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NBC Reporter Swears on Air, Blames #2020

Ken Dilanian says he had technical difficulties

(Newser) - When NBC correspondent Ken Dilanian started swearing during a live segment Tuesday, some viewers initially thought he had shocking news to share. "Oh s---. F---," Dilanian said after MSNBC host Craig Melvin asked him to deliver some breaking news. Deadline reports that Melvin remained "poker faced" as...

ABC Airs Fake Video of Syria Bombing

Trump calls it a 'big scandal'

(Newser) - With the headline "Slaughter in Syria," ABC aired footage of what it said was a Turkish attack on a Syrian border town on Sunday and Monday. One problem: The video was actually of a popular military gun demonstration in Kentucky, Mediaite reports. ABC apologized after the video was...

Is This a Casting Call for Trump TV?

New conservative news network looking for hosts, reporters, and panelists

(Newser) - Despite the candidate's statements to the contrary, Trump TV may still be a go. Fox News received a copy of a casting call Wednesday for an "up-and-coming conservative media network currently in development." The casting call doesn't specify who is starting the new network, which is...

She Quit on Air for Legal Pot. Now She Faces 54 Years in Jail

Charlo Greene was ahead of her time, and it could cost her some hefty jail time

(Newser) - Charlo Greene made headlines in 2014 when the then 26-year-old memorably quit her TV reporting gig on air while announcing her intention to push for the legalization of marijuana in Alaska: She said, "F--- it, I quit," before walking out of view. But as the Guardian reports, her...

Pregnant Meteorologist Has 'a Message for the Haters'

Mom-to-be fires back after being called a "sausage in casing"

(Newser) - Complain to meteorologists that it never rains when they say it will, and they'll brush it off. But tell a meteorologist her pregnant stomach looks like "sausage in casing," and you may just start a movement. Support is pouring in from all over the country after CBS...

New Pan-Arab News Channel Lasts a Few Hours

Early guest may have been too controversial for Bahrain

(Newser) - A new Pan-Arab news channel backed by a billionaire Saudi prince stopped broadcasting from its base in Bahrain today, just hours after it went on the air and carried an interview with a prominent opposition activist. The Alarab television station said on its official Twitter feed that it halted coverage...

5 Standout Barbara Walters Interviews

Walters says goodbye to TV news after 50 years

(Newser) - When Barbara Walters signs off from The View today, it will mark her farewell to television—at least as a regular—after a 50-year career. For a woman who started out hawking dog food on camera to one that reeled in the most viewers of any single news program ever...

PBS Names First Female Co-Anchor Team on TV

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff make history

(Newser) - That bastion of no-nonsense reporting and sensible blazers, the PBS NewsHour, will make history next month when it debuts its new anchor team: two women. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be the first all-female anchor team on a nightly network newscast (that's team—Katie Couric was TV's...

CNN 2.0: Reality TV, Late-Night Talk Shows

Network seeks stars in Anthony Bourdain mold

(Newser) - With CNN boss Jim Walton preparing to exit , the news network is going to look very different in a matter of months. As CNN preps a serious facelift, on the table are five reality shows on Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as a new show with celeb chef Anthony...

Bears Overrun Weather Report

Invaders interrupt broadcast at Pennsylvania TV station

(Newser) - In Scranton, Pennsylvania, earlier this week, the weather forecast was cloudy with plenty of bears. The city's WNEP-TV station does its weather broadcasts live from an outdoor area it calls "the backyard," and four black bears walked onto the set seconds before weatherman Kurt Aaron began a...

Remembering Mike Wallace

'60 Minutes' correspondent 'loved being Mike Wallace'

(Newser) - Appreciations are pouring in for legendary CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace, who died today at age 93 . Not only did he pioneer the modern news interview, he "loved being Mike Wallace"—but was haunted by his role in the accidental death of his teenage son Peter:
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Television Sick of 2012 Campaign

Howard Kurtz sees thinning coverage amid poor ratings

(Newser) - Even as voters hit the polls in Illinois Tuesday , Fox and MSNBC hosts focused on other matters. The next day, neither Today nor Good Morning America included the 2012 election in their top three stories. There's a reason for that, writes Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast : Cable news...

MSNBC Boots Pat Buchanan

Conservative blames axing on 'thought police'

(Newser) - Pat Buchanan is leaving MSNBC after a decade, an apparent victim of the network's swing toward the liberal and a backlash against his Suicide of a Superpower book, in which he warns of "the end of white America." Buchanan had been suspended from the network for four...

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...

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,...

Jim Lehrer Leaving PBS' NewsHour

He'll remain involved with the show editorially, but won't anchor it

(Newser) - Jim Lehrer is stepping down from his regular anchor gig on PBS NewsHour, effective June 6, the network announced today. He’ll still appear on the show on some Fridays, moderating a regular segment in which David Brooks and Mark Shields debate, and will remain “involved in the editorial...

CBS Replaces Katie Couric With Scott Pelley

Move represents a 180-degree turn

(Newser) - CBS made it official today , announcing that 60 Minutes veteran Scott Pelley would replace Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News effective June 6, a widely expected move that represents a major shift for the network. “Scott has it all,” gushed CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager. “We...

Another Reporter Flubs Speech on Live TV

Paramedics called after Canadian reporter starts garbling sentences

(Newser) - Another TV reporter has suffered an on-air loss of his ability to speak. Mark McAllister of Global Toronto began slurring his words and speaking incomprehensibly while speaking about strife in Libya, reports the Toronto Star . The station issued a statement saying McAllister had suffered a minor medical issue.

Gun-Toting News Anchor Vows to Defend Gadhafi

Libya newsreader says he'll fight to last drop of blood

(Newser) - Few would expect fair and balanced coverage from Libyan state TV, and one Al Libya anchor in particular certainly isn't claiming to be impartial. The newsreader began his broadcast brandishing a Kalashnikov rifle and vowing to defy rebels and defend Moammar Gadhafi to his last drop of blood, reports the...

Fox News, CNN, MSNBC Shed 13.7% of Viewers

Every cable news channel sees drop-off for first time in 12 years

(Newser) - CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News all lost viewers last year for the first time in at least 12 years, a study finds. A Pew journalism group found a combined 13.7% drop in viewership, the largest decline of any news sector, and all three networks fell for the first time...

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