Technically, Scripps-Howard isn’t a network so much as a series of networks, but the point is: Anthony Bourdain is taking his act on the road, away from the Travel Channel and to CNN. There are no more No Reservations to be had. The ratings-troubled cable news network probably ponied up some decent cash for Bourdain (and Reservations‘ production company, Zero Point Zero) to come their way. Something that also may have helped? The fact that the Travel Channel was purchased by Scripps-Howard in 2009, and Bourdain has never been one to mince words about the Scripps’ networks stable of culinary stars.
QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT RHETORICAL
Just a few days after Gawker introduced their recent and short-lived foray into corporate espionage-cum-pranksterism in the form of The Fox News Mole, one Joe Muto found himself on CNN, speaking with Howard Kurtz on Reliable Sources about the week he’d just had. In that interview, he explained that he was “completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at FOX News,” which is to say nothing of how his job prospects might be now (“it’s pretty safe to say my career in cable news is over”). Is it, though?
Many a New Yorker’s deep-seated and very specific air-travel related fear—a bird flying into the engine after takeoff, causing an emergency landing a la Sully—just manifested into reality for not just one, but a high-profile CNN contributor and a Fox News contributor, both of whom lived to Tweet another day.
Of all the pieces to be yielded by Andrew Breitbart’s death, this one is handily the strangest: A report from Daily Mail columnist Toby Harnden that the controversial conservative pundit was working on a CNN show with Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman ousted by a sexting scandal last year.
Beloved Bloomberg on-air blonde bombshell Lizzie O’Leary (who once hid behind the mic at N.P.R.) is parting ways with the financial news service, and hitting it big time: the Observer Media Power Bachelorette is on her way to CNN, where she’ll be reporting on-air for the cable news giant on aviation and transportation regulations. Read More
New Year's Eve
As television stations fight for viewers home alone watching television as the ball drops to midnight like feral dogs fighting over scraps of decayed meat, anchors and hosts have had to ramp up their “disgusting” quotient in order to add enough shock value to their programming to warrant next-day coverage.
Don’t expect us to fall for your witchcraft logic, Delaware also-ran Christine O’Donnell. Your support of Mitt Romney, when questioned today on CNN about his inconsistencies over the years, was met by the most baffling of endorsements ever…unless you were trying to ruin his campaign? Through black magic??
In September, retail brokerage veteran Patrick Breslin joined Studley as executive vice president of East Coast Retail Services, a division that, until now, the international real estate firm never had reason to focus on. The former president of Grubb & Ellis’s U.S. retail division and a retail broker at CBRE, Mr. Breslin, 50, spoke about his strategy at the International Council of Shopping Centers this week, his goals for Studley’s new East Coast Retail division and father Jimmy Breslin’s views on commercial real estate.
Occupy Wall Street
A lot of people have been asking, “Where did all the people from Occupy Wall Street go to?” Well, some of them are holding G.A. meetings at 60 Wall Street (in the Deutsche Bank atrium), or doing work at the TD Bank that they’re currently occupying. CNN got the tip off and headed over to “The Occupied Office” (which at first we thought was going to be an Office parody because that’s how they styled their signs).
CNN has acquired San Francisco-based tech company Zite, CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton announced today. Zite is a free news app for iPads that collects user data to curate (or aggregate) a personalized variety of content from free sources accross the web in a magazine-style experience.
All of the Zite team is sticking around, though it will be a wholly owned subsidiary and stand-alone business of CNN.
Zite is a Flipboard competitor, and its curation practices have elicted a bunch of cease and desists from news producers like the Washington Post and the AP, according to TechCrunch.