The Lineup collects the media stories, big and small, that are on our radar each day.(1)
Here are the announcements we've received so far. We'll update as we receive more.
The cable news network today is touting gains during the month of November, during which its overall daily programming roster saw its best monthly performance in over a year both among total viewers and those in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic favored by advertisers, according to a press release circulated this afternoon. It also had its best Monday-through-Friday prime-time performance in the 25-54 demo in over a year.
The Lineup collects the media stories, big and small, that are on our radar each day.
On an average night in primetime, CNN usually draws considerably fewer viewers than Fox News (long the perennial ratings champ) and its other competitor, MSNBC. The persistent low ratings have become a major hurdle for the network. But major news events—hurricanes, earthquakes, elections, etc.—are when CNN get its mojo back on the small screen.
And that, even as the total number of viewers across all broadcast and cable networks was lower for this debate than for the two previous ones, with a total of 53.9 million viewers.(2)
News Corporation has inked a new deal for one of its most well-paid and influential executives.
Roger Ailes, the chairman and C.E.O. of Fox News Channel, has signed a new four-year contract as the head of the network, News Corp. announced Friday afternoon.(1)
Ken Lerer, a cofounder of The Huffington Post, will join some usual suspects in a new video news venture, which today revealed its executive team and its name after months operating in stealth mode.
It's as though Sorkin worried we'd grow bored hating the show week in and week out unless he doubled down.(3)
The latest addition to the roster is a weekly series called "Inside Man," in which the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will "provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers," according to a statement from the network. The show wil debut in April 2013.
Sorkin has said his show is not reality, but a fantasy in which one show handled the news, in this case the G.O.P. primary, differently, and made a difference in the outcome. But that's also the problem. Better or different television debate questions would have changed nothing. In fact, we did that primary better than Sorkin's "Newsroom" is doing it, not worse.(2)
The news was first reported by the Associated Press this morning. CNN followed with a statement saying that Walton's decision to resign "has the support and respect" of Phil Kent, C.E.O. of CNN's parent company, Turner Broadcasting, which is a subsidiary of Time Warner.
Apologies have become a minor art form in cable news these last few years; in lieu of an unscripted explosion they are the surest way to the online water cooler in the form of the viral video. Just this week Fox's Bill O'Reilly apologized for "being an idiot" (he predicted the Supreme Court health-care reform decision wrongly).(4)
Starting July 10, the former New York governor and subject of an infamous 2008 prostitution scandal will bring his banter to NY1, where he has been tapped as a contributor for the network's 7 p.m. weeknight show, "Inside City Hall."