NBC News, MSNBC Sign Deggans As Contributor

Critic Eric Deggans Joins Peabody Awards Board

Eric Deggans To Become NPR’s First TV Critic


Thoughts On Boston, Shapiro, A.J., Epithets

I’ve got a lot on my mind this week. The iconic video of the explosions at the Boston Marathon was shot by the Boston Globe, a vivid reminder  that broadcasters are no longer alone in shooting news video on a professional basis. But the best overall TV coverage came not from the TV networks, but from their Boston affiliates. ~~ A speech by CEA’s Gary Shapiro shows that he doesn’t know innovation when he sees it. ~~ The saga of A.J. Clemente is being seen by some as an indictment of the state of small-market TV news. ~~ Kudos to ex-FCC chief Reed Hundt for taking a stand against the racist name of Washington’s NFL team. The city’s TV stations should do the same.


Winners, Losers In The New Fall Schedules

The tensest time in the TV industry is nearly behind us.That’s because the big broadcast networks are nearly done rolling out their schedules for the 2011-12 TV season, trolling for advertisers in a mass schmoozeathon of glad handing and posturing known as the Upfronts. So let’s cap it all off with an exercise in what Hollywood loves most: keeping score. Based mostly on common sense and perusal of two-minute promotional clips for the new shows, here’s my short list who won and lost so far.