April 20 at 11am ET

Sharyl Attkisson explains her resignation; Glenn Greenwald's first interview since Pulitzer announcement; Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia previews Supreme Court case.
HBO shows coming to Amazon ... not Netflix
April 23rd, 2014
10:30 AM ET

HBO shows coming to Amazon ... not Netflix

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Non-HBO subscribers will soon be able to watch some of the network's old TV shows, like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire," on Amazon Prime's streaming video service.

Amazon (AMZNFortune 500) described the deal as a first for HBO, which has a reputation for being tightfisted with its library of hit shows - even ones that stopped airing years ago.

The HBO shows will be a significant addition to Amazon Prime as it attempts to sign up more monthly subscribers.

The deal draws a bright line between old and new. The seasons of "Girls," "The Newsroom" and "Veep" that are premiering this year won't be available through Amazon Prime for approximately three years. That means if viewers want to stay current, they have to subscribe to cable television and HBO (or borrow a friend's HBO GO password).

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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Stephen Colbert visits David Letterman and new 'Late Show' home
April 23rd, 2014
08:45 AM ET

Stephen Colbert visits David Letterman and new 'Late Show' home

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) – CBS began to introduce the next host of the "Late Show," Stephen Colbert, by having current host David Letterman interview him and take a selfie together on Tuesday night.

Letterman called Colbert "always entertaining," "the new kid" and "my friend." What Letterman was saying, implicitly, was that he supported CBS's pick for his successor.

CBS announced that it had signed Colbert to a multiyear deal back on April 10, one week after Letterman revealed that he intends to retire in 2015.

Read more of Brian's article online here.

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AT&T, Chernin set sights on streaming video
April 22nd, 2014
08:30 PM ET

AT&T, Chernin set sights on streaming video

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Is AT&T preparing a new challenger to Netflix and Hulu?

On Tuesday the wireless company said it had entered into a new venture with former News Corporation president Peter Chernin for "over-the-top video services."

They're not talking specifics yet. But they're interested in the streaming video space to the tune of at least $500 million. That's how much money AT&T (ATT )and Chernin's media investment company, The Chernin Group, said they had initially committed to the venture.

With the $500 million, the companies will seek to invest in video-on-demand channels and streaming video services. These may be supported by advertising, likeGoogle (GOOGFortune 500)'s YouTube is, by subscription fees, like Netflix (NFLX)is, or by both, like Hulu is.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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What the heck is Aereo, anyway?
April 21st, 2014
05:15 PM ET

What the heck is Aereo, anyway?

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Aereo is a streaming video service that costs $8 a month. It is a new way to watch and record shows on local television stations.

Now Aereo's legality is before the Supreme Court. Is it, as Aereo argues, a legal and innovative way for consumers to get more control over how they watch TV? Or is it what some of the country's biggest broadcast networks say - a business built on a blatant violation of copyright law?

How does it work? Using thousands of miniature TV antennas, Aereo scoops up the freely available signals of local stations. Then it delivers the signals to smart phones, tablets or computers via the Internet. Subscribers pick what to watch through a traditional on-screen guide. They can also record shows and stream them later.

Where is Aereo available? Aereo started in the New York City metropolitan area. It is now online in New York and 10 other markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and Miami.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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Supreme Court case could change how you watch TV
April 21st, 2014
11:55 AM ET

Supreme Court case could change how you watch TV

By Brian Stelter, CNN

A two-year-long legal battle between the country's biggest broadcasters and a startup called Aereo is about to culminate at theU.S. Supreme Court.

The court's decision, expected sometime this summer, could have far-reaching implications for television and technology companies - and ultimately on how people watch TV programs.

That's because Aereo brings up crucial questions about copyright law and threatens to disrupt lucrative business models.

The court will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday morning. Legal experts are divided about the most likely outcome. But Aereo is undeniably the underdog, opposed by the owners of virtually all the major media companies in the United States.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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Lara Spencer promoted to 'GMA' co-host
April 18th, 2014
09:05 AM ET

Lara Spencer promoted to 'GMA' co-host

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Lara Spencer, a supporting member of the "Good Morning America" cast for the past three years, has been promoted to co-host, ABC said Friday.

The promotion puts Spencer on par with George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, the other two co-hosts, and means she'll be more visible during the 7 a.m. hour of the top-rated morning show.

"GMA" has weathered a number of cast changes in recent months: Weather anchor Sam Champion was replaced by Ginger Zee in December, and news anchorJosh Elliott was replaced by Amy Robach a few weeks ago. Two new contributors, Michael Strahan and Tony Reali, have been announced since Elliott's departure.

Spencer's promotion is most likely the last in this series of changes. It was announced about a month after she signed a new contract with ABC News.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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Brian Stelter on CNN's new TV app
April 15th, 2014
08:30 AM ET

Brian Stelter on CNN's new TV app

By Brian Stelter, CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
At a presentation for advertisers last week, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker called it "our most important announcement of the day."

It wasn't a new prime time television program or a Web site expansion. It was a new way to watch everything that's already on CNN TV, enhanced by the Internet.

The announcement was about Watch CNNx, a product that takes programs on CNN (and sister channel HLN) and adds online capabilities like on-demand video viewing and links. The iPad version of it is available to some users now, and CNN says it will become more widely available later this year. More importantly, CNN wants it to show up on people's big screen TVs in the future, through next-generation set-top boxes.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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CNN announces new prime time lineup
April 10th, 2014
02:35 PM ET

CNN announces new prime time lineup

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Doubling down on its investment in original series, CNN will begin to devote the 9 p.m. hour of prime time to new taped shows starring Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain and others, the channel announced on Thursday.

The new strategy represents a shift away from the talk show format that CNN has featured at 9 p.m. for thirty years, first with "Larry King Live," then with "Piers Morgan Tonight." Morgan's program ended on March 29.

"We believe that genre is no longer viable" at that hour, the CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said, citing "too many outlets" and "not enough unique guests."

Following the taped series at 9 p.m., a new addition called "CNN Tonight" at 10 p.m. will feature rotating hosts. It was described as "a live hour of the day's biggest stories."

Read more of Brian's CNNMoney article here. 

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Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of "The Late Show"
April 10th, 2014
12:55 PM ET

Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of "The Late Show"

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

(CNN) – Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show," CBS announced on Thursday, one week after Letterman told his audience that he would retire sometime in 2015.

CBS said Colbert had signed a five-year contract to host the iconic late-night broadcast.

Colbert, 49, has been the host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" since 2005.

Read the latest updates from Brian on CNN.com here. 

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DNC rips MSNBC decision on Scarborough speech
April 10th, 2014
12:15 PM ET

DNC rips MSNBC decision on Scarborough speech

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is challenging MSNBC's decision to allow one of its hosts, Joe Scarborough, speak at a New Hampshire state GOP event.

In a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin on Thursday, the committee's communications director, Mo Elleithee, accused the liberal-leaning cable news channel of having a "pretty big double standard" when it comes to host participation at partisan events.

The dust-up comes amid media scrutiny about Scarborough's scheduled keynote speech at the Cheshire County, New Hampshire Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on May 2.

Why, some reporters and activists wondered, was Scarborough allowed to participate when another MSNBC host, liberal firebrand Ed Schultz, was barred from speaking at a local Democratic committee dinner in Florida in March? That dinner was labeled a fundraiser, which led The Huffington Post to inquire about MSNBC's policies regarding partisan events.

Read more of Brian's article via the CNN Political Ticker. 

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