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As Radio Negotiations Continue, Rush Limbaugh Plans Hourlong Fox News Visit

With Cumulus Media saying publicly that it plans to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity at the end of the year, the pair of talkers are calmly making their pitch public. Both Hannity and Limbaugh downplayed the report on their radio programs yesterday, reassuring listeners that regardless of what happens they will be able to listen to them.

We hear that the effort by Cumulus is part of a public negotiating strategy, and the two sides have set an August 1 deadline to strike new deals. As the Time Warner Cable/CBS spat shows, deadlines can be moved.

Tonight, both Hannity and Limbaugh will have an hour each in primetime on Fox News to make their case to viewers. Hannity has his daily 9 PM program, while Limbaugh will be interviewed by Greta Van Susteren on “On the Record” for the entire 10 PM hour.

Limbaugh is an occasional — though not regular — guest on FNC. He called into “The Five” earlier this month to shoot down a story suggesting he told his listeners to stop watching Fox News. And he has been interviewed by Van Susteren in 2009 and again in 2011.

One thing is clear, as the negotiations continue, don’t be surprised if things heat up.

Cumulus Media Plans To Drop Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh

Two of the biggest names in talk radio (one of whom also happens to be a big name in TV news) may be losing distribution on hundreds of radio stations. According to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Cumulus Media plans to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity at the end of this year, after failing to come to terms on new contracts with the hosts.

The decision comes after negotiations between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, the division of Clear Channel that distributes Limbaugh and Hannity’s shows, broke down due to disagreements over the cost of the distribution rights, the source said. Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names.

A source in the agent community tells TVNewser that “this is a public negotiating tactic, it’s about sending a message.” In other words, don’t be surprised if Limbaugh, Hannity or both men remain on Cumulus.

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Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Leave Cumulus Media

Talk-radio often sets the table for the world of TV news, and no one has set more tables than Rush Limbaugh. Now, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that Limbaugh is threatening to leave Cumulus Media when his contract expires at the end of the year, potentially taking his services to a competing syndicator.

According to the source, Limbaugh is considering the move because Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey has blamed the company’s advertising losses on Limbaugh’s controversial remarks about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student. In Feb. 2012, Limbaugh referred to Fluke as “a slut” because she had called on congress to mandate insurance coverage of birth control. The subsequent controversy over those remarks resulted in a significant advertising boycott. The true extent of Limbaugh’s effect on Cumulus’s advertising revenue is not known.

It is likely a very public negotiating tactic by Limbaugh. If he truly was hurt by Cumulus’ statements, he would just leave when his contract expires, but by threatening to leave publicly, he is sending a message: “Pay up, or I go.”

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TVNewsers Atop ‘Talkers’ ‘Heavy Hundred’

Talkers magazine, the magazine of the talk radio business, has released its annual “Heavy Hundred” list. As has become commonplace, the list is chock full of TV news personalities, particularly towards the top.

Rush Limbaugh may be number one, but Fox News’ Sean Hannity was number two, and former FNCer Glenn Beck was number four. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz came in at number six, while Current TV’s Stephanie Miller held the number 12 slot and Alan Colmes was at 16.

Other TV news personalities on the list include Andrea Tantaros (24), Don Imus (35), Mike Huckabee (46), Herman Cain (59), Geraldo Rivera (62), Tom Sullivan (65) and Al Sharpton (90).

Joe Scarborough: ‘Conservative Echo Chamber’ Hurting Republicans

MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough used a discussion on the program this morning to segue into an article about the “conservative echo chamber,” and how he thinks it is hurting the Republican party.

Scarborough argues that while conservatives once had a valid complaint about how they were treated in the media, the current habit of turning to outlets with a clear conservative bent have not been helping them win elections. Rather, those outlets reinforce preexisting beliefs.

His proof? Republicans have done very poorly in elections since conservative-friendly media like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News burst onto the scene:
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Former Dick Clark CEO Mark Shapiro In Running For Top CNN Gig

Former ESPN programming executive and Dick Clark Productions CEO Mark Shapiro has emerged as one of the contenders for the top job at CNN, a source in the agent community confirmed to TVNewser. The news was first reported by the well-sourced Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times.

Shapiro was a powerful programming executive at ESPN, and helped launch what became ESPN’s top original program ”Pardon The Interruption.” He also was the man responsible for putting conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on the “NFL Countdown” pregame show. He joined Dick Clark Productions as CEO in May, 2010, and left earlier this year when the company was sold to Guggenheim Partners. Dick Clark Productions specializes in producing live event programming, like “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” The Golden Globe Awards and the American music Awards.

As Flint notes, Shapiro does not have a background in “hard news,”

However, Shapiro has strong production chops from his days at ESPN, which has its own large news division. He is seen as an innovative executive unafraid to take chances. He also is known for having sharp elbows and for being confrontational at times with talent and other executives.

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Anderson Cooper Fires Back at Rush Limbaugh: ‘You Might Try the Gym from Time to Time’

The other day on his radio show Rush Limbaugh was pointing out CNN’s ratings woes, and singled out Anderson Cooper calling him “the silver fox.”

“I swear, that guy is reported more in gossip columns to be at the gym or that bar or a restaurant than he is in the studio,” said Limbaugh. “I hear more stuff about Anderson Cooper at a bar or at a gym or at a health club than I do about what he’s doing in the studio.”

Last night, Cooper fired back, putting Limbaugh in his RidicuList. “I’ve never tried to pick a fight with this guy, I really have no interest in doing that now. But because I’m sure that Mr. Limbaugh cares about accuracy, I just want to point out to him: I have three jobs …. The idea that I’m hanging out in bars and health clubs is sadly not true.”

Did the Obama Campaign Take the Lead from MSNBC with New ‘Forward’ Slogan?

The Obama re-election campaign has a new 7-minute short film called simply “Forward.” The ad begins with the economic meltdown in 2008, with clips from TV news reports by CBS’s Anthony Mason, NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and others.

While declaring, “Republicans were waging a campaign to tear the president down,” images of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh flash on the screen.

“Then there was the victory no one saw coming,” says the film’s announcer, while showing clips from NBC News’s special report from Brian Williams the night Osama Bin Laden was killed, with more clips from CNN, CBS and ABC.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Joe Scarborough asked, “Really? That’s it, huh? So is Fox’s slogan going to be — or Mitt Romney‘s slogan going to be ‘Balanced?’ I mean, he’s taking MSNBC’s slogan!”

“Lean forward was taken,” said Politico’s Mike Allen.

See the ad after the jump…

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Following Tweet, Calls for an Apology from Fox News analyst Monica Crowley Update: Apology Tweeted

There are demands for an apology from Fox News analyst Monica Crowley after she sent this Tweet Thursday just after 1pmET:

Crowley followed up with, “I love exposing the Left’s total lack of a sense of humor.” By 2:30, the term #CrowleyJokes was a top trending topic on Twitter.

But Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who got an apology from Rush Limbaugh after he called her a “slut” on his radio show, didn’t find it funny. And she isn’t asking for an apology from Crowley. But she says Crowley does owe an apology to the LGBT community for a Tweet that was “homophobic and offensive.” (Video after the jump)

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz‘s ended his show last night talking with Fluke about it. “It’s certainly not a way I wanted my engagement be treated,” said Fluke, who got engaged to her boyfriend of 8 years. “What really bothers me about is the blatant homophobia in the statement.”

Crowley has been with Fox News on and off since the network launched. In 2004 she co-hosted a show on MSNBC called “Connected: Coast to Coast” with on Ron Reagan.

> Update: This afternoon, Crowley apologized on Twitter:

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TV Talkers Make Talkers List of Heavy Hundred

Ed Schultz spent a little time on his MSNBC show last night talking about Talkers, the radio industry magazine and its 2012 Heavy Hundred list. Rush Limbaugh is #1 on the list, followed by FNC’s Sean Hannity and Michael Savage at #3. “Well, we all know his history and what happened here on MSNBC,” said Schultz of Savage.

“And I’m right ahead of my good friend, Laura Ingraham,” said Schultz sarcastically. Unless this is how you refer to your “good friend.”

Schultz joins Joe Madison and Thom Hartmann as the “three lefties in the top ten!”

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is #9 on the list.

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