7 items from 2013
CNN has canceled The Next List — the Saturday afternoon program in which, the network said, it “profiles innovators, visionaries and agents of change.” The half-hour series, hosted by Sanjay Gupta, premiered in November 2011. The show’s Ep, Jim McGinnis, who also served as Ep of special projects, Ep of American Morning and Ep of Lou Dobbs Tonight in his 25 years with CNN, is departing the network, reported TVNewser. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Al Jazeera America has signed veteran journo Soledad O'Brien as a special correspondent, and has pacted with Soledad’s production company, Starfish Media Group, to produce hourlong docu specials for the cable news net.
O’Brien will offer short-form segs as special correspondent to the Al Jazeera America’s primetime current affairs program “America Tonight,” where she will reunite with fellow CNN alum Kim Bondy, who serves as the show’s senior exec producer.
Al Jazeera America is slated to launch in August.
“O’Brien’s career producing and reporting on the human side of many of the most important stories of the past decade will fit in perfectly with what Al Jazeera America will be covering every day,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of Al Jazeera’s international operations and the senior executive developing the new channel. “Her dedication to that type of journalism is what makes »
- AJ Marechal
Soledad O'Brien will be joining Al Jazeera America to produce long-form documentaries and appear as a special correspondent on the primetime newsmagazine America Tonight, the network said on Monday. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that the former CNN anchor's production company, Starfish Media Group, was in talks to produce documentaries for the forthcoming network. "I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories," O'Brien said in a statement. Kim Bondy, who previously worked on CNN's American Morning, is the senior executive
- Erik Hayden
It took “New Day” about 13 minutes to move from the same-old CNN to something a little different.
The new CNN ayem program has been billed by none other than the Time Warner cabler’s relatively new president, Jeff Zucker, as a program with a “generationally” different team of anchors: former ABC Newser Chris Cuomo, former Washington correspondent Kate Bolduan and Los Angeles export Michaela Pereira. The trio hit the screen today at 6 a.m. Eastern (with a promo by Cuomo and Bolduan surfacing on lead-in program “Early Start” at about 5:57) sounding a lot like traditional CNN. Their interplay didn’t truly surface until the news of the day had been transmitted.
Where MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” led off with a look at the notion that Russian President Vladmir Putin might have stolen a Super Bowl Ring (and a shot at anchor Mika Brzezinski’s purple shoe) and Fox News Channel »
- Brian Steinberg
Al Jazeera America has tapped former CNN executive producer Kim Bondy to oversee a new nighly one-hour current affairs magazine program called "America Tonight." The news channel is scheduled to launch later this year. "America Tonight" will air at 9 p.m. and will look at issues related to the economy, education, healthcare and the environment, as well as breaking news. Also read: CNN 'New Day's' Bold Morning Move: News, Chemistry and No Kitchen Bondy previously served as vice president of morning programming at CNN, where she oversaw "American Morning with Soledad O'Brien and »
- Brent Lang
Soledad O’Brien, who left CNN in March, is staying in the Turner family by joining HBO‘s magazine Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. Additionally, O’Brien and her production company, Starfish Media Group, have entered a first-look deal with HBO for scripted projects and long-form programming concepts. O’Brien also has a deal to continue to produce documentaries for CNN, including two installments of her Black In America series. Real Sports reunites two former Today hosts — Gumbel co-anchored the weekday show, while O’Brien co-hosted the weekend edition before moving to CNN, where she anchored morning programs American Morning and Starting Point. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
If you believe CNN President Jeff Zucker, the cabler’s efforts to launch “New Day” June 17 is akin to dawn breaking at the Time Warner outlet.
“New Day,” as the new morning-news program will be called, takes CNN to new areas: The show is three hours long – not the norm for CNN in the ayem – and will start at 6 a.m., not at 7 a.m., as has been the tradition at the net. Its hosts – Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and news reader Michaela Pereira – hail from New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles respectively. And the new anchors are trying to get their chemistry aligned before they get in front of the camera, rather than force it once the show has started.
“New Day” will be slightly different from the rest of the morning crop. “No cooking and no concerts,” says Zucker, whose tenure as top producer at NBC »
- Brian Steinberg
7 items from 2013