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CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner. CNN broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. CNN is available in 98 million U.S. households, and more than 271 million worldwide. Jeff Zucker is the president of CNN Worldwide.

Carl Bernstein: ‘There’s a Lack of Leadership in News’

Bernstein panelCarl Bernstein says the news industry today doesn’t have “courageous leadership.” Bernstein, half of that famous duo who broke open the Watergate story, which led to the resignation of President Nixon 40 years ago Friday, says corporate profit has gotten in the way of good news judgment.

Bernstein moderated a panel at the Paley Center last night to promote the final installment of CNN’s “The Sixties.” “Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘N’ Roll” debuts tomorrow at 9pmET.

Bernstein says “There’s a lack of leadership in news,” citing Walter Cronkite and CBS president at the time Bill Paley — for whom the Paley Center is named — who dedicated half of the “CBS Evening News” to the Watergate scandal the day it broke, and another big chunk of time the next night.

“That was real leadership what Cronkite did there,” he said. “[Paley] let his news division at CBS operate without making a profit. The three networks insist the news divisions need to operate at the same profit margins rather than say, ‘hey we have a public responsibility here.’”

TVNewser attended the panel discussion which also included Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills & Nash and “Tonight Show” bandleader Questlove.

Bernstein also reflected how the rise of cable news has impacted viewers. “There are fewer people open minded to the best attainable version of the truth. They’re looking increasingly for information as ammunition, to fit into their already preconceived ideologies, notions, politics, and religious beliefs.”

What’s Larry King Think About Abandoned Fox Bid for Time Warner?

And here’s some other commentary on the matter:

  • The AP: 21st Century Fox would have had to navigate potentially daunting antitrust hurdles to buy Time Warner. Cultural clashes also loomed had the two companies combined…
  • Forbes: The timing of Murdoch’s withdrawal certainly raises the stakes for Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes
  • The Guardian: The deal seemed personal for Murdoch who had lined up a key position within the merged entity for his son James Murdoch, whose career seemed all but over at the height of the hacking scandal.

21st Century Fox Withdraws Time Warner Bid

21st_century_fox_logo_newRupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox has withdrawn its bid for CNN parent company Time Warner, the New York Times reports:

In a statement, 21st Century Fox said that it still believed that a union of the two made sense, creating a colossus in the television and film giants. But Time Warner‘s firm rejection of its outreach and a drop in its own stock price made further pursuit of a bid untenable.

“These factors, coupled with our commitment to be both disciplined in our approach to the combination and focused on delivering value for the Fox shareholders, has led us to withdraw our offer,” Mr. Murdoch said in a statement.

Instead, 21st Century Fox said that it would buy back $6 billion of its shares. Shares of 21st Century Fox rose sharply in after-hours trading, while Time Warner shares fell more than 10 percent.

Rula Jebreal Continues Criticizing Media’s Gaza Coverage, This Time on CNN

Cuomo JebrealFormer MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal, who made waves last month for criticizing MSNBC’s “disgustingly biased” Gaza coverage, appeared on CNN this morning to continue making her point.

“We are failing to tell the Palestinian story, which is not the Hamas story,” Jebreal said to Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”

“That’s very tough to separate the two,” Cuomo responded, noting that Hamas was elected by Palestinians and has a main principle that “Israel should not exist.”

Cuomo continued that Jebreal should be cautious about generalizing: “You have to be careful with the word we…just as you can generalize on how things are done wrong on the government side, you have to be specific on who you’re talking about in the media.” Jebreal recently spoke to TVNewser, calling coverage of the ongoing conflict “tragic.”

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CNN ‘Not Aware’ of Arwa Damon Lawsuit

arwa damonA CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser the network is “not aware” of a lawsuit over senior international correspondent Arwa Damon allegedly biting two paramedics “in a drunken rage” at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last month.

The lawsuit was first reported by TMZ, which says Damon and CNN are being sued for $1 million by two EMTs who claim they suffered injuries after Damon became “seriously intoxicated” and “unruly and violent” at the Embassy. The lawsuit claims “CNN knew Damon had a history of becoming drunk and abusive, and had a penchant for violence, even when sober,” according to TMZ.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser:  “We are not aware of the alleged lawsuit and therefore have no comment.”

>Update, 2:04 p.m.: “We are aware of the lawsuit and are looking into it,” a CNN spokesperson says.

The New York Post reports Damon apologized for her behavior in an email to U.S. Embassy staff a day after the incident and said she was “beyond embarrassed”:

She said in an e-mail: “It’s been an extremely stressful time, I was exhausted, I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed … Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable.” Read more

Piers Morgan, Larry King Twitter Fight Now Involves a Wife

Piers Morgan‘s Twitter tirade against Larry King over the weekend, has spilled into Monday, and now it involves King’s wife. This afternoon, Shawn King tweeted at Morgan, explaining what her husband was getting at when he criticized Morgan’s interview style, during a chat with a Buffalo radio station last week. (Yes, an interview with a Buffalo radio station is now reverberating around the Twittersphere).

Wow. Graceless old toad. This latest battle — and there have been several — all started when King spoke with WGRF 96.9 in Buffalo while promoting the third season of “Larry King Now” on Ora.tv.

Here’s what King said, that got under Morgan’s skin:

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‘CNN Newsroom’ Moves to New York, But Atlanta’s Still in the Picture

Today is Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin‘s first day anchoring their respective hours of “CNN Newsroom” from New York — but the shows may not look that different. As an eagle-eyed CNN viewer points out, while Costello may be in NYC, the shot in the big monitor behind her today was of Studio 7 in Atlanta.

Carol Costello NYC Newsroom

A CNN spokesperson tells us that this shot is part of the standard “Newsroom” graphics package, which has an update in the works. Baldwin’s first NYC edition of “Newsroom” (from 2-4pmET) will also have its usual graphics look today.

Glenn Beck: ‘Somebody Stupid is Going to do Something Stupid and it Will Escalate’

“Reliable Sources” has released a preview of this morning’s Glenn Beck interview. Brian Stelter sat down with the former Fox News host, and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts to talk about polarization in the nation.

“I believe that we are in — I think we’re a country in civil war,” says Beck. “I just think we’re in a cold civil war. Shooting hasn’t started, but somebody stupid is going to do something stupid and it will escalate unless we talk to each other.”

“You read the comments, you read them on the Huffington Post or you read them on TheBlaze or CNN or Fox News, it doesn’t matter. They’re all the same, left and right. We’re calling each other horrible things,” says Beck. The interview airs in full at 11amET on CNN.

CNN is Back on the Radio

cnnlogoCumulus Media’s Westwood One is launching a new news service using the resources of CNN. The service will offer radio stations nationwide access to broadcast, breaking news, wire service and digital content from CNN for use on the air and on their websites.

Interestingly, it was Dial Global, the precursor of the current Westwood One, which sounded the death knell for CNN Radio. In 2012, Dial Global dropped CNN in favor of NBC News as its news provider.

The new service will enable Westwood One’s more than 10,000 affiliates to broadcast national and international news acquired by CNN but branded with their own call letters and station slogans.

“People that are serious about the business of news are in business with CNN,” said Ed Stephen, SVP and General Manager for CNN Newsource. “We look forward to helping Cumulus build a world-class radio news service.”

After years of cuts and service agreement changes, CNN got out of the radio business last year. When it shut down, CNN Radio was digital only, and consisted of podcasts.

Jon Stewart Tasks His Audience With Programming CNN

Last night, Jon Stewart gave an update on his Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN. He also implored his audience to give their ideas for revamping the network.

After airing a montage of ideas “The Daily Show” has provided CNN over the years, Stewart turned to his audience. “We feel qualified to take this on, but we’re doing it with your money,” he said, urging his audience to go to the “Let’s Buy CNN” website to provide their own ideas for slogans and programming.

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