June 7, 2016 |
Broadcast networks curbed their free-spending ways in the 1990s, when cable started seriously eating away at their share of the audience. By the end of that decade, the news divisions of ABC, CBS, and NBC were competing for viewers with three 24-hour cable news channels, and they watched their ratings diminish. The internet has also pulled away viewers. Heated battles for big names still occur. But it's difficult for anchors to make a successful transition in a crowded TV landscape.
March 2, 2015
ISSUE | GOVERNORS Give Wolf a chance Regarding criticism over Gov. Wolf's remark about Pennsylvanians having an "excess of modesty," I am so tired of the childishness of this man's opponents ("Wolf says a bit of boasting could be a boost for Pa.," Feb. 24). He isn't my governor, but we all saw his political ads, and Wolf seemed so sincere, intelligent, and genuinely concerned about his state's citizens that I was pleased when he was elected. |Bonnie Mason, Collingswood Tact-free zone I was intrigued by Gov. Christie's offer to New Hampshire voters to take more questions ("Back in N.H., Christie gives a hint of 2016," Feb. 17)
February 26, 2015 |
Lisa Aiello DeLeon just wanted to show Keith Olbermann that there was more to Pennsylvania State University than the Jerry Sandusky scandal. When she read that the university's annual Thon dance marathon had raised more than $13 million over the weekend for pediatric cancer research, she thought of the ESPN host. "We are!" she tweeted Monday, mentioning Olbermann and the Thon article, and using part of the school athletic cheer. But Olbermann finished the sentence for her, replying: " . . . Pitiful".
March 13, 2012 |
Tracie McMillan is discovering the upside of being ridiculed by Rush Limbaugh. As a first-time author writing about food policy, McMillan, 35, was relieved to get a publisher and a small advance. A Feb. 20 favorable review in the New York Times, on the eve of publication, was nice icing. Fortune and fame would have been unreasonable expectations. "Most books don't make money. They're calling cards to parlay into fellowships or speaking engagements," says the pragmatic McMillan, who was born and bred in Michigan before moving to Brooklyn to become a freelance journalist.
July 6, 2011 |
Keith Olbermann's still preaching liberal gloom and doom to the choir, but the church pews have emptied. The commentator's Countdown audience, in the show's new home on the little Current cable network, is about one-third of what he averaged on MSNBC. But one man's decline can be another's stunning success. Since Olbermann arrived June 20, the audience weeknights at 8 p.m. on Current has increased fifteenfold, moving the network, founded six years ago by Democratic stalwarts Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, from total obscurity into cable's lower middle class.
June 25, 2011 |
Can we all agree that nothing is sacred anymore? I noticed with some dismay this week that Nick Lachey, the host of NBC's other singing competition, The Sing-Off , has sold the rights to his wedding to Vanessa Minnillo as a made-for-TV special. To auction off this momentous occasion to the highest bidder, to turn this most intimate of ceremonies into a public spectacle - that's just shabby. To make matters worse, Lachey is a repeat offender. He packaged his prior marriage to singer Jessica Simpson as an MTV series, Newlyweds . After my outrage simmered down, I found I had a change of heart.
February 9, 2011 |
Lindsay Lohan , whose misdeeds so far haven't done much more than earn her some rehab time and make her perennial paparazzi prey, is in real trouble now. The L.A. District Attorney's office announced Tuesday that it planned to charge the actress/train wreck with felony grand theft in connection with the disappearance of a $2,500 necklace from a store near Lohan's home. She was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, she could get anything from probation to a three-year stay as a guest of the state of California.
January 22, 2011 |
The final broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" aired Friday night as MSNBC and Olbermann announced they would part ways. The news appeared abruptly and comes just two months after MSNBC's highest-rated host was suspended for two days following reports that he gave donations to a Democratic political candidate, which violated the company's ethics policies for news employees. Neither Olbermann nor MSNBC gave much of an explanation for the departure. In a statement, MSNBC said: "MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract.
November 20, 2010 |
MSNBC's time-out corner is occupied again. On Friday, the network suspended conservative morning-show host Joe Scarborough for two whole days for giving money to politicians. He'll be gone Monday and Tuesday. A couple of weeks ago, liberal evening show host Keith Olbermann got the same harsh treatment from superiors for the same offense. Olbermann gave $2,400 to three Democrats, including one who appeared on his show. In a statement released by MSNBC Friday, Morning Joe Scarborough says he gave $500 each to his brother and three family friends, all Republicans in his home state of Florida, all in supposedly non-competitive local races.
November 10, 2010 |
A TESTY E-MAIL exchange between Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky and MSNBC blowhard Keith Olbermann that was reported online yesterday was actually an exchange between Byko and an Olbermann imposter. Bykofsky wrote columns critical of Olbermann on Thursday and again Monday after the left-leaning cable host was suspended for making political contributions to Democratic candidates, in violation of NBC News policy. Bykofsky wrote to Keith@KeithOlbermann . com for comment and received a reply Monday in which "Olbermann" challenged Bykofsky's journalistic chops.