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BOLTON BLASTS OFF ON TRUMP

The Tweet went up ten minutes after midnight: Interestingly enough, President Trump refers to John Bolton‘s book as “exceedingly tedious,” suggesting that one of these two things is true: In the midst of the ...

BYRON ALLEN “UNLEASHED”

Byron Allen is an American successful story.   Byron Allen is an African American success story.  From more than humble beginnings in Detroit, Michigan, Allen is a mogul, making his fortune as a producer, ...

CPJ TO POLICE, “HALT!”

The Board of Governors of the Committee to Protect Journalists has sent a letter to governors, mayors and police chiefs across the country demanding that they stop assaults on journalists covering the protests. “They ...

ACLU GOES TO BAT FOR MEDIA

Their entire mission is ‘freedom of speech’ for better or in many opinion’s, worse.   But the ACLU has seemingly seen enough of journalists being bullied, pushed, arrested and even hot at by police ...

CNN TURNS 40

“Now here’s the news.” According to CNN.com, that’s how Lois Hart kicked off CNN’s first news broadcast, which took place 40 years ago Monday. CNN is now available to more than 2 billion people ...

ATTACK ON THE MEDIA

Across the country, in markets big and small, journalists on-the-scene of riots, in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, are being targeted. MSNBC‘s Ali Velshi who has been reporting from Minneapolis, where Floyd ...

CNN CREW ARRESTED

According to CNN, one of their crews was arrested by Minnesota state police this morning during a report covering protests over George Floyd’s death. The arrest has drawn an apology from Minnesota governor, Tim ...

PRESS ROOM OR WAR ROOM?

It’s an Executive Order for the ages – and that includes the likes of EO 13769, better known as “The Muslim Ban.”  President Trump signed it Thursday aimed at limiting protections enjoyed by social media ...

CHOPPING BLOCK SYNDROME (CBS)

CBS News is looking more like a slaughterhouse these days, employees at Manhattan headquarters, as well as its owned-and-operated locations, left wondering who is going to be led to meet their demise next. KDKA-TV Pittsburgh laid ...

MUTING THE PRESIDENT

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey suggested that Donald Trump’s conspiracy tweets about Joe Scarborough are better left to the public conversation, “especially with our global leaders,” apparently rejecting calls that the platform remove the president’s posts. Psycho Joe ...

A RATINGS ACE

Turner Sports’ live telecast this past Sunday of a charity golf tournament featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning scored big ratings numbers, continuing a trend of strong ratings performances from ...

REMEMBERING SMALL, A BIG LEGEND

Veteran news executive Bill Small passed away on Sunday after a brief illness unrelated to the coronavirus. The former CBS News Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News President, United Press International President and Chairman of the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, was ...

CORONAVIRUS BUMPS TRUMP 

We’re less than six months away a presidential election, and it’s not the lead. Soak that up for minute. On top of this we have a president seeking re-election that doesn’t exactly suffer from ...

NO, YOU’RE THE DUMMY!

CNN’s Chris Cuomo argued on this show Cuomo Prime Time that President Trump saying he was taking the anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine to prevent Covid-19 was a “distraction.” Cuomo argued not to focus on that, but rather ...

YOU GOT THIS LINDY!

Fox59-Indianapolis Morning News anchor Lindy Thackston has revealed that she is battling colorectal cancer. In a post shared on her social media accounts, Thackston posted the news that she was diagnosed over the last couple of weeks and ...

THE BAD NEWS AIRS

The opening of Mad Men, where that silhouette of a Madison Avenue advertising exec is free falling from a skyscraper, is seemingly oddly prognosticative. Ad demand fell 35% year-over-year in April, marking its lowest point ...

SOLEDAD KEEPS PEERS IN CHECK 

Soledad O’Brien left CNN in 2013 after her contract was no renewed.  She then started her own production company where one of the many services she offers is – herself as an on-air commentator. ...

WCVB’S FINE FAREWELL 

Bill Fine, WCVB Boston president and general manager, will retire later this year. An ABC affiliate, WCVB is owned by Hearst Television. Fine started in broadcasting as a sports anchor. He was president and ...

FROM ANONYMOUS

NewsBlues received this anonymous commentary regarding the proceeding letter from Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson.  We thought we would share: “Gotta admit, times like these separate the great media companies from the not so great. SCRIPPS ...

CNN TO TRUMP: SUE ME?!  SUE YOU! 

A lawyer for WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company, has written a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump‘s re-election campaign over the contents of a new campaign ad according to CNN.  WarnerMedia says the Trump ad misuses CNN ...

WILL TARA READE GET HER DAY ON AIR?

Tara Reade has accused presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993.  According to the New York Times, reporters have found other accounts that indicate that she has been telling her ...

A LAUNCH IN HOUSTON FOR NEXSTAR

Nexstar Broadcasting announced that KIAH-TV (CW), the company’s owned and operated television station in Houston, will premiere its nightly 9-10 PM local newscast on Monday, May 11th. “ABC13 Eyewitness News at 9 PM on CW39,” ...

HE HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO

Yeah, Fox News host Chris Wallace may want to be just like his old man, Mike Wallace. Because if he were, he would have already smacked back at Mr. Trump’s weekend tweet-whine. For those ...

VIACOM/CBS’ COVID-19 ACTION

ViacomCBS says it’s committed $100 million to help people in TV and film production impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. CEO Bob Bakish released a memo to staff, in which he wrote, “The fund will ...

CORONAVIRUS DEATH AT GMA

Good Morning America is mourning the loss of studio camera operator Tony Greer, who succumbed to complications due to coronavirus. “He was such a bright light, working in our studio for more than six ...

SOCIAL DISTANCING-TV STYLE

Viewers saw KXAS-TV (NBC5) anchor Laura Harris on TV with the Dallas skyline behind her. She saw her living room filled with lighting equipment and a camera. WE’RE UP AND ROLLING THIS AM📺@NBCDFW with ...

CORONAVIRUS BLUES TAKE 3

Unprecedented times are upon us. Many Producers and Anchors are now staying at home, producing shows from their den or bedroom. Heck, a source at one of the Dallas stations says they all received ...

CORONAVIRUS BLUES II

We told you yesterday how some stations were dealing with the Coronavirus scare while covering the news. In Dallas, at KTVT (CBS) and KDFW (FOX), photographers are not allowed in the newsrooms, they are ...

CORONAVIRUS BLUES

Television news is facing the challenge of covering the coronavirus pandemic while grappling with the guidelines imposed to contain the crisis. Broadcast and cable networks are putting on programs with reduced staffs and producers are working ...

NASHVILLE TORNADO

Viewers of WTVF (CBS) got a front row seat to a deadly tornado overnight as the twister tore through the stations parking lot. Two people have died in East Nashville after a large and ...

SUSPENDED

ABC News suspended one of its veteran correspondents late Tuesday for unguarded remarks he made in a video by operatives of Project Veritas, the conservative group that records “undercover” footage of mainstream journalists to ...

MATTHEWS UNDER FIRE

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is under fire after comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) decisive win in the Nevada caucuses to the Nazi invasion of France in 1940, with some on social media calling for the ...

KICKING CANCER TO THE CURB

Bakersfield California anchor Rachelle Murcia is in the midst of fighting cancer and isn’t hiding anything from the public. Murcia who works at KBAK (CBS) found out just before Christmas that doctors discovered two ...

SAM DONALDSON

Former ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson endorsed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a CNN op-ed Saturday. Donaldson lives out in New Mexico on his ranch and is seen frequently in Santa ...

BARBARA WALTERS

You may have seen headlines reported by National Media and then regurgitated as a ‘scoop’ on one site but Barbara Walters, is reportedly in a dire state of health as revealed by her former ...

KING RETURNS

Co-anchor Gayle King returned to “CBS This Morning” on Monday amid ongoing controversy from a question she asked about 2003 rape allegations against late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. King did not mention the situation on-air after a long weekend ...

SUPERBOWL AD’S $$ FOR FOX

Fox Corp. took in about $600 million in advertising revenue for its coverage of Super Bowl LIV and pregame and postgame activities, The Wall Street Journal reports Chief Executive Lachlan Murdoch said Wednesday. On a call ...

LIMBAUGH HAS CANCER

Talk-radio icon Rush Limbaugh said during his show Monday he is being treated for advanced lung cancer, adding that he could miss broadcasts as a result. The Wall Street journal reports Limbaugh, a towering figure in ...

SO WHAT’S KNEWZ?

The latest entry in the digital news arena is a creation of Murdoch’s News Corporation dubbed Knewz. We’re promised stories from 400-plus publishers, no clickbait and the avoidance of ‘narrow-minded nonsense.’ “Readers will have ...

HOUSTON ANCHOR SIGNS OFF

KPRC (NBC)  legendary anchor Bill Balleza will wrap up his final broadcast on Friday after more than 50 years in the broadcast industry. Balleza, a San Antonio native, announced his retirement last October. “It’s never easy ...

FANTASY OR FACT?

CNN political analyst and former Clinton White House official Joe Lockhart admitted on Wednesday that he made up a conversation between two Republican senators that he claimed were stunned about what they were learning ...

INNOVATIONS IN JOB TITLES

She’s back in harness. Back in 2017, after nearly two decades on the anchor desk at Scripps’ WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michele DeSelms walked away from the anchor desk, to “spend more time with ...

SIGH. HERE WE ARE AGAIN.

Weather forecaster Jim Duthie, KTVB (NBC) could be in some hot water. He made a slip during his forecast saying “On Monday, Martin Luther Coon day, er King day..” Fury has been building on ...

CBS LAWSUIT LATEST

A federal judge has tossed most of the claims a group of shareholders brought against CBS, but declined to toss out the entire case because of comments its former CEO made that may have ...

ROMO LATEST

Having tried a couple different ideas to fix its “Monday Night Football” broadcasting team, ESPN seems ready to throw money at the problem. A lot of money, according to Yahoo! Sports. Michael McCarthy of Front ...

A ROSE BY ANOTHER NAME

According to The Hollywood Reporter. during a deposition in November, Charlie Rose was pushed to address sexual relationships with co-workers. The ousted CBS Morning anchor admitted to having romantic relationships with women who worked for ...

FIRE!

A fire at the KCRA 3 television station early Sunday morning forced staff evacuations.  Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Keith Wade said no injuries occurred after a two-alarm fire started between the first and second ...

NEWSEUM CLOSES

Tuesday was the last day for Newseum, the glassy, modernist museum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the history and importance of the news media and the First Amendment. There are no shortage ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

NewsBlues will be on an altered schedule for this second week of the holiday period. We will be taking New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day off to stay up late, party a little ...

COMCAST EYES FREE TV SERVICE

Comcast Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire video-streaming company Xumo LLC, according to The Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter, as the cable giant prepares to launch its own streaming service. ...

WELCOME BACK

The holiday season is not over – not for another week. We’re back to bring you up to date on what’s been happening. And we hope your holiday season so far has been safe, ...

KVEO DAD DONATES KIDNEY TO SON

This holiday season while many of us are looking forward to the festivities or searching for that perfect gift for our loved ones, KVEO Meteorologist Robert Bettes is giving a part of himself to ...

SINCLAIR UP’S MINIMUM WAGE TO $15

Sinclair Broadcast Group Wednesday announced Wednesday that its minimum hourly wage will increase to $15 for all applicable employees, effective Dec. 29. The increase will affect the wages of employees whose minimum wage was ...

HERE COME THE LAYOFFS

ViacomCBS is beginning its first round of layoffs since merging less than a week ago. The NY Post reports the media company behind Showtime and Nickelodeon is swinging the ax at CBS’ finance department, which ...

BYE BYE BLACK ROCK

Three days after the long-awaited merger of CBS and Viacom closed, the combined company has decided to sell off the fabled headquarters building of CBS known as “Black Rock.” Bob Bakish, CEO of ViacomCBS, confirmed to Deadline, ...

DRONE VS. CHOPPER

KABC‘s Chopper had a run in with a Drone Wednesday evening. Luckily everyone was OK, the chopper set down as a precaution. Back in 2017 KABC made the trade news when it added  Xtreme ...

DID YOU NOTICE?

The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” has moved to the nation’s capital. The program is now broadcast from its new permanent home in Washington, D.C. Since its inception, the 30-minute newscast has been ...