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Former CNN, CNBC, and Fox News Business Anchor Terry Keenan Dies, at 53

10744191_10152468604982887_439938408_oTerry Keenan, a former CNN and Fox News anchor, has died. She was 53. Keenan’s sister, Linda, tells TVNewser the cause of death was a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Keenan had been receiving treatment at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital.

A pioneer among women working in financial news, Keenan joined Fox in 2002 from the now-shuttered CNNfn where she’d been since 1998. Before that, Keenan spent three years at CNBC. Her first television job was at CNN, which she joined in 1986.

10730915_10152468604652887_498442908_o Keenan left Fox News in 2009 to, in her family’s words, “work on her most cherished production: her son Benno Kass, with husband Ron Kass” (pictured, left, in a family photo shared with TVNewser).

She was still sharing her financial knowledge, though, working as a business columnist for the Sunday editions of the New York Post. Keenan’s last story for the newspaper was published October 19.
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This Time, Another ‘New Day’ Anchor Handles the Gov. Cuomo Interview

CuomosLate last year, “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo got some flack for interviewing his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

This morning, following news of the first Ebola diagnosis in New York City, as well as the hatchet attack against NYPD officers in Queens, co-anchor Alisyn Camerota interviewed Gov. Cuomo.

But there was room for levity. At the end of the interview Gov. Cuomo told Camerota, “As a matter of full disclosure, any help you need with your co-host, I am in a position to be helpful. I have some very secret strategies that have worked very well. Knowing the right information about him, keeps him very docile.”

“A noogie?” Camerota asked. “That’s something that you as an older brother probably used when you needed to.” The younger Cuomo was left speechless.

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5 Questions for… Michael Smerconish

Smerconish304CNN’s Michael Smerconish prides himself on not following party lines. He’s liberal on certain issues, conservative on others and often polarizing nonetheless. A diverse career has included substituting for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Yes, he’s filled in for both O’Reilly and Matthews.

While many people know him from radio, Smerconish has written numerous books and currently hosts “Smerconish” Saturdays on CNN.

TVNewser: The most recent Pew Research poll focused on political polarization and media habits. Where does CNN fit in today’s world of media polarization?

Smerconish: The Pew data is a total confirmation of what I’ve been saying for years – the 80% of us who are not guided by a doctrinaire ideology have ceded the debate to the 20% who are consistently conservative or consistently liberal, and it has taken the country in a hyper-partisan direction We need to take it back. Real political power in this country rests in the middle, not in the extremes, but right now, “rests” is the operative word. CNN is perfectly situated to be the go-to source for this segment of society, and indeed, in Pew’s category of those with “mixed” political views, CNN is their main source for news which is why the network is a perfect fit for me.

TVNewser: Why do some partisan political shows have a hard time making it in this landscape?

Smerconish: Hard time? I’d argue the partisan political shows that push a singular point of view have too easy of a time making it in this landscape. The rote, paint by numbers form of broadcasting gets rewarded by cultivating support from very loyal, not necessarily very numerous, supporters. Passion takes precedence. That’s the same problem we have with the electorate.

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Ebola Arrives in New York; Cable News Clears the Decks for Rolling Coverage

B0rMF7DIgAAD5i0Well, Canada, it was nice, but, well, we’ve got Ebola in New York. You could almost hear the cell phones ringing with news executives’ re-worked plans: We’re going to pull you guys out of Ottawa as soon as you’re off the air. Everybody to New York.

The cable news networks reacted with a frenzy of reporting Thursday evening in the wake of New York City’s first confirmed case of Ebola.

As New York is home to the nation’s major media, the emergence of Dr. Craig Spencer was enough to send producers pulling the keys from around their necks to unlock the nuclear launch codes. This, my friends, was big. Sorry, Dallas and Atlanta, I mean, well, do we really have to explain this to you?

CNN and MSNBC devoted wall-to-wall coverage to Ebola ahead of a planned news conference in New York, while planning extended coverage into the night and for Friday morning. Fox News announced it would air a live edition of “Hannity” at 10 p.m., followed by a live hour of “The Kelly File” with Megyn Kelly at 11 p.m. “Fox and Friends First” will begin live coverage at 4:30 a.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the Ebola news conference that was carried live on cable news and streamed online, said New York, essentially, had been ready and waiting for this. “What happened in Dallas was the opposite,” the governor said. “The more facts you know, the less frightening the situation is.”

So on with the intense coverage then–and no panic, okay? writer Erik Malinowski grabbed a photo of CNN’s Ebola 7-box (above), about which author Adam Sternbergh noted “there are more people on that screen than have contracted Ebola in the USA.”

Pot the Focus of New CNN Original Series

CNN is getting in the marijuana business… sort of.

The network today announced a new original series called “High Profits,” which will focus on a Colorado couple who hope to be the first ever “moguls of marijuana.”

“High Profits,” debuting in 2015, features Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire — apparently former Alaska news anchor / marijuana enthusiast Charlo Greene wasn’t available — who own the Breckenridge Cannabis Club.

The eight-part series, produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment, will examine the booming industry that is legalized marijuana. We’ve seen in the past the marijuana-related programming does very well with viewers. Here’s a preview:

“High Profits” joins “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe,” and “The Hunt with John Walsh” as part of CNN’s acquired series programming.

Geraldo Rivera: The ‘Real Threat’ Comes From ‘The Great White North’

geraldo_rivera_mi_130201_mainFox News host Geraldo Rivera has suggested the attack in Ottawa proves the “real threat” to the United States comes not from a poorly-defended border to the South, but from the far-longer and much less heavily monitored border with Canada.

“The danger is from homeground or Canada-based terrorists, not from Juan and Maria who just want to wash dishes, mow lawns, baby sit or work in the fields to make a better life for their children,” he writes on Facebook.

It wasn’t just the Fox News host noting the differences between borders. CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” asked viewers on Twitter whether they felt the border to the North was secure:

‘I’m Trying to Think of a Stronger Word Than Atrocious’

"Dirty Wars" Portraits - 2013 Sundance Film FestivalJeremy Scahill, the investigative reporter at The Intercept and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, slammed American media coverage of the attack on Canada’s Parliament Wednesday. “I’m trying to think of a stronger word than atrocious or embarrassing.”

Many have noted the stark difference between Canadian news coverage of the Ottawa attack and how the story was reported in the United States. Speaking on CBC Radio’s “As It Happens,” Scahill singled out two networks:

“Any rumor that happens to pop up on Twitter or social media is carried almost as though it’s a totally true story from a reliable source. And this is true of our biggest networks, CNN, Fox News.”

“What we are really seeing right now in the U.S. media is a push for Canada and Canadians to adopt this default rhetoric that now permeates the discussion on terrorism in this country that this needs to be immediately labeled terrorism, and there has to be a paramilitary or military response to what may have been a deranged individual.”

Listen to the interview after the jump.
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Anderson Cooper: ‘Dude, You Were Rude and Asking for A Selfie’

Anderson Cooper who anchored his show from Ottawa last night following Wednesday’s shooting at Parliament, was in no mood for fan selfies. A man named Vandon Gene, who calls himself an “aspiring journalist” and “news junkie,” asked to take a photo with Cooper. The CNN anchor declined, so Gene took to Twitter saying Cooper was “exploiting” the tragedy and that he had “simply asked for a photo.” Cooper then responded:



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Indra Petersons Leaving CNN; Weather Operations Return to Atlanta

IndraPetersonsAs part of the workforce reduction at CNN, New York-based meteorologist Indra Petersons will be leaving the network, TVNewser has learned. All shows will now rely on CNN Weather in Atlanta, led by meteorologists Chad Myers and Jennifer Gray.

Petersons joined CNN last year, working primarily on “New Day.” Before CNN, Petersons was a meteorolgist at KABC in Los Angeles.

In all, CNN reduced staffing by 300 people, or about 8%.  Some open positions weren’t filled, about 130 longtime staffers took a voluntary buyout and the remainder are the result of layoffs which began last week.

Petersons will remain on the air for a while longer before signing off.

‘I Can Handle a Stupid Dish’: Mike Rowe’s Dog Volunteers to Get CNN Back on Satellite


Freddy is ready. If a post on CNN host Mike Rowe‘s blog is to be believed, Freddy is deeply unhappy about news Dish Network has pulled CNN and other Turner networks over a contractual dispute:

“If I understand today’s headlines, some sort of mysterious “DISH” has caused CNN to vanish from 17% of American televisions. Consequently, millions of humans – many with Nielsen Boxes, are now unable to watch the highest rated new series on cable news. This is an outrage.”

Freddy, a rescue dog with a loyal following among Rowe’s fans, offers to assist CNN with the dirty job of getting CNN back on the air–and hopefully in time for tonight’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, which, as the dog notes, has been an instant ratings hit for the network. So he’s volunteering to get the Dish dispute done and dusted:

I’ve dealt with snakes. I’ve tangled with rabid raccoons. I’m pretty sure I can handle a stupid dish. Just one phone call to my personal network, and I’ll have every one of these damned things covered in urine by morning. And that’s just for openers.