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Maybe Alec Baldwin and Piers Morgan Could… Ah, Nevermind

Following the news that his show would soon leave the CNN airwaves, Piers Morgan is seeing support on twitter, including from a former cable news host, who will soon be giving up a life lived in the public eye, and a pop star who’s been out of the public eye since the last millennium.

And Morgan has no plans to stop tweeting about cricket.

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‘Piers Morgan Live’ to End on CNN

piersmorganlive logo_304x200Piers Morgan‘s three-year run as host of CNN’s 9pmET hour is set to end as soon as next month, The New York Times David Carr reports.

“CNN confirms that Piers Morgan Live is ending,” a network spokesperson confirmed for TVNewser, adding the final air date or a replacement show has not yet been determined.

After discussing the show’s ratings woes, Morgan and CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker decided to end his primetime show.

“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Morgan told the Times, adding that his show wasn’t connecting during slower news cycles.

“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” he said. “That’s run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”

Just five months ago, Morgan told CBS This Morning he would “be taken out of CNN kicking and screaming.”

The Sunday Ticker: Cantore, Stelter, CNN/CBS

  • The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was named the 2014 Weatherperson of the Year by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. Cantore was honored Thursday at a dinner in Orlando.

  • A military judge has ordered CNN and CBS to turn over unaired footage from interviews with a woman at the center of a 2012 sexual assault case involving three U.S. Naval Academy students. The judge said  the footage includes ”specific, material information and a level of detail not present” in the woman’s other statements.

Why Bill O’Reilly Won’t Be the Next Anchor of the Evening News

Tonight’s “Rock Center” led off with a two-part Ted Koppel report looking at partisan news media, its rise and why it may be here to stay, whether you like it or not.

The hugely popular and wildly profitable Fox News Channel — in the form of Bill O’Reilly — participated in the NBC report, but MSNBC did not. “The presidents of Fox and our sister network, MSNBC, wanted no part of this conversation,” said Koppel. “And also declined on behalf of their on-air talent.” O’Reilly was the exception. Koppel also talked with Ann Coulter and Bill Maher. Also:

  • Koppel posed this hypothetical to O’Reilly: “Diane Sawyer is retiring, they want you to be the next anchor. Money is not going to be a problem. What do you do?” O’Reilly: “I don’t do it. Too boring. It would not be nearly as much fun as teeing the world off every night here and having all the reaction and being able to do all the things I could never do in a hard news broadcast.”
  • Koppel, showing his own bias (journalistic, not political), describes Fox News this way: “A partisan news network with the mocking slogan ‘Fair and Balanced.’”
  • New York Times media columnist David Carr thinks a partisan outlet as primary news source is, “an existential threat to our perfect union.”

Full segments after the jump…

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David Carr: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” New York Times columnist, and journalist’s journalist, David Carr remembers the first big story of his career.

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How to Know if Your Tweet Will Get You In Trouble

Roland Martin may be silenced, for now, by CNN brass. But he’s still going gangbusters on the platform that got him intro trouble last week. Just since Midnight, Martin has Tweeted or Retweeted more than 100 times. The NYT’s David Carr, a rather prolific Tweeter himself, writes about the Martin mess in his Monday media column. Carr says he’s figured out where that line is, so he doesn’t cross it:

[E]ven though I am something of a free speech absolutist, partly because my Twitter bio identifies me as someone who writes about media for The New York Times. When I do post on Twitter, I often look at it through the eyes of my boss and his bosses and ask, is this congruent with the journalistic values of the institution — or, more succinctly, will it create a headache for my employer?

Meanwhile, Politico’s Dylan Byers did some digging and found out what happened when another CNN contributor made some controversial comments last month:

For the record, CNN did stop booking Dana Loesch for two-and-a-half weeks after she made comments championing U.S. Marines for urinating on Taliban soldiers and suggesting that she would have done the same.

What’s Glenn Beck’s future with Fox News?

In today’s New York Times, David Carr explores the stunning rise and slow fall of Glenn Beck at Fox News.

Mr. Beck, a conservative Jeremiah and talk-radio phenomenon, burst into television prominence in 2009 by taking the forsaken 5 p.m. slot on Fox News and turning it into a juggernaut. A conjurer of conspiracies who spotted sedition everywhere he looked, Mr. Beck struck a big chord and ended up on the cover of Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine, and held rallies all over the country that were mobbed with acolytes. He achieved unheard-of ratings, swamped the competition and at times seemed to threaten the dominion of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity at Fox.

But since the beginning of the year, Beck has been down the most of any FNC show. In February, he dropped -26% in total viewers (2.084M v. 2.833M) and -32% in the A254-54 demo (513K v. 753K). In January the drop was more striking: down -40% in total viewers (1.786M v. 2.955M) and down -50% in younger viewers (406K v. 806K). The show is now on par with with its numbers at launch. In Feb. 2009, his first full month on the air, Beck drew 2.173M total viewers and 512K A25-54 viewers.

Carr writes:

He still has numbers that just about any cable news host would envy and, with about two million viewers a night, outdraws all his competition combined. But the erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent

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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes: ‘We have to do a better job at programming the news’

The New York Times David Carr sat down with Jeff Bewkes at The Paley Center in New York City for a live streaming web cast yesterday. After Carr brings up the success of Fox News, with 7 million viewers on election night, the writer suggests “maybe you need a tilt, right or left, to be a big business.”

Bewkes immediately answered with a resounding “no” pointing out the success of broadcasts like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

After Bewkes talks about the success of CNN’s centrist point of view, Carr asked “if you were so happy with the way things were going, then why did you replace the guy that was running it?”

“I think we have to do a better job at programming the news,” the CEO responded saying that covering the news from a non-partisan perspective is important but “you have to do it in an accessible, understandable, and interesting way.”

While responding to Carr’s question about CNN’s ratings, Bewkes says “They tune in to get the news, and when they’ve got it, they go…or we bore the hell out of them when they come. That would be our fault.”

Bewkes admitted to watching FOX’s “Family Guy” calling it “a pretty funny show” that he watches with his 13-year-old, saying that it also runs on TBS.

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Bloomberg Broadcasts MSM Debate

Carrdebate11-2.jpgAs a part of the Intelligence Squared US debate series, BloombergTV will be broadcasting a special debate titled “Good Riddance to the Mainstream Media” this evening, tomorrow, and Wednesday at 9pmET.

The debate centered on “the viability of the mainstream media,” and the debaters included Vanity Fair/’s Michael Wolff, Politico co-founder Jim Vandehei, and Phil Bronstein, editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle.

NYTimes’ David Carr countered arguments that the major media organizations won’t survive and argued a point that some in the TV news biz have also argued: “…The New York Times has a news budget of two hundred and twenty million dollars, dozens of bureaus all over the world, many other news organizations have the same footprint. And we’re going to toss that out — which is the proposition — toss that out and kick back and see what Facebook turns up. I don’t think so.”

From the “Freakishly Partisan” Olbermann to the “Atavism” of Beck

The NYTimes’ David Carr thinks the cable news channels are operating as if they’re still covering the election.

Gorged on ratings from a historic election and still riding on leftover adrenaline, the cable networks have steadfastly remained in campaign mode.

…the cable networks are loaded with red meat eaters and cud chewers. MSNBC is pretty much wall-to-wall politics with a roster to match — the obsessive Chris Matthews, the freakishly partisan Keith Olbermann and the reliably left-leaning Rachel Maddow.

Fox, too, sees politics everywhere, with Bill O’Reilly on the hunt for new enemies every day and Glenn Beck’s increasingly popular atavism. And CNN still has all manner of political boots on the ground – panels stacked like cordwood even though the election is long past.

Based on my experience working in cable news, this isn’t entirely new. In early 2001 the cable news channels covered George W. Bush‘s first 100 days just as intently, hoping to hold on to the viewership gains from the unresolved 2000 election. But Obama is not Bush, in more ways than 100. And the volume of news is much greater now than eight years ago. Recall that it took the EP-3E incident over Hainan Island in April 2001 to turn the cablers attention away from the newness of the Bush administration to how it would handle this first of many foreign policy challenges.