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Time Warner Talked with Glenn Beck About Replacing HLN with The Blaze

BeckGlennHe once hosted a show on the network, but a new report claims there were talks of turning HLN into Glenn Beck‘s The Blaze.

Even as Time Warner continues discussions with Vice media, the Wall Street Journal‘s Keach Hagey reports CNN executives recently met with team Beck as it plans an overhaul of HLN:

Among the possible deals considered was an arrangement similar to the one being discussed with Vice Media, according to a person familiar with the deal: forming a new venture between CNN-parent Time Warner and The Blaze that would replace HLN’s current programming with Blaze programming.

Hagey reports the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a deal. Beck got his start on national TV on Headline News in 2006. He moved to Fox News in 2009, all while continuing his radio show and building his media empire. After leaving Fox News, he launched GBTV, which became The Blaze. Just this week, The Blaze updated its appeal to achieve greater distribution. The digital network is on about 60 small cable systems as well as DISH network, but not on the big 6 carriers which cover 75% of U.S. households.

This all puts the spotlight back on Vice Media. From Hagey: Read more

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CBS Eyes October Launch of Digital Channel

CBSEyesCBS News is in hiring mode for the new CBS News digital news channel and is looking at a launch in October, TVNewser has learned.

The channel is being championed by CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, with CBS News president David Rhodes heading up the effort. Rhodes is a veteran of the cable game, having worked the early years at Fox News Channel and later as head of U.S. TV for Bloomberg.

We’re told Mosheh Oinounou, who worked with Rhodes at both Fox News and Bloomberg and Nancy Lane, head of editorial for CBSNews.com, are doing most of the candidate interviews. Lane is also a cable news veteran, having worked at CNN for 29 years. Oinounou has been with CBS since 2011. CBS is looking to have a staff of around 60 people for the launch, including interactive, technical and editorial, many plucked from current cable TV news ranks.

In May, Moonves told Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has…all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute newscast at 6:30, or ‘CBS This Morning.’ So we can do that.”

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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Bianna Golodryga Says Goodbye to ‘Good Morning America’

Bianna Golodryga gets her weekends back.

This morning the “Good Morning America” co-anchor signed off after four years on the show. Golodryga is joining Yahoo! as news and finance anchor. “It has been a true privilege sitting with all of you,” said Golodryga to her o-air colleagues. “I think people at home know, you can’t make this up, the friendship and the connection and the chemistry. Who else wants to wake up at 4 in the morning, unless they’re going to come in and be with people they love.”

Jason Farkas, Cullen Daly Bolt for CNNMoney; Jane Spencer Joins Fusion

  • CNNMoney continues its hiring spree, poaching two more from Bloomberg. Jason Farkas, a daytime executive producer and Cullen Daly, a coordinating producer, will be joining the CNN brand, which split from TIME Inc.’s Money magazine last month. Daly will be Senior Producer, leading the originals video team while Farkas is taking a leadership role in original series and programming. CNNMoney hired away Bloomberg reporter Christina Alesci last month.

  • Jane Spencer joins Fusion tomorrow as Editor-in-Chief of all digital platforms. One of the founding editors of The Daily Beast, Spencer was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and New York. She’ll be based in Miami for the ABC/Univision network. Spencer joins other recent digital hires including Anna Holmes, Felix Salmon and Mariana Santos.

Scalia: ‘We Came Within One Vote of Declaring the VCR Contraband’

ScaliaAereoIn his dissenting opinion Wednesday in the case of American Broadcasters vs. Aereo, Justice Antonin Scalia hinted that it’s now up to Congress to decide if future Aereos can exist.

Scalia, along with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, disagreed with the majority in the 6-3 decision. Scalia reminds of an earlier high court decision involving a disruptive technology. “We came within one vote of declaring the VCR contraband 30 years ago,” Scalia writes, pointing to the 1984 Universal v. Sony decision. Scalia continues:

I share the Court’s evident feeling that what Aereo is doing (or enabling to be done) to the Networks’ copyrighted programming ought not to be allowed. But perhaps we need not distort the Copyright Act to forbid it.

Hence, the proper course is not to bend and twist the Act’s terms in an effort to produce a just outcome, but to apply the law as it stands and leave to Congress the task of deciding whether the Copyright Act needs an upgrade.

 

Barry Diller on Aereo: ‘It’s Over’

barry diller aereo interviewCNBC’s Becky Quick got the first comments from IAC Chairman and Aereo investor Barry Diller about the Supreme Court ruling against the streaming TV service. Quick caught up with Diller, who is out of the country, on the phone.

“I do think it is a big loss for consumers wanting an alternative to the bundle,” says Diller who was at the Supreme Court for the arguments in April. “We did try, but now it’s over.” Diller’s comments today echo what he’s been saying leading up to the decision, should Aereo lose.

Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia adds, “Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court is a massive setback for the American consumer. We’ve said all along that we worked diligently to create a technology that complies with the law, but today’s decision clearly states that how the technology works does not matter. This sends a chilling message to the technology industry.”

Paul Clement, the attorney for the broadcasters, says, “Today’s decision is a victory for consumers. The Court has sent a clear message that it will uphold the letter and spirit of the law just as Congress intended.”

The petitioners in the case, American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, included American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.; Disney Enterprises, Inc.; CBS Broadcasting Inc.; CBS Studios Inc.; NBCUniversal Media, LLC; NBC Studios, LLC; Universal Network Television, LLC; Telemundo Network Group LLC; WNJU-TV Broadcasting LLC; WNET; Thirteen Productions, LLC; Fox Television Stations, Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; WPIX, LLC; Univision Television Group, Inc.; The Univision Network Limited Partnership; and Public Broadcasting Service.

Supreme Court Sides With Broadcasters in Aereo Case

aereo antennaeThe Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the broadcasters in ABC vs. Aereo. In the 6-3 opinion delivered by Justice Breyer, the High Court “goes out out of its way to make clear that its ruling does not endanger other technologies,” according to SCOTUSBlog.

The decision is the end of a long road for the lawsuit, which began when Aereo launched in 2012. Acting on behalf of the local stations in New York City, Aereo’s first market, broadcasters filed the initial suit less than two weeks after the streaming television service was announced. Four months later, a federal judge ruled in Aereo’s favor. In early 2013, a federal appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling. In October 2013, the broadcasters petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case.

The High Court heard oral arguments in the case in April. At the time, justices seemed conflicted over the broader implications the ruling could have over the cloud computing industry. During the arguments, the Supreme Court heard from both sides as well as the Deputy Solicitor General, who argued against Aereo on behalf of the government.

As for what’s next for Aereo: both Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia and investor Barry Diller have said that the streaming service would be shut down in the event of a Supreme Court loss. “The mission of this company was to try to create an open platform, to try to wedge the system open a little bit. And if we don’t succeed in that, despite our best efforts and good law on our side and merits of our case, it would be a tragedy, but it is what it is,” Kanojia told Bloomberg TV in April.

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Listen Up! Fusion Partners with Whisper

FusionWhisperFusion is partnering with new social network Whisper. Starting today, Fusion will take key stories and trend lines from Whisper, where users can anonymously share and connect with others, and provide additional context for the Fusion audience, both online and on TV.

“Whisper creates community and compelling conversation around the news and issues that are important to our young, diverse audience,” said ​​Isaac Lee CEO of Fusion. “By incorporating Whisper content into our reporting, we’ll be able to expand and enhance our ability to tell stories from a unique perspective.”

“Whisper and Fusion share a similar mission to create content that is inclusive and emotionally driven,” said ​​Neetzan Zimmerman, who left Gawker earlier this year to become editor-in-chief of Whisper. “We’re excited to see what content results from this innovative partnership.”

Look Who Just Joined Facebook…

After 10 years, the long wait is over: Matt Lauer has joined Facebook.

Lauer hosted a Facebook live chat with “Today” show fans this morning; one question came from a familiar face.

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