell a more compelling story. Last Sunday, Topic A's prime time airing managed to draw just 4,000 souls in the key news demo, adults 25-54. Total viewership reached just 26,000.
The weekly show debuted in February 2004, hinging on the ability of Brown -- former editor of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk magazines -- to secure high-profile guests. She got the guests, but never the ratings. The show will wrap up May 29.
Here's the memo from CNBC's new president, Mark Hoffman:
"As many of you may be aware, our very own Tina Brown has recently secured a major book deal with Doubleday to write about the legacy of Princess Diana. The book is set to be published in 2007, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Princess' death.
This book will be a major undertaking for Tina. She is under a very tight deadline and will be required to travel frequently to London. Therefore, she has asked me if she could relinquish her "Topic A" duties to focus on the book. I have much respect for Tina and understand the amount of time she will need to dedicate to her new project, so I am announcing to all of you that the last episode of "Topic A" will air on Sunday, May 29.
Though I have only personally worked with Tina and her show unit a short time, I have always been very impressed with the high quality of guests that they secured and the engaging conversation that Tina hosted week after week. Tony Blair, Sumner Redstone, Sen. John McCain, Les Moonves, Annette Bening and George Clooney are just a few of those who made time to speak with Tina.
I ask that you join me in thanking Tina and the entire "Topic A" team for all of their hard work and tireless dedication. They have done great work and I know that we all wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
Tina Brown was a harlot. Literally.
That show was a waste of time. I didn't like how she stabbed one of her former guests in the back on-air, either.
She only got the show because she does neat dinner parties in New York and has a British accent. That's my take.
Of course, knowing NBC, the replacement is probably going to be even more unbearable.
"Harlot," or "harpie?"
See ya Tina don't let the door knob hit ya where the sun don't shine... maybe you could hook-up again with your "friend," Hollywood lefty Harvey Weinstein.
She was the mistress/"kept woman" to several wealthy men in London.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
The only people who want to listen to or look at Tina are her Manhattan dinner party friends.
They should have done this a year ago.
I'm overwrought with indifference...
I wonder if the legacy-according-to-Tina will be, "Marry rich and dump the dupe post-spawn for the boy-toy"?
If they filled her time slot with a blank screen would viewership rise.
If they put on a show called 'drying paint with fingernails on chalkboard soundtrack', the ratings would rise!
Oooh the humanity!
Please please please replace her with Phil Donahue.
That's gonna realy upset her viewers; all six of them.
Ya, know, that's an interesting point. Rather like the old dilemma, "If a tree falls.....", one could ask, "If a television show has no viewers, is it really on the air?"
The woman was bragging about being bi-sexual and then showed a picture of her little baby.
SICK SICK SICK SICK.
They both thought there was nothing wrong with such T Shirts.
Never heard of her. Good.
I didn't even knew Ike Turner would let her have a show like that. ..I thought he only wanted her to sing
Many wealthy, older men might have wanted Miss Brown for a mistress but there is no evidence that she complied. She was a bright, pretty girl, when she left St. Anne's, Oxford University for London where she wrote for The Specatator and other publications. She was, is, an exellent writer, and very ambitious.
Her first big job, reviving the almost moribund "Tatler," was considered a hopeless assignment that few experienced editors wanted. Her success led to other successes in publishing in America.
She married historian Harold Evans who is twenty-five years older than Miss Brown, but not wealthy and not a member of the higher echelons of English society. Together they raised their two children and they are still together.
I'm not sure where you got your impressions of the young Tina Brown. There was never any scandal associated with her name, contrarily, she was highly respected for her work and for the rectitude of her personal life.
Her show was unwatchable because of the way it was set up: too many guests from different spheres, and the real stupidity and lack of intellectual breadth of her guests in relation to her sharp intellect and droll wit. I mean, just look at the list of guests her producer cites as "fabulous," probably some of the dumbest, most inarticulate escapees from a back ward.
The one pleasure of the show was seeing the rigid, polite expression on Miss Brown's face as she desperately tried to not burst out laughing at the rubbish she was listening to.
They should replace her with Ike and Tina Turner. That would lure all the Wide World of Wrestling fans.
A certain Greek playboy who used to write a newspaper column.
Watch "Big Chief Test Pattern" Sundays at 8 & 11 ET!
Mondays at 3 am ET!
Mind telling me what you respect about her work?
I'm sure John McEnroe is going to jump right back in there.
Not much, really. She is a very good writer and she does have a good mind, that is, well-furnished, but like the majority of the members of the chattering class she uses her talents to promote a world-view that is mean and terrifying in its indifference to the individual outside of the class or caste into which they have been placed by the chatterers.
This world-view doesn't apply to the chattering classes. In their grand schemes for socialism/communism's triumph, they see themselves apart, above the rest of us, administrators of the collective to which we are assigned.
Some may assume this attitude because it promises financial and social rewards, but a lot of them seem to have had their brains dipped in an acid bath of Marx and Freud ("that Viennese quack," as Nabokov called him;} to have an original thought, independent of these two alien streams in 20th century Western thought, is almost impossible. True thought requires freedom from cant and hypocrisy, the rotting foundations of Leftist orthodoxy.
Miss Brown's early and impassioned dedication to "buzz" as a means of social and professional advancement attracted the socially and intellectually insecure to whom an Oxford degree and a plummy accent were the sine qua non of "classy." This, and the mindless acceptance of Marx and Freud as the interpreters of reality placed Miss Brown in the curious position of fawning over and being fawned over by a class deemed worthy of extinction by Marx and his followers.
It's regrettable that Miss Brown used her considerable talents for such shoddy ends. Now, she is dedicating her time and skill to writing a biography of a young woman of privelege whose decisions made her personal and public life resemble a multiple car-wreck. A pointless waste of time on a pointless waste of space.
Still, it makes me uneasy to read personal attacks on public figures on FR.
Brown Bags CNBC Show
Some of the attacks on her do seem petty and possibly malicious. But I'm not sure who you're referring to when you say her work is highly respected. Many in the profession laugh at her.
Ideology aside, from what I've seen of her work, it's short on substance. Her magazine and her talk show have both failed. How many commercial failures must she have before it's conceded that she just can't deliver?
Egad! Is that a real photograph? Nasty. Brown is a facile writer, she has the grammar and syntax down, and can turn a phrase. She works hard at keeping herself and her product, which is primarily herself, in the public eye. She specialized in "buzz," but you're right, little substance.
Here is her commentary on the new Pope. Her chief criticism is directed at his surname, his nationality and his unapologetic willingness to be what he is, a Catholic. She alludes to him as "God's rottweiler" and the "panzer Pope," then speaks of "ecumenism, tolerance and openness." This woman can't stay consistent for even a few paragraphs.
Fine writing does not self-consciously strain for cleverness, nor does it pepper a sentence with lengthy subordinate clauses and intrusive parenthetical excursions. As Kingsley Amis might say, a writer who prefers "instead of which" to "instead" is a wanker.
must be sad times at MSNBC.
ANY show that gets canceled is not even noticed.
They could eliminate their ENTIRE lineup and replace it with a dead air test pattern and it would not change their ratings.
If MSNBC wants to come back they have to do some MAJOR "job executions"
1. NOBODY with a liberal university journalism degree stays. ALL gone.
2. Hire ONLY conservatives, preferably from think tanks and not universities. (not savage, he has the best face for radio)
3. Total editorial control to the conservatives.
4. Disect all DNC talking point faxes with extreme prejudice (and RNC too but that goes without saying)
5. No michael jackson.
6. When guests refuse to answer questions and just blob into rote talking points, they get cut off or the crawls show the ACTUAL question with a flashing light so it is obvious the guest if playing games. (get that Sen. Leaky Leheay, Rep Pelosi)
7. No more "democratIC" it is either Democrat Party or National Democrats.
8. Socialists in congress are CALLED socialists in congress.
Sadly MSNBC will continue to repeat the same liberal manure hoping that continued executions will improve moral.
I must confess that I am not that familiar with a lot of her writing and so should not have remarked on its quality. What little I have read struck me as graceful and witty, but don't think it was about politics or religion.
I'm going to copy your description of good writing. Sometimes I try too hard to stay polite in some of my posts and wind up being sarcastic and disagreeable. I don't think I'm arch or kittenish like Maureen Dowd. I really hate that. Thanks. b.
You're none of those things. I think you're a nice person. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. :-)
This is worse ratings than McEnroe...and I did not think that was possible. CNBC needs to hire me...I will put them on the radar...
That is so unfair to harlots.
You can almost hear her saying, "Bud - weiser - Bud - weiser."
Watched the show for a couple of minutes. When they continued to talk about how much Bush was an idiot without rebuttal, I changed stations. Sounded like a liberal hate fest directed at Bush. I want balance. I want both sides presented.
The legacy of Dianah can be summed in one word....looser.
With luck, when you grow up you will be just like you. That's the best. b
How many of those 4000 were a TV left on. Or do dogs and cats count as viewers?