Blog Posts by Joe Pompeo

  • CNN cuts Eliot Spitzer from its primetime arena

    (CNN)CNN is shaking up its primetime lineup, and one of its evening hosts didn't make the cut.

    The network unveiled a new fall lineup Wednesday that will move 10 p.m. anchor Anderson Cooper into the 8 p.m. slot that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has manned since last October. "John King USA" and Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room," meanwhile, each have been bumped back an hour to make room at 7 p.m. for a new general news program hosted by CNBC alumnus Erin Burnett. Piers Morgan will sit tight at 9 p.m. and "Anderson Cooper 360" will re-air at 10. The changes take effect on Aug. 8.

    "The new line-up showcases anchors who are experienced reporters in covering stories that span the globe," said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN U.S., in a statement. "We created a nightly schedule that brings together the best of CNN's journalism on a wide range of topics from politics and the economy to global and world events, as well the best newsmaker and celebrity interviews. This line-up ensures

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  • Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

    • News Corp.'s phone-hacking scandal grows. (Mediagazer)

    • DSK's accuser is suing the New York Post for calling her a hooker. (Reuters)

    • Newsweek's 'Diana at 50' double issue had just 13 ad pages. (Folio)

    • The Huffington Post makes its U.K. debut. (paidContent | HuffPo U.K.)

    • But what's with the turnover on HuffPo's business desk? (New York Observer)

    • Emily Gould is launching a new website for selling e-books. (New York Observer)

    Read More »from FIRST CUTS: New York Post slapped with libel suit; phone hacking scandal grows
  • Holiday weekend media links dump

    (Coeur d'Alene Press, Shawn Gust/AP)Fourth of July weekend! Are you already getting your independence on at a barbecue somewhere? Maxing poolside with a Corona? No? Neither are we! But we do hope to be on the beach by the time you read this. Yes, we're cutting out a bit early today. Expect some light posting on Tuesday, and we'll be back in full-swing on Wednesday. But in the meantime, here's a roundup of media news to carry you through the long weekend:

    • Some thoughts on Tina Brown, fan fiction and Princess Diana. (The Awl)

    • The Wrap is launching a reviews section and will replace the Hollywood Reporter as Reuters' primary entertainment news provider. (The Wrap)

    • Twitter is scooping the White House press pool. (Politico)

    • Take a peek inside Glenn Beck's new Texas pad. (Gawker)

    • UK broadsheets the Guardian and The Observer will cease publishing international editions. (The Guardian)

    • The New Republic is at war with the Weekly Standard over the former's transgendered rights cover. (TNR)

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  • Twitter hits 200 million tweets per day

    This week, Twitter finds itself weathering an FTC antitrust inquiry and the departure of one of its co-founders. But unwelcome news aside, the influential micro-blogging tool just released data that suggests it's looming ever larger in the fast-moving world of social media.

    User growth has skyrocketed over the past two years. According to the official Twitter blog:

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  • (AP/Mark Lennihan)Five months after CNN tapped Mark Whitaker as its top news executive, the former Newsweek editor and NBC News D.C. chief is tackling an elemental challenge that has become all too familiar at the struggling cable news network: how to get people to watch its programming--and keep watching?

    CNN remains mired in third place in the cable news ratings race, almost always languishing well behind MSNBC and Fox News, both of which have bolstered their audiences by injecting fiery partisan rhetoric into a mix of news and opinion coverage. The left leans toward the former, the right to the latter. It's pretty cut and dry.

    Less so for CNN.

    "A big challenge for CNN now is to really decide who its audience is," Whitaker tells NPR's David Folkenflik, "and to really focus on doing the best job possible for that audience and not think it can be all things to all people."

    Of course there are times when all people do seem to be tuned in to CNN, namely, when major world news breaks--tsunamis, wars, uprisings, etc. Such fast-moving international stories give CNN, with its vast global news-gathering resources, a leg up on the competition:

    Read More »from Fareed Zakaria: CNN’s competition is New York Times, BBC and NPR, not Fox News
  • Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

    • The New York Post fired a reporter for leaking information to the press. (Adweek)

    • HLN set more ratings records as the defense rested in the Casey Anthony trial. (TVNewser)

    • Positive sign: There were 138 magazines launched in the first half of 2011; just 74 folded. (Folio)

    • The "ESPN Book" is being shopped as a "Social Network"-type movie in Hollywood. (Deadspin)

    • The Village Voice has averted a strike. (WaPo/Wemple)

    • Speaking of unions, NBA owners have locked out league players--and scrubbed them from (Ball Don't Lie/

    Read More »from FIRST CUTS: New York Post fires reporter for leak; Village Voice averts strike; ‘ESPN Book’ shopped to Hollywood
  • Fox News announces temporary post-Beck plans

    Screen grab of possible Beck replacement Eric Bolling on Fox News.Fox News Channel has announced a provisional replacement for outgoing host Glenn Beck--five of them, actually.

    Starting July 11, a news and opinion show with a rotating round-table of five personalities from the network will move into Beck's soon-to-be former time slot. (His final show airs in less than two hours from the time of this posting.)

    The program, aptly titled "The Five," will serve as a replacement for Beck through the summer. There's no word yet on who or what Beck's permanent replacement will be. Fox is running encore "Glenn Beck" episodes all next week and a special hosted by correspondent John Stossel tomorrow.

    The varying co-hosts "will discuss, debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day," according to a press release. They include Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, Bob Beckel and Kimberly Guilfoyle. "The program will also feature added guests, including politicians, celebrities, sports figures and key newsmakers," the press release states.

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  • NBC News brushes off report of Chris Hansen affair

    (Dateline NBC)

    NBC News doesn't seem much concerned with an irony-clad scandal that appears to be enveloping one of its "Dateline NBC" correspondents.

    The network personality in question is Chris Hansen, best known for entrapping pedophiles on the erstwhile MSNBC reality series "To Catch a Predator."

    Now, after shaming many an alleged pervert in hidden-camera sting operations, Hansen has allegedly been caught on video cheating on his wife.

    The National Enquirer claims to have footage of the 51-year-old Connecticut resident and father of two wining and dining Kristyn Caddell, an anchor at a West Palm Beach, Fla., NBC affiliate station.

    The full Enquirer story is not available online, but the U.K.'s Daily Mail recaps some of the details: "Last weekend he was recorded taking Miss Caddell on a romantic dinner at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton hotel in Manalapan, before spending the night at her Palm Beach apartment. Secret cameras filmed the couple as they arrived at the hotel for dinner and then drove back to her apartment--where the pair left, carrying luggage, at 8 am the following day."

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  • MSNBC suspends Mark Halperin for Obama remark

    MSNBC has suspended political analyst and Time magazine writer Mark Halperin indefinitely over a remark he made about President Obama Thursday morning.

    "Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable," said MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines in a statement. "We apologize to the President, the White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air."

    Appearing on "Morning Joe" this morning, Halperin, senior political analyst at Time and MSNBC and co-author of the 2008 election opus "Game Change," sought to characterize the president's demeanor at a press briefing the previous day. You can watch the video below--though the term Halperin uses to characterize the president is vulgar, as the partial transcript after the jump will also show:

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  • FIRST CUTS: Conrad Black’s book; Anderson Cooper’s daytime show

    Our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Prison-bound former media mogul Conrad Black has found a publisher for his memoir. (Media Decoder)

    • More from Jack Shafer on the "hyperloco" news conundrum. (Slate)

    • Rem Rieder calls for a moratorium on "scandal-gate." (American Journalism Review)

    • Anderson Cooper's new daytime show will showcase his lighter side. (Broadcasting & Cable)

    • Two French journalists freed by the Taliban have returned home. (New York Times)

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