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Senior TV Editor at Variety who has covered media and advertising topics since 1998 - everything from the Time Warner-AOL merger to the effect of DVRs on the TV business. Previous stops at Advertising Age, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, with freelance work for The Boston Globe and others. Oh, and I blog about the funnies page for kicks at

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CNN Crafts Commercial For Debate Night That Looks Like A News Show — CNN loves to tell viewers when it's covering breaking news. Tonight, it will also tell them that it's breaking tradition. For two and a half minutes during its coverage leading up to this evening's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, CNN will air a commercial for cable-TV's Epix network that will look a lot like its regular programming.

Lester Holt’s Debate-Night Job Has Grown Exponentially More Difficult — Lester Holt is taking a big swing tonight for a very special kind of TV-news operative. The anchors who moderate presidential debates have long walked a tightrope. If they let the candidates prattle on about every talking point, they are perceived as soft.

Jane Pauley will succeed Charles Osgood as 'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor — LOS ANGELES - Nearly 30 years after she left NBC's "Today," Jane Pauley will return to a morning news anchor slot as the successor to Charles Osgood on "CBS Sunday Morning."Pauley has been a contributor to the show since 2014. "CBS Sunday Morning" typically airs long-form...

Jane Pauley Will Succeed Charles Osgood as ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Anchor — Nearly 30 years after she left NBC's "Today," Jane Pauley will return to a morning news anchor slot as the successor to Charles Osgood on " CBS Sunday Morning." Pauley has been a contributor to the show since 2014.

Brian Grazer, FX’s ‘Sunny’ Seek Advertisers for New Content Gambits — Brian Grazer just pitched his latest project to Madison Avenue - but only a handful of residents were able to get a peek. The Imagine Entertainment co-founder was among a handful of TV producers and studios this week making outreach to clients of Omnicom Group, the large advertising-agency holding company.

Murdoch Salaries Soar at 21st Century Fox — The salaries of the top executives at 21st Century Fox rose significantly for 2016, the company disclosed in a Securities and Exchange filing Friday morning, reflecting continued top performance at Fox News Channel and the Twentieth Century Fox TV production studio along with turnaround efforts at Fox Broadcasting and an expansion into National Geographic.

Drone Strike: TV-News Outlets Gear Up for Dramatic Footage with New Eyes in the Sky — Steve Harrigan was on the ground in Homosassa, Florida earlier this month to try to show Fox News viewers the extent of flooding damage caused by the hurricane known as Hermine. The best view of the havoc, however, really came from the air.

Viacom’s Credit Rating Hovering Above ‘Junk’ Status After Moody’s Cut — Viacom, the struggling entertainment conglomerate, is facing still another challenge. Credit-rating agency Moody's has cut the company's status, leaving it hovering just above "junk" status. Moody's said Thursday it had cut Viacom's rating to "Baa3" from "Baa2," just a day after the New York owner of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central said its interim CEO, Tom Dooley, would step down in November.

Advertisers Flock to Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton Presidential Debates — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump aren't the only candidates in the midst of an intense campaign. On Monday night, as those two political operatives offer points and counter-points in the first of a series of debates between the two presidential hopefuls, web-domain service will launch an election-themed salvo of its own.

Samantha Bee Stings NBC Anew Over Its Handling Of Donald Trump — Contrary to popular belief, Samantha Bee thinks very well of Jimmy Fallon. But she's not terribly impressed with his employer, NBCUniversal. Bee raised eyebrows earlier this week on her TBS program " Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," when she called into question Fallon's handling of a guest appearance by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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Sep 26, 2016

Meanwhile, @FullFrontalSamB will skip its regular Monday airing in favor of Weds-night post-debate special

Sep 26, 2016

@abeaujon @jeremymbarr what if I want to make a meal of the popcorn, rather than just snack on it. Is there a charge?

Sep 26, 2016

RT @alexweprin: Former RNC chief Michael Steele, former Rep. Barney Frank will be faux-pundits in commercial that will run on CNN:

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