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Jeff Gralnick Dead: Longtime TV Producer Dies At 72

AP | Posted 07.12.2011 | Media

WESTON, Conn. — Jeff Gralnick, a longtime television producer who helped shape CBS' "60 Minutes" and make "NBC Nightly News" the top-rated show,...

MSNBC.com Prez: Sunday Was "Very Interesting for Online Video Viewing" (Video)

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.04.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

The announcement late Sunday evening by President Obama that Osama bin Laden had been killed created extraordinary traffic for MSNBC.com, pointing to the emerging role of online video viewing in cable-connected homes.

Countdown, Network and Mad As Hell

Richard Geldard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Geldard

When Keith Olbermann signed off his show on Friday, he made reference to Network, the powerful 1976 network news film. Even if you haven't seen the film, you know the classic line.

Networks Go All In On Royal Engagement

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — The timing of Britain's royal engagement announcement couldn't have worked out much better for NBC News. The network had announced, ...

"Off the Map" Is Off the Mark

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

I've got a litmus test for whether a film or television show focusing on aid-workers, journalists or policy wonks is going to be a worthy representati...

Fox, Cablevision Reach Deal To End NY Blackout

AP | TOM McELROY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Fox and Cablevision reached an agreement Saturday that will restore programming to more than 3 million New York-area subscribers who have...

The Golden Year of Television News

Eric Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Eric Burns

It seems difficult to believe in the age of all-news cable that television journalism was once informative rather than trivial, noble rather than divisive. But it was---and never more so than in the 1950s.

ABC Names Top Entertainment Exec

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Paul Lee, who as head of ABC Family invigorated the once-flagging cable channel, has been appointed president of the ABC Entertainmen...

SUMNER WINS! MTV Moving Forward With Sexy Girl-Band Show

hollywoodreporter.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

MTV has confirmed to THR that a reality show about an aspiring raunchy girl band favored by the boss, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, remains in deve...

Reality TV: It's Time to Get Real

Tim Mihalsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mihalsky

Reality TV "stars" can never get away from the angel or demon created by the producers. This is a slippery slope and the more lies that are spread will only end in disaster for the star, the show or the network.

Cablevision Offers Free SAT Prep As Incentive

New York Times | Jacques Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In the latest sign of the premium that society places on an elite education, and the lengths some will go to get a leg up in securing it, Cablevision ...

I Got the Broadcast Blues

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

If you care about the quality of democracy, you have to care about the quality of local TV news -- even if you don't watch it.

New World News Tonight

Steve Proffitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steve Proffitt

An exclusive sneak peak at what ABC's World News Tonight will look like after the News Division completes its transition to a leaner and meaner "digit...

Titillating the News Business

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Fisher

Thanks to America Online, we've just hit a new low in the dumbing down of news. Not a bottom, mind you, just a new low. Because the lowest of the low...

Cronkite's Legacy

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Farr

Cronkite projected the idealism of his generation, embracing the conviction advanced by his mentor Ed Murrow that television could be and should be much more than a vehicle for vacuous entertainment.

No Brazilian For Me

Kaity Tong | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kaity Tong

A while back, we had a story on our newscast about how New Jersey was thinking about banning the Brazilian. The wax, not the model.

CNN's iReport Had 1 Million Page Views on Monday: Iran Crisis is "Enormous Moment in Citizen Journalism" (Video)

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

CNN's iReport popularity as a destination has surged with the Iran crisis. A CNN spokeswoman told me that page views for the iReport reached 1 million on Monday

Chyron Of The Day: Hold The Phone

Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alex Leo

Had I not watched "The Situation Room" I may have thought my tingly pinky finger was not a big deal...

Open Letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin

Jennifer Nix | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jennifer Nix

I hope you'll take a moment to consider why I think your move with the 10 p.m. program is so important, and why David Sirota is the best candidate for host.

Turn Off TV News

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lloyd Garver

I have a stimulus plan of my own: I'm calling for this February 22nd to be National Turn Off TV News Day. It would stimulate good moods and help rid of us of bad feelings and depression.

An Open Letter to Keith Olbermann

Libby Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Libby Mitchell

Dear Keith Olbermann, Thank you for making my job harder. You see, I am a television producer here in Salt Lake City Utah, the state that is home to...

Zeros and Ones in a Box

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

The television station business is terrible and, given today's uncertain economy, the future is ominous.

Shocker: Double Standards Apply To Female Newscasters

Morning Call | Nichola D. Gutgold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Anchor. The word evokes the heft and weightiness needed to secure a vessel. In television news, an anchorperson must ''hook'' the audience, and make t...