Edward R. Murrow Awards: CBS News Wins Overall Excellence For Second Straight Year
CBS News picked up its second consecutive Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence today, and ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muri for Best Newscast.
Other network winners include CNN for its website and coverage of Hurricane Maria and the solar eclipse, Netflix for its Russian sports-doping documentary Icarus and NBC News for its Breaking News Coverage of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport.
Awards also were announced today for small- and large-market TV and… Read
Alec Baldwin To Howard Stern: “If I Ran For President, I Would Win – Hands Down”
Alec Baldwin isn’t the American president, but he plays one on TV. And we’ve heard rumblings of a 2020 White House run for the 30 Rock alum and SNL‘s designated Donald Trump. So how about it?
“If I ran for president, I would win, hands down,” Baldwin said on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show today. “It would be the funniest, most exciting, most crazy campaign.” Watch the video clip above.
Funnier and crazier than that last GOP one, dude? Well maybe — seeing as Howard Stern… Read
Howard Stern Tells David Letterman On Netflix About The Time Donald Trump Rated Ivanka Trump “A 10”
In a clip from the next installment of David Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, radio host Howard Stern remembers his many interactions with Donald Trump before he became president. In particular, he recalls Trump’s unsettling way of rating the appearance of his daughter, Ivanka, whom he rated far higher than Angelina Jolie among the “great beauties” of the world.
The full episode will debut on the streaming service May 31.
“To me, a guest who… Read
Liberty Media Still Interested In iHeartMedia “At The Right Price”
Liberty Media is still interested in iHeartMedia.
CEO Greg Maffei told investors during today’s first quarter earnings call that the radio and online broadcaster’s assets are complementary to Liberty’s music holdings.
Liberty has a controlling interest in satellite radio broadcaster SiriusXM, which, in turn, holds a 19% stake in the streaming music company Pandora.
“iHeart is an attractive free-cash flow generator,” Maffei said. “At the right price, I think it would be… Read
‘Wango Tango’ Summer Concert Will Be Televised Via Freeform
The annual iHeartRadio Wango Tango summer concert, one of the big shows kicking off the outdoor music season, will be televised for the first time. The pop music parade will be broadcast by Disney’s Freeform on Sunday, June 3 from 8 PM-9:30 PM ET/PT, a day after the live event.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, NF, Miguel, Janelle Monáe and Marshmello with a special guest… Read
Carl Kasell Dies: 30-Year NPR Newsman Known For ‘Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!’ Was 84
Carl Kasell, a career radio man who anchored NPR newscasts for more than 30 years and was a longtime fan favorite on its quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, died today of Alzheimer’s complications in Potomac, MD. He was 84.
Starting out at 16 as a late-night music DJ on his hometown station, Kasell spent a lifetime behind the microphone. He liked to tell the story of how he’d hide behind the family’s radio and try to fool people into thinking he was on the air. He joined… Read
MoviePass Launches New Bundle With Bankrupt iHeartRadio: Here’s What It Means
MoviePass announced today a new bundle with iHeartRadio, where new subscribers can pay $29.95 to see four 2D movies a month for three months with a free three-month extended trial of the latter’s All Access-on-demand music feature.
While the business media and Wall Street analysts has gone to town to declare how MoviePass is bleeding more money than it’s taking in with its unlimited movie-ticket plan, this is an experiment to see how many subs take to the… Read
Radio Giant iHeartMedia Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy To Restructure Debt
Reeling radio giant iHeartMedia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure $20 billion in debt.
The bankruptcy filing lists total assets of $12.3B, on a consolidated basis, with total debts of $20.3B.
While the Bob Pittman-led media company tried to position itself as a multi-platform entity with strength in social media, its heartbeat and profit center remained its portfolio of 850 radio stations… Read
NPR’s ‘On Point’ Radio Host Tom Ashbrook Fired
Tom Ashbrook, the longtime host of NPR’s syndicated radio show On Point, has been fired by Boston station WBUR-FM. An internal review by Boston University, the station’s operator, confirmed claims made late last year that he had created an abusive work environment. Ashbrook, who has hosted the daily two-hour morning news and analysis program for 16 years, had been on leave since the allegations emerged in December.
The university said it had conducted two separate reviews… Read
Minnesota Public Radio Disputes Fired Star Garrison Keillor’s Back-Patting Claim
Garrison Keillor was not fired from Minnesota Public Radio merely for patting a grieving female colleague on the back, says MPR president Jon McTaggart. In a lengthy note to MPR members and listeners, detailing incidents of sexually inappropriate behavior, McTaggart struck back at Keillor’s supporters who have suggested that the Prairie Home Companion host was some sort of victim of a MeToo witch hunt mentality.
For starters, McTaggart writes that the woman, who worked… Read
Nikki Glaser To Topline Live Daily Morning Show On SiriusXM’s Comedy Central Radio – TCA
Comedy Central has given the green light to You Up with Nikki Glaser, its first live daily morning show on SiriusXM’s Comedy Central Radio toplined by the comedian and television host. The network announced the show during its portion of the TCA winter press tour.
You Up with Nikki Glaser will premiere in February and will broadcast live from 10 AM-noon ET Monday-Thursday, with repeats throughout the week.
In the show, Glaser will team with her best friend and touring… Read
SAG-AFTRA Wins Back Jobs For Fired SBS Radio Hosts
In a major victory for the rights of workers to unionize, SAG-AFTRA today reached a nearly $500,000 settlement with the Spanish Broadcasting System in advance of a National Labor Relations Board ruling on the union's claim that eight of the company's employees at Los Angeles radio stations La Raza and MEGA were unlawfully terminated in retaliation for exercising their right to unionize.
The settlement also provides that the wrongly terminated employees will return to work… Read