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KMBC, KCWE President & General Manager Sarah Smith Retires

Smith’s career spans nearly four decades

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KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, announced that they are saying goodbye to its president and general manager, Sarah Smith; she will be retiring after a decade run with the two stations. 

Smith’s career spans nearly four decades, making stops at various stations such as president and general manager at KETV, the company’s Omaha ABC affiliate. 

“I’ve been blessed to work with so many great people,” Smith said in a statement. “Their creativity and commitment have been crucial to the ongoing success of KMBC/KCWE, as well as KETV, and I have had the wonderful support of the nurturing culture of Hearst Television.”

During her tenure, KMBC received recognition for six straight years as the top television newsgroup in the Kansas and Missouri market by the Radio Television Digital News Association. 

Furthermore, their news coverages earned three regional Edward R. Murrow awards, including the Overall Excellence Award and Best Newscast.

“Throughout her impressive career, Sarah has tirelessly advocated for the power of local television in our communities,” Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. 

“She did an outstanding job leading and growing three important properties, including two of the highest-rated ABC affiliates in the country. She has been an important voice in our company and leaves a tremendous legacy that will continue to be felt in the years ahead. We wish her great success in her well-deserved next chapter.”

The stations don’t have an immediate replacement to take for Smith as the announcement of an eventual successor will be shared at a later date. 

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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