UPDATE, 8 AM: In an interview with Deadline this morning, Carter said he’d been invited on CNN yesterday to discuss the Brian Williams affair but knew that the murders in Charleston would rightfully be dominating the news. Instead he appeared this morning. Asked for his take on the demotion of the former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, Carter said, “I think of Brian like my old Irish relatives. It’s all blarney with him. I felt pained watching him with Matt Lauer.”
EARLIER: Demonstrating once again that there is life after The New York Times, Carter ended his 15 minutes of retirement by announcing that he has joined the cable news channel as a contributor on the media beat, alongside reporter Brian Stelter, also a Times ex-pat. Here’s the memo out of Atlanta:
CNN today announced that Bill Carter, the former New York Times television reporter and author, is joining CNN as a contributor. Carter will offer reporting, analysis and commentary on the top media stories across CNN’s television and digital platforms, reuniting with former New York Times beat colleague Brian Stelter.
A widely respected veteran of the beat, Carter was with the New York Times for more than 25 years as a media writer, covering the television industry. He is also the author of four books, including The Late Shift, Desperate Networks, and The War For Late Night. Prior to joining the Times in 1989, Carter was the television critic for the Baltimore Sun for 14 years.
He has appeared many times on CNN; his first appearance as a CNN contributor was on New Day this morning and this Sunday he will be on Reliable Sources With Brian Stelter.