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Al Jazeera Makes Limited American Debut (NYT)
There was ample attention in journalistic circles as Al Jazeera America had its premiere on Tuesday — particularly among those who could not watch. The news channel — which replaced Current TV at 3 p.m. ET — was expected to be carried by five of the country’s 10 biggest television providers, but one of those, AT&T U-verse, dropped Current, and thus Al Jazeera, late Monday night. That decision irritated some U-verse subscribers, who complained online about the company’s move and which further limited Al Jazeera America’s potential audience on Day 1. THR / Hollywood, Esq. Al Jazeera America has filed a lawsuit against AT&T over its refusal to carry the new cable news network. “Al Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T,” the network said in a statement Tuesday night. TVNewser The first few minutes were hosted by anchors Richelle Carey and Antonio Mora, who introduced the channel. Clips of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator John McCain praising Al Jazeera were played, followed by clips of people on the street criticizing the existing media landscape. TheWrap / MediaAlley Al Jazeera America — the first cable news channel to launch since Fox News back in 1996 — has a lot going for it. It’s got plenty of cash, funded by the oil-rich royal family of Qatar, allowing it to hire a staff of 850, create 12 bureaus in the United States (and 70 more all over the world through Al Jazeera’s network), and it has the noble ambition to bring Americans good, solid and unbiased journalism. There’s also a lot for the nascent network to worry about. Baltimore Sun / Z on TV CNN has a lot to lose if Al Jazeera America is even a little successful. The modest ratings gains CNN has managed to make in 2013 under new president Jeff Zucker are going to disappear pretty fast if Al Jazeera America splits or even takes a bite out of the audience on big, breaking news stories. And with CNN under Zucker favoring sensational trials over coups and riots in places like Egypt, Al Jazeera could find a breaking news audience very fast.
Posts Tagged ‘Roger Ailes’
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Last night, Roger Ailes, mastermind behind Fox News, gave a speech at the Kennedy Center. He made some good jokes, but what we wanted to focus on was his political ranting. Since most of his quotes were vague, we went ahead and decoded them for you. Below are our favorites, via New York.
“We’ve allowed ourselves to be manipulated by others, many of whom want to impose their culture and laws onto the manufactured utopian idea that all cultures are equal and most are better than America.”
Translation: What’s the deal with non-white people?
“Are we losing America to the inevitable onrushing tides of history? No. But we’re in a storm. Our mast is broken. Our compass is off. And there’s a damn big hole in the boat.”
In a section of the book published by Vanity Fair, Ailes explains that their friendship is based entirely on numbers:
Does Rupert like me? I think so, but it doesn’t matter. When I go up to the magic room in the sky every three months, if my numbers are right, I get to live. If not, I’m killed. Our relationship isn’t about love — it’s about arithmetic. Survival means hitting your numbers. I’ve met or exceeded mine in 56 straight quarters. The reason is: I treat Rupert’s money like it is mine.
Here are some more figures: That is 20 percent sort of sad and 80 percent extremely dramatic.
The changes at WNYW/Channel 5 since last July could fill a book. While it has become a revolving door in the evening, one constant has been the “other anchor.”
That would be Dari Alexander, who remains on set at 5 and 10 p.m., no matter if it’s with Ernie Anastos, Greg Kelly, or Steve Lacy. Readers of FishbowlNY have been leaving comments since the summertime anchor debacle about her ability.
For example, last week, Alexander was caught inadvertently calling “sitting shiva” for Mayor Ed Koch as “shitting” shiva.
That led to these remarks on the posting:
Dari seems like a nice person, but speaking strictly on her work, she is easily the worst anchor in NYC. Completely [miscast].
Sad to say, she is horrible!
The sentiment about Alexander extends well beyond a handful of disgruntled viewers.
A former colleague who worked with Alexander tells FishbowlNY that her work ethic was non-existent.
“I’ve never worked with anybody who does less preparation before she gets on the air.” [She] seems to not really care where the show is going next or what’s really happening. [Alexander] just seems to be absolutely unaffected and oblivious to the consequences of that,” the former colleague says. “It was so strange. I had never worked with anybody like that.”
FishbowlDC: In a Meghan McCain world, even if people consider her tweets pathetic, at least they’re still considering them.
GalleyCat: Nothing like having someone who has written a novel complain about doing so.
The Wall Street Journal has just launched “NYIndex,” a list “Encompassing power players in all of the city’s major sectors, from finance to fashion, education to entertainment.” This is sort of weird coming from the Journal, right? It seems more like something the New York Observer would do. Or did do, and is angry about the Journal doing.
Either way, the lists are included in today’s Journal and are online now. For your enjoyment, here is the “Media and Publishing” NYIndex:
By now you know that Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to plead for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. The head of News Corp. asked in a tweet, “when will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?” Then Murdoch followed that up by saying that President Obama’s speech to the Newtown residents was “nice,” but asked for “bold leadership action.”
It was all sort of surprising coming from Murdoch. It almost — almost! — made us applaud him. But according to insiders, while Murdoch was saying the right thing, the execs at Fox News were telling staffers to keep their mouths shut. New York quotes several sources that claim David Clark, executive producer for Fox News, was telling staffers not to address gun control policies on air. “This network is not going there,” Clark allegedly told one producer. Another source inside Fox News added, “We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control.”
PRNewser: If you want to know if Senator Gillibrand has read 50 Shades of Grey you probably shouldn’t be allowed to moderate debates.
FishbowlLA: Bill Simmons is joining the NBA Countdown team. Start preparing your complaints now.
James Murdoch hasn’t overseen a company that illegally hacked people’s phones for several months now, so of course he is getting a promotion. This is America, and that’s how we do things. Or at least that’s how the Murdoch’s do things. Get involved in a scandal? Get rewarded with a bigger job!
The Wall Street Journal reports that Murdoch — currently deputy chief operating officer of News Corp. — will oversee Fox Networks Group, which includes a slew of channels, including Fox, FX, and National Geographic. The only catch? Murdoch isn’t getting control of Fox News or Fox Business which will still be overseen by Roger Ailes.
We’re being serious when we say we can’t wait to see what Murdoch does with this new role.
The aftermath of the phone hacking scandal will be playing out in courts for years, but the now that News Corp. has announced its compensation packages for its 2012 fiscal year, we’re seeing how that situation financially impacted the company’s top dogs.
Bottom line? Their wallets barely felt the difference. Rupert Murdoch took a 10 percent pay cut, but still made $30 million; Chase Carey, News Corp.’s COO, made $24.8 million; Roger Ailes made $21.1 million; and James Murdoch grabbed a nice $16.8 million package.
Despite all of the execs — aside from Ailes, who saw his pay increase by 30 percent — taking a cut in pay, those are some healthy numbers. Imagine if the phone hacking scandal had never happened? We imagine they’d all be swimming in pools of $100s, not the shoddy $50 bills they must use now.
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