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General Manager Is Replaced in a Reorganization at CNN(He's from LOCAL news & only 36!CNN's doomed!)
The New York Times ^ | September 16, 2003 | Jim Ruternberg

Posted on 09/16/2003 4:50:18 PM PDT by Timesink

September 16, 2003

General Manager Is Replaced in a Reorganization at CNN

By JIM RUTENBERG

Trailing in the ratings behind the Fox News Channel, CNN announced a reorganization yesterday meant to help it produce more compelling news programs.

The changes include a management reshuffling in which Teya Ryan, the general manager of CNN's domestic network, will step down. She is to be succeeded by a Viacom executive, Princell Hair, whose main experience has been in local television news.

The main change, said Jim Walton, CNN's president, is a fundamental shift in the way CNN collects its news.

The network has traditionally relied on a central news-gathering operation that made the main decisions on what to cover for all of CNN. Producers for the various CNN networks and programs had to pick reports from among its daily offerings — even if they did not quite suit their program plans.

Now that news operation, formerly under CNN's chief news executive, Eason Jordan, is to be decentralized, freeing individual producers and network executives to decide which news events they want to cover.

Under the new structure Mr. Jordan, who has spent his career at the network, will retain his chief news executive title. He will continue to focus on securing CNN's access in foreign countries, executives said, while also developing projects and possibly appearing sometimes on television.

Ms. Ryan is known within the network for having a stern management style that sometimes puts her at fierce odds with some producers. Ms. Ryan said if she comes off as stern it was because, "I have a strong vision and I'm also a producer."

Mr. Walton said in a conference call with reporters yesterday that the new structure was less suited to Ms. Ryan's skills, which fall more on the side of the production of programs than they do on the managing of news resources.

"It was pretty clear to me that we needed to bring somebody in who had the ability to lead and motivate and manage," he said, adding that given Ms. Ryan's passion for production "We agreed that it would probably be best to look to change."

But the naming of her successor, Mr. Hair, surprised competing news executives because he is mostly unknown and relatively young at 36.

He was most recently the vice president in charge of news for Viacom's 39 stations. Before that he was news director at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, WBAL-TV in Baltimore and WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Mr. Walton said local news was a good training ground for Mr. Hair because, like cable news, it is highly competitive, requires the management of brand-name talent and produces many hours of newscasts daily.

Some reporters on the conference call asked yesterday whether Mr. Hair would bring to CNN all that local news is known for — sensational news coverage, promotion and ratings stunts.

Mr. Hair said he would not.

"What local news does, local news does," he said. "This is a different animal."

Mr. Hair did not exactly exalt his old stomping grounds, saying, "My background is local news, but I'm a journalist at heart."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cablenewsnetwork; chickennoodlenews; cnn; cnnschadenfreude; princellhair; schadenfreude; teyaryan
Directionless, hopeless, screwed.

Schadenfreude!

1 posted on 09/16/2003 4:50:19 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times CNN Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


2 posted on 09/16/2003 4:51:00 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Timesink
Hey, how about bring Christianne Ammanpour on for an hour a day. Ought to be just the thing!!!
3 posted on 09/16/2003 4:52:46 PM PDT by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: OldFriend
LOL!
4 posted on 09/16/2003 4:56:08 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Timesink
Now that news operation, formerly under CNN's chief news executive, Eason Jordan, is to be decentralized, freeing individual producers and network executives to decide which news events they want to cover.

BWA HA HA HA HA!

You know, if they just tried a simple approach: fair & balanced. It might work, ya never know.

5 posted on 09/16/2003 5:02:02 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Timesink
Teya Ryan...Princell Hair...Eason Jordan...what is this, Dynasty?
6 posted on 09/16/2003 5:02:52 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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7 posted on 09/16/2003 5:03:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Timesink
This is a corporate mouth-piece and/or puppet - nothing more.
8 posted on 09/16/2003 5:04:08 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Timesink
Anyone want to guess which minority group somebody with a first name like "Princell" belongs to?

If re-shuffling the organizational chart was going to fix CNN's problems, it would have happened last year about 17 re-organizations ago.

Of course, liberals never think that the real problem could be that they are too liberal...
9 posted on 09/16/2003 5:04:10 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (http://righteverytime1.blogspot.com - home to Tall_Texan's latest column.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Walton Disagrees with Amanpour About Iraq Coverage


CNN President Jim Walton on Monday rejected criticism by Christiane Amanpour, the cable network's veteran correspondent, of TV coverage of the war in Iraq. Appearing on CNBC's Topic A with Tina Brown last week, Amanpour remarked, "I think the press was muzzled and I think the press self-muzzled. I'm sorry to say but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News." Walton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had talked to Amanpour about her remarks but insisted, "I'm proud of CNN's coverage around the war. ... Christiane speaks for herself." Today's New York Post quoted a Fox News spokeswoman as remarking, "It's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al Qaeda."
10 posted on 09/16/2003 5:05:00 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: martin_fierro
LOL
11 posted on 09/16/2003 5:08:44 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Which one will lose? Depends on what I choose or maybe which voice...I ignore.)
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To: Timesink
(shrug) I deprogrammed both CNN and Headline News last night, after hearing Christiana Amanpour's crack about FNC as "Bush's footsoldiers". My TV skips right from channel 25 to 28 now, so who cares what they do?
12 posted on 09/16/2003 5:10:43 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: Tall_Texan
Anyone want to guess which minority group somebody with a first name like "Princell" belongs to?

Careful, FRiend, the Thought Police will get you if you don't watch out.

Or the Fresno HRC...

13 posted on 09/16/2003 5:17:04 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving You... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: Timesink
"Well now, I will watch from the shoreline as The USS CCP CNN sinks slowly into the sunset.

My question is;

What will they sing as the garbage scow goes down to davy jones' locker?

Nearer My God To Thee? oops they have no god, that won't work.

Knockin On Heaven's Door? That dog won't hunt.

Any Ideas???

14 posted on 09/16/2003 5:33:47 PM PDT by Cheapskate (Jeanie needs a shooter, a shooter on her side, Jeanie needs a shooter)
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To: Cheapskate
What will they sing as the garbage scow goes down to davy jones' locker?

Probably some hippy crap.

CNN has a formula to combat their loss of viewers. More liberalism. Hiring somebody who has the common sense to abandon that model could save them, but I don't think they can do it.

15 posted on 09/16/2003 5:39:50 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Timesink
"Ms. Ryan is known within the network for having a stern management style that sometimes puts her at fierce odds with some producers.

Translation: Don't make waves, don't make decisions, stifle creativity, and always always suck up to your superiors.

16 posted on 09/16/2003 5:40:07 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Cheapskate
I know, I know - "The Whipping Post."

"Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel, like I been tied to the Whipping Post. Greg Allman band.

17 posted on 09/16/2003 5:42:28 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Windcatcher
Well, she might be on to something about feet. FOX might be Bush's foot soldiers, and CNN might be Hillary's foot lickers. (I wonder if Dick Morris ever sucked Hillary's toes BTW)
18 posted on 09/16/2003 5:45:53 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Enterprise
Ahhhh! I do *not* need that image running around my head!!!
19 posted on 09/16/2003 6:07:31 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: Windcatcher
It's TOO LATE! All night long now all you will dream about is watching movies of Dick Morris sucking Hillary's toes!
20 posted on 09/16/2003 6:10:34 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Timesink
Directionless, hopeless, screwed.

Clueless again!!

"It was pretty clear to me that we needed to bring somebody in who had the ability to lead and motivate and manage,"

Mr. Hair is our new leader. Follow the Hair! (They never thought to check the news content! Simply get new HAIR!)
21 posted on 09/16/2003 6:28:24 PM PDT by jrushing
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To: Tall_Texan
I think this answers your concerns  :-)

Princell Hair
Princell Hair (l), SJMC Alumni of the Year for 2001, has been named vice president of news at Viacom Inc.'s station group. He is pictured here with Dean Art Heise receiving his alumni award for outstanding achievement as a professional.

22 posted on 09/16/2003 6:37:00 PM PDT by The Bugler
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To: Timesink
"traditionally...a central news-gathering operation made the main decisions on what to cover for all of CNN."

" Now that news operation...is to be decentralized, freeing individual producers and network executives to decide which news events they want to cover."

And THAT ought to be a real hoot considering the apparent lock step ideologies of these clowns. There is going to be so much liberal tin-foil and so many blatant lies to pick from that FOX will have to open a new prime time show.

23 posted on 09/16/2003 7:03:08 PM PDT by norton (Subtitle: CNN goes tabloid)
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To: The Bugler
Thanks! You're a prince! -ell...
24 posted on 09/16/2003 7:08:44 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (http://righteverytime1.blogspot.com - home to Tall_Texan's latest column.)
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To: martin_fierro
LMAO!
25 posted on 09/16/2003 7:11:29 PM PDT by cmsgop (If you Sprinkle When You Tinkle,...Be a Sweetie and Wipe the Seatie......Priceless!!!!!!!!)
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To: martin_fierro
Are those real? Shuttle traveling nearly 18 times speed of light?
26 posted on 09/16/2003 7:35:53 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: GOPJ
AFAIK they are.

"18x speed of light." LOL! go figure.
27 posted on 09/16/2003 7:41:42 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
MSNBC must be gleeful as well as us and FOX. Also there is international news.
28 posted on 09/16/2003 7:46:24 PM PDT by Helms (The French Body Count is now 15,000 elderly and exceeds US Iraq casualties)
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To: Timesink
How hard can it be to manage the American version of the old Radio Moscow World Service?
29 posted on 09/16/2003 7:46:48 PM PDT by Beck_isright (Shenandoah and Blue Ridge will re-emerge as the investment of the 21st Century....)
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To: The Bugler
Viacom , eh! Now I defenitely won't watch!
30 posted on 09/16/2003 7:52:58 PM PDT by Helms (The French Body Count is now 15,000 elderly and exceeds US Iraq casualties)
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To: Timesink
"My background is local news, but I'm a journalist at heart."

Well, he's arrogant (and ungrateful) enough to fit in well at CNN.

31 posted on 09/16/2003 8:21:09 PM PDT by irv
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To: Cheapskate
CNN and MSNBC will stay the course until after the election. They are nothing more than thinly disguised campaign adverts for the DNC.

Now, more than ever we need to be supporting the sponsors on FNC.

32 posted on 09/16/2003 10:52:41 PM PDT by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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