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Fox News Viewers Wage War on Dish: Thousands Call to Complain, Disconnect

FNCdishDish customers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network Saturday night, as talks between the network and satellite provider collapsed.

Since late Saturday night, talks have stopped. Fox News EVP of distribution Tim Carry tells TVNewser “our phone line is open, we’re willing to talk. Am I negotiating right now? I’m not.”

Fox viewers, however, are fully engaged. Since 6 a.m. Sunday, over 12,000 calls have been placed to Fox–and 7,000 of them asked to be connected to Dish to disconnect their service. The network reports 22,000 viewer emails have been sent to Dish to object to the Fox blackout, and viewers have swarmed the Dish Facebook page. Fox’s Carry says Dish has agitated a very powerful audience. “Relative to any other fight they’ve had, they’ve never had a viewer as personally invested as Fox News. Our viewers are invested. They have a personal relationship with us.”
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Tom Brokaw Reports His Cancer Is In Remission

tom_brokaw_01NBC special correspondent and former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw has told colleagues he’s headed into 2015 on a high note–his cancer is in remission.

In February, Brokaw revealed he’d been diagnosed in August, 2013 with multiple myeloma and was undergoing treatment. Brokaw sent a note to share his news Sunday morning, saying he will begin a regimen of drug maintenance to keep the cancer in remission.

Read the full note, after the jump:
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Candy Crowley Ends CNN Tenure with President Obama Interview

CandyCrowleyCandy Crowley ended her tenure as host of CNN’s “State of the Union” with an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. The two discussed North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, normalizing relations with Cuba, Russia, Iran, race relations in America and Guantanamo Bay.

Obama told Crowley he doesn’t consider North Korea’s hack of Sony Pictures “an act of war” and went on to say ”It was an act of cybervandalism.”

Crowley joined CNN in 1987 and has been with the network ever since, logging 27 years. CNN producer Jeff Simon posted the following picture on his Instagram account with the caption, “The last Sunday.”

The last Sunday.

A photo posted by Jeff Simon (@jjsimoncnn) on


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Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network Pulled From DISH Network

DishFox2At 11:50pmET last night, Dish network viewers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network after negotiations on a new carriage agreement failed. Fox says DISH dropped the channel “prematurely.” Dish says “21st Century Fox blocked DISH customer access” to those channels.

“It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on DISH were used as pawns by their provider, says Tim Cary, EVP of distribution for Fox News. “Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”

Last Sunday, Fox began running commercials directed at DISH customers. But as the midnight deadline loomed, there was no movement toward an agreement. DISH, which has about 14 million customers, pulled several Turner networks, including CNN and HLN, in October. That blackout lasted a month.

DISH says it offered a short-term contract extension that would “preserve the channels as the two parties continue to negotiate.”

“It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, FOX News Channel has been blocked by DISH Network,” Carry adds. Read more

How two Former NBC News Producers Figured Out How to Successfully Skimm the News

SkimmTwo former associate producers at NBC News have founded a daily email that is generating buzz, millions of dollars and celebrity fans.Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin founded theSkimm to give readers “everything you need to start your day.” Their slogan? “We read. You Skimm.”

According to The New York TimestheSkimm has raised $6.25 million in financing. Investors include Chelsea Handler, investment firms RRE, Homebrew and Greycroft Partners and former chief executive of Ticketmaster Irving Azoff.

Weisberg and Zakin told The Times they were news junkies who dreamed of working at NBC. Zakin even mentioned idolizing Katie Couric. After fulfilling their goals of producing news at NBC, the pair quit after four years and began writing the daily newsletter from their NYC apartment. Read more

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 234 | CNN: 128 | MSNBC: 77 | HLN: 108
  • Primetime: FNC: 358 | CNN: 163 | MSNBC: 104 | HLN: 77

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

194

TheFive:

330

Baier:

259

Greta:

279

O’Reilly:

454

Kelly:

344

Hannity:

271

O’Reilly:

260

Kelly:

198

CNN
Tapper:

118

Blitzer:

154

Blitzer:

164

Burnett:

163

Cooper:

153

Bourdain:

184

Tonight:

152

Cooper:

94

Bourdain:

93

MSNBC
Wagner:

64

EdShow:

76

Sharpton:

66

Matthews:

118

Hayes:

97

Maddow:

119

O’Donnell:

94

America:

60

Maddow:

64

HLN
NOW:

60

Growing:

43

Files:

69

Special:

40

Grace:

50

Dr.Drew:

49

Files:

131

Files:

245

Files:

295

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Willie Geist Renovates Homeless Shelter on the ‘Today’ Show

“Today” show co-host Willie Geist visited the Bushwick Family Residences in Brooklyn this morning, where he renovated the shelter to help it feel more like home… just in time for the Christmas. The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and celebrity designer Elaine Griffin helped Geist transform the shelter’s outdated recreation room into an special space for the children to use after school. Geist is working to raise awareness of the troubles of 2.5 million U.S. kids affected by homelessness.

ESPN’s Unique Take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ with Frank Caliendo

Comedian Frank Caliendo joined “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio and ESPN 2 this morning and performed the holiday classic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” while imitating pretty much every ESPN sports newser. The Lou Holtz impression is particularly amazing. Watch as Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic struggle to keep a straight face.

Was Live Network Morning Show Sydney Hostage Taker’s Original Target?

2414B90A00000578-2877225-Chilling_Just_days_ago_Kylie_was_present_at_Seven_s_Martin_Place-a-40_1418816917870A live broadcast by Australia’s Seven Network–which produces national morning shows “Sunrise” and “The Morning Show” from its studios at Martin Place–may have been the original target in the fatal Sydney siege at the Lindt cafe. The Daily Telegraph reports (Sydney siege gunman) “Man Haron Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV network’s studio during the live morning ‘Sunrise’ broadcast:”

But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot 50m to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where he staged his deadly ­17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two innocent civilians.

The Telegraph report cities government sources, who say Monis had previously protested outside the network’s studios, and was angry over a 2009 report that called him a “fake Sheik:”
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‘Caught on Camera’ Comes to NBC Primetime

CannonCaught“Caught on Camera,” a staple of MSNBC weekends and hosted by Contessa Brewer, is getting an NBC primetime run hosted by Nick Cannon. Like the MSNBC version, the two-part series, airing tonight and next Friday at 8pmET/7pmCT, is produced by NBC News’s Peacock Productions. NBC says the “high-octane series” will feature “everything from extreme rescues and white-knuckle car chases to merry pranksters, colossal crashes and viral sensations.”

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