Media

Some of my favorite media stories…

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Chris Christie’s Hot Wheels

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I teamed up with our politics writer David Sirota for this scoop about how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie procured a free Corvette for a radio host who interviewed him every week. The host was one of the only members of the local press with direct access to the governor. Full Article.

Why Shock Jocks Are Obsolete

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Fans of the “Opie & Anthony” radio program vowed to boycott SiriusXM in 2014 after the satellite radio company swiftly fired co-host Anthony Cumia over racially charged tweets. That the boycott had little effect was proof that so-called shock jocks, who once wielded enormous power over the stations that aired them, no longer hold the same sway. Full Article.

TV Execs Shoot The Messenger

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At NYC Television Week, analysts and media executives criticized Nielsen for what they say is a failure to keep up with audience measurement trends in the age of on-demand digital media. Nielsen claims it can measure cross-platform viewing fine, but the current rules prohibit it from doing so. Full Article.

Hollywood’s Biggest Fear? Superhero Burnout

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Media companies like the Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner are betting heavily that the superhero movie genre will be popular with audiences through the end of the decade. But genres go stale. Just look at Westerns. Full Article.

Bogus ‘Eighties’ Preemption

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CNN habitually preempted its popular mini-series “The Eighties” in lieu of breaking news, highlighting a tricky line it has been trying to toe as it has invested more heavily in non-news programming. Thanks to my report, the Wiki page for this show has a “controversy” section. That’s impact, baby. Full Article.

Cozy With Comcast

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A follow-the-money story showing how cable industry interests donated heavily to two Republican architects of a plan to derail the FCC’s net neutrality efforts. Full Article.

When TV Watches You Back

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I spoke with privacy advocates and legal experts about a new plan by NBCUniversal to combine consumer data with information from cable set-top boxes in hopes of learning more about which types of viewers watch specific shows. Full Article.

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