TVNewser Show TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Anderson Cooper’

Kelly Ripa Gets $20 Million a Year to Act Like an Idiot

The Daily Beast has published a list of the highest paid TV anchors, and it’s massively depressing. It’s sad because some of the people featured in the list don’t do much at all. Like Kelly Ripa.

According to a “highest paid TV star” list from TV Guide, Ripa makes $20 million a year just for acting ditzy on a morning show. Of course Bill O’Reilly gets paid $20 million a year to spread hatred and ignorance, so maybe we shouldn’t be so upset about Ripa’s salary.

Below are a few of the other top earners. The Daily Beast’s full list is here; TV Guide’s here.

Jethro Nededog on Joining Celebuzz

It’s been a month since Jethro Nededog switched to the professional channel of Celebuzz senior editor, TV. But one thing remains the same – he is reporting once more to good friend and mentor Joseph Kapsch.

The two previously worked together at the LA Times, Zap2it and, most recently, The Hollywood Reporter. Kapsch joined the fast-expanding BUZZMEDIA site in June as New York based executive editor, while Nededog has been working out of the company’s Hollywood offices since June 25.

“We care a lot about breaking news at Celebuzz, but we also care about the context of that news,” Nededog (pictured) told FishbowlLA Friday afternoon via telephone from Comic-Con. “For example, within my first week, I wrote a story about how Anderson Cooper‘s coming out will affect his TV career and viewers.”

Nededog, a native of San Diego and Comic-Con veteran, was at the show this year alongside Celebuzz movie writer Taryn Ryder. His numerous SDCC items included this text and video report about Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski joining the cast of Dexter.

Read more

Anderson Cooper, Harold Ford, Jr and Bob Guccione, Jr

1003_mockup.gifAfter a long holiday weekend left the usual Wednesday lunch crowd without their weekly power lunch fix, the town car set who could tear themselves away from their Hampton cottages returned to Michael’s today. I say we outlaw any more midweek July 4th holidays. Too confusing!

I was joined today by Bob Guccione, Jr. who I met last year when we weighed in on the ever expanding culture of celebrity for a journalism panel for Names Not Numbers. After crossing paths in this dining room several times over the past year, we decided it was time for a proper Michael’s lunch once and for all.

I wasn’t disappointed. Bob ventured in for our lunch and some other important business in town from his home in rural Pennsylvania (“I’m one postage stamp away from being the unabomber!’). A few years ago, having grown “sick of New York” he decamped to Mississippi to teach journalism and has decided country life beats living in Manhattan hands down. ”It’s so peaceful,” he says.

Bob tells a terrific tale of his fascinating career in media that started at the age of 18 in the UK when he became Britain’s youngest ever publisher. A year later, he launched Rock Superstars making him the youngest publisher in America. As the son of one of publishing’s most colorful figures, it seems his career path was predetermined but, says Bob, “I knew I loved it. I wanted to be a writer but I had no life experience.”

That changed pretty quickly. In 1985, he launched SPIN, sold it in 1997 t0 Vibe Ventures, and launched Gear in 1998. Then, in 2005 he bought Discover from Disney. He remembers the moment well. “The staff regarded  me with some trepidation. When I told them  ‘We’re in the entertainment business,’ there was an audible gasp in the room.” By the time he stepped down as chairman two years later, the magazine had returned to profitability.

Diane Clehane and Bob Guccione
Diane Clehane and Bob Guccione

Our conversation revolved around passion for the business and the elusive quest for profitability and Bob had plenty to say on both fronts. Besides being incredibly funny (sorry, but his best remarks are off the record), the tireless entrepreneur proved to be a fascinating lunch date as he shared his extremely well-reasoned take on why he believes writers will one day be able to make a living online and why magazines are far from over. ”Everything about digital media happened too fast, and people back the wrong model too quickly,” he told me. Exhibit A: The Huffington Post, which Bob says is “doomed to fail” and called it “a white elephant — it’s the default model.”

Read more

Odd Future’s Frank Ocean Comes Out Via Tumblr

On the heels of Anderson Cooper‘s highly publicized statement that he is gay, Frank Ocean of the Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future has opened up about his homosexuality. In a passage on his personal Tumblr page, Ocean talks of falling in love for the first time with a man and the ensuing emotional turmoil. The post was originally intended for the liner notes of his new solo album, but Ocean felt the need to share it on Tumblr as a response to recent rumors about his sexuality.

The way Ocean chose to address his sexuality contrasts with the standard formula of coming out many celebrities employ. He didn’t go through journalists, press agents, or major media publications. Instead, he communicated directly with the public through social media. His original intention, to come out via his new album, represents an even more unorthodox and low-key approach, suggesting that Ocean may not have seen the revelation as worthy of a public statement, but rather a facet of his latest artistic endeavor.

Read more

Why Didn’t Anderson Cooper Come Out as Gay Sooner? Journalism.

The big news today is that Anderson Cooper has finally stepped out of the glass closet. While the newsman has never denied his homosexuality, until now he’d never publicly acknowledged it either.

His reasons for staying mum on the subject, despite being out to friends, family, and colleagues, went beyond a basic desire for privacy. Cooper felt that keeping a low profile helped him be a better journalist. As he explains to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast:

Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist.

Read more

Anderson Cooper: ‘I’m Gay’

Anderson Cooper has come out. In an email to his friend Andrew Sullivan, Cooper said “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

Cooper explained that he had not said anything on the subject before because he felt it would negatively impact his ability to cover some stories. His feelings, however, recently began to change:

It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something — something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.

“In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted,” added Cooper.

Somewhere, Rachel Maddow is probably smiling.

Baldwin, Cooper and Republican Strategist Blaze July Media Trail

In the space of just a few hours today, all media hell has broken loose. On what was supposed to be a lazy holiday-week Monday.

Via Daily Beast email-share exclusive, Andrew Sullivan has officially confirmed CNN newsman Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation. In a tease for their August issue interview cover story by Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair dangles a hellacious quote from Alec Baldwin about TMZ’s Harvey Levin. And on the front page of the LA Times, Republican TV ad guru Fred Davis reveals to reporter Mark Barabak that Obama regrets, he’s had a few.

Add in the Cruise-Holmes mess and this is about the wackiest July media kickoff in recent memory. Without even counting New York-based Susan Candiotti’s weekend CNN bomshell about some apparent Penn State, e-mail cover-up orchestration.

Read more

WLNY Morning Team Revealed for Live from the Couch

Caroline Bermudez, John Elliott, and Lisa Kerney have been named hosts of Live from the Couch. The WLNY 10/55 morning program airs from 7 to 9 beginning in early July.

The WCBS-produced show features a mix of news, talk, entertainment, and lifestyle segments.

Bermudez joins WLNY following her successful seven-year stint as co-host of Elvis Duran and The Morning Show, which originates at Z100/WHTZ and is heard on 55 stations nationwide.

“We are very excited to be bringing a distinctive new morning show to the tri-state area featuring Carolina, John and Lisa – three extremely bright and entertaining broadcasters,” said Betty Ellen Berlamino, vice president and station manager, WLNY. “With the launch of Live From the Couch in the morning and our new one-hour primetime newscast, WLNY News At 9 p.m., next month we look forward to significantly raising the profile of WLNY.”

In addition to their new responsibilities on Live from the Couch, Elliott and Kerney will continue to appear on CBS 2 News This Morning, weekdays from 4:30–7:00 on WCBS/Channel 2. Elliott has served as weekday morning weathercaster since January 2007. He will remain on the WCBS noon newscast, and still provide daytime reports for sister station WCBS 880.

Read more

The 2012 Mirror Awards Winners

The 2012 Mirror Awards winners were announced today at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper. Here is a look back at the various finalists.

Congrats to those nominated (again) and those who won. Below are the winners.

Best Commentary, Digital Media

Rebecca Traister (Salon.com, NYTimes.com)

Best Profile, Digital Media

Joe Pompeo, “The road ahead for The Huffington Post: Nine months and a merger later, ‘Capital-J Journalism’ is still a work in progress” (Capital New York)

Best Single Article, Digital Media

Rhonda Roland Shearer and Malik Ayub Sumbal, “Mrs. Bhutto’s Murder Anniversary Part 1: Troubling Double Standard, American photojournalism’s different treatment of foreign victims” (iMediaEthics)

Best Commentary, Traditional/Legacy Media

Anna Holmes (The New York TimesThe Washington Post)

Read more

Called Out | Penned Ceremony | Full Court Press

  • TVNewser: If good guy Anderson Cooper calls you “dreadful,” you are probably doing something wrong.
  • GalleyCat: Marvel will feature a gay wedding in an upcoming issue of Astonishing X-Men. If that’s shocking, please remember that one of the comic’s characters is a guy covered with blue fur.
  • FishbowlLA: Sports Illustrated is getting sued because no one likes having their name connected with stories about peeing.

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>