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CNN’s Next Step: ‘Come up with a plan to restore momentum’ Following April Ratings Low

(l-r) Jim Walton, Dick Parsons and Phil Kent

The Wall Street Journal‘s Keach Hagey looks at CNN’s ratings woes, and provides some new context and information relating to the news channel. Among the revelations: Former Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons allegedly wanted CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton removed from his post.

Also: the current leadership of Time Warner, led by CEO Jeff Bewkes, are not taking CNN’s struggles lying down.

Time Warner’s current CEO, Jeff Bewkes, is “clearly not satisfied” with how CNN is doing and is pushing management of both CNN and Turner “to come up with a plan to restore momentum” of CNN, said a Time Warner spokesman.

“I’ve been here for a long time. And I enjoy what I do, and I compete and I plan to keep doing it for a while,” Mr. Walton said in an interview.

Read the entire WSJ item here.

The New York TimesBrian Stelter has more information, including that CNN wants to add an 11 PM program, but that existing programming will likely take top priority.

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Brian Williams & Jimmy Fallon Host Event Honoring…. their Future Boss?

Williams.jpgThe Ad Council announced today that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon (seen together slow-jamming the news) will co-host the 57th Annual Public Service Award Dinner.

This year’s event honors Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation.

Comcast is in the process of acquiring a majority stake in NBC-Universal.

Previous recipients of the Annual Public Service Award include Time Warner’s Dick Parsons and former president of NBCU and vice-chairman of GE Bob Wright

The event will be held November 17 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

“Black in America” Packs Time Warner Center

obrien_7-16b.JPGThe 10th floor theater at the Time Warner Center was packed with hundreds of guests last night for a preview of CNN’s new Black in America series — so much so, two overflow rooms were needed.

Before the crowds watched a 30-minute preview of three upcoming specials, Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons addressed the audience. “I think they had an ulterior motive asking me here, but I can’t figure out what it is, other than that I’m black in America,” he joked.

“It’s time to start looking at things in a new prism,” he said about the documentaries.

Angela Burt-Murray, Essence editor-in-chief called the project the most “comprehensive” in media history and O’Brien called the 18-months of work, a “labor of love.”

“We needed to get our facts right but we needed to get our stories right too,” she said. “Two very different things.”

At a reception following the screening, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein told TVNewser Black in America is getting high marks at its screenings and through an email campaign. “You can’t force people to do it. It was organic,” he said. “Viewers are responding to it. It’s been surprising and encouraging.”

A glance at the storylines, who was there, and more, after the jump…

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