Archives: December 2010
As “Piers Morgan Tonight” inches closer to its premiere, CNN’s new host has been accused by many of picking fights with his Twitter followers. One of his favorite targets is @Lord_Sugar: Chairman of Amshold Group a British company with interests in digital media and real estate.
Morgan frequently mentions @Lord_Sugar (possibly because he has over 247,000 followers):
@Lord_Sugar 5 months to get 250k followers isn’t that ‘incredible’ compared to 140k in 5 weeks, Lordy.
When we Tweeted @PiersMorgan about his Twitter-tude, he direct Tweeted us back:
Yes..’The whole delightful point of Twitter is that there is no honour amongst Twits.’
ESPN The Magazine has dubbed San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as their “NEXT” athlete for 2011.
The National League Rookie of the Year hit .305 with 18 home runs in only 108 games.
For the most part, ESPN The Magazine has got it right in selecting the next breakout athlete.
Well, minus 2004.
David Shuster guest hosted The Jim Bohannon syndicated radio show yesterday. It was a return to the airwaves for DC-based Shuster whose MSNBC contract ran out earlier this month. He’d been suspended indefinitely last April for trying out for a job at a rival network.
“I have nothing but good feelings toward MSNBC in the 8 and a half years that I was there,” Shuster said on the show. “I was looking around, and we had a disagreement about what happened. And MSNBC decided ‘you’re contract says that we don’t have to put you on the air.’ And the fact of the matter is they did not have to put me on the air.”
Shuster talked about the perks of not working full-time for most of the year — such as charity work, being with his family, and getting to look at the media from an outsider’s perspective.
When asked by a caller about his feelings toward Fox News, where Shuster worked for 6 years, he said, “A very wise man once told me: I should never talk about Fox after having worked there. Just because, no good could come out of saying what I really feel.” He then mentioned the study that implies that Fox News viewers are misinformed. “There are some terrific journalists at Fox News Channel. I think Shep Smith is probably the premiere anchor/journalist of my generation. He’s terrific, and he does the news straight and let the chips fall where they may.”
“MSNBC will never be as liberal as Fox is conservative,” said Shuster to another caller. When the discussion turned to Glenn Beck, Shuster said the Fox News host has “every right to broadcast what he wants, but the rest of society also has a right to say when he’s wrong.”
So, where is Shuster going in 2011?
The final numbers are in and the first NFL Tuesday game since 1946 was a smash hit.
23.7 million viewers tuned in to see the Minnesota Vikings upset the Philadelphia Eagles, a 25 percent increase over last year’s Week 16 game (Dallas-Washington) and the fifth most-watched Sunday Night Football game this season and the sixth most-watched ever.
Of the 16 SNF games so far in 2010, 11 have surpassed 20 million viewers, the most in NBC’s five-year history. To put that number in comparison, SNF surpassed 20 million viewers a combined 13 times from 2006-2009.
Do you wear a million layers?
We wear whatever we can get our hands on. Two years ago we had sustained winds of 35 miles per hour flying down right in our faces and we did a three hour show. It was absolutely brutal. (photo of brutality, right)
Did you feel like emailing Rupert Murdoch and asking for more money?
I did not but thank you for the suggestion. That’s the risk we accept. We really like to be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. I highly encourage everyone to do at least once in their life. Come to Times Square and stand in those pens for six to eight hours.
Do you think cable news channels have contributed to the divisiveness that we see today?
I don’t know what the role of cable stations is and has been in that national debate. What I do think is that when the economy gets strained people get concerned and they get protective for obvious reasons and they become protective of what they have.
This is about as close as it’s going to get.
The English media unfairly criticizes MLS for its level of play, but Rooney sounds excited.
‘I’ve been watching the league for a few years now and it’s getting better and better every year,” he told the Daily Mail. “The lifestyle and the football there is great. I thoroughly enjoyed it (on trial) and I wanted to get back over there. There were a few teams sniffing around (in England) but I wanted to change my career.’
Here’s hoping he can stay in the headlines for the right reasons.
Mashable’s Vadim Lavrusik makes 10 predictions for the news media in 2011. It’s a compelling list anyone who works in TV news should read. No. 6 jumped out at us:
6. The Death of the ‘Foreign Correspondent’
Lavrusik, who is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s journalism school, argues that news organizations will rely “heavily on stringers and, in many cases, social content uploaded by the citizenry.” Of course, we’re seeing that happen already. Over the past few years the U.S. network have either cut back, combined resources, joined with foreign partners or, if they are expanding, networks are doing it by capitalizing on digital technology with one-person operations.
And it’s interesting to note that these predictions come as NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is in the U.S. filling in for NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell on her daytime MSNBC show. It’s a holiday fill-in to be sure, and a respite for Engel who’s been NBC’s man in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and beyond going on 9 years. But, what will become of the foreign correspondent in 2011? We’ll take a look next Dec. 30.
Nearly 12 hours later, at 6:30 PM, he was in the chair normally filled by Katie Couric at the “CBS Evening News.”
The top story on both newscasts was the aftermath of the blizzard that struck the Northeastern U.S.
Smith had the good sense to change ties in between the newscasts.