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Entries by Rebecca Shapiro from 08/2012

Cable News Ratings July 2012: Fox News Dominates, CNN Down Double Digits

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

The July 2012 ratings are in. Although cable news ratings can lag during summer months, the tragic mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, 2012 presidentia...

NBC CEO Says Network Set To 'Break Even' On London Olympics Coverage

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Viewer excitement about the Olympics is translating into gold for NBC: The broadcaster now expects to break even on the London Games...

'Today' Executive Producer Jim Bell: Hoda Kotb Daily News Article Is 'Absolute Nonsense...A Garbage Story'

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

The "Today" show's executive producer, Jim Bell, trashed the New York Daily News' Tuesday article about the NBC morning show, calling the story "compl...

Fox News' Bob Beckel: 'Once Again We Put Something On The Air That's A Flat Out Lie' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

Fox News' designated liberal host, Bob Beckel, called out the show he co-hosts on Tuesday for airing a clip that he called "a flat out lie." Hosts...

What NBC Paid For US Olympic Rights Over The Years

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC paid nearly $1.2 billion for the U.S. rights to the London Olympics this year. It plans more than 5,500 hours of coverage on its...

NBC Shows Breast In Live Coverage Of Spain-USA Waterpolo Game At Olympics

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

NBC might have another reason to rely on tape delay for its coverage of 2012 London Olympics. On Wednesday, the network aired live coverage of the...

Time Out London Made Available For Free

Posted 08.02.2012 | Media

LONDON (AP) — The London edition of popular listings magazine Time Out will become free in autumn to broaden its reach, its editor-in-chief said Thu...

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes: 'We Are Not Satisfied With CNN's Ratings Performance'

Posted 08.02.2012 | Media

Amidst record low ratings, Time Warner-owned CNN reportedly has major changes coming its way. Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes recently told reporter...

National Security Leaks Inquiry Is Casting Chill Over Coverage

Posted 08.02.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON -- F.B.I. agents on a hunt for leakers have interviewed current and former high-level government officials from multiple agencies in recent...

Ann Curry Tweets Cryptic Message About 'Despair'

Posted 08.02.2012 | Media

Though Ann Curry has been keeping a low profile since her teary departure as co-host of the "Today" show on air and on Twitter, she broke her relative...

Keith Olbermann Debuts Tumblr Filled With Sunset Pictures

Posted 08.02.2012 | Media

Wondering what Keith Olbermann has been up to recently? Wonder no more. Anyone who follows Olbermann on Twitter knows that the former Current TV h...

Elizabeth Spiers Leaving New York Observer

Posted 08.02.2012 | Media

The Observer Media Group announced today that editor-in-chief and editorial director Elizabeth Spiers is leaving her post at the end of August to laun...

NBC Defends Tape Delay, Says Research Undercuts Assumptions

Posted 08.02.2012 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's researchers are finding that people who know the results of London Olympics events before they are shown on tape delay are mor...

Ann Coulter To Sean Hannity: 'Unnamed Source' Says 'Obama Was Born In Kenya' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.03.2012 | Media

Ann Coulter appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Thursday night and attacked President Obama by railing against the recent controversy surrounding...

How Cosmo Magazine Conquered The World: 99 Ways To Be Naughty In Kazakhstan

Posted 08.03.2012 | Media

A few months ago, at the Tablao Villa Rosa, a tourist-friendly restaurant in Madrid, dozens of beautifully dressed women from all over the world were ...

Washington Post Co. Second-Quarter Profit Rises

Posted 08.03.2012 | Media

The Washington Post Co. reported a 13.6 percent increase in second quarter profit. The company announced net income of $51.8 million, or $6.84 a sh...

Jon Stewart Rips Olympics TV Coverage For Ridiculous, Ineffective Spoiler Alerts (VIDEO)

Posted 08.03.2012 | Media

Jon Stewart ripped TV networks' coverage of the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday's "Daily Show" for using somewhat ridiculous and ineffective spoiler ...

BBC London Olympics Coverage Boosts Beleaguered Network

Posted 08.03.2012 | Media

LONDON (AP) — As senior BBC executives joined a conference call to discuss the previous night's spectacular London Olympics opening ceremony, they t...

Gerald Gold Dead: Pentagon Papers Editor Dies at 85

Posted 08.03.2012 | Media

Gerald Gold, an editor for The New York Times who helped supervise the herculean task of combing through a secret 2.5-million-word Defense Department ...

Rupert Murdoch's Poolside Visit Puts Minister Jeremy Hunt In Hot Water

Posted 08.04.2012 | Media

Britain's Culture Secretary is in some hot water over a poolside visit with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Jeremy Hunt, the most senior m...

Mohammed Al-Saeed Dead: Militant Group Claims Kidnapping, Killing Of Syrian TV Presenter

Posted 08.05.2012 | Media

DUBAI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - An Islamist militant group has claimed responsibility for the kidnap and killing of a Syrian television presenter and has t...

Fox News Wonders Why Team USA's Uniforms Are Not Patriotic Enough (VIDEO)

Posted 08.06.2012 | Media

Fox News had one burning question to raise after Gabby Douglas' gold medal performance at the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition in ...

Linny Boyette, 'Today' Show Superfan, Jumps Ship To 'GMA' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.06.2012 | Media

"Good Morning America" may have another reason to celebrate. After the ABC morning show beat the "Today" show's 17-year winning streak in the numb...

New York Times Digital Subscriptions Could Pass Print In 2014

Posted 08.06.2012 | Media

The New York Times' pay wall, long debated in and outside of the company, now looks like a bona fide success....

Oprah Flips Out On 'Lifeclass': 'Just Say It! We're Not Going To Judge You For Saying It!'

Posted 08.06.2012 | Media

Oprah could barely contain herself on Sunday's "Lifeclass," as she waited for a guest to come to what she considered to be an obvious realization. ...