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2008-08-28 15:00:44

By Dusty Saunders Cable and public television again was the place to be Tuesday night for political junkies. At 7:59 p.m., Virginia governor Mark Warner ended his keynote address and ABC, CBS and NBC joined convention coverage, thus assuring they'd be around for - as CBS' Katie Couric called it - "Hillary Clinton night." I'm old enough to have lived during Television B.C. (before cable) when the networks thought keynote coverage was important. Clinton's 22-minute address ended at 9:08...

2008-08-26 12:00:55

By Brian Stelter When Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Party's nomination on Thursday before a capacity audience of 70,000 at Invesco Field in Denver, an aerial camera will hover above the stadium turf, using a TV technique normally applied at football games. The special camera angle - and CNN's decision to spend close to $100,000 on it - shows the steps U.S. networks are willing to take to compete for viewers as the presidential campaigns move into the autumn. Even at a time of...

2008-08-26 00:00:24

By JESSICA HESLAM A crush of media that could reach up to 20,000 and will include a host of local broadcast notables is descending on Denver for this week's Obama Dem-fest - the biggest contingent of journalists ever to converge on the Mile High City. By comparison, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City drew 10,000 media members, while Pope John Paul II's visit to Denver more than a decade ago had 3,000. It adds up to mega-coverage, from print to online to TV and radio. The TV...

2008-08-25 15:00:38

The Democratic National Convention will attract about 15,000 members of the media, all working to document the historic event. Here's a guide to watching those who will be watching Denver: Network news Major talent from the three major commercial networks, public television and three cable news outlets will work the DNC. NBC will feature such names as Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell appearing on studio-oriented news programs. They will occasionally join MSNBC's Keith...

2008-08-25 06:00:40

By Bruce Schwartz For the past two weeks, NBC was the only Games in town. But the next two weeks bring a game all the networks can play: politics. The Democrats gather today in Denver; the Republicans, next week in St. Paul. And each news organization will use all the tools and platforms at its disposal -- from Web to mobile reports, to radio and digital TV channels, to live blogs and Twitters -- to reach an audience. But in terms of TV air time, coverage is the same as it has been:...

2008-08-22 18:00:26

NEW YORK - MSNBC talk show host Keith Olbermann is getting a new running mate, Rachel Maddow, who will follow Olbermann's "Countdown" with her own prime-time hour starting next month. Maddow, a political commentator who is heard daily on the Air America Radio network and has served as a guest host for Olbermann, will launch her MSNBC show Sept. 8, the network announced Wednesday. "The Rachel Maddow Show," billed as "a smart look at politics, pop culture and all the day's top stories,"...

2008-08-20 00:00:20

Dan Abrams is out and Rachel Maddow is in as show host for the U.S. all-news network MSNBC, which said Tuesday it is shaking up it prime-time line-up. Abrams, a longtime host and one-time general manager of the network, will anchor his last show Thursday. Maddow will begin her replacement program Sept. 8, after the network's coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican national conventions, The New York Times reported. Sources told the Times Abrams is well liked at MSNBC, and so will...

2008-08-19 09:00:45

By DAVID BAUDER By David Bauder The Associated Press NEW YORK As the red light switched off and her program went into a commercial, Laura Ingraham's face dissolved from a smile into a frown - then, a look of pure disgust. In a nine-minute video clip of on-set behavior at Fox News Channel, Ingraham radiates hate at everyone around her. There's a word misspelled on her teleprompter, her script makes no sense, a stranger hanging around annoys her, a producer is talking too loudly in...

2008-08-19 06:00:39

By Brian Stelter Television networks in the United States are assigning reporters to a new beat this election year: people who do not watch the evening news. With polls showing a rise in primary-season ballots cast by voters under 30, media outlets are out to convert the newly energized voters into viewers. On cable news, CNN promotes a "League of First Time Voters" and the Fox News Channel is covering what it calls the Y Factor with a full-time correspondent. On broadcast, NBC has...

2008-08-14 09:00:41

By Brian Stelter CNN plans to assign journalists to 10 cities across the United States, a move that will double the number of domestic cities where the cable news network has outposts. But in a reflection of the way television networks are reinventing the way they gather news, the journalists will not work from expensive bureaus - rather, they will borrow office space from local news organizations and use laptops to file stories for the Internet and TV. When news breaks, they will use...


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