1:36 pm Aug. 1, 2012
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What's new about CNN's "programming strategy" now that longtime president Jim Walton is out the door?
Not a whole lot, writes Forbes' Jeff Bercovici, reporting from Time Warner's second quarter earnings call today:
Asked to preview where CNN goes from here, CEO Jeff Bewkes couldn’t do much more than offer vagaries, saying, in effect, that the network needs to do a better job at doing the things it does. “Obviously we’re not satisfied with the ratings,” he said. (In July, they were down double digits across every segment of the day, with the exception of Anderson Cooper’s primetime show.)
Meanwhile, Michael Wolff weighs in on CNN's woes over at The Guardian:
The problem with CNN is not just uninspired leadership and lack of vision. In fact, what Walton is really saying is: good riddance, nobody can fix it.
Because what's wrong with CNN is what's wrong with Time Warner, its owner. And what's wrong with CNN is what's wrong with television news. And even if you acknowledge what's wrong with it, that does not mean that there is any real upside in fixing it.
In other news...
The changing culture of Conde Nast as the sun sets on Si. [The New York Observer]
One of Jonah Lehrer's former editors steps up to defend him. [The New York Observer]
The Nikki Finke "apocalypse." [New York/Vulture]
Gawker's new personal essays are driving traffic on the weekends. [Poynter]
Anderson Cooper's daytime show is being overhauled. [Broadcasting & Cable]
Dan Gross on CNN and NBC: "Only in the media business can two enterprises that, combined, funnel somewhere near $1 billion in profits to their corporate parents, be regarded as sinking ships, failures, and debacles." [The Daily Beast]
Six sections of The New York Times are free on the iPad through August 12 thanks to Ralph Lauren. [Jim Romenesko]
An internet technology executive has bought the company that publishes The Villager, Downtown Express and a handful of other community newspapers in Manhattan. [The Villager]
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