Former New York Times CEO Mark Thompson spoke at a Freeview Outside the Box event, per Deadline, where he put out a warning signal for those who run television news stations in the United States.
Thompson stated that television news in the country is in “dead trouble” as it loses audiences under 60.
“News feels like a particularly old-fashioned style of broadcasting aimed entirely at older audiences,” Thompson said. “I live in the US, and [TV news] seems completely unchanged since the 1980s. I think it is in dead trouble.”
A challenge that all television news stations face is producing serious journalism for a smartphone generation.
So during Thompson’s tenure as The Times CEO, the company launched shows such as “The Daily” to bring the younger audience that “didn’t like speech radio” for years.
“In the UK, the biggest threat to Public Service Broadcasters comes from the behavior of younger people everywhere and whether or not you’re moving fast enough to move or reimagine your great content for them,” Thompson said.
Bill Maher: We’re Not In ‘Dull Times’ for Our 20th Season
Maher spoke with Deadline on a variety of topics regarding what has changed since he began hosting the show in 2003.
“Real Time with Bill Maher” is entering its 20th season on HBO, and the comedian/late-night host spoke with Deadline on a variety of topics regarding what has changed since he began hosting the show in 2003.
One of the aspects that Maher mentions that the show has changed since his first season hosting the program is the politics. He goes into specifics regarding how the two parties have altered from the first years George W. Bush to the present day.
“Now, since about I don’t know 2015 or so there’s been a real sea change in what’s going on, on the left,” Maher said. “Now, I always will maintain that the right is the more dangerous faction in this country, especially since they don’t believe in elections — I mean, you have to keep that in perspective.”
“One side does not believe in the form of government we have. What do you do about people who are in the government who don’t believe in your form of government?”
Maher then transitioned to discussing how he sees the United States entering his 20th season and covering politics in this country.
“Not a great place. It could’ve been worse if the election went the other way,” Maher said. “And I, again, per the prediction you were talking about, think the real day of reckoning is going to be between election day 2024 and Inauguration Day 2025, because that’s when the rubber really hits the road.”
Finally, Maher reflected on where he sees the show now that it’s running on two decades, saying that they’re not living in ‘dull times’ and reveals what some of the talking points will be for them this year.
“I mean, I’ll say this, we don’t live in dull times. It’s frightening in many ways, sometimes depressing, but not uninteresting,” Maher said. “I feel like Covid is still the dominate issue of our lives right now, and it should not be anymore. And I think the big discussion on our show Friday night when we go on is that is should we continue with the Covid policies we’ve had in the past?”
“Or do we have to do a reset and just say this thing is never going away and we can’t always be living in a state of emergency? And of course, the other thing is, as we’ve been talking about also, Trump and what’s going to happen with our democracy.”
Jeanine Pirro Says Bye to “Justice” Ahead of Weekday Move
Pirro started by reminiscing on her transition from her legal career to a conservative TV pundit during her final show.
Jeanine Pirro is heading to be a co-host on “The Five.” As a result, her weekend show, “Justice,” is coming to an end. This past weekend, she signed off on her final broadcast as she shifts from weekends to weekdays full-time.
Pirro started by reminiscing on her transition from her legal career to a conservative TV pundit during her final show. As she remembered the highlights of “Justice,” Pirro especially glanced back on how “fired up” things got when she gave her trademark opening remarks.
“We realized that things were not as they should be, and we needed to take a stand. My opens were intended to give you the evidence so that you as a jury would come back with your own verdict. Like me, most of you drew a fine the sand to fight for the America that we wanted, to keep the values and principles our founding fathers had defined,” Pirro said.
“During that time we, we lost loved ones. Your generosity your consolations meant so much to me during the tough times that I experienced over the years. I felt a connection that we had, and so did the ratings. I thank you for fighting for me, and you know who you are.”
Joining “The Five,” Pirro states that it allows for her to talk about issues frequently, appearing on a show weekdays instead of waiting for the weekend to come around to address the topics.
OAN Ask Viewers to Call Cable Companies to Keep Network
Robert Herring Sr. appeared on OAN last week and said the cable provider’s decision came as a surprise to him.
The founder of conservative TV network One America News (OAN) is pleading with its viewers to call their cable companies as the network faces an uncertain future following a decision by DirecTV to drop the channel from its lineup.
“It was a major surprise to me when I read it in the news last Friday night, as I’m sure it was to you,” Herring said during a segment Thursday.
Robert Herring Sr. appeared on OAN last week and said the cable provider’s decision came as a surprise to him. In the past, Herring said that AT&T advised him to create the network which is reportedly being bankrolled by the phone carrier.
“Whether it’s Spectrum, Dish, or any of the other great providers … let them know that you would like for them to carry One America News,” he said in a 2 1/2-minute segment.
DirecTV plans to remove OAN later this year, a move that would cripple the network which reportedly is struggling to retain viewers.
“We only charge 10 cents per household per month,” Herring said. “That is a great deal by any standard, giving all of the amazing content our team puts out.”
DirecTV also plans to drop the conservative channel’s sister network, A Wealth of Entertainment.
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