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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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'GMA' adds another man: ESPN's Tony Reali
April 10th, 2014
12:05 PM ET

'GMA' adds another man: ESPN's Tony Reali

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

One week after former ESPN anchor Josh Elliott exited "Good Morning America," the ABC morning program is adding ESPN host Tony Reali as a contributor.

Reali's role was first described by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. Reali, the host of "Around the Horn" on ESPN since 2004, is expected to appear on "GMA" two or three days a week as a part of the show's social media segments.

The program named a corner of its studio the "Social Square" earlier this year in an attempt to connect social media conversations to the live broadcasts. NBC's "Today" show has a similar set-up, "The Orange Room," and Carson Daly frequently leads segments from there.

The "GMA" position is part of a new contract for Reali that also extends his time at ESPN. (Both ABC and ESPN are owned by Disney (DISFortune 500). Reali, who also appears on the ESPN show "Pardon The Interruption," will leave that program. "Around the Horn" - which is currently taped in Washington, D.C. - will move to New York.

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

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Alaska newspaper sold to online rival
April 9th, 2014
11:45 AM ET

Alaska newspaper sold to online rival

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Five years ago, the largest newspaper in the state of Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News, published a skeptical Q&A with the editor of a startup news Web site called the Alaska Dispatch.

At the time the Dispatch was a part-time job for its founders. It was accepting donations from readers to pay for Web servers. The Anchorage Daily News editors asked if the Alaska Dispatch was "a business or a hobby?" and if "a blogging project like Alaska Dispatch is sustainable?"

It's clearly no longer a hobby. And it apparently is sustainable. On Tuesday, the Alaska Dispatch boughtthe newspaper for $34 million.

The sale is further affirmation of the rise of digital news operations. It appears that no other similarly-sized newspaper has been swallowed up by an online rival. (Amazon (AMZNFortune 500) CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post as a personal investment.)

Read more of Brian's story online here.

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David Letterman to retire
April 3rd, 2014
05:26 PM ET

David Letterman to retire

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Letterman announced his plan during a taping of "The Late Show" on Thursday afternoon.CBS (CBSFortune 500) is expected to issue a statement sometime before the program is broadcast Thursday night.

A CBS spokesman declined to comment. Letterman's announcement initially leaked out when a performer, Mike Mills, who was at the taping of "The Late Show" tweeted out the news. "Dave just announced his retirement," Mills wrote.

What exactly Letterman says about his decision on "The Late Show" is not yet known.

Read more of the late-breaking details here. 

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Report: Amazon considering free streaming service
March 27th, 2014
08:20 PM ET

Report: Amazon considering free streaming service

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

Amazon might be taking a page from television broadcasters as it expands its streaming TV service and commissions more original shows.

Emphasis on the word "might."

The company is planning a free streaming service that could complement the $99-a-year Amazon Prime product that it already has, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A few hours after the report surfaced, though, Amazon seemed to dispute it, telling reporters that "we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service."

The back-and-forth stoked yet more curiosity about Amazon's multimedia plans.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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Pew: Online news organizations have created 5,000 jobs
March 26th, 2014
12:30 AM ET

Pew: Online news organizations have created 5,000 jobs

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

How many reporting jobs have new online news organizations created?

Pew Research Center has tried to put a number on it: 5,000.

The center's annual State of the News Media report, released on Wednesday, includes a first-of-its-kind tally of jobs at 30 big websites, like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post, and 438 smaller startups.

"In a significant shift in the editorial ecosystem, most of these jobs have been created in the past half dozen years, and many have materialized within the last year alone," write the authors of the 2014 report, who credit the startups with bringing "a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time."

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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March 24th, 2014
07:55 PM ET

Disney to pay at least $500 million for YouTube video maker

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Highlighting Web video's growing value to big media, The Walt Disney Company on Monday said it would acquire Maker Studios for an initial sum of $500 million.

Maker Studios is a leading producer and distributor of short, entertaining videos on YouTube, many of which are geared toward millennials. Its vast array of online channels total 5.5 billion YouTube views per month, according to Maker, which makes it one of the most successful online video companies of its kind.

In effect, Maker has helped create a whole new universe of shows, made for the Web rather than television, and now Disney can learn from them. This is especially important because key Disney demographics — like teenagers — are flocking to YouTube and other online video destinations.

Read more of Brian's article online here.

 

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Apple eyes partnerships in bid to reinvent TV
March 24th, 2014
03:55 AM ET

Apple eyes partnerships in bid to reinvent TV

By Brian Stelter, CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Apple may have grand ideas about how to reinvent television, but for now, rather than attempting an end-run around the industry's incumbents, it continues to seek partnerships with them.

The computing giant's next foray into TV could come in partnership with Comcast, the largest television and broadband provider in the United States, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night.

The Journal said that the two companies are holding talks that could result in Comcast delivering an Apple-branded TV service the same way it delivers phone calls and cable video-on-demand. These are called "managed services," and are set apart from the broadband connections that bring Netflix (NFLX), YouTube and other websites to customers. The arrangement would allow Apple to be confident that its video offerings won't sputter the way some other streams do.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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