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Rumor: Trump Is Running Just to Start His Own Cable Channel

Sources say it makes a surprising amount of sense

(Newser) - Is Donald Trump running for president simply as a means of launching his own cable news network? That's the theory put forth by Vanity Fair , quoting anonymous sources close to the situation. Trump is reportedly "irked" that he's bringing in big ratings for other networks without getting... More »

Al Jazeera America Is Shutting Down in April

The 'stunning and rapid collapse' of a 'towering failure'

(Newser) - When Al Jazeera America launched in 2013 it seemed perhaps overly optimistic that Americans would accept a news channel called Al Jazeera that—in the words of the New York Times —aimed to be "free of the shouting arguments that have defined cable news in the United States.... More »

Big Day for News? Al Jazeera America Is Here

New channel plans to keep it serious

(Newser) - Al Jazeera America launches this afternoon, and while some analysts believe the channel's entry to cable line-ups is a development as important as the launch of CNN or the Fox News Channel, others wonder if the new channel and its formula of serious, in-depth news will ever be able... More »

Alec Baldwin Getting MSNBC Show: Report

Host to focus on politics in prime time slot: insider

(Newser) - Sounds like Alec Baldwin will soon have a regular outlet for his political views. An unnamed insider tells Mediaite that Baldwin is set to host a politically-focused MSNBC show on Fridays at 10pm. The channel hasn't confirmed the news, though the source says it's a certainty. The show... More »

Larry King Returning— On Russian TV Channel

RT picks up his web series, and will start new one

(Newser) - Larry King is returning to US living rooms by way of Moscow. The Suspendered One has signed a deal to host a new show called Politics With Larry King on RT, the Russian government's English-language news channel, the network announced today. The show will be produced by the same... More »

MSNBC Runs More 'Opinion' Stories Than Fox News

Only CNN runs mostly straight news: Pew study

(Newser) - Sorry, Fox-haters: MSNBC runs more opinionated programming than its conservative cable-news counterpart, according to a Pew study . Fox News still runs more opinionated coverage than straight news, but that's 55% opinion to 45% news, as compared to 85% opinion and 15% reporting at MSNBC, reports Mediaite . Pew found that... More »

Carville, Matalin Out at CNN

Jeff Zucker making lots of changes at network

(Newser) - New CNN honcho Jeff Zucker is making some big changes at the network, notes Daily Intel :
  • Husband-and-wife duo James Carville and Mary Matalin won't get new contracts, reports Fishbowl DC .
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On Big Events, Twitter Devolves Into Cable News

Ben Walsh: Information overload detracts from site's best trait, judgment

(Newser) - Twitter is supposed to be an innovative—and personalized—way of getting big news as it happens, but anyone who had it up as the Newtown school shooting unfolded might have thought otherwise, writes online editor Ben Walsh at Reuters . "At moments of acute information and emotional overload, Twitter’... More »

Ed Schultz Out, Ezra Klein In at MSNBC?

'New York Times' profile floats rumor

(Newser) - Are Ed Schultz's days at MSNBC—or at least in its 8pm slot—numbered? Mediaite spotted an intriguing detail in this New York Times profile of the increasingly liberal network: Sources say the network is looking for more political shows, and consider Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein their top... More »

CNN Chief Walton Quits

Move comes amid sinking ratings

(Newser) - CNN chief Jim Walton is resigning, saying the company needs new leadership at a time its flagship US network is suffering through some of its poorest ratings ever. Walton built the company into a profitable international news organization in his 10 years as president of CNN Worldwide and said it... More »

Why Things Are So Dismal at CNN

Q2 viewership hasn't been this low since the Gulf War

(Newser) - CNN's glory days are unquestionably behind it. Want proof? Q2 of 2012 clocked in as its lowest-rated quarter in 21 years. In fairness, Deadline notes that all three cable news networks reported a dip, but when you stack up the numbers, things looks pretty gloomy for the network: It... More »

Sorkin's Newsroom Feels a Little Preachy

HBO show has some critics carping

(Newser) - For those who believed Aaron Sorkin could do no wrong, The Newsroom is a disappointment. Chronicling the life of a cable news station as it grapples with events from years back—the BP oil spill, for insance—it's preachy and perhaps overly optimistic, critics say.
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Fox News Takes Heat for Move Toward Center

It's part of Roger Ailes' 'course correction'

(Newser) - Is Fox News shifting to the center, relatively speaking? Politico thinks so, tracing it back to a "course correction" ordered by Roger Ailes last fall. He wanted Fox to move away from Tea Party "cheerleading" and to tone down the far-right rhetoric, writes Politico's Keach Hagey. "... More »

Disney, Univision in News Channel Talks

New 24-hour channel would cater to English-speaking Latinos

(Newser) - Disney and Univision are in talks to create a new English-language channel to enter the 24-hour TV news war, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The venture would be aimed at English-speaking Latinos, and the companies hope to get it up and running before the presidential election in order to... More »

Fox News Tops Rankings for 10th Year

Roger Ailes' plan was a winner, anchor says

(Newser) - Fox News has plenty of critics— including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy —but it also has more viewers than its two closest rivals combined, according to the latest Nielsen Ratings. The figures show that Fox is the most-watched cable news channel for the 10th year in a row,... More »

Media Snubs Herman Cain's SOTU Speech

CNN, MSNBC, and Fox say they won't air his response

(Newser) - If you're hoping to watch Herman Cain deliver the Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address tonight, you're going to have to do it online , because none of the three major cable news networks tell the Atlantic Wire they plan to carry it.... More »

Irene Coverage Went Off the Deep End

'Category 5' reporting on a Category 1 storm: Howard Kurtz

(Newser) - Cable news reported on Hurricane Irene as if it was Armageddon in the making, and in the end, the coverage was a tempest in a teapot, writes Howard Kurtz for the Daily Beast . "The tsunami of hype on this story was relentless, a Category 5 performance that was driven... More »

Al Jazeera Launches NYC Broadcast Operation

Qatar-based network boosts US presence

(Newser) - Al Jazeera won major praise for its coverage of the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year, but the news channel remained virtually invisible in the US—until now. Starting today, Al Jazeera English begins broadcasting in New York City, reports the New York Times . For now, the channel is just... More »

Olbermann Debut Loses to MSNBC, Beats CNN

Lawrence O'Donnell gets more viewers in key demographic

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann's new Countdown debut didn’t exactly come with a ratings blastoff. Current TV hasn’t announced the complete numbers for Monday's show, but it said the program managed 179,000 viewers in the all-important 25-to-54 demographic advertisers crave. Current is happy with the rating, but Mediaite... More »

New MSNBC Talking Head: Michael Steele

Former RNC chief looking forward to 'spirited' debate

(Newser) - The unemployment rate just went down a bit: Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee who stepped down in January, has signed onto MSNBC as a regular commentator. Steele was rumored to be in talks with CNN and Fox, but has also made several guest appearances on... More »

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