Sunday, November 23

CNN's Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it's like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter.

CNN's Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it's like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter.

December 29th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Media year in review: Politics

Rosie Gray, Christina Warren, Hunter Walker and Brian Stelter discuss the year’s biggest media stories from the world of politics.

December 29th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Media year in review: Privacy

Rosie Gray, Christina Warren, Hunter Walker and Brian Stelter look back at the year’s biggest media story: the national security leaks by former NSA employee Edward Snowden.


Filed under: Edward Snowden • International • National Security • NSA • Snowden
December 29th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Media year in review: Business

Rosie Gray, Christina Warren, Hunter Walker, David Folkenflik and Brian Stelter discuss the media business in 2013, including Jeff Bezos’s purchase of the Washington Post and the further decline of print media.

December 29th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Media year in review: Culture

Rosie Gray, Christina Warren, Hunter Walker, David Folkenflik and Brian Stelter look back at how the media influenced culture in 2013.


Filed under: Chris Hadfield • Oreo • Social Media • Twitter
December 29th, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Welcoming in 2014

Brian Stelter talks with Ryan Seacrest about hosting another “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin about their New Year’s Eve special. 

December 28th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

Sneak peek at the Dec. 29 show...

Tune in to "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern! Here's a preview from the program's host Brian Stelter:

Everywhere you look, the media's looking back at all of the biggest stories of the year. On "Reliable Sources" on Sunday, I'll be doing something a little different: looking back at all the changes in the media and technology worlds. Right now I'm sorting all of the possible stories (Edward Snowden's leaks, Rupert Murdoch's break-up of his News Corporation and Twitter's initial public offering, just to name a few) into four categories: politics, privacy, business, and culture.

What media headlines would you nominate for each category? Add a comment to this post and I'll try to include the headlines on the program.

For the media year-in-review, I'll be joined by Rosie Gray of Buzzfeed, Christina Warren of Mashable, Hunter Walker of Talking Points Memo, and David Folkenflik of NPR.

After we run through the year's headlines, I'll preview a television tradition - New Year's Eve in Times Square - with three people who are there every year: Ryan Seacrest, Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Interviewing Griffin is hopefully the closest I'll come to being hazed at CNN.

See you Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern!

–Brian


Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 27th, 2013
10:45 PM ET

A&E: 'Duck Dynasty' resuming 'with the entire Robertson family,' including Phil

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) - Little more than a week after it suspended "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson for incendiary remarks about homosexuality, the cable channel A&E said Friday that it would include him in future tapings of the reality television show, effectively lifting the suspension amid a flurry of petitions in support of Robertson.

"After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family," the channel said in a statement.

Robertson's official page on Facebook, which is followed by over 2 million people, said in a new post on Friday afternoon: "We love our fans! Thank you so much for all of your support and love and prayers!"

In an apparent gesture to the advocacy groups, A&E said that it would "also use this moment" to broadcast public service announcements "promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people."

Read more of Brian's article online here.

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Filed under: A&E • Duck Dynasty • Phil Robertson
TV blackout wars in a quiet period
December 27th, 2013
01:05 PM ET

TV blackout wars in a quiet period

By Brian Stelter, CNN

The TV industry has a holiday tradition straight out of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas:" End of year feuds that lead to channel blackouts for viewers.

But this year, everybody is playing nice. (It's almost as if the hearts of television executives have collectively grown three sizes.)

At issue are the carriage fees that distributors like Comcast and DirecTV (the biggest cable and satellite providers in the United States, respectively) have to pay to carry cable channels. They regularly have to re-negotiate fees with programmers like The Walt Disney Company, which controls ESPN and ABC Family, and Viacom, which owns MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.

Talks tend to get heated toward the end of the year - but evidently not this year. On Tuesday, Time Warner Cable and Viacom announced a deal a full week before the Jan. 1 deadline.

A number of other high-stakes negotiations have also been completed in recent weeks. An informal survey of industry representatives indicated that last-minute blackout threats were unlikely this New Year's Eve.

Distributors and programmers tend to keep their deals a secret - for competitive reasons and to cultivate a "no drama" perception in the industry.

Read more of Brian's article online here.

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Filed under: Comcast • DirecTV • Reliable Sources • Time Warner Cable • Viacom
For John Miller, 'revolving door' is gateway from CBS News to NYPD
December 26th, 2013
09:35 PM ET

For John Miller, 'revolving door' is gateway from CBS News to NYPD

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) - John Miller, who has moved back and forth between public service and journalism like few others in either profession, is doing it again.

This time he's leaving CBS News, where he has been a senior correspondent for two years, and joining the New York Police Department.

Miller announced his latest move on Thursday. He embodies something that is, for some media critics, a source of great concern: the so-called "revolving door" between the people who cover the news and the people who are being covered. For CBS, he's something else: a fount of great knowledge who will be almost impossible to replace.

David Rhodes, the president of the network news division, said Miller's decision was "a loss for CBS."

"He's been really great for us," Rhodes said in a telephone interview on Thursday.

CBS allowed Miller out of his contract with the network because, as Rhodes put it, "it would just be inappropriate to stand in the way" of a return to public service. Miller's exact title at the NYPD is not yet known. But he'll have a high-profile job in counterterrorism, reuniting with his former boss William Bratton, who was the commissioner of the police department in the mid-1990s and will return to that position in January.

Read more of Brian's article online here.

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Filed under: 60 Minutes • CBS • Reliable Sources
December 26th, 2013
11:20 AM ET

Did "Anchorman 2" fall short of the hype?

There was stiff competition at this year's Christmas box office, with the second film of the "Hobbit" trilogy holding onto its number one spot for the third straight week.

But for many, the big surprise was "Anchorman 2", which came in at third place with just over 8 million dollars Wednesday night, behind the premiere of "The Wolf of Walt Street".

In the months leading up to the film's release, the "Anchorman 2" marketing blitz bombarded every corner of American media – but many fans weren't biting.

OutFront: Rob Shuter is a former publicist and Host of "The Gossip Table" on VH1.

 


Filed under: Anchorman
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