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The Price Point | Paid Segments Erode Trust In Local News

John Oliver exposed an embarrassing practice of using local news personnel to shill products on air. Station groups that participate are playing a dangerous game with viewers’ trust in the process.

John Oliver Blasts Local Stations’ Sponsored Content Practices

Using the famous words of former WNBC New York anchor Sue Simmons as a rallying cry, John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight on HBO, took aim at local stations featuring sponsored content as actual news. Simmons was famously caught on a hot mic asking “…the fuck are you doing?” while tossing to break in 2008. It was in that spirit that Oliver set out to show that the long history of local stations taking money for content is alive and well.

Meghan McCain Apologizes For Past ‘China Virus’ Remarks

John Oliver Gets Sewage Plant Named After Him, Pays A Cheerful Visit

Connecticut City OKs Renaming Sewage Plant For John Oliver

It’s official. Every time residents of Danbury, Connecticut, flush, they will be sending their special deliveries to the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. The City Council voted 18-1 Thursday night to rename the sewage plant after the comedian, who began a tongue-in-cheek battle with Danbury when he went on an expletive-filled rant against the city […]

John Oliver: Name Sewage Plant For Me, I’ll Give To Charity

Comedian John Oliver upped the stakes in a tongue-in-cheek spat with a Connecticut city, offering to donate $55,000 to charity if officials follow through on a joke to name its sewage treatment plant after him. Mayor Mark Boughton said last week that Danbury was going to rename the facility the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant, in […]

City Naming Sewage Plant After John Oliver

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town’s officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city — they’re naming the local sewage treatment plant after him. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced the tongue-in-cheek move in a video posted on his Facebook page on Saturday that shows him at the plant. […]

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against John Oliver

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver. A segment of Oliver’s Sunday show “Last Week Tonight” in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama administration for damaging the coal industry. Oliver said […]

Dustin Hoffman Accusers Thank John Oliver

John Oliver ‘Sad’ After He ‘Tried And Failed’ To Confront Dustin Hoffman On Misconduct

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WNEP Gets Train Set From HBO’s John Oliver

After the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver poked some fun at the Scranton, Pa., ABC affiliate’s outdoor train set it features in weather reports, some viewers took offense. Later, Oliver revisited the subject and adamantly professed his love for train sets, then unveiled what he called “greatest backyard train the world has seen ever seen.” It features three levels of trains, tunnels, waterfalls, fireworks, a viaduct and Scranton buildings, including the Lackawanna Hotel. To wrap up the segment, Oliver asked: “When are you going to pick this up?” Just as soon as WNEP can clear out room for it.

Sinclair’s Epshteyn Defends Terrorism Desk

Sinclair left it to commentator Boris Epshteyn to respond to John Oliver’s take down of its right-of-center national news coverage and commentary. Epshteyn focused on Oliver’s criticism that the “Terrorism Alert Desk,” a daily report that Sinclair distributes to all of its stations, is scare-mongering and anti-Muslim. “Terrorism is not nonsense,” Epshteyn said, citing recent terror attacks. “It is necessary to cover it on a regular basis.” See it here.

 

John Oliver Targets Right-Wing Sinclair News

Sinclair is “injecting Fox-worthy content into the mouths of your local news anchor,” he warned in a 20-minute segment on Last Week Tonight. And with its acquisition of Tribune Media, he says, through local newscasts it will reach more than 2.2 million every day, more than Fox News Channel does in primetime.

Coal Company Sues HBO’s John Oliver

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a “false and malicious broadcast” last Sunday evening. It’s seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment’s “defamatory statements.” Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” coal segment criticized the Trump administration’s […]

John Oliver Crashes FCC Website

John Oliver brought down the FCC’s website Sunday while skewering Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scale back net neutrality rules. The Last Week Tonight host ripped the chairman’s proposals and then directed viewers to visit a website with the name gofccyourself.com. That site takes users directly to a page where they can file comments to the FCC on net neutrality.

John Oliver Regrets Urging Donald Trump To Run

John Oliver Goes To Bat For Newspapers

John Oliver brought his brand of acerbic advocacy to newspaper journalism in Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight. In his monologue, he decries the profession’s endangerment and assails some of the more absurd turns its digital transition has taken, among them Tronc. 

John Oliver Buys And Forgives $15M In Debt

Oliver, on his Last Week Tonight program Sunday on HBO, took the action to illustrate a story about the practices of companies that purchase the records of debtors and attempt to collect on them. The show set up its own company to acquire $15 million worth of debt owed to hospitals in Texas, paying $60,000.

HBO Says 2 More Seasons For John Oliver

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it has picked up two more seasons of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight,” which puts to rest any thought that Oliver would return to Comedy Central to replace Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” Oliver just began the second season at HBO of his critically acclaimed comedy show. HBO […]

John Oliver Adding Staff With News Experience

NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver says that he’s hired three new researchers to help with what has become his HBO show’s signature, a long-form take on a newsy subject where it’s often hard to figure out where he will find the comedy. Oliver’s show, “Last Week Tonight,” returns Sunday after being on hiatus since […]

John Oliver: New Year’s Eve Is The Worst

John Oliver Finds Latenight Niche: Viral Rants

In a crowded field, the former Daily Show comedian has been perfecting the art of the YouTube rant to stand out. The clips have worked out so far, racking up millions of views and spreading the word about Oliver’s Sunday night HBO show.

FCC: Unclear If Oliver Caused Site Woes

Oliver’s Net Neutrality Piece Crashes FCC

John Oliver’s call to action on the subject of net neutrality, on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, appears to have crashed the FCC’s comments system. The tweets appeared Monday after Oliver called on viewers to lodge protest with the FCC.

HBO’s John Oliver Recognizes Debt To Jon Stewart

NEW YORK (AP) — When the time comes for a young bird to leave the nest, he’s often more than ready to go and doesn’t care too much what Papa Bird thinks. The analogy doesn’t apply to John Oliver, the former “Daily Show” featured player who debuts his new HBO topical series Sunday at 11 […]

John Oliver To Star In Weekly HBO Comedy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says that John Oliver is getting his own weekly show after his winning turn as substitute host for Jon Stewart. Next year, Oliver’s new Sunday-night program will take a satirical look at current events for the week, HBO said Thursday. HBO President Michael Lombardo said the channel wasn’t in the […]

‘Community’ Brings Back ‘Daily Show’s’ John Oliver

‘Daily Show’ Fill-In To Keep The News Fake, Funny

NEW YORK (AP) — Since 2006, John Oliver has proved his mettle as a phony journalist on “The Daily Show.” Serving in numerous “reporting” roles on the spoof newscast, but chiefly as senior British correspondent, the Birmingham, England-born Oliver is schoolboyish, poker-faced and emphatic in explaining America to itself (whether the topic is Occupy Wall […]

Jon Stewart Taking Summer Hiatus To Direct Film