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Mehdi Hasan Announces Departure From MSNBC

“With this show going away, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to look for a new challenge. Tonight is not just my final episode of The Mehdi Hasan Show. It’s my last day with MSNBC. Yes, I’ve decided to leave. To be clear, I am so, so proud of what we’ve achieved on this show on this network, and …

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Fox News Slashes Ad Rates For “Snoozer” GOP Debate

Semafor reports: Advertisers paid a premium for airtime during the first Republican presidential debate on Fox News, but it looks like they’ll be getting a major discount during round two on Wednesday night. Semafor reviewed the rates the network shared with one prospective ad buyer for both the first and second GOP primary debates. For the first debate, the cost …

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Report: CNN’s CEO Out After Trump Town Hall Debacle

Puck News reports: After a year of leadership missteps, programming misfires, a disastrous Trump town hall and the near-total decimation of staff morale in the wake of a chilling all-access Atlantic story, Chris Licht will be vacating the C.E.O. position. In the next 48 hours, I’m told, Warner Bros. Discovery will announce that Licht will be stepping down as chairman …

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CNN Parts Ways With Morning Anchor Don Lemon

The New York Times reports: Don Lemon is out at CNN. CNN said on Monday that it was parting ways with Mr. Lemon, a star anchor who was a fixture of the network’s prime-time lineup before enduring a short but controversial tenure as a morning show co-host. “CNN and Don have parted ways,” the network said in a statement on …

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CNN Inks Deal To Air Bill Maher Show On Friday Nights

Mediaite reports: CNN will be reaping another benefit of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger next month, when Overtime, the post-show segment from Bill Maher’s HBO program, Real Time With Bill Maher, begins airing on Friday nights. The network made the announcement in a press release Monday, describing it as one of “several other recent partnership between HBO and CNN.” The …

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DirecTV Dumps Cultist Outlet Newsmax From Lineup

The Daily Beast reports: Negotiations hit a standstill on Tuesday between DirecTV and conservative cable channel Newsmax, prompting the pay-TV provider to cut loose the pro-Trump network from its lineup. On the surface, this should have been a typical cable package negotiation in an era of cord-cutting, shrinking subscription numbers, and reduced television revenues. Instead, it looks like it will …

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Media Startup Seeks To Be Fox News But In Spanish

Politico reports: Americano Media, which launched in March, is embarking on an aggressive expansion plan to shape center-right Hispanic opinion during the upcoming election cycle. The network has hired more than 80 Latino journalists and producers, are expanding their radio presence to television, and by the end of the year will have studios in Miami, Las Vegas and D.C. with …

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CNN Moves Jake Tapper To Chris Cuomo’s Former Slot

The Daily Beast reports: CNN chief Chris Licht is shaking things up once again. Days after unveiling a “reimagined” morning show, the network announced that anchor Jake Tapper would be moving to primetime to host the 9 p.m. slot through this year’s midterm elections. While the assignment is ostensibly temporary, it could possibly become permanent if Tapper draws a decent …

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Veteran Former CNN Anchor Bernard Shaw Dies At 82

Variety reports: Bernard Shaw, who was CNN’s lead anchor for 20 years and distinguished the network’s coverage of such landmark events as the Gulf War, died Wednesday, the Warner Bros. Discovery-backed outlet disclosed. He was 82, and had contracted pneumonia that was not related to the coronavirus pandemic. “Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we …

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Brian Stelter To Depart CNN As Network Drops Show

Deadline reports: CNN is dropping its Sunday show Reliable Sources while its host, Brian Stelter, is exiting the network. A spokesperson for CNN said, “CNN will end its Reliable Sources program on Sunday, August 21st. As a result Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new …

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MSNBC Taps Alex Wagner For Maddow’s Time Slot

The New York Times reports: MSNBC has named Alex Wagner to succeed Rachel Maddow as the weekday host of its 9 p.m. hour four days a week, turning to a political news veteran to fill one of the network’s most important time slots. Ms. Wagner, 44, is a fixture of Washington journalism with roots in progressive news and opinion outlets. …

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MSNBC Formally Announces Hiring Of Jen Psaki

The Hill reports: MSNBC on Tuesday announced the hiring of former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki, who left the White House earlier this month, will appear on NBC’s various channels and platforms as part of its politics coverage this fall and will eventually host a new original program on MSNBC. The new program, slated to launch in the …

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Ex-Fox Anchor Chris Wallace To Host New CNN Show

Axios reports: Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN’s new parent company, plans to announce during its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday that Chris Wallace will host a Sunday evening show on CNN. The longtime Fox News host had recently moved to CNN to launch a show on its now-defunct streaming service, CNN+. Wallace, who was hosting an interview show four days …

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Variety: Warner To Shutter CNN+ After Only One Month

Variety reports: Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down CNN+ and is expected to provide details to staffers Thursday, according to two people familiar with the matter. Spokespersons for CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery could not be reached for immediate comment. Axios reports: CNN+ has roughly 150,000 subscribers so far. Warner Bros. Discovery wants to eventually build one giant service around …

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Rachel Maddow Show To Go Mondays Only [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Rachel Maddow doesn’t seem to have much in common with John Oliver. But starting next month, the MSNBC anchor and the HBO comic will offer viewers something similar: a program that analyzes the news just once each week. Starting in May, Maddow will scale back her duties at MSNBC, moving from what had been a five-days-per-week role to …

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Ex-CNN Host Chris Cuomo Seeks $125M From Network

Deadline reports: After months of legal anticipation following his December 2021 firing by Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo has just launched the official opening salvo in what looks to be protracted battle with CNN over not only $125 million in cash, but his character and family drama as well. “As a result of Turner’s indefensible choice to unceremoniously fire him, Cuomo …

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Fox Cameraman Killed In Ukraine By Incoming Attack

Deadline reports: Fox News said that its cameraman, Pierre Zakrzewski, was killed in Ukraine on Monday when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by oncoming fire. Correspondent Benjamin Hall, who was with him, was injured and remains hospitalized. “Pierre was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan yo …

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CNN’s Paid Streaming Platform To Launch March 29th

The Verge reports: CNN Plus, the streaming platform from the cable news giant, will debut in the US on March 29th, the company said Friday in a news release. For early subscribers — those who sign up in the first four weeks of its launch— the service will cost $2.99 per month, and they’ll lock in that price for as …

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Ex-Fox Honcho Arrested For Violating Russia Sanctions

The Daily Beast reports: As the United States increasingly goes after some of the Kremlin’s business tentacles, the latest person arrested for violating U.S. sanctions against Russia is a former Fox News director who left to launch a Russian propaganda network. The Department of Justice on Thursday revealed that Jack Hanick was quietly arrested in London on Feb. 3 for …

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CNN’s Streaming Service To Launch at $2.99/Month

The Verge reports: CNN has finally revealed details about pricing for its forthcoming CNN Plus streaming service. Those who subscribe in the first four weeks of CNN Plus launch will pay $2.99 a month, a 50 percent discount off the regular $5.99 per month / $59.99 per year subscription price. Early subscribers will lock in that $2.99 / month price …

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