TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily
KRON is looking for a Account Executive. see all

Jordan Chariton

Jordan Chariton is Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. He joined Mediabistro in 2013 after four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, and over a year as the digital producer at NYC's 92nd Street Y. When he's not reading or writing, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge Netflix watching. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton or email him at jordan@mediabistro.com.

Jeff Zucker: ‘Chaos is Good for CNN’

FEATURED JeffZuckerCNNNew York Magazine‘s Gabriel Sherman profiles CNN President Jeff Zucker, chronicling his career from NBC to CNN, his battle with serious health issues, and his current quest to revive CNN.

To try to lure viewers to CNN in prime time, he is turning over the 9 o’clock hour — which had been devoted to talk since the days of Larry King—to high-quality (and expensive) original entertainment programming. Over the past year, CNN has rolled out nonfiction series like The Sixties, produced by Tom Hanks, and documentaries such as the SeaWorld exposé Blackfish. Currently, the highest-rated show on CNN is the weekly travel program hosted by Anthony Bourdain. On September 28, the network launched a series with Lisa Ling; this week brings the debut of Mike Rowe. By next year, Zucker will have a dozen original series and six documentaries in CNN’s schedule. He even developed fictional scripts based on historical events, though those projects were ultimately scrapped. “We’re doing some things that antagonize people who are so protective of the legacy of CNN,” he said. “We have to change.”

The CNN chief acknowledges that big, chaotic breaking news is good news for the network.

Read more

The Morning Ticker: Philips Deshishku, ‘Next List’, ‘With All Due Respect’

  • ABC News has named Stacia Philips Deshishku Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. “She is a passionate, innovative, and creative journalist,” ABC President James Goldston said. Phillips Deshishku comes from CNN, where she spent over two decades as a producer, assignment editor, and most recently, director of news planning.

  • CNBC unveils “The Next List” today, the top 25 “definitive list of people who will be instrumental in shaping business, finance, and thus our world, over the next 25 years.” Andrew Ross Sorkin will lead the network’s coverage of the list throughout today and this month.

  • “With All Due Respect” with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann premieres tonight on Bloomberg TV at 5pmET. The duo’s inaugural guest is former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Larry King Is Not On Board With Dying at 75

King 2Responding to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel‘s article expressing his hope he dies at 75, Larry King explained earlier this week why the doctor is wrong.

“I’m ticked,” King said on “Conan.” King, who is 80, doesn’t get the die-at-75 argument. “Why 75? 75 was my favorite year. I don’t mean 75-years-old; I mean the year 75.” King also pointed out the advantages of living past 75. “I watched the Big Bang before it was a television show.” Finally, King showed off he’s not past his prime with a thunder chop through cement.

Watch after the jump.

Read more

‘Meet the Press’ Gets a New Look

mtp_new_set_6_f9631af706ac5f9bcf276cc8e659480d.nbcnews-ux-640-440
This morning, “Meet the Press” will look a little different after a week hiatus.

Crews have been hard at work for two weeks remodeling the set with new furniture, floors, and sets. Viewers will see a new panel desk, one-on-one interview desk, and “credenza” informal interview desk. There will also be a new perceptive pixel screen, which Chuck Todd will use to dig into important numbers and polls.

More new features after the jump. Read more

Shepard Smith is Ready for the Big Game

SmithAt 3:30pmET this afternoon, Fox News’ Shepard Smith will be channeling his inner rebel.

The host will be in the stands at the Ole Miss-Alabama game, rooting for the former’s victory. Smith spoke to SBNation yesterday about how big the stakes are for this weekend’s SEC
showdown.

There’s never been — I can’t think of a more important week in my 50 years in this town. And we’ve never had the kind of demand that we have. You know, double the stadium size will be in town this weekend. Most people won’t get inside. With “GameDay” here, and with CBS here with the game of the week and so many celebrities, it’s insanity. And it’s good for Oxford. I think, finally we’re ready for this. A lot of times, when we’ve gotten to the big moment — the [2003] LSU game under Eli [Manning] on campus comes to mind, and the [2009] South Carolina game when we were No. 4 — we hit those big moments, and they were too big for us. I think we’re past that. I think we’re ready.

Upcoming Winter Storms Have Their Names

With snow falling in parts of the country today, the Weather Channel is already looking ahead to winter. As it has for the past two years, the network announced storm names for the winter season earlier this week.

Start practicing the below names in the unfortunate event you hear them a lot.

Storm Names

Fans will get the opportunity to name the “W” storm this month. They can go to this poll to decide between Warren, Wilda, Willie, Woden, and Wolf. If Willie wins, it will be interesting to see what kind of segments NBC’s “Today” comes up with based off of co-host Willie Geist.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 235 | MSNBC: 69 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 92
  • Primetime: FNC: 354 | MSNBC: 110 | CNN: 214 | HLN: 80

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

186

TheFive:

223

Baier:

305

Greta:

324

O’Reilly:

409

Kelly:

355

Hannity:

292

O’Reilly:

335

Kelly:

295

MSNBC
Wagner:

45

EdShow:

105

Sharpton:

103

Matthews:

106

Hayes:

93

Maddow:

130

O’Donnell:

105

Hayes:

44

Maddow:

19

CNN
Tapper:

123

Blitzer:

169

Blitzer:

180

Burnett:

186

Cooper:

272

Bourdain:

177

Tonight:

192

Cooper:

151

Bourdain:

107

HLN
Now:

57

Files:

74

Files:

33

Jane:

77

Grace:

73

Dr.Drew:

60

Files:

108

Files:

159

Files:

260

Read more

James Goldston: ‘Nothing is More Important Than the Safety and Security of Our People’

MonroviaAs one of its competitors deals with a freelance cameraman contracting Ebola, ABC News president James Goldston told employees today the network’s highest priority is its medical team on-the-ground in Liberia:

In a memo obtained by TVNewser, Goldston praises Dr. Richard Besser and his crew while also explaining precautionary measures being taken.

“I am so proud of the work that Dr. Rich Besser, Adam Desiderio, and our team have done on the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia. It is our highest calling—providing critical information and understanding of a complex and alarming situation, and this team has done a remarkable and courageous job. I want to stress that we are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution. Rich and Adam have taken every necessary precaution while on this assignment, and are currently not symptomatic and do not believe they are at risk. They have been taking their temperatures multiple times daily and, upon their return to New York, will continue to do so for the following 21 days.”

Goldston also points out how ABC’s plan for its journalists’ re-entry into the U.S. is different than NBC News due to the respective crews’ different levels of exposure. “Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s team falls under the CDC’s “Some Risk of Exposure” level, while Rich and Adam fall under the “No Known Exposure” level.”

While reporting yesterday, Dr. Besser stood in front of a presumed-dead body being wrapped up by an Ebola burial team. “He’s not dead,” he said as the person’s arms started to move.

Goldston’s full note to staff after the jump.

Read more

The Afternoon Ticker: Dr. Snyderman, Fusion, CNN

  • NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who along with her crew has been quarantined in Liberia after freelance colleague Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola, is tentatively scheduled to report for “Nightly News” tonight. We’re hearing her reporting schedule—and scheduled flight home to the U.S.— are fluid.

  • Fusion has named Dodai Stewart director of cultural coverage. Stewart was a founding member of Jezebel’s editorial team

  • Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports on “CNN at the crossroads.” “CNN’s original series future is complex, and controversial. Not everyone inside the company is enthused about the changes.” When “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowepremieres next week, the network will have three original series running at the same (Rowe, Bourdain, Ling).

From Hospital Bed, Father of Imprisoned Journalist John Cantlie Makes Plea to ISIS

CantlieBritish journalist John Cantlie, who’s been held captive by ISIS for over two weeks, got a public show of support today from his bedridden father.

“I want John to know how very proud I am of him,” Paul Cantlie said in a video while lying in a hospital bed. “I can think of no greater joy than seeing him again, released and allowed to return to those who love him.”

Paul went on to claim his family has sent messages to ISIS, and hope it’s been received, as they’ve received no response.  “Please know, he’s a good man. He sought only to help the Syrian people and I ask you from all that is sacred to help us to allow him to return safely to those he loves and those who love him.”

Cantlie was previously a photographer for the Sunday Times and went missing in Syria in 2012. He was freed by the Free Syrian Army, but like journalist James Foley, who was beheaded last month by ISIS, Cantlie returned to Syria in 2012.

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>