Variety reports advertisers are having a hard time buying what CNN is selling. As the network diversifies programming and looks to boost rates, ad buyers are focusing on what it costs to reach a CNN viewer, when other alternatives exist.
NBCNews.com launched its newest section today. The Asian America vertical will cover issues of Asian American culture, identity, and experience through original storytelling, video, photography, personal essays, and more.
After 25 years at the helm, Jeremy Paxman anchors his final “Newsnight” on BBC News tonight. While he’s best known for his abrasive interviewing style, for his final broadcast, Paxman interviews London Mayor Boris Johnson on a tandem bike.
CNN’s former head of sales Greg D’Alba has joined WME and IMG as president of global sales and marketing. D’Alba left CNN in March after 28 years with the network. D’Alba will oversee brand partnerships and lead global sales for the sports and media talent agencies.
An Al-Jazeera journalist who had been on hunger strike for more than four months to protest his detention in Egypt, has been released for health reasons. “I won,” Abdullah Elshamy told those awaiting him outside a police station in Cairo. His family then took him to a hospital.
CNN Films’ presentation of “41 on 41″ averaged 460,000 total viewers and 167,000 A25-54 viewers Sunday night. The documentary on Pres. George H.W. Bush was #1 in the A25-54 demo and #3 (behind HLN and Fox News) in total viewers.
Author, attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz joins Newsmax TV where he’ll host the weekly show “You and the Law.” Newsmax TV is now available in 35 million homes with the addition of DirecTV and Dish yesterday.
Monica Crowley, a former MSNBC host and long-time contributor to Fox News, has been named Online Opinion Editor of the Washington Times. She will report to the Times’ Opinion Editor David Keene and starts June 23.
Wired associate publisher Keith Grossman is joining Bloomberg, where he’ll be publisher of Bloomberg Digital and digital products, a new position. Grossman will help lead digital product development, oversee digital ad sales and build new ad solutions.
At the Time Warner shareholders meeting Friday, an investor challenged CEO Jeff Bewkes, claiming CNN is politically biased. According to THR, Bewkes thought the questioning was “very constructive” and encouraged the shareholder to keep monitoring CNN.
Luke Russert says writing the new introduction to his late father’s best-seller, “was a very cathartic experience.” FishbowlDC was at the Father’s Day book event during which the NBC News correspondent shared memories of his dad, Tim Russert, who died 6 years ago Friday.
Politico’s Dylan ByersreportsChelsea Clinton‘s annual salary from NBC News was $600,000. Clinton, whose contract was up for renewal this year, remains on NBC’s payroll on a month-to-month basis, an agreement put in place so that Clinton can exit in case Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.
Milwaukee Magazine previews the latest installment of Al Jazeera America’s “Fault Lines,” a documentary about the battle over mining in Wisconsin. The episode premieres tonight at 7pmET.
Chris Wallace sat down with Robert De Niro this week for an interview that airs on “Fox News Sunday” tomorrow. Wallace and De Niro talked about a complicated issues between fathers and sons, something they have in common. “What you’re describing is very familiar to me, the idea that he loves you — but he’s absent,” Wallace, the son of the late CBS newsman Mike Wallace, told De Niro.
Deadline reports the New York City Landmarks and Preservation committee will take up a proposal to replace the neon GE sign atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza and replace it with the Comcast logo, which includes the NBC peacock. Comcast also wants to replace the street-side marquees on the building adding one for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
This Sunday, Father’s Day, NBC’s Luke Russert will be at Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose talking about his father’s memoir, Big Russ and Me. Luke’s father Tim Russert, who NBC’s Washington bureau chief and “Meet the Press” moderator, died 6 years ago today. FishbowlDC will be at the event. Look for coverage on Monday.
Capital reports Al Jazeera launched a digital video channel today called Al Jazeera +. The site, which is separate from Al Jazeera America, intends to “give you a fresh take on news, culture and current events from around the world.”
Jacki Kelley is joining Bloomberg Media as Chief Operating Officer. Kelley was most recently CEO for IPG Mediabrands. “There is an insatiable and magnetic ambition at Bloomberg,” Kelley said in a statement. “After looking at what is being built in the media operation here, I realized it’s one of those rare opportunities where if I did not do it, I may wonder what I missed.”
In a Q+A with Variety, Maria Bartiromo reveals how she unwinds at the end of the day: “I work out a lot; I ride my bike when I come home. I’ll do 20 or 30 miles a couple of times a week. And I love yoga.”
Republican National Committee spokesman Kirsten Kukowskitells CNN the group is urging ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News to book Republican guests in response former first lady Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book tour interviews.
WABC Radio, and former FNC and MSNBC host, Rita Cosby got a quick interview with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week. Cosby asked the Pontiff about his role as Mideast peacemaker. “Pray, Pray, Pray,” the Pope said about peace in the Middle East.
Former “GMA” senior producer Eric Ortner‘s Ortner Media Group is entering into a strategic venture with Vector Management, a part of Live Nation, forming a management company and production incubator. Ortner’s clients include Soledad O’Brien and Ann Curry.
Fueled by an extended interview with several members of Bowe Bergdahl‘s platoon,Megyn Kelly‘s “The Kelly File” topped all of cable news in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic Thursday. It was the third time this week the show has topped “The O’Reilly Factor” in the demo and the first time ever Kelly has beaten O’Reilly in total viewers. It was also the highest rated total-viewer delivery of 2014 for Kelly.
NBCNews.com today launched a beta site building off the site’s February redesign. “We believe in experimenting and testing as we develop new products and features,” executive editor of NBCNews.com Gregory Gittrich wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.
CNN International has announced four brands — Hublot, Hyundai Motor, Embratur and Nikon — will sponsor multi-platform coverage of the 2014 World Cup.
The AP’s John Mancini is joining NBC News as the director of digital newsgathering. In a note to staff, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi said the hire “is the next step in our transformation to creating content for all our users and viewers no matter how they choose to get their news.”
Discovery’s “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” which was produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, is the winner of two 2014 Realscreen Awards. The special was honored this week for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project and for Most Original Concept.
Leading up to Father’s Day, the “Today” show is dedicating next week to “Modern Dads.” The weeklong series of reports will include interviews with Rob Lowe and Terry Crews, as well as stories from”Today” show fathers Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Carson Daly and Lester Holt.