TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Zain Asher’

Zain Asher’s Brother Nominated for Best Actor Academy Award

CNN business correspondent Zain Asher‘s brother, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is among the Academy Award nominees for best actor. Asher, whose full name is Zain Asher Ejiofor, appeared on CNN this morning to talk about her brother’s Oscar nod for “12 Years a Slave.”

“Growing up with him, he was always in his bedroom practicing Shakespeare lines, writing Shakespeare on the wall,” she recalled. “I would go out with my friends and I would come home and in the morning he’d be reciting ‘Measure for Measure’ and in the evening it would be ‘Othello.’” Watch:

Mediabistro Course

Social Media 101

Social Media 101Get hands-on social media training for beginners in our online boot camp, Social Media 101. Starting September 4, social media and marketing experts will help you determine the social media sites that matter most to you, based on your personal and professional goals. Register now! 
 

Samsung Gadget Segments Reveal Hoda Kotb, Michaela Pereira’s Phone Numbers

Note to TV anchors and producers: if you are doing a segment on a gadget that hooks into your phone number or email, be prepared for those things to appear on-air.

NBC’s Hoda Kotb and CNN’s Michaela Pereira learned that the hard way this morning, as both women had their personal phone numbers broadcast for all to see during segments about Samsung’s new “smartwatch.”

Shortly after the start of the 10 AM hour, Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford played around with the device, accidentally flashing Kotb’s number in the process.

“Is that my number?,” Kotb asked. “See, it’s happening, people are calling my number! Hello? Who is this? Is this me?”

“Oh, you have a lot of fans, and a couple of prisoners,” Gifford joked.

“Oh god, it’s happening!” Kotb responded. “I have 20 voice mails, 22, 23… What just happened?”

Pereira played it a bit cooler on CNN after Zain Asher accidentally flashed her number while calling her from the Samsung gadget.

Read more

Boston Bombings: Tuesday Coverage Notes

Explosions at Finish Line of the Boston Marathon

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.

> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.

> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.

> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:

Read more

Snowmaggedon Sounds So Much Cooler Than Nemo

So Nemo, is what we’re calling this? This storm will sound nothing like Ellen DeGeneres as a clownfish (oh wait, she was Dory). Anyway, maybe the Weather Channel can come up with more daunting names next year. Remember Snowpacalyse which hit three years this week? Also Snowmaggedon?

So, what are the networks planning? The Weather Channel had already blown out their reality shows in primetime last night with storm prep coverage. The news and business networks have reporters out in the field.

CNN is planning to be live overnight tonight and into Saturday covering the storm. Chad Myers and Jen Delgado will monitor the storm’s movement from the CNN Weather Center. Reporters and anchors including Jason Carroll, Susan Candiotti, Poppy Harlow, Ali Velshi, Ashleigh Banfield, Zain Asher, Alison Kosik, Mary Snow (appropriately), Gary Tuchman and Brian Todd will be out and about.

Brooke Baldwin anchors overnight coverage from balmy Atlanta. “This is when you know there’s a serious breaking news story,” said Baldwin during 2pmET coverage, “Look at all the pizza boxes at CNN.”

On Fox News, Anna Kooiman and Molly Lyon will report live. The storm has pushed the Saturday morning business block to the afternoon, from 2-4pmET. Kelly Wright and Jamie Colby will continue with live coverage from 10-Noon.

The Morning Ticker: Asher, Ablow, Cronkite

  • CNN has added Zain Asher to its ranks. Asher will be a business correspondent, appearing across all platforms of the company, she joins CNN from MONEY magazine.

  • Geraldo Rivera may not be the only Fox News contributor eyeing a Senate run. Raw Story reports that Dr. Keith Ablow, FNC’s favorite psychiatrist, says that he would be glad to run for the vacant seat in Massachusetts if no other Republicans challenge him in a primary.

  • Uproxx finds a classic video of CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite previewing the “home of the 21st century.” Wouldn’t you know it, he wasn’t that far off in his predictions! WATCH…

Read more