Do recessions contribute to spikes in drug use? That was the question on the lips of the philanthropists and media big wigs at the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom last night; where the Partnership for a Drug Free America’s sixth annual gala was honoring Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer. Retired ad man Richard Bonette, the co-chairman emeritus of Read More
On Jan. 10, 2005, CBS President Leslie Moonves sent his employees a novella-length memo with the subject line “The Independent Panel Issues its report.”
CBS had formed said independent panel months earlier, in the fall of 2004, in order to investigate the development, preparation and aftermath of Dan Rather and company’s flawed report on Read More
Movie macher Harvey Weinstein doesn’t do anything small, especially when it comes to his nuptials. Case in point: his wedding last weekend to fashion designer Georgina Chapman. After guests parked at a school near Mr. Weinstein’s waterfront Westport manse, they were shuttled to the home, where they found the Miramax mogul nattily clad Read More
I have no illusions about my celebrity wattage. I am in the moderate-to-low category. Reality TV star Danny Bonaduce has more sizzle. Singer Foxy Brown’s embattled Korean manicurist has a bit less. Actress Michelle Rodriguez’s police ankle bracelet shines about as brightly as I do, as opposed to Lindsay Lohan’s bracelet, which leaves me totally Read More
In a move akin to firing Bobby Knight and replacing him with Woody Hayes, CBS Radio has at last settled on a successor for Don Imus’s old morning drive slot.
He is Craig Carton, and his proudest moment on the New Jersey airwaves probably came in 2005, when a sitting Governor threatened to beat him Read More
On the afternoon of May 16, CBS President Leslie Moonves stood at the front of Carnegie Hall and directed the gaze of hundreds of advertisers and journalists toward a massive screen at the back of the stage.
With the lights down and all eyes up, the president of the most watched television Read More
Everyone was psyched for the CW upfront at Madison Square Garden Thursday morning. The first launch of a broadcast network in a decade! With young, multi-racial, technologically savvy viewers! Who are making their first major purchasing decisions! And developing brand loyalty!
At one point during the festivities, America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks Read More
The CBS Upfront, aka the Leslie Moonves Variety Hour, began at 3:15 on Wednesday with a live band striking up at Carnegie Hall. A PSA appeared on the giant screen up front, asking everyone to silence their cell phones, Trios, two-way pagers, etc.
Anyway, the announcer told the packed house, “everybody who’s anybody is Read More
A lot has happened to television in the last few years, and all of it, down to a description of reality-show impresario Mark Burnett’s “fit butt,” makes it into New York Times reporter Bill Carter’s new book, Desperate Networks.
What else has befallen our favorite medium of late? Janet Jackson’s left breast, for one thing. Read More
Now that Katie Couric—America’s High Priestess of Perky—will take over the vaunted anchor chair at CBS News, where Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite once reigned, it’s time for the network news brass to stop taking themselves so seriously.
C’mon, folks, you can relax. We all know that network news isn’t about news Read More