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So Long CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

Crossfire304x200CNN officially canned “Crossfire” today, as first reported by TVNewser.

The program, which has been on hiatus, was relaunched in September 2013 with co-hosts Newt GingrichVan JonesStephanie Cutter, and S.E. Cupp. But after its 2013 revival, it was pulled from the network’s lineup in March for coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, to return in May, only to be removed from programming again in July for coverage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine.

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NBC News Celebrates Brian Williams’ 10th Anniversary as ‘Nightly News’ Anchor

NBC’s “Nightly News” debuted three promos in honor of Brian Williams‘ 10th anniversary this December as host of the evening news program.

The trio feature video and photo stills from Williams’ reporting for the evening news, in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Normandy this June for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and in Iraq and Afghanistan for war coverage.

The promos, titled “Battled Scars,” “What Matters,” and “Experience,” are narrated by actor Michael Douglas and all finish with the tagline, “He’s been there. He’ll be there.”


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CNN Serves Pink Slips with a Side of Counseling

For those facing layoffs today in CNN’s Washington bureau, staffers say the network is offering on-site counseling services. Those to be affected received a message offering “an experienced counselor” who will be on hand this afternoon to offer confidential services. Twenty-eight positions are expected to be part of layoffs in CNN’s DC bureau.

Yesterday, our sister site TVNewser reported:

“As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.”

Thus far, CNN’s “Sanjay Gupta, MD,” “CNN Money,” and “Unguarded” have been canceled with some staff members excluding hosts being let go. HLN’s “Jane Velez Mitchellwas also canceled, with show staff and host departing.

CNN Layoffs to Hit DC Bureau

Up to 28 positions are rumored to be eliminated today and tomorrow from CNN’s Washington bureau as part of layoffs by CNN’s parent company Turner.

Our sister site TVNewser reports:

“As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.”

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NBC’s Nancy Snyderman Apologies for Violating Voluntary Quarantine

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 20.36.55NBC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who was spotted traveling outside her home in New Jersey last Thursday while under voluntary quarantine, issued an apology Monday evening. The New Jersey Department of Health has since issued a mandatory quarantine for Snyderman and her crew members who briefly worked with the NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo in Monrovia, Liberia, currently being treated for Ebola in Omaha, Neb.

On Monday night’s “Nightly News,” NBC host Brian Williams read a statement from Snyderman, which read:

While under voluntary quarantine guidelines, which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. Read more

NBC News Freelance Cameraman Being Treated for Ebola: ‘I’m on the road to good health’

The NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo being treated for Ebola in Omaha, Neb., after being flown back to the United States for treatment earlier this month tweeted that he’s “feeling like I’m on the road to good health” this afternoon.

NBC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the remaining team members who briefly worked with Mukpo in Monrovia, Liberia are currently under a mandatory quarantine.

Katie Holmes to Reprise Jackie Kennedy Character for Reelz Series ‘After Camelot’

imrs.phpKatie Holmes, “Dawson’s Creek” alum and former wife of Tom Cruise, will reprise her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in the upcoming Reelz series “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg reports. “After Camelot” follows Reelz’s 2011 eight part series “The Kennedys.”

In addition to acting, Holmes will also direct one of the four episodes of ”After Camelot,” as well as serve as an executive producer. Read more

Lisa Desjardins to ‘PBS NewsHour’

Screen-Shot-2014-08-29-at-12.36.43-3“PBS NewsHour” executive producer Sara Just today announced the hire of Lisa Desjardins as a politics reporter and editor for the nightly news magazine with Gewn Ifill and Judy Woodruff.

Desjardins was most recently a Capitol Hill reporter and correspondent for CNN and prior to that was with the Associated Press and Reuters. She currently serves as an executive board member of the Capitol Hill Radio and TV Correspondents Association and is also the organization’s former chair.

Desjardins starts Monday, October 13.

FOX News Channel Turns 18

FNC PRIME TALENT 100713Just in time to celebrate last week’s ratings results that since its 1996 debut, FOX News Channel was the most watched network on weekday primetime basic cable during the third quarter of 2014, the network today celebrates 18 years on air. During the same quarter, the network was also third in total day viewers among all cable networks.

Its 18th “birthday” comes one year into its current primetime lineup, which includes “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” (7pm), “The O’Reilly Factor” (8pm), “The Kelly File” (9pm) and “Hannity” (10pm). According to Nielsen Media Research, during primetime for the past year, FNC ranked in the top 5 highest-rated networks in all of cable 96% of the time.

The network offered a flashback this morning to where it was 18 years ago today. Ohh how things have changed.


Mitt Romney on ‘Downton Abbey,’ Campaign Massages for ‘With All Due Respect’ Premiere

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 09.52.16Monday marked the launch of Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect” and for it, Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin sat down with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a live interview of some of the most pressing issues of the day.

Those who watched, walked away confident Romney can identify and name his 21 grandchildren, know that he enjoys watching the downstairs cast more than the upstairs cast of “Downton Abbey,” and that a former masseuse’s question of whether he’s a dancer “was the best complement” he has ever received.

While politics was the topic of conversation for much of the 23-minute program, several segments, including the above mentioned, seemed wildly out of place. Read more