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  • Cable News Ratings for Thursday, July 15, 2010

    07/17/2010 10:18:19 AM PDT · by Signalman · 16 replies
    tvbythenumbers ^ | 7/16/2010
    Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for July 15, 2010 P2+ Total Day FNC – 1,193,000 viewers CNN – 436,000 viewers MSNBC – 367,000 viewers CNBC – 163,000 viewers HLN – 287,000 viewers P2+ Prime Time FNC – 2,434,000 viewers CNN – 631,000 viewers MSNBC –865,000 viewers CNBC – 235,000 viewers HLN – 564,000 viewers 25-54 Total Day FNC –37,000 viewers CNN –135,000 viewers MSNBC –118,000 viewers CNBC – a scratch w/49,000 viewers HLN – 21,000 viewers 25-54 Prime Time FNC – 568,000 viewers CNN – 166,000 viewers MSNBC –284,000 viewers CNBC – 111,000 viewers HLN – 199,000...
  • Troubled Times at CNN, Anchors at Odds with Cooper

    06/30/2010 5:47:57 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 26 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 06/30/2010 | Hunter Walker
    Larry King's leaving is not the only problem at CNN. The cable news network is plagued by high-profile departures, low ratings and - TheWrap has learned - widespread resentment among producers and anchors. The succession war set off by King leaving is only likely to heighten the tension even further. Speaking on background, one CNN on-air personality told TheWrap that most of the anchors were jealous that Anderson Cooper sucked up resources by going to Haiti and the Gulf of Mexico, leaving them unable to build their profiles at the network. Meanwhile, multiple insiders at CNN have told TheWrap that...
  • Woman With Gun Gets Comcast's Attention (Late-Night Electrical Work Noisy)

    06/03/2010 3:49:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 460+ views
    Half Moon Bay Review ^ | Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | Mark Noack
    The noise of Comcast’s late-night electrical work in her neighborhood led a Montara woman to try a little intimidation. San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies received calls that the woman on the 300 block of Fourth Street was brandishing a rifle and using it to threaten a utility worker. When deputies arrived at the woman’s home, they realized the woman’s rifle was actually a BB gun. But that didn’t stop the woman from firing pellets at the Comcast truck. She told the officers that the cable work was irritating and was preventing her from sleeping. The Comcast employee wanted to press...
  • Campbell Brown steps down as anchor of eponymous CNN cable news show due to low ratings

    05/19/2010 8:23:11 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 64 replies · 1,976+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 19, 2010 | Soraya Roberts
    Anchors aren't known for admitting their shortcomings but Campbell Brown is accepting defeat. The eponymous host of CNN's "Campbell Brown" has stepped down from the "toughest timeslot in cable news" due to low ratings. "Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be," Brown said in a statement released Tuesday. "It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN’s 'Campbell Brown.’ " Brown added that she had been ruminating over the move "for some time" and that she felt the urge to reveal the truth behind her...
  • MSNBC Dayside Demo Ratings Lowest In 11 Years (LOL)

    05/14/2010 7:23:09 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 24 replies · 586+ views ^ | 05/14/2010 | Steve Krakauer
    Hey media writers and TV critics – remember when you had all those ideas about how to help CNN’s lagging prime time ratings? Well, put on those executive hats again because it’s time to help MSNBC. The network’s 9am-5pmET (dayside ratings) is headed for its worst year since 1999, with even less viewers in May. The MSNBC ratings comparison is based on the A25-54 demographic, and so far in 2010 the network is averaging 73,000 from 9am-5pmET. In the first two weeks of May, that average falls to 68,000. It takes going back to 1999 (less than three years after...
  • Drifting satellite threatens US cable programming

    05/11/2010 11:49:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 64 replies · 1,948+ views
    hosted ^ | May 11
    LONDON (AP) -- A TV communications satellite is drifting out of control thousands of miles above the Earth, threatening to wander into another satellite's orbit and interfere with cable programming across the United States, the satellites' owners said Tuesday. Communications company Intelsat said it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 8....
  • Fox News Sees Profits And Viewership Rise, Cable News Competition Doesn’t

    03/15/2010 9:16:10 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 698+ views ^ | 03/15/10 | Steve Krakauer
    This year’s annual State of the News Media, put together by Pew, is a comprehensive look at the entire media world. But let’s take a look at the cable news section – and the all-important race between Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. • It is clear CNN declined not only in viewership (as evidenced by the chart below as well) but also in the comprehensive way it covers the news: In one key demographic — 25-to-54-year olds — CNN fell behind a more ideological MNSBC in prime time audience, a prospect unthinkable even two years earlier. For the first time...
  • Hate Paying for Cable? Here’s Why.

    03/15/2010 8:16:02 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 58 replies · 1,588+ views
    All Things Digital: MediaMemo ^ | March 8, 2010 | Peter Kafka
    Love grousing about cable TV? Then I’ve got a list for you. It comes from industry analyst SNL Kagan, and I came across it via a research note Barclays Capital’s Anthony DiClemente sent out last week. DiClemente was arguing that the bundled approach to cable TV–whereby subscribers get dozens or even hundreds of channels for one big fee, no matter how many networks they actually watch–wasn’t going anywhere for quite some time. If ever
  • Cable, sat TV firms ask gov't to stop TV blackouts

    03/10/2010 9:52:02 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 550+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 10, 2010 | DEBORAH YAO
  • 3.1M without cable for Oscar night (NY Cablevision. Can it go national, please?)

    03/07/2010 10:54:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 47 replies · 163+ views
    WISH TV ^ | 3/07/10
    3.1M without cable for Oscar nightUpdated: Sunday, 07 Mar 2010, 1:01 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of cable subscribers faced the prospect of Oscar night without the Academy Awards broadcast Sunday after ABC's parent company switched off its signal to Cablevision customers and the two companies blasted each other for failing to reach a deal in a dispute over fees. In dueling statements dispatched early Sunday, the two companies traded blame for the stalemate ahead of one of the most-watched nights of television. "Cablevision has once again betrayed its subscribers," said Charissa Gilmore, a spokeswoman for the Walt...
  • Smut TV: Hollywood Doubles Down On Their Crusade to Sexualize Your Children

    02/03/2010 7:15:43 PM PST · by This Just In · 37 replies · 1,987+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | February 3, 2010 | Charlie Richards
    - Big Hollywood - - Smut TV: Hollywood Doubles Down On Their Crusade to Sexualize Your Children Posted By Charlie Richards On February 3, 2010 A USA Today story informs us “Viewers are about to see full-frontal male nudity, heterosexual, homosexual and group sex, and graphic scenes rarely — if ever — seen on mainstream TV.” A few years back, I got a real taste for how silly Hollywood’s obsession with force feeding America a steady diet of filth had become. I sat across from a Fox Family exec, pitching programs for kids. I’d been in this chair many...
  • If Anderson Cooper Can’t Win After an Earthquake, When Can He Win? (CNN FAIL)

    01/27/2010 7:33:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies · 757+ views
    NY MAG ^ | 01/22/10
    Earlier this week, CNN came under scrutiny by media watchbirds for participating in the epic story that is the aftermath of last week's devastating Haiti earthquake. After Anderson Cooper saved a child on-camera, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta put his medical skills to use operating on a girl whose life was in danger, critics like Poynter's Bob Steele accused them of "muddling the journalistic reporting." Mediaite wondered whether they had become, rather than reported, the story. But in truth, this is what Cooper and CNN do best. Their network leaders have made a conscious decision not to inject opinion into their...
  • Fight for Fox is d'oh-ver: Time Warner deal saves Homer

    01/02/2010 3:15:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 695+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 2, 2010 | JEREMY OLSHAN and DAREH GREGORIAN
    Happy New Year, Fox fans! Execs from News Corp. and Time Warner Cable worked out a 13th-hour deal to keep Fox channels on the cable powerhouse -- ensuring that football and "Simpsons" fans can continue to get their fix. The agreement in principle was announced 19 hours after a deadline that threatened to leave millions of Time Warner customers without several Fox channels. "We're pleased that, after months of negotiations, we were able to reach a fair agreement with Time Warner Cable, one that rec ognizes the value of our programming," said Chase Carey, president of News Corp.
  • Fox/Time Warner: A Deal Is Done

    01/01/2010 4:28:52 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 31 replies · 2,224+ views
    The Wrap ^ | 1-1-10
    Fox, Time Warner: A Deal Is Done ShareThis EMAIL PRINT vote nowBuzz up! By Josef Adalian Published: January 01, 2010 Peace is at hand in the standoff between Time Warner Cable and Fox, with both sides announcing a new carriage deal after marathon negotiations that streched into the New Year. No word yet on how close Time Warner came to meeting Fox's $1 per subscriber request. Here's the release just issued by both companies: The Fox Networks Group and Time Warner Cable announced today that they have agreed in principle to a comprehensive distribution agreement to provide more than 13...
  • Time Warner Cable/FOX Stand-Off Reaches 11th Hour

    12/31/2009 10:37:53 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 98 replies · 2,648+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 12-31-2009
    The impasse between FOX broadcast network and Time Warner Cable continues with less than a day remaining before the cable provider knocks the network and its cable outlets off the dial. And as each side ratchets up the rhetoric, neither seem willing to show compromise. Could Fox really be gone from homes with Time Warner Cable tomorrow? The Wall Street Journal explains where things are at right now: The crux of tensions is a $1 monthly fee News Corp is seeking for local Fox TV stations it owns from each Time Warner Cable TV household. While several owners of broadcast...
  • News Corp. Says Deal on Fox Signal Is Unlikely

    12/30/2009 6:59:02 PM PST · by Justaham · 26 replies · 1,042+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12-30-09 | BRIAN STELTER
    The News Corporation said on Wednesday that it looked doubtful that it would sign a new distribution contract with Time Warner Cable by Thursday night, increasing the likelihood that its Fox stations will be removed from cable lineups in millions of homes. The News Corporation’s president, Chase Carey, declined an offer by Time Warner Cable to enter binding arbitration. The companies are fighting over how much the cable operator should pay Fox stations for the right to retransmit their shows, sporting events and local newscasts. Fox is demanding about a dollar for each cable subscriber each month, which analysts say...
  • Cable News Ratings: Fox News Has Highest Rated Year In Network History

    12/17/2009 5:32:48 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 28 replies · 1,335+ views
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | 12/16/09 | Marisa Guthrie
    Fox News will finish 2009 as the top-rated cable news network, a perch it has enjoyed for eight years running. But 2009--the first year of the Obama administration--also marks FNC's highest rated year in the channel's 13-year-history. FNC topped the competition in all dayparts: morning (1 million total viewers, 340,000 viewers in news' target demographic of 25-54-year-olds); total day (1.2 million viewers, 323,000 in the demo); primetime (2.2 million viewers, 551,000 in the demo). Those numbers mark year-to-year demo gains of 14% in the morning, 16% in total day and 10% in primetime (Mon-Sun), according to Nielsen. FNC saw double-digit...
  • Comcast-NBC Deal: Does the Merger's Approval Rest on Health Care? (Comcast CEO Endorses)

    12/04/2009 4:21:50 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 2 replies · 453+ views
    I’ll be the first to admit that anti-trust law is not my strong suit.... A day, one single day, after the two media giants announced their deal, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts proudly weighed in to strongly support the Senate Democrats’ health care reform bill.
  • Cable News Race, 11/19/2009

    11/20/2009 4:08:00 PM PST · by Signalman · 1 replies · 365+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 11/20/2009 | Drudge
  • Tell the FCC to Say "No" to the Cable Kill Switch

    11/12/2009 11:11:05 AM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies · 638+ views
    The battle over your home entertainment equipment is heating up again and the time to make your voice heard is now. Hollywood wants the Federal Communications Commission to grant the studios permission to engage in so-called “Selectable Output Control,” or SOC for short. SOC is a technology mandate that would allow movie studios to shut off video outputs on the back of your cable box and DVR during the screening of certain movies over cable. Why is this bad? Because SOC could inhibit future innovation, obstruct interoperability, limit fair use and restrict consumer choice. Worst of all, it could force...
  • "Loads Of Layoffs" At A&E And Lifetime Cable Networks DeathWatch™

    11/07/2009 9:05:10 AM PST · by Kevin J waldroup · 10 replies · 648+ views
    deadline Hollywood ^ | November 6, 2009 @ 12:37pm | By Nikki Finke
    2:15 PM UPDATE: I've learned that 100 people are being laid off across "several divisions" of the A&E Television Networks yesterday and today "as a direct result of the merger". It will make those employees feel so much better that management tells me it's "no one in a decision making role." A&E Television Networks in August acquired Lifetime Entertainment, and everything is now owned by the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst and NBC Universal. Big Media = Big Mergers = Big Mistakes.
  • THE END OF 'OPRAH' AS WE KNOW HER: Daytime Diva Giving Up Syndicated Talk Show...

    11/05/2009 9:47:59 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 10 replies · 652+ views
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 10/05/09 | Nikke Finke
    THE END OF 'OPRAH' AS WE KNOW HER: Daytime Diva Giving Up Syndicated Talk Show & Moving To Her Cable Network In 2011 EXCLUSIVE: One of the biggest questions in the TV biz has been when, and even if, Oprah Winfrey would give up her daytime syndicated talk show to focus on OWN, her long delayed Oprah Winfrey Network in 70 million homes that was supposed to launch in place of the Discovery Health Channel as a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications. The industry has been betting that the daytime diva would extend The Oprah Winfrey Show for...
  • Stunt casting

    11/02/2009 11:13:23 AM PST · by nutsonthebus · 3 replies · 557+ views
    Doug Ross ^ | November 2, 2009 | Doug Ross
    Despite the fact that Fox News draws more viewers than CNN, MSNBC and Headlne News combined, the White House has announced its intent to boycott Fox for the next several months. In order to make up for the viewer shortfall, the White House will vary its appearance schedule to include "non-traditional" cable outlets.
  • Wrapping Solar Cells around an Optical Fiber (Solar Power Without the Panels)

    10/30/2009 7:11:10 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 38 replies · 1,514+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 10/30/09 | Katherine Bourzac
    Dye-sensitized cells get a double boost from nanowires and optical fiber. Dye-sensitized solar cells are flexible and cheap to make, but they tend to be inefficient at converting light into electricity. One way to boost the performance of any solar cell is to increase the surface area available to incoming light. So a group of researchers at Georgia Tech has made dye-sensitized solar cells with a much higher effective surface area by wrapping the cells around optical fibers. These fiber solar cells are six times more efficient than a zinc oxide solar cell with the same surface area, and if...
  • San Francisco bridge closes after cable snaps (Oops)

    10/28/2009 9:27:43 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 49 replies · 2,023+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 10-27-09 | LISA LEFF and JOHN MARSHALL
    Authorities on Tuesday closed a major bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland after a cable on its upper deck snapped during the evening commute.
  • No-win case for D.A. {No charges for Raiders' Cable}

    10/23/2009 7:58:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 277+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/23/9 | Ray Ratto
    So Tom Cable walks. That's how you'd have figured it to play given the other characters and circumstances involved. But more than that, Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said that Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson couldn't satisfactorily explain to Lieberstein's conviction rate how his jaw was broken. And that, ultimately, is the lesson here. Nobody told enough of a believable story for us ever to figure out what Cable, the Raiders head coach, actually did to Hanson's face, let alone what his intent was when he did whatever it was he did. With that kind of iron-clad certitude, is...
  • ASSAULT ALLEGATION: Hanson looking for lie-detector showdown (with Raiders' Cable)

    10/17/2009 11:09:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 300+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/17/9 | David White
    Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson continues to push his assault charges in public, this time challenging Raiders coach Tom Cable to a lie-detector showdown. "I will take a lie-detector test and a drug test, and I will pay for it - and I'll pay for Tom Cable to take those tests as well," Hanson told Yahoo Sports on Thursday. Cable was asked if he had any response. "None whatsoever," Cable said after practice Friday. Hanson has accused Cable of assaulting him and fracturing his jaw Aug. 5 during training camp. Napa police concluded their investigation last week and handed over...
  • Hanson talks to cops

    09/29/2009 7:31:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 662+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/29/9 | David White
    Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson finally interviewed with the Napa police, telling them Friday that Raiders coach Tom Cable struck him and broke his jaw Aug. 5 at training camp, his attorney told on Monday. Napa police confirmed (again) the potential felony case remains under investigation more than a month since the story broke. Hanson's attorney said Hanson handed over medical records showing he has a broken jaw. When the investigation ends, the district attorney will decide whether or not to press charges. Only then should anyone expect the NFL to take any disciplinary action in the matter --...
  • Cable Ratings For 9/10/09 Beck Beats Everyone but O'Reilly

    09/11/2009 2:11:56 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 37 replies · 2,355+ views
    Drudge ^ | September 11, 2009 | None
  • Napa cops reopen probe of Raiders fight

    08/22/2009 8:40:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 605+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/22/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Napa police have reopened their investigation into a Raiders training camp melee this month that left assistant coach Randy Hanson with a broken jaw, reportedly when he was attacked by head coach Tom Cable. Without using names, Lt. Brian McGovern said the incident at the Napa training camp at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 was originally considered a misdemeanor but is now being investigated as a felony assault. McGovern said the department learned about the incident Aug. 6, when officers were summoned to the hospital on the report of an alleged assault by "staff members" of the Raiders. "The victim...
  • Reports: (Raiders Coach) Cable punched (Asst Coach)Hanson

    08/17/2009 7:16:05 PM PDT · by Dysart · 16 replies · 602+ views
    ESPN ^ | 8-17-09
    Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable punched one of his assistants on Aug. 6 at the team's training camp headquarters in Napa, Calif., several media outlets reported on Monday. "It's an internal issue, I'm not going to comment on that," Cable said on Monday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Web site National Football Post first reported that defensive assistant Randy Hanson was punched in the jaw by another member of the Raiders staff. Unidentified sources later told that Cable hit the third-year assistant.
  • Fox News Dominates Cable News; Now Tops Audience of CBS Evening News - Video 8/10/09

    08/10/2009 6:43:13 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 12 replies · 882+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 10, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Bill O'Reilly tonight talking about the absolute dominance of Fox News over its three cable competitors - CNN, MSNBC, CNN Headline News. The numbers from last week were amazing for Fox News, and for The O'Reilly Factor in particular. In the 8 pm edt time slot, O'Reilly beat CNN by 380%, MSNBC by 247%, and Headline News by 299%. The O'Reilly Factor now has a larger audience than the CBS Evening News, 5.4 million to 5.368 million viewers. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Supreme Court Lets Cablevision DVR Decision Stand (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/29/2009 12:21:01 PM PDT · by abb · 16 replies · 984+ views
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | June 29, 2009 | John Eggerton
    The Supreme Court Monday declined to review the challenge by CNN and some major studios to Cablevision's use of a remote DVR service. The decision paves the way for Cablevision to deploy the service later this summer, according to the company. The Solicitor General had recommended the court not take the case. ‘We are very pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a challenge to Cablevision's Remote Digital Recording Service," said Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn. "From a common-sense point of view, the lower court, and the U.S. Solicitor General, were correct in their interpretation of the...
  • Supreme Court Clears Way for Cablevision DVR

    06/29/2009 12:07:54 PM PDT · by shove_it · 10 replies · 1,023+ views
    wsj ^ | 6/29/09 | Brent Kendall
    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider a legal challenge by television networks and Hollywood studios to Cablevision Systems Corp.'s next-generation digital video recorder, clearing the way for the cable company to offer the new service this year. The networks and studios argued that Cablevision's new remote-storage DVR violated federal copyright laws. Cablevision's service would allow customers to record and store television shows on central computer servers maintained by Cablevision instead of having to record them on expensive DVR cable boxes installed in their homes. Cablevision says the system would allow it to provide DVR services at lower costs,...
  • May Ratings: FNC Stays On Top (Sweeps Month)

    06/18/2009 6:44:16 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 8 replies · 999+ views
    TV Newser ^ | 6/11/09 | Mikey_1962
    For the 77th consecutive month, FNC finished first in total day and prime time ratings during May. FNC was the sixth highest rated cable network on all of basic cable during prime time for the month (CNN and MSNBC finished 19th and 26th) and the seventh rated network in total day (CNN and MSNBC were 19th and 27th). FNC also had 11 out of the top 13 programs in cable during the month in Total Viewers. The O'Reilly Factor was the #1 program in cable news for the 90th consecutive month, and saw gains in Total Viewers year-to-year (26%).
  • Time-Warner Cable To Drop HD Net, Ring of Honor on May 31

    05/19/2009 7:09:44 PM PDT · by Kevin J waldroup · 4 replies · 628+ views
    Time-Warner Cable will no longer carry Mark Cuban's HD Net, which broadcast Ring of Honor, beginning on or around May 31 in the New York City area. There had been talk of the cable provider pulling the channel its lineup a few months ago, but those plans were temporarily but on the back burner as talks between Time Warner and HD Net progressed.
  • Time Warner Cable Cannot Possibly Compete With The Small City Of Wilson, NC

    04/24/2009 10:52:12 PM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 15 replies · 1,030+ views ^ | April 23 2009 | Meg Marco
    The city of Wilson, NC was tired of high internet, cable, and telephone prices, so they decided to do something about it. They started their own, city-owned, ISP. Now Time Warner Cable and Embarq have teamed up to convince North Carolina's legislature to propose bills outlawing community owned ISPs because the big guys cannot possibly compete.
  • 10 Things Cable Companies Won't Say

    04/19/2009 5:26:57 AM PDT · by shove_it · 33 replies · 2,107+ views
    Smartmoney ^ | 4/16/2009
    1. “Deregulation is a joke— but it’s probably not as funny for you.” For years the cable business had acted like a typical monopoly, providing lessthan- ideal customer service, skyrocketing prices, and little choice of service. Then along came the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which opened the door for competition and promised weary cable customers relief at last. Too bad that relief never came. Nearly four years after the bill was passed, a mere 286 of the 30,000 U.S. cable markets were being served by more than one provider, according to the Federal Communications Commission. And in the FCC’s most...
  • Cable glitch switches religious program to racy ad

    04/11/2009 5:38:35 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 421+ views
    philly ^ | Apr. 11, 2009
    A Philadelphia cable network's early morning broadcast of a Good Friday service at the Vatican abruptly changed to something wildly different , a 30-second "A Philadelphia cable network's early morning broadcast of a Good Friday service at the Vatican abruptly changed to something wildly different , a 30-second "Girls Gone Wild" ad. Comcast spokesman Jeff Alexander says the 2 a.m. Friday programming glitch was due to a required test of the Emergency Alert System. He says such tests are usually done in the overnight hours.
  • Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, March 18

    03/20/2009 11:38:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 1,551+ views
    TV By the ^ | March 19, 2009 | by Bill Gorman
    Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for March 18, 2009P2+ Total DayFNC – 1,370,000 viewersCNN – 784,000 viewersMSNBC –537,000 viewersCNBC – 297,000 viewersHLN – 391,000 viewers P2+ Prime TimeFNC – 2,553,000 viewersCNN—1,300,000 viewersMSNBC –1,032,000 viewersCNBC – 209,000 viewersHLN – 964,000 viewers25-54 Total DayFNC –394,000 viewersCNN –247,000 viewersMSNBC –183,000 viewersCNBC –83,000 viewersHLN- 189,000 viewers25-54 Prime TimeFNC – 681,000 viewersCNN –419,000 viewersMSNBC –362,000 viewersCNBC – 91,000 viewersHLN – 440,000 viewers35-64 Total DayFNC –656,000 viewersCNN –366,000 viewersMSNBC –258,000 viewersCNBC –143,000 viewersHLN- 228,000 viewers35-64 Prime TimeFNC –1,072,000 viewersCNN – 600,000 viewersMSNBC –530,000 viewersCNBC – 129,000 viewersHLN –560,000 viewersMorning programs (6:00AM-9:00AM) P2+ (25-54)...
  • Glenn Beck ratings skyrocket, Olbermann up, Maddow down, has anyone seen CNN?

    03/18/2009 6:38:41 AM PDT · by slomark · 36 replies · 2,933+ views
    [chart] The biggest news in cable news this week is the remarkable rise of Glenn Beck at Fox. Top 10 cable TV shows for 03/13/09His Friday night special drew huge numbers and leapfrogged his show above long-time #2 Sean Hannity. What was CNN thinking when the let this guy get away? As for the rest of the cable news pack, some were up a little, some were down a little. And Larry King continues to be CNN’s last man standing. The accompanying chart looks at the top 10 cable TV shows for March 13, 2009.
  • Hackers attack Time Warner Cable’s Internet service

    03/14/2009 2:48:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 1,025+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | February 26th, 2009, 9:15 am | Tamara Chuang, a.k.a. The Gadgetress
    I’ve been receiving complaints from readers who are Time Warner customers and, apparently, this is serious stuff.Jeff Simmermon, Time Warner’s director of digital communications, said its DNS servers (the system that matches easy-to-remember web addresses to the corresponding numbers — such as instead of numbers) have targeted by ”denial of service” attacks for seven days. Without these translations functioning, web browsers are unable to locate their destinations.In a message, Simmermon said “hackers have launched a series of DOS attacks on Time Warner Cable’s DNS servers, affecting customer experience in our Southern California and National regions.” It ain’t pretty, he said. Customers are being affected...
  • Beck Tops Hannity; Second Biggest Draw in Cable News (in key demo)

    03/11/2009 5:01:19 PM PDT · by teg_76 · 97 replies · 2,408+ views
    Media Bistro ^ | Wednesday, Mar 11
    Yesterday's show drew 662,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo, making it the second most-popular cable news show with younger viewers, even topping, for the first time, Sean Hannity's show at 9pmET. However, Hannity beat Beck in Total Viewers (2.376 million vs. 2.331 million). But on Monday night, Beck squeezed out a few more thousand viewers than Hannity in that measurement (2.388m vs. 2.385m).
  • NPR embarrassed by Juan Williams (on Fox), taxpayers embarrassed by NPR

    02/12/2009 4:33:24 PM PST · by slomark · 40 replies · 2,291+ views
    NPR is supposed to stand for National Public Radio. But based on their latest flap with liberal commentator Juan Williams, the initials seem to stand for No Public Relations. “Last year,” said Alicia Shepard, an NPR ombudsman, “378 listeners emailed me complaints and frustrations about things Williams said on Fox. The listener themes are similar: Williams ‘dishonors NPR.’ He’s an ‘embarrassment to NPR.’ NPR should severe their relationship with him.’” Ellen Weiss, Vice President of News at NPR, is so concerned about it that she “has asked Williams to ask that Fox remove his NPR identification whenever he is on...
  • Cutting Cable: Companies Losing Customers

    02/09/2009 4:28:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 81 replies · 2,316+ views
    CBS News ^ | February 8, 2009
    Porter McConnell gave up on pay TV last summer after noticing that monthly rates kept creeping up. Now with no satellite or cable TV, she watches her trusty old TV set with an antenna or she goes online to catch her favorite programs. Once in a while, she buys shows from Apple Inc.'s iTunes service. McConnell also upped her subscription to Netflix Inc.'s movies-by-mail service so she gets two DVDs at a time instead of one, for $15 a month. "Part of it is, I've got to economize," said the 30-year-old Washington, D.C., resident who works at a nonprofit....
  • TV Bracing for Second-Quarter Cancellations (Cable Networks DeathWatch™)

    02/07/2009 2:44:24 PM PST · by Kevin J waldroup · 16 replies · 1,408+ views
    adage ^ | February 06, 2009 | by Brian Steinberg
    Cable cancellations Scripps Networks Interactive, which operates the Food Network and other cable outlets, said Feb. 5 that the percentage of upfront cancellations is running in the low double digits, as opposed to cancellation rates of 2% to 5% in the first quarter. Speaking to investors on a conference call held by investment-bank Credit Suisse First Boston on Feb. 6, Mel Berning, A&E Networks exec VP-national ad sales, said second-quarter option cancellations could come in at about 10% across cable. Top-tier outlets have been able to maintain scatter pricing, he said, but scatter at other places is down by percentages...
  • White House puts bull's Eye on Talk Radio

    01/27/2009 6:57:13 AM PST · by Maxstake · 30 replies · 1,543+ views
    On Obama's agenda, according to his White House website, is the goal to "encourage diversity in media ownership." Obama elaborates on the site that his aim is to "encourage diversity in the ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets for expression of diverse viewpoints, and clarify the public interest obligations of broadcasters who occupy the nation's spectrum." The plan apparently aligns with longstanding Democratic suggestions to resurrect the "Fairness Doctrine." The policy was abandoned in 1987 under President Reagan when there were 75 radio talk shows in the U.S. Reagan opposed the policy because it required...
  • Newsweek May Stop Weekly Circulation

    01/18/2009 11:02:26 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 72 replies · 2,020+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/17/09
    Battered by a one-two punch of declining readership and ad pages, Newsweek magazine is getting an extreme makeover this year that will include a large circulation reduction, deep cuts in operating costs, and a new effort to attract advertisers by concentrating on an elite audience. According to The New York Times, executives at Newsweek say the retooled magazine will focus on being a "thought leader" that focuses on telling readers how to think about news, rather than telling people what happened in the last week. The plan, similar to the editorial outlook espoused by The Economist magazine, is aimed at...
  • Al Jazeera Signs Deal to Air Throughout U.S.

    01/16/2009 7:33:19 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,787+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/16/08
    NEW YORK - The Al Jazeera Network plans to announce on Thursday that it has signed a deal to run its news on Worldfocus, a syndicated nightly news program produced in New York and distributed throughout the United States. The deal would help the international news network, one of the top services in the Arabic-speaking world, broaden its reach in the United States, where it so far has been available to only a limited audience. Worldfocus, hosted by former NBC News correspondent Martin Savidge, is produced by New York City public broadcaster WLIW and syndicated to a number of Public...
  • Viacom vs. Time Warner Cable: Is Hulu to Blame? (Cable Networks DeathWatch™)

    01/01/2009 4:01:06 PM PST · by Kevin J waldroup · 10 replies · 926+ views
    Advertising Age today ^ | December 31, 2008 | by Michael Learmonth and Andrew Hampp
    NEW YORK ( -- There's nothing new about fee disputes between TV networks and cable and satellite operators, but now they've got an added wrinkle: Cable operators contending that TV networks should forfeit big fee increases when they put shows online free on their own sites and third-party distributors such as Hulu, Joost and Veoh. That's one of the central arguments being made by Time Warner Cable executives in their dispute with Viacom, which threatens to remove a group of 18 networks that includes MTV, Comedy Central, Noggin and Nickelodeon from Time Warner's 13.5 million subscribers in big markets such...