Former President Donald Trump, whose allegations, without evidence, that the 2020 election was rigged helped fuel the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, has signaled he plans to sue CNN for its “fake news.” But given that the news came in the form of one of innumerable fundraising emails from the President and his as-of-yet non-campaign, it could be yet another effort to raise money for a possible 2024 run. “I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit.” Trump said, citing its “repeated defamatory statements against me.”
TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp and Michael Stahl discuss Stahl’s bombshell reporting on News 12’s New York area hyperlocal news channels, where multiple sources allege systemic abuse and a damaged, diluted news product. A full transcript of the conversation is included.
Multiple former and current employees of News 12’s metro area New York cable news channels tell TVNewsCheck the company is suffering under systemic workplace abuses and that its hyperlocal news value proposition has been deeply compromised. Has the lauded news brand in the nation’s No. 1 market done irreparable, self-inflicted harm?
Fox News gained in total day viewers in July in what was otherwise a ratings falloff across the board in the key cable news demographic. Fox News was up 13% in total day viewers to an average of 1.35 million compared to the same month last year. MSNBC was down 1% to 765,000, and CNN was off by 10% to 541,000.
The CNN image for the past few years has been embodied by passionate on-air personalities like Don Lemon or Brianna Keilar. These days, it might best be symbolized by beat reporters like Jamie Gangel or Kaitlan Collins. Gone in recent weeks (for the most part) are what had become the network’s signature red-versus-blue showdowns between hot-talking contributors or segments that hinge on an anchor scolding an interviewee. In its place, CNN is trying something else: the news.
The network is on a pace to drop below $1 billion in profit for the first time in years, according to people familiar with its operations, amid steep declines in TV viewership.
Verizon’s decision to drop One American News from its channel listings is raising questions about the future of conservative cable news networks that have sought to position themselves as competition to Fox News.
The former president hasn’t been interviewed on the Rupert Murdoch-owned cable network in more than 100 days, and other Republicans often get the attention he once did.
Former President Trump while in office could usually turn to Fox News for comfort. There were differences from time to time, and Trump made headlines occasionally by going after personalities on Fox — most famously Megyn Kelly during a 2015 GOP presidential primary debate. Trump still has his supporters on the network, but the dynamic between a former president openly flirting with another run for the White House and Rupert Murdoch’s top media asset is definitely changing.
The new agreement extends distribution of the cable news channel in HD on Verizon Fios.
He will host his own show on the Nexstar Media-owned cable news channel beginning this fall.
The top-rated news network, Fox News Channel, stuck with its own lineup of commentators. Sean Hannity denounced the “show trial” elsewhere on TV just as he was featured in it, with the House’s Jan. 6 committee examining his tweets to Trump administration figures.
The other shoe appears ready to drop for One America News Network, which lost its biggest pay TV carriage provider, DirecTV, back in April. The controversial far right cable network, known for its reporting of conspiracy theories and its avid support for former president Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” about bogus 2020 election fraud, sees a deal with its last major MVPD partner, Verizon Fios, set to expire on July 30.
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are in secret talks to move to CNN. Sources tell RadarOnline.com that CNN’s new boss Chris Licht, the man who made Joe and Mika morning TV stars on MSNBC, wants to bring the couple over to his new network. Licht joined MSNBC as an executive producer in 2005. He developed a close relationship with Scarborough and the two created Morning Joe.
The new CNN head has tapped a mix of new and familiar faces for the next phase of the network.
Jacques Natz, whose tenure as general manager of AlticeUSA-owned News 12 was marked by employee accusations of micromanagement and bullying leadership, was terminated by the company Wednesday with Altice News and Advertising President Keith Bowen stepping in as interim GM.
The Warner Bros Discovery-owned cable news channel has hired Kristine Coratti Kelly as EVP and global head of communications, reporting to CNN CEO Chris Licht. Kelly joins from The Washington Post, where she is currently chief communications officer and GM of Washington Post Live. She began her career at CNN in 2000, and will officially return to the company next month, based in New York.
Court approves the $11 million sale of the bankrupt news channel’s assets to Byron Allen’s organization.
He is joining the cable public affairs networks from the Pew Research Center.
Newsmax has broadcast at least 40 false claims or conspiracy theories about the attack since June, when a House committee began televising its evidence about the role former President Donald Trump and his allies played in the day’s events, according to NewsGuard, a tech firm that monitors misinformation.
Salem Media Group has hired longtime industry veteran Cary Pahigian as vice president and general manager of Salem News Channel beginning July 18. Pahigian has spent the last eight years at Hearst Television, as president and general manager of WBAL-AM-FM Baltimore. He will report to Salem Senior Vice Presidentof Spoken Word Phil Boyce. “Cary has […]
Fox News executives paid Hall a visit at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, where he has been recovering for the last four months.
News organizations must make agonizing decisions about which shootings deserve on-the-ground reporting, and for how long.
Since taking over the network, Chris Licht has instituted sweeping changes, but the network’s ratings have continued to suffer.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is airing the Jan. 6 committee hearings when they occur in daytime hours and a striking number of the network’s viewers have made clear they’d rather be doing something else. During two daytime hearings last week, Fox averaged 727,000 viewers, the Nielsen company said. That compares to the […]