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HuffPost Live Joins The Cable News Ranks

HuffPost Live–The Huffington Post’s web-TV outfit–is coming to cable TV.

AXS TV, the cable channel owned by Mark Cuban, AEG, CAA and Ryan Seacrest, will now simulcast HuffPost Live programming from 10 AM-4 PM. HuffPost Live has been seeking cable distribution for months (as we have noted), though the deal with AXS will not result in lucrative carriage fees that makes cable such an appealing place for programmers, according to the NY TimesBrian Stelter.

In an interview, Roy Sekoff, the president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, did not rule out full-blown cable distribution in the future. He said AXS provided “a way to get on now,” emphasizing “now.”

The telecast will start on May 13. It will be shown weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time (the first half of HuffPost Live’s daily output), replacing the random assortment of repeats that AXS currently schedules during the day. Mr. Sekoff said The Huffington Post was not paying for the distribution, and AXS is not paying for the programming; the arrangement is mutually beneficial, he suggested, something that Mr. Cuban affirmed in a separate interview.

The deal also unites The Huffington Post with Dan Rather, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor who now hosts “Dan Rather Reports” on the channel.

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Pat Summerall Remembered as Player, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur

Tributes continue to come in following the death Tuesday of Pat Summerall, the former NFL football player turned broadcaster who spent 40 years in the booth. Summerall called games on CBS from 1962 to 1994 and on FOX from 1994 to 2002. In 1981, Summerall was paired with former coach John Madden. The team would last for 22 seasons on the two networks.

Summerall, 82, died of a heart attack at a Dallas hospital yesterday. He’d gone in for hip surgery. Some tributes on Twitter:

“He was a terrific broadcaster, a great guy, they didn’t come any better on TV,” Larry King.

“The late Pat Summerall was a great broadcaster who once happened to be a good football player. Early on, was a NYC radio morning host. RIP,” Keith Olbermann.

“Pat was not only good, he was easy to listen to. That’s a rarity in today’s show biz TV sports world,” Len Berman.

“For those of us who make a living in front of a microphone, Pat Summerall was one of the guys who defined the job,” Steve Inskeep, NPR

“RIP Pat Summerall. I will remember you as an entrepreneur first and foremost,” Mark Cuban

CBS And Dan Rather: Together Again

This afternoon CBS acquired a minority stake in AXS TV, the cable channel formerly known as HDNet.

In addition to CBS, AXS is owned by Mark Cuban, Ryan Seacrest, live events company AEG and talent agency CAA. According to the companies, CBS will provide the network with live programming, and will offer marketing support.

The deal also reunites CBS with Dan Rather, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor.

AXS is the TV home for “Dan Rather Reports,” the investigative journalism series Rather launched after his memorable and ignominious departure from the broadcaster. Rather and CBS ended their decades-long partnership after a story about President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service was put in doubt. Rather would end up suing CBS, spending more than $2 million of his own money on the lawsuit.

By becoming a minority owner in AXS, CBS now has a rooting interest for “Dan Rather Reports” to succeed.

With HDNet Rebranding, What Happens to ‘Dan Rather Reports’?

HDNet, the cable channel founded by Mark Cuban, is rebranding as AXS TV, with Ryan Seacrest, CAA, and AEG coming on board as partners. The channel’s focus will be shifted toward live events and shows, particularly concerts and sports.

The transformation begs the question, what happens to HDNet’s signature news program, “Dan Rather Reports”? The answer: very little.

According to Cuban, Rather’s program will remain on the channel, though it will have more live elements than it currently does. He told Brian Stelter at the New York Times:
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‘Dan Rather Reports’ at 5 Years, and Dan Rather at 80

It is a year of big anniversaries for Dan Rather. The former CBS News anchor is celebrating five years at his new home on Mark Cuban‘s HDNet, and in October he will turn 80. Rather spoke to the AP about his program:

Five years ago, Rather accepted Cuban’s offer to put together a new show without knowing all that would be involved or even much about him. He recalled walking into a business that rents temporary real estate and the receptionist calling back to her boss, “There’s someone here who says he’s Dan Rather and he wants to rent office space.”

Rather also spoke about his former home at CBS, and some of the people who still work there:

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DeSean Jackson Uses Gay Slur Towards Radio Caller

An audio clip has surfaced from June 30 of DeSean Jackson calling a listener a “gay-ass f****” on the All Out Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear on Sirius XM radio.

A caller by the name of Troy went on the uncensored satellite radio show and asked Jackson if he’s “had his d**k knocked in the dirt [indecipherable].”

The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver didn’t take kindly to the question and berated the caller with a homophobic slur.

Something tells me Jackson will get a pass considering the NFL has bigger issues on its plate at the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESPN Films Gets A Permanent Home On ESPN Classic

Following the success of 30 for 30, ESPN Films is creating a destination for sports documentaries on ESPN Classic.

ESPN Films on Classic will showcase films for 50 hours each weekend starting at 10 p.m. ET every Friday through midnight every Sunday.

“One of the things that makes sports storytelling so captivating is that when a pivotal moment happens, it is almost instantly considered ‘classic’, said Keith Clinkscales, SVP, content development and enterprises. “With 30 for 30, we were able to prove that classic sports stories resonate with a large and diverse audience so our intent with “ESPN Films on Classic” is to create a permanent destination for this genre. We feel this is a natural brand extension for ESPN Classic, which already features documentary and historical programming.” Read more

Barkley, Le Batard Agree To Bet That Will Blind Humans

When it comes to the 2011 NBA Finals, there will be no winners – - only losers – - thanks to a disturbing bet made by Charles Barkley and Dan Le Batard.

The two round and plump men agreed that if the Mavericks lose the Finals, Barkley will wear a Speedo on South Beach during a radio interview with Le Batard.

If the Heat lose, Le Batard will have to squeeze into the Speedo.

Enjoy, South Beach.

 

Liberty Bowl Moving From ESPN To ABC

The 53rd annual Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 will be televised on ABC instead of ESPN.

The bowl game match up between a representative from the Southeastern Conference and the Conference USA champion was once a staple on ABC between 1966-1980.

Thanks to solid ratings and a an attractive time slot, ABC decided to once again air the bowl game, which will gain 16 million households as a result.

“We’ve enjoyed being on ESPN the last two decades,”AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart said. “But the chance to have our game on ABC, which is Disney-owned like ABC, raises us to another level. With ABC, we’ll have an additional 16 million households available to us so we can spread the message of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

‘Dan Rather Reports’ wins Robert Kennedy Award

“Dan Rather Reports” on HDNet has been awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for the story, “The Price of an Afghan Bride” which aired on the network in March 2010 and was produced by Jenny Nordberg. “I could not be more proud of Dan and his team and the amazing product work that they do every single week, with a fraction of the budgets enjoyed by his counterparts.” said billionaire yet cost-conscious founder Mark Cuban. “This award is very well deserved by everyone working on this program and their dedication to excellence in reporting.”

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