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  • Layoffs rumoured at CNN International

    02/15/2004 1:01:22 PM PST · by Timesink · 36 replies · 364+ views ^ | February 15, 2004
    Layoffs rumoured at CNN InternationalBeleaguered global news service CNN International is rumoured to be considering major redundancies in a cost-cutting exercise. From our rumourmill correspondent's Super Happy Fun Slander Corner is reporting that AOL-Time-Warner is considering "mega-layoffs" at it's international channel, CNN International. CNN has come under domestic pressure from News Corporation's Fox News whilst internationally BBC World and Sky News continue to give the broadcaster a hard time.
  • CNN shakes up news administration

    01/23/2004 7:10:30 PM PST · by Pikamax · 62 replies · 2,627+ views
    CBSMarketwatch ^ | 01/23/04 | Jon Friedman
    CNN shakes up news administration By Jon Friedman, Last Update: 5:40 PM ET Jan. 23, 2004 NEW YORK (CBS.MW) - CNN, a unit of Time Warner, is shaking up its U.S. news organization and announcing a new Washington bureau chief. TRADING CENTER Princell Hair, executive vice president and general manager of CNN's U.S. operations who joined CNN last year, said Friday in an internal statement, a copy of which was obtained by, that he is making sweeping changes. In Washington, Hair appointed David Bohrman, the executive producer of Aaron Brown's show "NewsNight," to be the new bureau chief....
  • Dice Clay Craps Out in Blowup at CNNFN

    11/14/2003 10:11:43 AM PST · by steppenwolffe · 88 replies · 835+ views
    earthlinknews ^ | 11-14-03
    Sleaze-shtick comic Andrew Dice Clay may have dropped out of sight for a while - but he still lives up to his image. While being interviewed on CNNfn, Clay went into a rage, cursed out the anchorman and stormed off the set. He went into his tirade when anchor Allan Chernoff asked him about his experience working in a gym while he was out of the comic circuit. "Running a gym?" Clay exploded. "Where did you get - you're supposed to be a news guy. Where are you getting your [expletive] information?" When Chernoff said CNN researchers discovered it, Clay...
  • CNN Regrets Role In Planting US Dem Presidential Debate Question

    11/11/2003 9:08:02 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 73 replies · 250+ views
    AP via Dow Jones | 11/11/03 | AP Staff
    CNN Regrets Role In Planting US Dem Pres Debate Question PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)--A Cable News Network producer went "too far" when the news organization told a student what question to ask during last week's Democratic presidential candidate debate in Boston, a spokeswoman for the news network said. During the debate, co-sponsored by the nonprofit Rock the Vote organization, Brown University student Alexandra Trustman asked the candidates whether they preferred the PC or Mac format for their computers. In an editorial she wrote for The Brown Daily Herald, the university's student newspaper, Trustman said CNN, a unit of TimeWarner (TWX), told...
  • Don't shoot the messenger (Student says CNN came up with Mac, PC question)

    11/10/2003 3:19:15 PM PST · by · 31 replies · 410+ views
    Brown Daily Herald ^ | November 10, 2003 | Brown university student
    By Alexandra Trustman I'm writing in response to thE Daily Jolt forums, the student dialogue and The Herald representation of me and my question at CNN's Rock the Vote. I'm extremely disappointed in the student body's reaction, especially because they weren't privy to the circumstances under which I had to ask the question, a situation that occurs daily in the media. To clear things up, I was called the morning of the event and asked by the executive producer of the show if I would ask a question at the forum. I was told the question would probably be something...
  • Anchor Aaron Brown's Star Appears to Fade

    11/09/2003 7:52:30 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 55 replies · 940+ views
    AP ^ | 11/09/03 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK — CNN rented an elegant ballroom a few weeks ago, feeding breakfast to top advertisers and filling them in on 2004 election coverage plans. Virtually all the network's big names were there. Except Aaron Brown, whose star appears to be fading in the CNN firmament.Larry King was master of ceremonies. Christiane Amanpour appeared via satellite from London. All four "Crossfire" combatants argued politics. Judy Woodruff, who had flown from a California assignment a few days earlier, boarded a 5 a.m. train from Washington to New York for scrambled eggs and small talk.CNN's chief executive, Jim Walton, cautioned against...
  • CNN holding in-house talent contest ("CNN Idol!?" Walton has TRULY lost his mind...)

    10/16/2003 11:49:34 AM PDT · by mhking · 18 replies · 217+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10.16.03 | Caroline Wilbert
    You've heard of "American Idol" and "Star Search." Now, there is CNN Search. Jim Walton, president of CNN, is putting on a talent contest for CNN employees because, he wrote in a memo this week, "busy people need a breather, and the CNN News Group is in the financial position to provide just that." The grand prize: $12,000. There will be events in Atlanta, New York, Washington, London and Hong Kong with finalists in each city competing in Atlanta on Dec. 3.
  • It's scary to imagine Atlanta without CNN (It Is?)

    10/15/2003 3:09:46 PM PDT · by Timesink · 30 replies · 264+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 12, 2003 | Colin Campbell
    It's scary to imagine Atlanta without CNNColin Campbell - StaffSunday, October 12, 2003Those mocking billboards across the street from CNN headquarters must make the people inside cringe. The signs are the work of Fox News, which doesn't just love to brag about itself (TV generally is a shameless self-promoter) but which also loves to tweak the competition. The latest billboard --- signed by "your friends at FOX News" --- says, "Come Home Connie --- CNN Needs You." The reference is to Connie Chung, the former broadcast news star who was hired by CNN to boost its ratings, then replaced with...
  • Fox billboard sticks it to CNN again (with pic)

    10/08/2003 7:15:42 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 58 replies · 495+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/09/03 | TONY WILBERT
    Fox's new message on a billboard across from CNN includes the line "Brought to You by Your Friends at Fox News." Paula Zahn's new show on CNN is performing so poorly that even archrival Fox wants CNN to bring back Connie Chung.At least that's what a comical new billboard Fox erected late Tuesday catty-cornered to CNN Center says."Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You," the billboard reads. "Brought to You by Your Friends at Fox News.""We thought this would lift the morale and bring a few smiles to the faces of the CNN staffers in Atlanta," Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti...
  • Foxnews to place Billboard Across from CNN.

    10/06/2003 2:50:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 18 replies · 306+ views
    Drudge ^ | A few minutes ago. | Matt Drudge
    CABLE WARS: FOX NEWS to place billboard in Olympic Park, opposite CNN's HQ in Atlanta: 'Come Home Connie, CNN Needs You.' A direct jab at Paula Zahn's ratings trouble... developing...breaking...crossing the wires....crossing the road.... More to follow as it breaks....develops....
  • Wheel of Fortune confirms no one is watching CNN

    10/04/2003 10:34:32 PM PDT · by stephydan · 48 replies · 413+ views
    Was anyone else watching Wheel of Fortune Thursday night? The phrase on the board was completely exposed except for two letters. It looked something like this: CNN ANCHOR _OL_ BLITZER What happened next was hilarious. The contestant guessing letters couldn't figure it out and guessed "D". Now that's pretty bad, but it gets worse, the next contestant didn't know what it is either and guessed "S". After the second person couldn't figure out the puzzle, host Pat Sajak (who has a show on FOX News) chimed in "well, I guess that confirms the ratings!
  • Two New Fox Channels? (FNC May Extend Itself)

    10/02/2003 11:40:55 AM PDT · by · 67 replies · 309+ views
    New York Post ^ | Michael Starr
    <p>October 2, 2003 -- FOX officials say they are thinking about spinning off two new channels from Fox News Channel - one for business and another for entertainment news.</p> <p>Fox Entertainment president Peter Chernin told analysts this week that discussions were underway about creating two new channels from the highly successful FNC, according to reports.</p>
  • Fox Tops In Ratings For Seventh Straight Quarter

    09/30/2003 6:10:23 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 35 replies · 309+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/30/03 | Caroline Wilbert
    Four news networks --CNN, Headline News, MSNBC and CNBC -- lost viewership in the third quarter, but powerhouse Fox News picked up steam, according to Nielsen Media Research. In the third quarter, Atlanta-based CNN attracted an average of 440,000 -- down 15 percent from the same period last year. Sister network Headline News attracted an average of 170,000, down 25 percent. MSNBC drew an average of 203,000 viewers, a 19 percent slide. And CNBC got an average of 160,000, down 23 percent. Meanwhile, Fox increased viewership 17 percent, attracting an average of 730,000 viewers. This is the seventh straight quarter...
  • Aaron "The Clown" Brown Responds to my email (Al Franken Ass-Kiss alert)

    08/27/2003 3:12:03 PM PDT · by Lance Romance · 8 replies · 353+ views
    CNN Propoganda Room | 8-27-03 | Aaron Brown
    -----Original Message----- From: Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 12:06 PM To: Subject: News Night Comments name: Lance Romance view: Negative submitTime: comment: After watching your "love in" with Al Franken last night, I had to wonder why you didn't ask the man who complains of "Lying Liars" about his lie? You know, the one where he used Harvard stationary to ask John Ashcroft about his sexual life, supposedly for a non-existent book. No wonder Fox News is burying CNN. -----Original Message----- From: Brown, Aaron (NY-TBS) [] Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 5:27 PM To: Subject: RE: News Night Comments...
  • Aaron "The Clown" Brown Responds to My email

    09/30/2003 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Lance Romance · 55 replies · 1,168+ views
    CNN's Aaron Brown | 9-30-03 | Lance Romance
    My Email to Aaron Brown: Another poor job of reporting last night regarding the supposed leaking of a CIA "operative" and Joe Wilson's wife. First, you barely covered the fact that Joe's wife is really an "analyst" and not undercover, Robert Novak's admission that the Admin. official didn't call him, Joe's wife's name is on his bio website and the fact that Wilson blamed Karl Rove and then had to retract it. In fact, you seemed more than delighted to perpetuate the scandal than actually cover the facts. Once again, Fox news kicks your ass. Aaron's ResponseGee, I had no...
  • Tucker Carlson angry at Foxnews for releasing his phone number.

    09/28/2003 10:49:52 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 73 replies · 454+ views
    Washingtonpost ^ | 09/28/03 | Howard Kurtz
    Phone Wars CNN's Tucker Carlson thought he was having a bit of fun when, during a "Crossfire" segment in which he defended telemarketers, he was asked for his home number but recited the number of the Fox News Washington bureau instead. Fox retaliated by posting Carlson's unlisted Virginia number on its Web site. After his wife was deluged with obscene calls, Carlson says, he went to Fox's Capitol Hill bureau Friday to complain, and was told his number would be taken down if he apologized on the air. Fox spokeswoman Irena Briganti says Carlson was "completely irresponsible" and that the...
  • Neuharth Panel Asks: "Is Media Fair?' (BARF-O-RAMA Alert! Judy Woodruff bashes Fox, & other laughs)

    09/27/2003 3:17:40 AM PDT · by Timesink · 39 replies · 402+ views
    Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan ^ | September 26, 2003 | Randy Dockendorf
    Web posted Friday, September 26, 2003 Neuharth Panel Asks: 'Is Media Fair?' BY RANDY DOCKENDORF P&D Regional Editor VERMILLION -- Are the media fair and accurate? Well, fairness, like beauty, becomes pretty subjective, a panel of the nation's top journalists said Thursday night at the University of South Dakota. The event, titled "Is the Free Press A Fair Press?," concluded a two-day celebration of the $5 million renovation of the Al Neuharth Media Center on the USD campus. Neuharth was on hand for the event, which was broadcast live on South Dakota Public Television. Neuharth, a 1950 USD graduate, founded...
  • CNN’s Problem With The Facts (Cathryn Crawford)

    09/23/2003 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Scenic Sounds · 98 replies · 331+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | September 23, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford
    CNN is having a rough time of it lately. Not only has it been thoroughly trounced in the ratings war by Fox News, it has had to admit that they have a problem with facts - namely that they seem to have a problem reporting them. Christiane Amanpour is billed as CNN’s top correspondent - which is bad enough, considering her reporting. Now she’s embarrassing the already shame-worthy CNN by saying that they were intimidated into not reporting facts; intimidated by two rather ludicrous sources - Fox News and the Bush administration. She doesn’t offer any hard proof, just the...
  • CNN's prime time ratings continue to decline

    09/23/2003 2:09:58 PM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 52 replies · 612+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Drudge CNN's prime-time ratings still down despite overhaul By CAROLINE WILBERT The Atlanta Journal-Constitution CNN still is putting the final touches on its new prime-time lineup, but the first two weeks' worth of ratings are down compared with last year. The network said Monday it has hired contributors -- including former Defense Department spokeswoman Victoria Clarke and Time magazine columnist Joe Klein -- for the 8 p.m. show, "Paula Zahn Now." Zahn's show drew an average of 598,000 viewers in its first two weeks since CNN relaunched it with the new name. That was down 25 percent from...
  • General Manager Is Replaced in a Reorganization at CNN(He's from LOCAL news & only 36!CNN's doomed!)

    09/16/2003 4:50:18 PM PDT · by Timesink · 31 replies · 246+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 16, 2003 | Jim Ruternberg
    September 16, 2003 General Manager Is Replaced in a Reorganization at CNNBy JIM RUTENBERG railing 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...