The Morning Fix: Ann Curry exits ‘Today.’ News Corp. will split.
After the coffee. Before seeing if Ann Curry wants to co-host the Morning Fix.
The Skinny: It’s felt like Thursday since Tuesday. Yes, it’s been one of those weeks. In the headlines, Ann Curry says goodbye to “Today,” Rupert Murdoch goes ahead with plans to break News Corp. into two companies and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane tries his hand at the movies. Also, a review of Charlie Sheen’s"Anger Management.”
Daily Dose: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has made it official. The company announced early Thursday it is going to split itself into two new companies. One company will contain its movie and television assets while the other will house its publishing and education businesses. Murdoch will be chairman of both and Chase Carey will be president of the entertainment company. No leader for the publishing company has been announced yet but Wall Street Journal publisher Robert Thompson and Joel Klein, head of News Corp.'s education business initiatives, are likely to have major roles in the new entity.
Seth’s world. Creator of one of the world’s most successful animated sitcoms, “Family Guy” producer Seth MacFarlane is trying his luck with movies. This weekend, MacFarlane’s “Ted” -- a raunchy romantic comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and the voice of MacFarlane as a lewd teddy bear -- opens, and it’s expected to make big bucks. MacFarlane talks about big-screen dreams with the Los Angeles Times.
Here today, gone tomorrow. Ending weeks of speculation, Ann Curry confirmed she is leaving her role as co-anchor of NBC’s morning show “Today.” Curry, who replaced Meredith Vieira, told USA Today that she doesn’t think she was given a fair shot on the show and that she is not solely responsible for the morning program’s recent rating problems. Curry renegotiated her deal with NBC News and will be a correspondent-at-large for the network. Savannah Guthrie is expected to take Curry’s job.
Early exit. Jean-Bernard Levy, chief executive of French media and telecommunications giant Vivendi, whose holdings include Universal Music Group and Activision Blizzard, is expected to resign after seven years in the top job. Vivendi’s stock has been languishing and investors have grown frustrated with a seeming lack of direction at the company. More from the Associated Press.
Busted! Cable giant Comcast Corp. agreed to pay an $800,000 fine after the Federal Communications Commission determined that the company had violated the conditions of approval of its NBC deal. The issue was over how Comcast was marketing its broadband service to consumers. It marked the second time that the FCC said Comcast wasn’t following all the conditions it agreed to when it got merger approval. The first time had to do with its placement of Bloomberg TV on its cable systems. More from the Wall Street Journal.
First identify the problem. CNN’s ratings continue to fall and inside the cable news network’s Atlanta headquarters executives are struggling to come up with a quick fix while staffers try to keep their morale from dropping any lower. Politico takes a hard look at CNN and determines that there is a lack of leadership and vision.
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