Mergers and Acquisitions
Comcast announced its plan to acquire Time Warner Cable this morning, which is a big deal because it would make Comcast, currently the country’s largest cable company, even larger and a lot of money is involved.
But like most New Yorkers, we mostly care about how things affect us. So it’s a relief to know that NY1 won’t change. At least, for now.
Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm makes a great TV villain.
With his chiseled jaw, pretty eyes and growing record of unsavory behavior, he recalls the deliciously conniving Dr. Michael Mancini of Melrose Place.
But if Grimm wants lessons about handling the media, he should reach across the aisle to his fellow New York City representative, Charlie Rangel. As a gossip columnist, I investigated tips that the longtime Harlem congressman was keeping company in DC with a woman who was not his wife.
To engage with Mr. Rangel on the subject—really, to be managed by him—was one of the great pleasures of my professional career. It also prompted my favorite-ever quote from a public figure implicated in infidelity.
The Daily Show and its host, Jon Stewart, skewered Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm last night for threatening to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony after the president’s State of the Union address earlier this week.
Congressman Michael Grimm called NY1 reporter Michael Scotto this morning to apologize for threatening to physically injure him after President Obama’s State of the Union address last night.
In an interview, Mr. Scotto told Politicker that Mr. Grimm called him around 10:45 a.m. to make amends for last night’s headline-grabbing eruption.
Strongly Worded Interviews
Mayor Bill de Blasio today called on Congressman Michael Grimm to apologize after the Staten Island lawmaker threatened to physically assault NY1 reporter Michael Scotto during an interview following the president’s State of the Union speech, according to an NY1 transcript of the exchange.
Congressman Michael Grimm, reportedly under federal investigation after allegations of illegal campaign fund-raising, blew up and physically threatened a reporter tonight after the president’s State of the Union speech, according to NY1.
Around the town
Good news for New Yorkers who like watching Pat Kiernan read the newspapers but don’t subscribe to Time Warner.
For the next two weeks, NY1.com is going to take away its paywall.
Around the town
Journalists who protest the government in Ukraine are getting brutally attacked, including prominent Ukrainian journalist Tetyana Chornovol, who required hospital treatment after a Dec. 25 beating. These photos are graphic. (Kyiv Post)
Los Angeles ladies take notice: Rupert Murdoch is back on the market. (The New York Times)
Tim Armstrong is finally winding down Patch, which David Carr terms the AOL CEO’s “White Whale.” (The New York Times)
The Empire Mistake Building. The Statue of Lunacy. Crimes Square.
Now that Time Warner Cable has renamed NY1 after its own appalling self, what other New York landmarks could we rebrand and ruin?
TWC confirmed yesterday that from December 16, its beloved local news station would be known as “Time Warner Cable News NY1.”
In recognition of the outcry this plan provoked when it was first announced, the “NY1” name was tacked back onto the end of this ungainly portmanteau.
TWC seems to think this will help. But it just demonstrates the cable, internet and phone provider fails to grasp how toxic its own name has become.