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Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
MSNBC removes its news ticker so viewers can have "a cleaner view" of the screen
"We’re removing the scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen for a cleaner view that puts our reporting more front and center," an MSNBC spokesperson said in a statement of the decision, which took effect this morning. "As a network, we focus on up-to-the-minute breaking news showcasing our team’s smart reporting and in-depth analysis, and we want viewers to get the best possible experience.”
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
CNN is stuck in third place, so why does it keep staging "food fights"?
The cable news network has been criticized for its "outmoded" partisan panels that are dependent on guests talking over each other. Some find the resulting blow-ups to be uninformative and uncomfortable. ALSO: Rachel Maddow topped Sean Hannity in March as the most-watched cable news host.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Why is cable news so reliant on panels?
The problem with the panel model employed by CNN, Fox News and MSNBC is that pundits share the screen with journalists, and viewers are left confused with what is news and what are opinions.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
NBC News may launch a live-streaming service
The NBC News service would be separate from NBC and MSNBC. “We want to do this, and I think we’ve got to open that door,” says NBC News chairman Andy Lack.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 5:49PM EDT
NBC News sets a two-hour Martin Luther King Jr. primetime documentary special
Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media airs on NBC on March 24 and MSNBC on March 25, drawing parallels between the social media strategy used by today's protesters and Civil Rights movement efforts. The documentary is one of a flurry of specials that will mark the April 4 50th anniversary of King's assassination.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
MSNBC documentary to look back at the Gary Hart scandal
Titled This Happened, Friday's documentary will recall the Democratic U.S. senator from Colorado's campaign sinking after he was caught having an affair.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 10:05AM EST
Rachel Maddow helped construct today's New York Times crossword puzzle
The Times has been enlisting celebrities to co-create crossword puzzles in honor of its 75th anniversary of the birth of The New York Times Crossword.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 2:03PM EST
NBC Universal plans to cut 20% of primetime commercials across all its TV networks
“TV networks would be crazy to believe that anything other than commercial overhaul was anything other than inevitable," says NBC Universal's Linda Yaccarino, pointing to the many ways people skip commercials nowadays.
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Is Ronan Farrow banned from NBC and MSNBC?
Page Six reports the former MSNBC/NBC News correspondent was booked to talk about his New Yorker article about President Trump's alleged affair with Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show on Friday night, but he was bumped from the broadcast. NBC News insiders say he was bumped due to the Russia indictment news. Meanwhile, Maddow had tweeted that the Russia indictment news squashed her plans to take Friday off.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
MSNBC's Katy Tur: The concept of "News Anchor Makeup" is changing to emphasize natural beauty
"For so long," writes Tur in Glamour magazine, "there was an expectation of how you’re supposed to look when you walk into any broadcast makeup room, where makeup artists would Fox-ify—as in Fox News—any woman by adding fake lashes, bright lipstick, and lots of eyeshadow, and perfectly coiffing her hair. But that’s just not who I am. Today most of the industry, even Fox News, is moving away from that a little. It’s partially the moment we’re in: There’s a shift toward a real, more natural-looking beauty. But I also think people are taking the news more seriously."
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Harold Ford Jr. to return to MSNBC after Morgan Stanley “clarified” he wasn’t fired for sexual misconduct
The former congressman was taken off the air last month after he was reportedly fired from Morgan Stanley over an allegation of sexual harassment. Weeks later -- and after Ford publicly threatened legal action -- the company clarified that he was terminated for violating "corporate policy," not sexual harassment. “We have not received any internal allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct involving him,” said Morgan Stanley.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Joe Scarborough: SNL’s Morning Joe cold open made Mika Brzezinski and I “wince”
“Those are always interesting,” Scarborough said about Saturday Night Live's Jan. 13 Morning Joe cold open. “I think we would probably enjoy them if we didn’t have children. We get uncomfortable because of our children—so it makes us wince.” ALSO: Watch SNL transform Kate McKinnon into Robert Mueller.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
President Trump’s Fake News Awards: CNN takes home four, ABC News "wins" one
The president tweeted out his long-anticipated Fake News Awards at 8 p.m. ET tonight with a link that crashed the official GOP website, which was likely used to avoid potential ethics violations. The awards only named two networks: CNN and ABC News, the latter for Brian Ross' erroneous Michael Flynn story. An MSNBC producer was quick to point out that his liberal-leaning cable news network and NBC News didn't even merit one win (neither did Fox News). ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel had his Wolf Blitzer-lookalike father accept Trump's Fake News Award on CNN's behalf.
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
CBS allowing an uncensored “sh*t happens” in 1999 paved the way for this week’s “sh*thole” TV spectacle
The word “sh*thole” was all over TV on Thursday, thanks to President Trump. But as Sean O'Neal points out, there was a time when the word “sh*t” generated controversy when a broadcast network allowed its use in primetime. CBS OK’d Mark Harmon’s doctor character to say “sh*t happens” in an October 1999 episode of Chicago Hope, the David E. Kelley medical drama, citing artistic reasons. The Parents TV Council warned that allowing a broadcast network to say “sh*t” would result in other shows using the profanity. And the PTC was right. ER would eventually say “sh*t.” NYPD Blue would utter “bullsh*t.” Even Howard Stern was outraged that CBS would allow a word that the FCC would fine him for. "The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis." Ultimately, the FCC bought CBS’ reasoning for airing the profanity.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Chris Matthews apologizes after a 2016 video surfaced of him joking about the “Bill Cosby Pill” before interviewing Hillary Clinton
“Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” the MSNBC host said on Jan. 5, 2016 while waiting to interview Clinton at an Iowa firehouse during presidential primaries. And then, as he waits for the water, he added, “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?” Matthews apologized today, telling The Cut: “This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines. I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.” ALSO: Bill Cosby reportedly made a #MeToo joke this week.