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CNN Brings Back Crossfire (TVNewser)
CNN has made it official: Crossfire will be returning to the channel this fall. CNN is poaching S.E. Cupp from MSNBC’s The Cycle to represent the right side of the table, alongside former house speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich. Obama campaign consultant Stephanie Cutter and former White House advisor Van Jones will represent the left side of the table. The four hosts will also contribute to CNN election and political programming. HuffPost / The Backstory CNN’s soon-to-be relaunched Crossfire will take a page from the original version of show, which aired for 19 years without a live audience. A CNN executive told HuffPost that there will be no live audience when Crossfire returns this fall, a departure from the show’s final three years before being canceled in 2005. FishbowlDC “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did — it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide in a release. NYT More than eight years after it was canceled, Crossfire is still one of the best-known cable news programs, but it has also been widely derided, as evidenced by the mixed reactions online to CNN’s announcement on Wednesday morning. Some media critics and commentators have denounced the program for wedging complex arguments into a left-right rubric and promoting political polarization. (In the words of Jon Stewart during his 2004 appearance on the program, “It’s hurting America.” CNN canceled the show the next year.) Read more
Posts Tagged ‘Newsday’
Cablevision has cut the cord to Newsday Westchester, the digital only news site that covered stories in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties.
Lohud.com reports (story first covered by The Wrap) that at about 3:30 pm, the site went down, and slowly, staffers began to send out messages of lay offs via Twitter. Ryan Chatelain, Newsday Westchester’s digital news manager, wrote, “We got some bad news today. I’m incredibly proud of the work we did at Newsday Westchester. Enjoyed every moment (except today’s meeting).”
Cablevision’s official statement is below.
Cablevision, Newsday’s parent company, is apparently cool with the paper losing millions. According to The New York Post, Cablevision’s latest earnings report showed that its “other businesses” group — which includes Newsday, MSG Varsity and News 12 — posted a combined loss of $100 million.
An analyst told the Post that Newsday is likely responsible for about $35 million of those annual losses. However, Cablevision’s execs greet those numbers with a shrug.
During the earnings call, Gregg Seibert, vice chairman and CFO of Cablevision, expressed support for the struggling paper. ”Newsday is a core asset for us,” he said. “It fits in with our cable operations and our focus on providing the best in local news coverage to our customers in conjunction with Newsday.”
Update (12:00 pm):
Keith Kelly, who wrote the Post’s report, just pointed out that I misread his piece. “$100 million for the Other Group and $35 million for Newsday itself were for the first quarter only,” Kelly explained via email. “One analyst we quoted said he thought the ANNUAL loss for Newsday by itself was $100 million last year — and growing.”
Long Island Business News is reporting that James Bernstein, a veteran of Newsday since 1972, has been fired. The move comes only months after another Newsday employee accused Bernstein of inappropriately touching him two years ago. Bernstein’s lawyer, James Vagnini, said Newsday found no evidence to support the accusation.
“They brought in a third-party investigator who spoke to everybody in the newsroom,” Vagnini told LIBN. “It cost Jim a lot of money to get a lawyer for what he knew was frivolous. The investigator found no substantiation of this employee’s complaint.”
Bernstein was allegedly still upset about the matter, which is what led to his firing:
After seeing the employee who accused him, Bernstein later told another employee he was extremely upset with the accuser, who was still employed at the publication. As a result of that incident, Bernstein was suspended last Tuesday afternoon and formally let go via a telephone call.
Vagnini and Bernstein plan to challenge the paper on the validity of the latest claim. “I don’t know of any employment law that allows an employer to terminate an employee who’s falsely accused of something,” said Vagnini.
The Fair Media Council was created as a media watchdog on Long Island. Its main event for the year is the Folio Awards, held each April. Beyond that, one piece of news captivated the Council.
Viewers are yet to see the full effects of WCBS/Channel 2′s acquisition of WLNY/Channel 10, 55.
Fair Media Council executive director Jaci Clement says this is important on so many levels.
“It’s a wonderful thing when you look at the total media landscape of the island,” Clement tells FishbowlNY. “Because what you have here is one major news source [Cablevision] that dominates the news of Long Island.”
Cablevision created News 12 Long Island in 1986. Then the Bethpage-based company bought Newsday in 2008, giving Long Islanders no recourse for finding news and information via TV and newspaper.
“Since they merged, you see more and more of them working closely together and actually producing less local news,” Clement says. “…We actually have less news now than we had in the past.”
Newsday Media Group announced the appointment today of Valerie Green as publisher of amNewYork. Effectively immediately, she will oversee the newspaper’s daily operations and report to Fred Groser, Newsday Media Group publisher.
“As a 15-year Cablevision veteran, Ms. Green has a proven track record for building and positioning brands and providing strong creative direction across various business units, including Newsday and amNewYork,” said Groser. “I am confident that she will be a dynamic leader, lending her extensive experience to best position amNewYork for the future.”
In addition to this role, Green will continue to serve as senior vice president of marketing for Cablevision’s Local Media group, a position she has held since 2010.
Green has held several positions at Cablevision. She was senior vice president of marketing at Fuse. Prior to joining the national music television network, Green spent 11 years at Cablevision, holding down a number of marketing posts, the most recent of which was vice president of multi- cultural and urban marketing.
“I am enthusiastic to lead a wonderful team and a great New York newspaper,” said Green.