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Meanwhile, elsewhere in WBDland....

 

Warner Bros. Discovery to Overhaul TruTV With Sports; Sets Nightly Block for Games and More

 

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 Warner Bros. Discovery wants to bring one of its “zombie” cable networks back to life with a big jolt of sports.

 

The media company intends to create a new nightly sports block for TruTV, the reality-series cable network that has largely been left to show endless episodes of the popular prank show “Impractical Jokers” and the caught-on-camera serial “World’s Dumbest.” In doing so, Warner no doubt hopes to create new value where there has only been a little. A new sports schedule would likely draw broader viewership and new ad dollars to the network, and might even spur cable distributors to accord the outlet more value in future carriage contracts.

 

TruTV isn't the only "zombie" WBD needs to deal with...

 

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CNN has moved it's remaining Atlanta operations to Techwood, with a brand new set. Honestly refreshing to CNN have a nice set in Atlanta. According to the other site, it was actually supposed to be bigger, with an "upstairs" and taller callings. An AR extension is to follow that will add on to the set with virtual elements that were intended to be part of the original design.

 

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What's been going on with Don Lemon (and Elon Musk)?

 

- Following his termination from CNN last year, both parties agreed to a $25 million settlement for which he'll be paid the remaining 3.5 years of his contract: https://www.thewrap.com/don-lemon-cnn-split-deal/

 

- He signed a deal with X (fka Twitter) to produce a show a la Tucker Carlson's deal with X

 

- The show launches next week with Lemon interviewing Elon Musk.  It's now reported that following the interview taping, Musk texted Lemon's reps to say he was cancelling the content deal. Kara Swisher reports Musk was particularly angered when Lemon started to ask him about his drug use.   https://www.cnbc.com/2024/03/13/elon-musk-cancels-x-partnership-with-don-lemon-after-interview.html

 

- Allison Gollust, the former CNN comms executive with whom Jeff Zucker had a relationship, and who subsequently left CNN after Zucker left, is now Lemon's PR rep

 

- Lemon will return to CNN for the first time since his ouster tonight to talk with Erin Burnett about his interview with Musk

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7 minutes ago, ATLNewsExpert said:

 

Something going on with Studio A/B's lighting? Honestly, this looks much better!

It kinda looks like Jake’s sitting in front of a flash cam, they’ve got The Lead background behind him on a screen and the lighting is just way easier to control in a smaller space. I could be wrong since I haven’t seen any other clips of the actual studio being shown. CNN’s flash cams always seem to have great lighting. 

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Just an observation. For two times today, CNN uploaded some of a newscast (The Lead and OurFront), like they always do, but instead of the CNN logo being where it is in the lower third or being absent all together, it was in the top left corner, faded. Reminds me of how European stations place their bugs (news channel, newscast, or even normal programming. The bottom corners seem to be just a North America thing) and honestly, I like this much better. On air is still the same ol same ol but honestly, if there were to be new graphics in the future, this format could allow for more room text, and just more elegant graphics. Just this idea alone would be something U.S TV has never seen and could be very nice. 

 

 

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CNN has been using that style of bug for online videos for years. Definitely doesn't match the TV look and perhaps it was simply a careless editing mistake.

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HUGE NEWS TODAY. The two presumptive nominees for President have agreed to debate twice. The first will be on June 27th on CNN. This will be the first debate in American history to be before September as well as the first to not be held by the Commission of Presidential Debates, this will be a network EXCLUSIVE.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/15/politics/joe-biden-debate/index.html

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1 hour ago, ATLNewsExpert said:

HUGE NEWS TODAY. The two presumptive nominees for President have agreed to debate twice. The first will be on June 27th on CNN. This will be the first debate in American history to be before September as well as the first to not be held by the Commission of Presidential Debates, this will be a network EXCLUSIVE.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/15/politics/joe-biden-debate/index.html

Having a poli-sci background, this is all so... incredibly... odd... As a candidate, you want your message in front of as many people as possible, and their reach is severely limited with just one cable channel (albeit, every network will run a highlight reel). Glancing at the link quickly, I did not see anything from CNN that they will remove the paywall to be able to stream (Note to CNN- that would be a smart thing to do).

 

Second debate is slated for ABC (interesting choice, as former president Trump is currently suing ABC News and George Stephanopoulos) which does not limit reach as much as cable, but still just one channel.

 

I am very interested in seeing what the other networks run against these debates. 

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59 minutes ago, GodfreyGR said:

Having a poli-sci background, this is all so... incredibly... odd... As a candidate, you want your message in front of as many people as possible, and their reach is severely limited with just one cable channel (albeit, every network will run a highlight reel). Glancing at the link quickly, I did not see anything from CNN that they will remove the paywall to be able to stream (Note to CNN- that would be a smart thing to do).

 

Second debate is slated for ABC (interesting choice, as former president Trump is currently suing ABC News and George Stephanopoulos) which does not limit reach as much as cable, but still just one channel.

 

I am very interested in seeing what the other networks run against these debates. 

 

My guess is that CNN will join ABC and make the debate(s) available to others. Nothing is gained by maintaining exclusivity for the sake of ratings. 

 

As far as other networks counter-programming; despite being a re-match of 2020, I can't see anything being of interest that could draw viewers away from watching the debate(s). 

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Sara Sidner announced at the end of News Central that she'll be off air for several weeks as she undergoes surgery related to her breast cancer.  Wishing her a speedy recovery. 

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The set is set? However it is, tonight's presidential debate on CNN, the first in American history to not be sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates as well as the first to be held this early is underway and will take place in Atlanta, at Techwood. It will also be carried by other networks, though CNN has put in place strict rules for this simulcast such as for the commercial breaks. Also it's sort of a full circle moment, as for the debate, the network is broadcasting from the garden of Techwood, right outside the building Ted Turner originally built for the network.

The set.See what the CNN presidential debate stage looks likeCNN analysts offer their predictions for first debateCNN presidential debate moderators have their work cut out for them, expert  says

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4 hours ago, MediaZone4K said:

The surrealness seeing CNN simulcast on Fox!

 

Having to give CNN all that free publicity must be driving the Fox folks nuts. I love it.

 

14 hours ago, MD TV said:

More layoffs coming:

 

 

 

He could save a lot of money by killing off HLN. Just sayin'.

 

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On 6/28/2024 at 12:22 AM, mre29 said:

 

Having to give CNN all that free publicity must be driving the Fox folks nuts. I love it.

 

 

He could save a lot of money by killing off HLN. Just sayin'.

 

 

Too bad he doesn't have the power to shutdown HLN. It will be interesting to see how much he will cut from talent contracts when they come up for renewal.

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