ESPN Executive Admits Drift Into Politics Hurt The Network, Was Miscalculation

Still, Williamson told the WaPo that the politics on the network's flagship SportsCenter damaged ratings..
A top ESPN executive has admitted that the network's move toward politics may have been poison to its ratings.
Both have since left the network. The ratings took an immediate turn upward when the two were gone. Since their departures, the 6 PM SportsCenter has seen "eight straight months of growth," according to the WaPo. Hosts Jemele Hill and Michael Smith were the focus of the political turn.
Norby Williamson told the Washington Post in an interview earlier this week that the network has since reversed course on that focus, helping goose its ratings.
I just never believed that.” I think we miscalculated a little bit,” Williamson said. “The perception became that you could just roll a talent out there and it doesn’t matter what he or she is saying — that the content didn’t matter.
ESPN had denied that its drift into politics was damaging its ratings. That tone changed earlier this year when CEO Bob Iger said conversations with Jim Pitaro saw both agree it was time for a change.” />

‘Vida’ Vows To Humanize Story Of Donald Trump’s Remaining Snatched Border Kids – TCA

A court-ordered deadline for their reunification came and went last Thursday; 711 children remain in government shelters, according to the government tally. Parents of 431 of the children have been deported, the Washington Post reported. Actually, the number of children snatched from families was revealed by the administration to be about 2,551. That's because the Trump administration says their parents have criminal records, their cases remain under review, or the parents no longer are in this country.
"Now I think it's about humanizing. We're still in process." We need to figure out a good campaign to humanize." Asked if the show's Season 2 will deal with the children still not reunited with their family in defiance of a court order, Saracho said, "We're still breaking [Season 2], so maybe.
Asked what's the next step, Saracho today told reporters at TCA, "Obviously, all these other shows signed on" to the campaign, putting the tally at 89 shows, including Starz' hit Power.
Last month, Vida – Starz's half-hour drama series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who return to their old neighborhood – teamed with One Day at a Time to draw attention to the horror, and to wrangle Hollywood money to the effort to end it.
Vida executive producer Tanya Saracho vowed to continue putting a spotlight on the plight of immigrant children taken from their families by the Trump administration.
"We have to figure out how we can help," noting, "Things are more complicated. "That is going to continue," she said this morning at TCA.
Back when her campaign started, Saracho posted to her Instagram account: "In just 6 weeks, upon being detained at the border, 1,995 children have been separated from their families, and now a tent city has cropped up in Texas built to detain immigrant children. We have to do something.”
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Washington Post Staff Issues Open Letter To Jeff Bezos As Labor Dispute Heats Up

The signees included editorial, advertising, production, drivers and managers, as well as such prominent staff as White House reporter Ashley Parker and politics reporter Dave Weigel. Bezos bought the Washington Post in 2013. The labor dispute between Bezos and the union that represents roughly 880 editorial and business side employees has been going on for the last year.
The lack of an improved retirement plan and the Bezos push for more restrictive language on layoffs in the contract was called “extreme” and “ominous” in “light of the Post’s mixed record on fair treatment for women, racial minorities and older employees.”
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An ongoing labor negotiation between Washington Post publisher and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his employees has ramped up, as an open letter has been issued by more than 400 Washington Post staffers asking for better pay and benefits.
The letter indicated that Bezos, the world's richest man by some calculations, offered "$10 a week" in pay increases. That, the letter said, "is unfair and even shocking from someone who believes democracy dies in darkness.”
The open letter indicates the employees are grateful for what they have and for Bezos's patronage. All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security.” However, it notes, “In the past year alone, the Post has doubled the number of digital subscriptions and increased its online traffic by more than half; its advertising team has met or exceeded all its targets.
“The Post is not just any business venture. Please show the world that you not only can lead the way in creating wealth, but that you also know how to share it with the people who helped you create it.” But even if it were – this would not be the way to show that you value your employees.

Journalism Schools Rescind Awards Given To Charlie Rose In Wake Of Sexual Misconduct Accusations — Update

Rose was fired by CBS on Tuesday and PBS canceled his long-running talk show in the wake of a Washington Post report detailing his unwanted sexual advances and misconduct involving eight women.” />
EARLIER: The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University has announced Friday that it would revoke an award given to Charlie Rose following the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him.
Rose in 2015. But we think the message is important – to our current students, past students, future students, and all of journalism. And that is why we are taking this unprecedented action today." Christopher Callahan, founding Dean and Professor made the announcement that the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism given to Charlie Rose in 2015 has been rescinded. Callahan says that they are not trying to "rewrite history." He points out: "The fact is this award was given to Mr.
The William Allen White Foundation Board of Trustees made the announcement today, according to the AP.
UPDATED 4:45 PM PT: Shortly after the Cronkite School at ASU announced that it has rescinded Rose's Excellence in Journalism given to him in 2015, the University of Kansas' School of Journalism announced that it would revoke Rose's White National Citation Award that he receive earlier this year.
Rose did is unacceptable and that such behavior – far too common in not just media companies but many organizations – must stop," he said. "In rescinding this award, we hope to send an unequivocal message that what Mr. He goes into detail in regards to the decision citing that the damage goes beyond news organizations for which he has worked and how it affects women in the industry and Cronkite student.
He concludes by taking full responsibility for the rescinding of the award, saying, "Please know that while many voices were heard in discussions throughout week, this is a decision by the dean, and therefore any criticism of the decision, or the decision-making process, should be directed exclusively toward me."