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Amid CNN Cuts and Layoffs, Time Warner Boss Promises Growth

jeff_bewkes-300x300As CNN employees learned of more layoffs and show cancellations, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes was addressing investors in another part of the Time Warner Center, promising huge growth in the company’s earnings.

Plans for growing revenue include added spending for original programming, reports The New York Times:

Another concern is Turner, the home to CNN, TBS and TNT. The group of cable networks has faced ratings declines, and Turner has said it would expand its original programming in response. The company said that it would double its investment in original programming to $1 billion by 2018 from about $500 million. “We need to do more with more impact,” John Martin, the chief executive of Turner, said.

Brian Williams Featured in New 10th Anniversary Promos

“NBC Nightly News” is unveiling a new series of promos this week in honor of Brian Williams‘ upcoming 10th anniversary as anchor and managing editor.

The new campaign is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas, who has been the voice of the “NBC Nightly News” opening announcement since 2007. The promos feature still photographs of Williams reporting from the field during major stories of the past decade, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, tornado devastation, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and more.

‘Sanjay Gupta MD,’ ‘CNN Money’ Canceled

GuptaTwo more of CNN’s specialty half-hour shows have been canceled, TVNewser has learned.

Sanjay Gupta MD,” which airs Saturdays at 4:30pmET and Sundays at 7:30amET, has been canceled as has “CNN Money” with Christine Romans, which airs Saturday mornings.

We’re told Gupta and correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will focus on medical breaking news, field reporting, and documentaries for the network. The medical unit is being restructured and some staffers have been cut as part of the larger ongoing layoffs happening at the network.

As for Romans, she will continue co-anchoring “Early Start,” and remains CNN’s chief business correspondent contributing business stories across CNN. TVNewser was also first to report CNN had canceled its sports show “Unguarded.”

Surgery Forces Elisabeth Hasselbeck Off Air

Hasselbeck Elisabeth304This morning on “Fox and Friends,” it was revealed that Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be away from the show for a “couple of weeks” while recovering from surgery. The exact procedure is not known, but co-host Steve Doocy said Hasselbeck is “doing just fine, she’s on the mend.”

Replacements will rotate, with Kimberly Guilfoyle filling in for Hasselbeck this morning.

“We heard from her [Elisabeth] last night and she said she is feeling good. So, in a short time, she’ll be back on the set,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said.

Hasselbeck suffers from celiac disease and has written the book, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.

CNN’s ‘Unguarded’ Canceled

nicholsAs part of the cuts at CNN, “Unguarded” has been canceled, TVNewser has learned.

Host Rachel Nichols (right) will continue on with CNN as sole sports anchor for the network and host the occasional special as well as continuing her role with Turner Sports. It’s not known how many staffers have been cut as a result of the cancellation. The half-hour Friday night sports show never caught on with CNN viewers since its debut in October, 2013.

CNN is trimming its staff by about 8% or roughly 300 positions. Following voluntary buyouts, a round of layoffs began yesterday. HLN’s Jane Velez Mitchell and her staff were let go, as were about two dozen positions in the Washington Bureau.

The Morning Ticker: Sawyer, Hannity, Leno

  • ABC’s Diane Sawyer dropped in at the Media Center at USC’s Annenberg School Monday. Instead of finding their EP sitting for the morning meeting, the former “World News” anchor sat, sharing career and storytelling advice with the students.

  • FNC’s Sean Hannity talks about how he cut 27 pounds in 18 months. He did it the old-fashioned way: low-carb, no sugar diet and exercise, which includes kick boxing, jujitsu, submission and grappling.

  • On the “Today” show this morning, Jay Leno talked about his upcoming CNBC show. “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which had been produced for NBC.com, moves to a weekly slot on CNBC in 2015. “We’ll have some humor in it. We’ll have celebrities on,” Leno says.

NABJ Concerned Over CNN Cuts

DariusWalkerCNNA week after the National Association of Black Journalists expressed its concern “about the atmosphere for African Americans at CNN,” the network has laid off one of its highest-profile black executives.

Darius Walker, (right) an 18-year CNN veteran, is among the hundreds of employees cut as the network trims its workforce. Walker was a VP and the Northeast Bureau Chief based in New York.

NABJ president Bob Butler said its examination, even before the cuts, found “only two African American executive producers” at CNN.

“I’m shaking my head,” Butler told us by phone Tuesday, saying he’s heard from several NABJ members who were among the 170 laid off.

“When you talk to people there, we hear, ‘yeah, we’ve hired your members.’ But it’s about more than that. It’s about them getting some kind of meaningful job and getting promoted.”

Butler expressed his concerns during a meeting with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker last year. He says he’ll continue to press the NABJ case at CNN and other news networks.

“I find it hard to believe that in 2014 that this network, or any other network, can’t find qualified candidates of color. I find it hard to believe. That’s an excuse.”

Cable Network Ranker: Week of Oct. 6

Fox News finished in the Top 5 of cable networks for the week of Oct. 6. FNC was No. 5 in primetime — behind ESPN, AMC, TBS and USA — and No. 4 in Total Day viewing. FNC averaged 1,695,000 primetime viewers and and 1,039,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 31st in primetime, just ahead of CNN which was 32nd. CNN was 23rd in total day, while MSNBC was 29th.

Cable Ranker Week of Oct. 6, 2014

Jane Velez Mitchell Show Canceled

JaneDon2Breaking: Jane Velez Mitchell‘s nightly HLN show has been canceled, part of deep cuts at CNN today. Velez Mitchell will be leaving the network, as will the staff of the show. In all about 15 HLN employees, we’ve learned.

Velez Mitchell was a contributor to the network even before she got her own show which launched 6 years ago this week. Velez Mitchell was thrust onto the HLN schedule Oct. 17, 2008, when Glenn Beck abruptly departed for Fox News Channel.

As it turns out, Velez Mitchell’s final episode last night finished as the No. 1 HLN primetime show in the demo, even beating Chris Matthews on MSNBC. “Forensic Files” will air at 7pmET tonight.

The Scoreboard: Monday, October 13

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 255 | CNN: 185 | MSNBC: 68 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 359 | CNN: 258 | MSNBC: 93 | HLN: 67

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

177

TheFive:

434

Baier:

332

Greta:

352

O’Reilly:

482

Kelly:

369

Hannity:

227

O’Reilly:

276

Kelly:

239

CNN
Tapper:

176

Blitzer:

249

Blitzer:

263

Burnett:

289

Cooper:

301

Cooper:

237

Tonight:

235

Tonight:

164

CNNI:

117

MSNBC
Wagner:

32

EdShow:

62

Sharpton:

84

Matthews:

101

Hayes:

91

Maddow:

107

O’Donnell:

80

Hayes:

54

Maddow:

58

HLN
Now:

38

WWYD?:

23

WWYD?:

33

Jane:

104

Grace:

77

Dr.Drew:

21

Files:

93

Files:

98

Files:

151

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