According to the NY Times, Greece has shut down its public broadcaster, ERT, as part of cost-cutting measures. ERT will reopen eventually, but with a fraction of its 2,900 strong staff.
The Television Critics Association released its 2013 TCA Award nominees. “60 Minutes,” “AC360,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Daily Show” and a PBS doc on the “Central Park five,” made the cut for “News and Information,” while Barbara Walters will receive a lifetime achievement award.
This year’s National Cable and Telecommunications Association show, also called “The Cable Show,” (the big trade show of the cable industry) is in Washington DC, and with the close access to America’s political and business elite, every cable news channel will be represented.
Most of the appearances will be on panels and autograph signings on the show floor, but in the case of the cable business news networks there will also be live reporting.
CNBC’s media business reporter Julia Boorstin will report from the NCTA floor throughout the day tomorrow, June 11. CNBC’s Becky Quick is also interviewing her boss’ boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, on stage there tomorrow morning. Fox Business Network will have Liz Claman reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests are expected to include Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman and Discovery CEO David Zaslav, among others. Bloomberg TV has Betty Liu reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests will include Comcast’s Roberts and Showtime CEO Matt Blank.
Fox Business anchor Liz Claman is in Omaha, Nebraska to cover the Berkhsire Hathaway shareholders meeting. Claman is running in a 5K today, with the proceeds from her run going to the One Fund Boston. Claman talks about the run with the Omaha World-Herald.
Monday, Claman will be interviewing Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, along with Bill Gates, Charles Munger and Meryl Witmer. Unlike other interviews, business school students from Georgetown, Wake Forest and Columbia will be able to submit questions, with the best ones appearing live via satellite to ask their questions o the executives. It airs live Monday at 9:30 AM.
The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.
Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.
Turner Broadcasting is taking its CNN “Next List” brand and expanding it to other units. Turner Sports will launch “The Next List Summit” in Atlanta in advance of the NCAA Final Four. CNN will air an NCAA-themed edition of the weekend series to tie it together. More information below.
Warren Buffett phoned in to CNBC this morning following the news of his $28 billion acquisition, along with private equity, of H.J. Heinz. Which means, among other things, that the Secretary of State is about to be a whole lot richer. That deal aside, Buffett is also bullish on newspapers. Last year his company acquired dozens of papers across the country. But his love of media does not extend to magazines, apparently. Following news yesterday that Time Warner is ready to sell several Time Inc. titles to Meredith, CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Buffett, “You obviously love the print business, but would you ever buy a magazine?”
“No. The answer is no,” said Buffett.
Buffett will be on Liz Claman‘s FBN show later today.
FBN’s Rich Edsonis interviewed by The Opportunist, and reveals that his first media gig was as an intern at “Saturday Night Live.” “If the stars of the show or the guest host wanted food or a pack of cigarettes, they would send me out to get it.”
This week the World Economic Forum is once again being held in the sleepy ski town of Davos, Switzerland, and the business networks are on the scene to try and score chats with market shakers and world leaders.
CNBC has anchors Maria Bartiromo and Andrew Ross Sorkin in Davos, along with senior economics reporter Steve Liesman, Sorkin will co-anchor “Squawk Box” from Davos Wednesday-Friday, while Bartiromo and Liesman will be appearing on various programs throughout the week.
Fox Business Network has Liz Claman in Davos, with coverage kicking off Wednesday at 11 AM, and continuing through Friday.
Bloomberg TV has Erik Schatzker, Tom Keene and Francine Lacqua at the Forum, along with reporter Olivia Sterns. BTV coverage starts at 1 AM ET (6 AM GMT) tomorrow, and continues through Friday. Lacqua will anchor “On the Move,” Keene will anchor “Bloomberg Surveillance” and Schatzker will co-anchor “Market Makers” from Davos.
Once again the Fox News and Fox Business media relations folks have served up some holiday cheer but taking jabs at their competitors in holiday cards. Yes, the war on Christmas the competition is alive and well at Fox. In the Fox Biz card, below, FBN anchors make the nice list, while a few CNBC anchors make the “naughty” list
Meanwhile, Fox News conjures up an image of the network ratings horse race in their card, showing Fox News ahead of the broadcast competition, while one network stumbles and two others remain in the “Grooming Center.” See it after the jump.