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NABJ President Blasts Bill Cosby: ‘Black People Happen to Be Reporters’


The president of the National Association of Black Journalists has fired back at Bill Cosby over comments the comedian made Friday, suggesting “black media” may be going easier on him. “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” Cosby told Page Six.

“You don’t go easier on a person with color,” NABJ’s Bob Butler told TMZ. “This is not a color issue, this is a journalism issue. Black people happen to be reporters.”

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Former ‘Friends’ on Sony Email Scandal

KudrowApparently, Phoebe still has Rachel’s back after all these years.

Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on the hit TV series “Friends,” spoke with HuffPost Live about the Sony Pictures hack.

“How come I know you don’t write anything you don’t want broadcast in an email? How come I know that? Who’s advising people?” Kudrow asked rhetorically, essentially saying it’s not the media’s fault that high profile executives went off-script in personal emails. “Why don’t we know that there are no rules? Everything is broadcast and published,” Kudrow added.

Now Brad Pitt, who guest-starred in an episode of “Friends” in 2001, playing an ex-fat guy with a grudge against Rachel (played by his then-wife Jennifer Aniston), is speaking out.

Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie has been criticized in leaked emails. Pitt spoke with reporters at the premiere of Jolie’s new movie, “Unbroken,” saying:

I think someone’s conversation, whether in e-mail or in person, should be private. We shouldn’t be participating and these sites that are disseminating them should stop. They won’t. And we should stop reading them. We won’t. It’s more of an indictment on us, I think.

For a throwback Tuesday, check out Phoebe meeting Pitt’s “Friends” character, after the jump…  Read more

In 2014, Canadian Media Ran 229% More Weather Stories Than Other Countries

canadaIn Canada, news media cover the same kinds of stories as other countries, only they really, really like to talk about the weather. Oh, and hockey.

A study by Montreal-based Influence Communication found Canadian newsrooms produced 229% more weather stories than the rest of the 160 countries surveyed.

“We have big changes in our weather in a year, and it goes from very cold to very hot in a few months,” said Felix Thiffault, an analyst with the media monitoring firm. “For some other countries, it’s quite stable. If it’s stable, there’s nothing to say about it.”

Sports stories ranked at the top of news stories covered worldwide, and in Canada, ten of the top fifty stories in 2014 were about hockey. The October 22 shooting near the Canadian parliament was the most-covered story of the year. It was also the top story about Canada that appeared in news media outside the country.

Australian ‘Today’ Anchor’s Same-Suit Stunt Boosts Ratings

710843-79894ffe-8197-11e4-b7a3-5366c32c384aRemember the Australian “Today” anchor who wore the same suit every morning for a year to make a point about sexism? Karl Stefanovics got global attention for the stunt, but perhaps far more importantly, he appears to have boosted his second-place morning show’s ratings in the process.

The Herald-Sun reports the average audience for Nine Network’s “Today” for the first nine days in December was 20,000 more viewers than the show had for all of November. And rival morning show “Sunrise” on Seven Network had a downturn–22,000 fewer viewers. (“Sunrise” remains in first place for year-to-date ratings)

‘TakePart Live’ Gets Axed by Pivot

304Baratunde_finalPivot’s millennial-driven newscast “TakePart Live” has been canceled. The show was anchored by Meghan McCain, Jacob Soboroff and Baratunde Thurston. We recently profiled Thurston, who seemed optimistic about the future of the program.

A statement released by Pivot:

We thank our hosts and producers, they are incredibly talented and we’re already in discussion to work with them in different ways so that they can continue to have a place on Pivot.

“TakePart Live” premiered in August 2013 when Pivot TV launched. TVNewser will update details as they become available.

Glenn Beck is the New Walt Disney

BeckHealth2Now that he’s gotten a clean bill of health, Glenn Beck is back at work. In an interview with VICE, Beck reveals he’s working on a three-part miniseries on Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and a feature film about Santa Claus (not starring Tim Allen). Plus:

There’s another feature film in the works as well, but Beck won’t give any details except that it’s called The Revolutionary, and that “our intent at this point is it will not be in English.” He told me he also wants to do a series on Crazy Horse, to “set the record straight on what America did to the Native Americans.”

On his show Monday, Beck revealed in great detail he’s been through a years-long neurological illness that doctors could not diagnose. It caused memory loss, excruciating pain and seizures. Beck has evolved over the years from radio DJ, to conservative talk show host, and now to a bona fide filmmaker, in the mold of his idol: Walt Disney.

“Disney knew that the world was about to change. You could tell a Disney story right off the bat… It was hopeful. It had a brighter tomorrow. That’s not great for everybody, and that’s fine, but somebody’s gotta be out there in a contemporary way just telling great stories. And by the selection of our stories, it will tell a greater story about who we are, and what we believe in.”

‘Nightcrawler’ Explores Strange World of Overnight TV News Stringers

In theaters today, another movie about the TV News business. In “Nightcrawler,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays a morally-challenged, on the verge of psychotic, overnight TV news stringer and Rene Russo plays a hard-charging “if it bleeds it leads” TV news manager.

Critics are loving it. So are some TV news anchors, including Fox News’s Steve Doocy. “I got to go to a special screening,” Doocy said yesterday on “Fox & Friends.” “I talked to [Gyllenhaal] about it because he has all of these little psychotic things in it. And he said to this day he’ll remember one of them and recite it to himself.”

Arise News Comes to SSN TV


Arise anchors Angela Rae, Vickie Newton, Debbye Turner Bell, Francesca Maximé, and Julian Phillip.

Little Rock-based SSN TV has signed an agreement with Arise TV to carry more than five hours of Arise News daily. SSN TV (formerly Soul of the South Television) is available in 40 million households over-the-air and an additional 7 million cable households.

Arise TV, founded by Nigerian media mogul Nduka Obaigbena, has broadcast hubs in London, New York, Johannesburg and Lagos.

“This deal provides us with a vitally important presence in the U.S. broadcast market, and gives SSN viewers a never before available perspective on the news beyond their own borders,” Obaigbena says.

Beginning October 27th, Arise News programs will air between 6pm-9pmET and again at 1amET and Sundays at NoonET. SSN is in 9 of the top 10 African American markets, including on FiOS in New York and New Jersey and Washington, DC affiliate WMDE.

This Week’s TV News, From Instagram

The things you see on Instagram. Here are a few stories we came across this week that popped up on the social media service. In Italy last weekend, Beijing-based CBS News correspondent Seth Doane married his partner Andrea Pastorelli. via @derrickshore:


In New York, Barbara Walters was fashionably early at the Oscar De La Renta show on Tuesday.
via: @niquepeeks:


Six of 10 Highest Paid CEOs are in Media

CBS EXECUTIVEThe AP and Equilar are out with the top 50 highest paid CEOs list. And it’s quite possible you work for one of their companies, as six of the top 10 head media conglomerates, including:

2. Leslie Moonves (right), CBS Corp., $65.6 million, up 9 percent

5. Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million, up 11 percent

7. Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million, up 46 percent.

8. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million, down 33 percent

9. Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million, up 27 percent

10. Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million, up 8 percent