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The CNN You’re Nostalgic For Isn’t Coming Back

In the media business, on social media and among news consumers, every week seems to bring more conversation about the future of CNN. Is there life for a cable news channel (or at least what passes for one today) in “the middle?” Who will be the personalities who will drive it, now that everything in … Continued

Success In Broadcasting Takes Broadcasters

One of the great things about working with clients for many years can be the conversations. It’s the shoptalk that can’t usually happen in a meeting. Over the weekend, I got one of those calls. It was a burning question from Rich Homberg, the General Manager of Detroit Public TV. Sometimes, we talk about TV. … Continued

Political News: The New King Of Content

In 30 years of working in and around the media business, I don’t remember seeing anything like the seismic moves we saw in recent months with government and political journalists in Michigan. It was a reshuffling of editors and reporters that affected, at last count, seven news organizations, as movement between them led to a … Continued

In PR and News, What We Do Can Actually Save Lives

“It’s not like we’re saving lives here?” If you’ve worked in a newsroom or a PR firm, you’ve no doubt heard lines like that over the years. Sure, it helps to keep yourself in check. But a story from this past weekend proves that sometimes, even in this environment of fractured, personal media, even when … Continued

CNN+ New Evidence of TV Business Change

We found out today that the big money CNN+ streaming service is doomed to last about as long as Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Carmen Electra Rodman. We also found out this week that onetime streaming king Netflix has chilled – losing subscriptions and stock price. So streaming is dying? No. Not at all. Maybe … Continued