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Chelsea Handler stepping down from E! talk show
May 28th, 2014
08:00 PM ET

Chelsea Handler stepping down from E! talk show

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) - Chelsea Handler's late-night television show on E!, "Chelsea Lately," will come to a close in August, freeing the comedian to create a different show elsewhere.

The "Chelsea Lately" finale date, August 26, was announced by the cable channel on Wednesday, capping months of speculation about Handler and E!'s plans to split. Her E! contract expires at the end of this year.

In a national late-night field dominated by men, Handler is the only woman with a daily talk show.

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Amazon-Hachette feud: No end in sight
May 28th, 2014
12:33 PM ET

Amazon-Hachette feud: No end in sight

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Amazon says if customers are inconvenienced by its battle with the book publisher Hachette, they should buy Hachette's books elsewhere.

The unusual suggestion was made on Tuesday in an equally unusual statement titled "Hachette/Amazon Business Interruption." It was posted on an Amazon Kindle forum.

It was Amazon's first public comment about why popular books by authors like James Patterson and Malcolm Gladwell are being delayed and disadvantaged by Amazon, the world's biggest seller of books.

Amazon has reportedly been pressuring Hachette to let it lower prices for e-books and ultimately pay Hachette less for them. Hachette has resisted.

"Unfortunately, despite much work from both sides, we have been unable to reach mutually-acceptable agreement on terms," Amazon's statement said.

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Disproving predictions of nightly newscasts' demise
May 27th, 2014
02:05 PM ET

Disproving predictions of nightly newscasts' demise

By Brian Stelter, CNN 

The next time I'm asked about the relevance of the network nightly news, my answer will involve Edward Snowden and Hillary Clinton.

Later this week, NBC will feature Snowden's first television interview since he decided to leak top-secret NSA documents to Glenn Greenwald and other reporters. The questioner is Brian Williams, the anchor of the "NBC Nightly News."

In a couple of weeks, ABC will have Clinton's first interview about her book "Hard Choices." The interviewer is Diane Sawyer, the anchor of "World News."

These are two Q&A's that every television network wanted to have — "big gets" at a time when there are fewer and fewer of them.

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Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book
May 20th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

(CNN) – Promotion of Hillary Clinton's book "Hard Choices" will begin in earnest on Monday, June 9 when ABC's Diane Sawyer interviews her in a one-hour prime time special.

The prime time hour was announced on Tuesday by ABC, ending months of jockeying to land Clinton's first TV interview tied to the book.

ABC said that a portion of the taped interview would be shown before the prime time special on Sawyer's nightly newscast, "World News."

 

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May 20th, 2014
11:50 AM ET

Customers give dismal scores to TV providers

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Note to Comcast and AT&T executives: you've got your work cut out for you.

Subscriber satisfaction with cable and satellite TV providers has slumped across the board, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey of tens of thousands of people.

Of the eight providers studied, the worst performer is Time Warner Cable, the cable company that's merging with Comcast. The second worst is Comcast. They were in the same order last year — but this year, their scores are weaker.

Time Warner Cable has a score of 56 and Comcast has a score of 60. The industry average is 65.

The data was released in a report Tuesday, two days after AT&T announced a plan to acquire the biggest satellite provider in the country, DirecTV.

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Abramson breaks silence about NYT firing
May 19th, 2014
02:25 PM ET

Abramson breaks silence about NYT firing

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Jill Abramson, who was fired as executive editor of The New York Times last week, doesn't know what she'll do next. But she knows she won't be getting her tattoo of the newspaper's logo removed.

Abramson spoke for the first time about her abrupt dismissal during a commencement address at Wake Forest University Monday morning.

She joked about the timing of the address. "I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university!" she told the graduates. She then spoke at length about the topic of resilience, citing her own experiences at The New York Times.

Abramson did not speak an ill word about The New York Times or its publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., who forced her out after fewer than three years as executive editor. She praised the newspaper and said "it was the honor of my life to lead the newsroom."

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What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers
May 19th, 2014
01:30 PM ET

What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers

By Brian Stelter, CNN

If approved by regulators, AT&T's $49 billion bid for DirecTV would be the fourth-biggest telecommunications merger in history. So everybody has an opinion about it.

Sunday's deal announcement stirred enthusiasm, opposition and above all else curiosity about what the combination of AT&T (TFortune 500) and DirecTV (DTVFortune 500) could look like. The House Judiciary Committee immediately said that it would hold a hearing to scrutinize the deal.

In the short term, the deal is unlikely to affect either company's customers. But the long term is another story.

AT&T - like its rivals Verizon (VZFortune 500) andComcast (CMCSAFortune 500) - clearly wants to sell bundles of broadband and television that deliver on the promise of anything/anytime/anywhere programming.

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May 19th, 2014
09:55 AM ET

AT&T and DirecTV strike $49 billion deal

By Brian Stelter, CNN

AT&T said Sunday that it had agreed to acquire America's biggest satellite television provider, DirecTV, in a deal worth almost $50 billion.

If approved by regulators, the acquisition will give AT&T a stronger hand in shaping the future of television distribution and consumption.

AT&T-DirecTV would be the country's No. 2 provider of television subscribers behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable. Add it all up, and Comcast and AT&T would control more than half of the market for pay television.

"This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens - mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.

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Top editor at the New York Times is leaving
May 14th, 2014
03:50 PM ET

Top editor at the New York Times is leaving

By Brian Stelter, CNN

In a move that stunned the media world, the New York Times announced Wednesday that it was replacing executive editor Jill Abramson with her No. 2 in the newsroom, Dean Baquet.

Abramson was named executive editor about three years ago. New York Times (NYT)publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. told employees at a staff meeting that he chose a new editor "because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects of the management of the newsroom," according to his prepared remarks, which were provided by a spokeswoman.

Sulzberger went on to say, "You will understand that there is nothing more I am going to say about this, but I want to assure all of you that there is nothing more at issue here."

The spokeswoman confirmed that Abramson will not remain at the newspaper. Baquet, who has been Abramson's deputy since 2011, will become executive editor immediately.

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Time Warner's Time Inc. split set for June 6
May 8th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Time Warner's Time Inc. split set for June 6

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Time Warner's spin-off of its publishing unit Time Inc. will take effect on June 6, when shares in the new company are distributed to investors.

The spin-off details were disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Shareholders who owned Time Warner (TWXFortune 500) as of May 23 will receive new shares in Time Inc., which will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "TIME."

Time Warner, which is the parent company of CNN,first announced its intent to move the magazine publishing division into a separate company in March 2013.

Time Inc. owns famous titles like Time, People, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and Entertainment Weekly. Along with 23 magazines in the United States, the company operates 45 Web sites.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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