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Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network Pulled From DISH Network

DishFox2At 11:50pmET last night, Dish network viewers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network after negotiations on a new carriage agreement failed. Fox says DISH dropped the channel “prematurely.” Dish says “21st Century Fox blocked DISH customer access” to those channels.

“It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on DISH were used as pawns by their provider, says Tim Cary, EVP of distribution for Fox News. “Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”

Last Sunday, Fox began running commercials directed at DISH customers. But as the midnight deadline loomed, there was no movement toward an agreement. DISH, which has about 14 million customers, pulled several Turner networks, including CNN and HLN, in October. That blackout lasted a month.

DISH says it offered a short-term contract extension that would “preserve the channels as the two parties continue to negotiate.”

“It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, FOX News Channel has been blocked by DISH Network,” Carry adds. Read more

How two Former NBC News Producers Figured Out How to Successfully Skimm the News

SkimmTwo former associate producers at NBC News have founded a daily email that is generating buzz, millions of dollars and celebrity fans.Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin founded theSkimm to give readers “everything you need to start your day.” Their slogan? “We read. You Skimm.”

According to The New York TimestheSkimm has raised $6.25 million in financing. Investors include Chelsea Handler, investment firms RRE, Homebrew and Greycroft Partners and former chief executive of Ticketmaster Irving Azoff.

Weisberg and Zakin told The Times they were news junkies who dreamed of working at NBC. Zakin even mentioned idolizing Katie Couric. After fulfilling their goals of producing news at NBC, the pair quit after four years and began writing the daily newsletter from their NYC apartment. Read more

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 234 | CNN: 128 | MSNBC: 77 | HLN: 108
  • Primetime: FNC: 358 | CNN: 163 | MSNBC: 104 | HLN: 77

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

194

TheFive:

330

Baier:

259

Greta:

279

O’Reilly:

454

Kelly:

344

Hannity:

271

O’Reilly:

260

Kelly:

198

CNN
Tapper:

118

Blitzer:

154

Blitzer:

164

Burnett:

163

Cooper:

153

Bourdain:

184

Tonight:

152

Cooper:

94

Bourdain:

93

MSNBC
Wagner:

64

EdShow:

76

Sharpton:

66

Matthews:

118

Hayes:

97

Maddow:

119

O’Donnell:

94

America:

60

Maddow:

64

HLN
NOW:

60

Growing:

43

Files:

69

Special:

40

Grace:

50

Dr.Drew:

49

Files:

131

Files:

245

Files:

295

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Willie Geist Renovates Homeless Shelter on the ‘Today’ Show

“Today” show co-host Willie Geist visited the Bushwick Family Residences in Brooklyn this morning, where he renovated the shelter to help it feel more like home… just in time for the Christmas. The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and celebrity designer Elaine Griffin helped Geist transform the shelter’s outdated recreation room into an special space for the children to use after school. Geist is working to raise awareness of the troubles of 2.5 million U.S. kids affected by homelessness.

ESPN’s Unique Take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ with Frank Caliendo

Comedian Frank Caliendo joined “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio and ESPN 2 this morning and performed the holiday classic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” while imitating pretty much every ESPN sports newser. The Lou Holtz impression is particularly amazing. Watch as Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic struggle to keep a straight face.

Was Live Network Morning Show Sydney Hostage Taker’s Original Target?

2414B90A00000578-2877225-Chilling_Just_days_ago_Kylie_was_present_at_Seven_s_Martin_Place-a-40_1418816917870A live broadcast by Australia’s Seven Network–which produces national morning shows “Sunrise” and “The Morning Show” from its studios at Martin Place–may have been the original target in the fatal Sydney siege at the Lindt cafe. The Daily Telegraph reports (Sydney siege gunman) “Man Haron Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV network’s studio during the live morning ‘Sunrise’ broadcast:”

But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot 50m to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where he staged his deadly ­17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two innocent civilians.

The Telegraph report cities government sources, who say Monis had previously protested outside the network’s studios, and was angry over a 2009 report that called him a “fake Sheik:”
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‘Caught on Camera’ Comes to NBC Primetime

CannonCaught“Caught on Camera,” a staple of MSNBC weekends and hosted by Contessa Brewer, is getting an NBC primetime run hosted by Nick Cannon. Like the MSNBC version, the two-part series, airing tonight and next Friday at 8pmET/7pmCT, is produced by NBC News’s Peacock Productions. NBC says the “high-octane series” will feature “everything from extreme rescues and white-knuckle car chases to merry pranksters, colossal crashes and viral sensations.”

President Obama’s Year-End News Conference Features ‘Naughty or Nice’ List

ObamaPresident Obama’s year-end news conference comes on the heels of an action-packed news week, including a breakthrough with Cuba and elevated tension with North Korea.

As usual, all of the cable news networks have been fixated on the news conference. MSNBC is airing a special report with Chris Matthews.

NBC News will provide a Special Report with Chuck Todd and Senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing providing insight from D.C. Over on CBS,  Anthony Mason is anchoring from New York with Major Garrett at the White House and Bob Schieffer in Washington.

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos leads a special report from New York and Jonathan Karl report from the White House with Pierre Thomas from Washington. We will provide information on the coverage by other networks as we receive it.

After an opening statement, President Obama revealed that his “naughty or nice” list will determine who gets to ask questions.

The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico, who asked about cyber attacks.

President Obama made it clear he isn’t happy with Sony pulling “The Interview” and said the United States “will respond” to North Korea. He also joked about Seth Rogen and James “Flacco.” Obama went on to ask Budoff Brown about her upcoming move to Europe.

The second question goes to Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg. Up third, Julie Pace from the AP asked about Cuba and whether or not North Korea was acting with another country. The fourth question goes to Lesley Clark of McClatchy Newspapers. ”World news Tonight” anchor David Muir just received a shout out from the president.

The fifth question goes to Roberta Rampton of Reuters. Colleen McCain Nelson was up next, asking about executive actions. Juliet Eilperin gets the next question, asking about the Keystone pipeline. April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks gets the last question, asking about the “state of black America.”

It appears only women will be allowed to ask questions, forcing us to assume that all the male reporters in D.C. were “naughty” in Obama’s eyes.

Time political reporter Zeke Miller sent the following Tweet regarding the all-women presser.

 

Fusion Expands ‘AM Tonight,’ Names New EP

fusion130Fusion today announced that it will be expanding Alicia Menendez’s daily primetime show, “AM Tonight,” to an hour in 2015 and that Kim Gamble is joining the network to executive produce the show.

“Alicia is already redefining what it means to anchor a show that covers the stories that matter to her generation — a generation that is incredibly diverse, came of age in a digital era, and values inclusivity. Confident, optimistic, smart and funny, Alicia has a unique ability to cut through the clutter,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said in an email to staff.

Gamble was most recently the Executive Producer and Head Writer for MTV’s “Nikki and Sara Live.”

Check out the entire email sent to the Fusion staff, after the jump…  Read more

In Exclusive Interview, Stephen Collins Tells Katie Couric He’s Not a Pedophile

Collins

“7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins denies being a pedophile in an interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric–portions of which will appear on ABC’s “20/20″ Friday. “A pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I’m not,” Collins said. He goes on to suggest that “a distortion” in his thinking led him to act out. “But I’m absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I’m just not.”

It’s the first time the actor has spoken publicly about accusations he sexually assaulted three girls in incidents that date back to the 1970′s, but were first reported in October.

Watch the clip, released this morning, after the jump:
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