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As Time Warner Ends Vice Talks, A&E Plans $250M Stake in Media Company

viceThe New York TimesJonathan Mahler scoops that Time Warner has ended negotiations with Vice Media. The talks, which have been going on for months, included a plan to spin off Time Warner’s HLN network, and refashion it into a Vice channel. The Brooklyn-based media company includes a magazine, book publishing, a massive online presence, and gritty, global documentaries which are carried on Time Warner’s HBO.

The conversations collapsed after the two companies were unable to agree on a valuation of Vice. Last year, 21st Century Fox paid $70 million for a 5 percent stake in the company, valuing the company at more than $1 billion.

In June, Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith told the New York Times having a TV network was “the next step in our evolution. Our mobile and online stuff is going to grow exponentially, but we want a three-legged stool, and the third leg is TV.”

A week ago, the Wall Street Journal reported Time Warner had also been in talks with Glenn Beck‘s company about re-branding HLN into TheBlaze TV. But those talks also came to nothing. Earlier this year, under the new leadership of Albie Hecht, HLN intended to become “the home for the social media generation.” Primetime programs include those hosted by Nancy GraceJane Velez-Mitchell, and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Late nights and weekends are made up of true crime stories.

> More: The Financial Times reports Vice is finalizing a deal to sell a 10% stake to A&E Networks for $250 million. A&E is jointly owned by Walt Disney and Hearst. The sale could be announced as early as next week, FT reports.

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Turner Offers Buyouts to Hundreds of Employees; Will Also Seek ‘Additional Reductions in Staffing’

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Breaking: CNN and HLN are beginning a process of offering buyouts to hundreds of employees today. The Turner networks are among those feeling the effects of plan laid out by Turner CEO John Martin in a memo to all employees last week. More specifics came from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker who told told employees last Tuesday they would hear from their managers about cutbacks. This morning, a note from Turner’s Chief Human Resources Officer arrived. The note, obtained by TVNewser explains that even after buyouts “Turner will also undertake additional reductions in staffing.”

To support the company’s stated focus on programming, monetization and innovation, we are identifying cost savings and shifting capital allocations to high-growth areas where investment will drive growth and profitability. As part of these efforts, we are offering a Voluntary Separation Program to regular status Turner Broadcasting employees on Turner’s U.S. payroll working in the U.S. and who are at least age 55 and have 10 or more years of service as of December 31, 2014, excluding on-air talent and employees covered by a written employment agreement.

Today, employees meeting these eligibility requirements will receive a confidential, personalized email detailing the program, its benefits and deadlines for acceptance, which is strictly voluntary. This enhanced benefit offering is just one vehicle the company is implementing as part of a comprehensive plan. Given the current focus on reducing costs and prioritizing investments to maximize company performance, Turner will also undertake additional reductions in staffing.

We are grateful to the tenured employees whose service and dedication to Turner Broadcasting have made an indelible mark on our business success.

This is all part of Martin’s goal to create a more “streamlined, nimble and efficient company” as part of his “Turner 2020″ plan.

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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

Glenn Beck: TV News Will Change to Be ‘More Personal, More Human’

In part two of a “Reliable Sources” interview with Brian Stelter, Glenn Beck forecasted a TV news landscape that looks far different in a decade.

“I think they’re all going to change, I think television itself is going to change dramatically,” Beck said. “It will be more personal, it will be more human, it will be more authentic, it will not be led by a panel of experts from this club, or that club. It will be much closer to the user.”

Glenn Beck: ‘Somebody Stupid is Going to do Something Stupid and it Will Escalate’

“Reliable Sources” has released a preview of this morning’s Glenn Beck interview. Brian Stelter sat down with the former Fox News host, and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts to talk about polarization in the nation.

“I believe that we are in — I think we’re a country in civil war,” says Beck. “I just think we’re in a cold civil war. Shooting hasn’t started, but somebody stupid is going to do something stupid and it will escalate unless we talk to each other.”

“You read the comments, you read them on the Huffington Post or you read them on TheBlaze or CNN or Fox News, it doesn’t matter. They’re all the same, left and right. We’re calling each other horrible things,” says Beck. The interview airs in full at 11amET on CNN.

The Saturday Ticker: Beck, Meade, Williams

  • Glenn Beck will be a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow. The CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, and former Fox News host, will talk about where he plans to take his media empire next.

  • HLN’s Robin Meade gets guest co-hosts from the sports world for “Morning Express” next week. Former LA Laker Rick Fox will guest co-host Monday and Tuesday, while NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is in on Wednesday.

  • NBC’s Brian Williams has been named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame class of 2014. “I accept with gratitude and humility,” Williams tells the Star-Ledger. “It is home for me. I was born at Exit 165 and raised at Exit 114. This is just a tremendous honor for me and my family.”

David Remnick Cites Glenn Beck to Explain Russian Media

The New Yorker editor David Remnick, a Russophile who is fluent in Russian, gave his take on the country’s politics and media last night. To explain today’s Russian media, Remnick evoked a former cable news star.

“Imagine if Glenn Beck were appointed by the president,” Remnick told Seth Meyers on “Late Night,” adding, “and there were many Glenn Becks all over television, and that was all the information you were getting about the world.” He concluded that Russian media “is not Soviet style, but still not anywhere near what you would imagine here.”

Glenn Beck: Hillary Clinton Will ‘Pay the Price’ for Pres. Obama’s Treatment of Press

GlennBeck304Glenn Beck predicts that if Hillary Clinton runs for president, she’ll face a tough road to the White House thanks to President Obama.

“Hillary Clinton is going to pay the price of this administration…not by the American people, but by the press,” Beck said on TheBlaze TV today. He added that the press feels “betrayed” by the Obama administration, but is “too deeply in bed” with them to take action.

“I don’t think they have alarm bells going off, but they are uncomfortable with it and they don’t like it, and they don’t like the way they’ve been treated sometimes,” Beck said about the press. “I think they’re going to take that out on Hillary Clinton.”

The Saturday Ticker: Bolton, Beck/Hannity, TV News Women

  • Deirdre Bolton talks about her new FBN show in Suburban Life magazine: “They’re very supportive of creativity, which is unusual in the media right now; when have a good idea, you can go for it,” she says.

The Ticker: CBS News, Webby Awards, Beck

  • CBS News will air the results of a six-month-long investigation on spinal-fusion surgery on tomorrow morning’s “CBS This Morning.” The investigation looked at government databases to see how often doctors have performed the surgeries, and what the results were.

  • The 18th Annual Webby Awards voting closes tomorrow, with this year’s winners set to be announced on April 28. Al Jazeera’s “The Stream,” “60 Minutes Overtime,” and CNN are some TV news outlets nominated for digital awards.

  • On his radio show today, Glenn Beck recounted an email from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, apologizing for never thanking him for the gift–a first-edition copy of George Washington’s farewell address–Beck sent during the 2012 campaign. Romney’s reason for never sending a thank you note: his son never gave him the book.

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