Kayleigh McEnany, Fox News Talks On Pause

Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in financial disclosure documents published Tuesday indicated that she had an agreement in place to join Fox News this month, but a source familiar with the matter says those discussions are now on hold.

Larry Kudlow To Host Fox Business Show

Fox News is hiring Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, as contributor and host of a weekday program on its business network. Kudlow will start on Feb. 8.

Scripps’ Symson On Why News Literacy Matters

E.W. Scripps Co. and its CEO Adam Symson are taking National News Literacy Week seriously. The company’s local local and national outlets are running public service announcements that aim to fight back fake news by urging viewers to be well informed by raising their news literacy fitness.

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Twitter Launches ‘Birdwatch,’ Forum

In an effort to combat misinformation, Twitter says it hopes to build a community of “Birdwatchers” that can eventually help moderate and label tweets in its main product.

Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Retires

Martin Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post and recipient of multiple Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his career, announced his retirement today. Baron spearheaded Spotlight, the Boston Globe’s investigation into attempts by the Catholic Church to cover-up sexual abuse, and oversaw the Post’s editorial transformation under Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — turning it from a regional paper into a national brand.

Tucker Carlson Responds To WaPo Column On Fox News

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WJXX Interviews WW II Vets On Deck Of Destroyer

An Idaho Newspaper Editor Struggled To Get Excel Access For Staff. After Tweeting About It, She Was Fired

Ex-VOA Chief Awarded $4M In No-Bid Contracts

Michael Pack, the former head of Voice of America’s parent agency, hired two law firms to open-ended, no-bid contracts, including one specifying that top lawyers would earn $1,470 per hour, according to documents and people familiar with the matter. The two agreements have cost taxpayers close to $4 million over a five-month period, far more than was previously known, and possibly in violation of federal rules.

Bomani Jones Thrives Where Race And Sports Collide. Can He Be A Star At ESPN?

WFSB Adds Wendell Edwards As Morning Co-Anchor

Fox News Names Emily Compagno ‘Outnumbered’ Co-Host

Fox News Channel (FNC) has promoted network contributor Emily Compagno to co-host of the ensemble show Outnumbered (weekdays, noon-1 p.m. ET. She will appear daily alongside Outnumbered’s founding anchor Harris Faulkner and a series of rotating panelists, beginning today, Jan. 25. Since joining Fox News Media as a contributor in December 2018, Compagno has provided political and legal […]

WGN America Rebrands As NewsNation, Expands News Lineup

Nexstar’s cable network gets a new name and will add two hours of News Programming on Weeknights Beginning March 1 with Early Edition and The Donlon Report joining Banfield.

Tegna Expands Verify, Names Managing Editor

The station group taps Jonathan Forsythe as managing editor of its Verify anti-disinformation iniative. He will oversee the daily content production of Verify, including segments for television, web articles, social content and other products. He is also responsible for recruiting and managing Verify’s team of journalists, producers and audience-engagement specialists as well as working with Tegna stations to source story ideas and co-produce content.

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WDIV’s Evening, Late News Top-Rated In 2020

Consistent branding that resonated with viewers, effective synergy between broadcast and digital and a simple, free marketing tool helped WDIV have a 2020 to remember.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders To Run For AR Governor

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce today that she will run for governor of Arkansas in what will amount to one of the first tests of the battle for the future of the Republican Party.

Kari Lake Clarifies Absence From KSAZ Anchor Chair

NFL Great Greg Olsen Retires, Will Join Fox Football Team

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH ASHLEIGH BANFIELD

TVN Executive Session | ‘Banfield’ To Target ‘Unserved’ Moderate Viewers

Veteran anchor Ashleigh Banfield will helm an eponymous new primetime interview show for Nexstar’s WGN America in March. Her value proposition: offering an in-depth, quieter retreat from the ideological echo chambers elsewhere on cable news. “Eventually, you need a cleanse,” she says. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

NY Times Under Fire For Terminating Editor Following Pro-Biden Tweets

The New York Times has received criticism for canceling the contract of editor Lauren Wolfe after she tweeted last Tuesday that she got “chills” over Joe Biden arriving in Washington, D.C., ahead of his inauguration as president. Wolfe, an award-winning journalist who has reported from war zones in Syria and Congo, became a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend as people expressed outrage over her ouster, called for her reinstatement and set up a Venmo account to provide financial aid.

Larry King, Broadcasting Giant For Half-Century, Dies At 87

A longtime nationally syndicated radio host, from 1985 through 2010 he was a nightly fixture on CNN, where he won many honors, including two Peabody awards. With his celebrity interviews, political debates and topical discussions, King was more than just an enduring on-air personality.

VOA Reinstates White House Reporter Reassigned After Questioning Pompeo

Longtime WAFB Anchor Donna Britt Dies From ALS At 62

COMMENTARY BY ARIANA PEKARY

It’s Time To End The Panel Discussion Format

In my experience, panel discussions oversimplify, provoke outrage, and allow unchecked opinion to dominate at the expense of fact-based reporting. But in reporting the issue, I found there are more nuanced and dangerous reasons that the format dominates the airwaves.

Diversity: From Front Door To Front Office

Kamala Harris’ inauguration is an inspiring sign of progress — but it’s also a reminder of how challenging it is to increase racial diversity in the highest ranks of leadership. Sadly, the television station business stands as a sobering example.

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

Norms Have Returned. Complacency Should Not.

The first official words by President Biden’s spokeswoman included truth and transparency. Wednesday night’s session with reporters, the first of the Biden administration, was so normal — so weirdly normal — that you could be forgiven for thinking that you had mistakenly put on an old episode of The West Wing. This return to norms is wonderfully welcome after the horrors of the past four years. It’s also potentially dangerous.

Brian Peterson Joins Newsmax As PR Chief

Newsmax Media has hired Brian Peterson, a longtime public relations executive at Fox cable and regional sports networks and the NFL among other places, as SVP of communications and marketing for the Newsmax TV parent, reporting to CEO Christopher Ruddy.

CNN And MSNBC Viewers Flip For Biden Inauguration; Fox Audience Slumps

The 6.53 million people who watched President Joe Biden take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address on MSNBC Wednesday was a whopping 338% bigger than its audience for Donald Trump’s swearing in four years ago, Nielsen says. On the flip side, Fox News Channel’s audience of 2.74 million for Biden on Wednesday represented a nearly 77% drop from its viewership for Trump in 2017.

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How The Media Covered The Inauguration

A recap of notable moments from the historic inauguration of the 46th president … and the unusual departure of the 45th.