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Katie Phang: I’m Not Playing Favorites With My Two Shows

Phang will be hosting two shows, one on MSNBC and the other on Peacock.

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As cable news channels are utilizing streaming services to fill content on those platforms, there are many receiving opportunities to host a show and provide their analysis on certain topics going on in the United States and the world.

This past weekend marked the launch of “The Katie Phang Show,” airing on MSNBC on weekends in the 7 a.m. hour hosted by MSNBC legal analyst Katie Phang. Furthermore, she will also debut a show on Peacock next week under the same name, airing Thursdays and Fridays in the 2 p.m. hour.

Despite both shows having the same name, Phang states in an interview with TV Newser that they are entirely different. 

“Here’s the reality: I have more time on Peacock. I think one of the things you’ll see that’s a little bit different about MSNBC’s new hub on Peacock is the fact that I’ll have a little bit more of a longer-form interview format.” 

“I can have a little bit longer of a segment or a block with a guest on Peacock. That being said, Peacock is video on demand. It’s different platform; it’s a different format.”

Furthermore, Phang discussed how she plans to divide her time between her two new commitments to MSNBC. 

“I think I’m not going to be playing favorites because the common denominator is it’s The Katie Phang Show. I will be devoting as much time, resources, and energy as I can to both programs.”

“It’s a different beast because MSNBC is live, and the MSNBC hub on Peacock is going to be VOD. But, I think the issues are going to be constantly evolving, and I think that’s why my devotion of time and energy is going to have to be the same for both.”

This venture also marks the first time Phang will be in the hosting chair, so she touched on the advice she’s been given leading up to the debuts of her two new programs. 

“Everyone I have spoken to, from a line producer to an executive producer, to on-air talent, to the people that are making a lot of the higher-level decisions at MSNBC, has given me good advice,” Phang said.

“The advice they’ve all shared, the common denominator is: “Be yourself.” They’ve said, “Katie, there’s something about you that we think works. There’s something about you that that really shines through, and that’s what we want; we just always want you to be yourself.”

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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Chris Licht: CNN Must Be Beacon of Journalism to Functional Democracy

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said

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CNN’s new president Chris Licht shed some light on the direction he plans to take the company at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront. 

Licht spoke at the presentation alongside Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who expressed that CNN will be organized “to advocate for journalism first” and deliver for viewers “seeking more accurate information and less yelling and conflict.”

Furthermore, Licht proposed similar aspirations as he summarized his plan for the cable news channel to double down on what many might call sane news. 

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said, per Mediaite.

“In a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way — reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way America and the world views this medium.”

The new CNN president also vows to “challenge the traditional philosophy of cable news, delivering programming and commentary that questions the status quo, shatters group-think, holds our leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to facts, and fights fearlessly to get to the truth.”

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