January 4, 2013 |
Al Gore, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against global warming, may gross about $70 million from the sale of his Current TV network to al-Jazeera, the cable channel funded in part by oil-rich Qatar. Al-Jazeera will pay about $500 million for Current TV, including the stake held by Gore, 64, according to two people with knowledge of the deal. The network is one of dozens of investments made by the former vice president since he lost the 2000 presidential race by a slim margin.
January 4, 2013 |
The announcement that al-Jazeera is buying Al Gore's Current TV network can be expected to run into what pundits call "a serious image problem. " Allowing the Qatar-based, Arab-owned network to be seen in 40 million U.S. households may be more than our fragile citizenry can bear. With its alleged positions against U.S. foreign policies and wars, al-Jazeera is just too "left" to be allowed access to our fearful public. Has anyone noticed that much of the world is "left" of the United States?
January 3, 2013 |
Since its launch in 2006, al-Jazeera TV's English-language news channel has racked up prestigious journalism awards for its reporting on international issues, including the Arab Spring uprisings. The problem: Hardly anyone sees al-Jazeera English (AJE) because few cable TV operators carry it. On Wednesday, al-Jazeera's owner — the emir of the oil- and natural gas-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar — sought to change that. Al-Jazeera will pay an undisclosed sum —...
October 21, 2012 |
HIGHLIGHTS SERIES PREMIERE: The game show "Totally Clueless" (MTV at 7) puts a twist on the hidden camera series as a team of comedians puts random people in awkward situations — and the sooner they realize they're on a TV show, the more money they win. In the opener, signing an apartment lease becomes difficult, and a bridal shop gets a visit from some interesting customers. TLC starts airing extended episodes of "Breaking Amish" beginning at 8 p.m., starting with the fourth episode, in which...
September 18, 2012 |
Because there just aren't enough debates in this election cycle — and because when TV on-air pundits cover presidential elections, it really is All About Them — two debates have been announced in the past few days that don't involve the candidates. On Tuesday, Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions and Bill O'Reilly's Straight Talk companies announced that for just $4.95, you can live-stream a faceoff between the Comedy Central faux newsman and the Fox News Channel prime-time host, which will be Oct. 6 at...
September 5, 2012 |
Fox News Channel's 10 to 11-ish p.m. coverage of Clint Eastwood's debate with a chair — followed by Mitt Romney's acceptance speech — was the country's second-most-watched TV program last week. Romney, Eastwood & Chair finished the week trailing only Howard Stern & "America's Got Talent" on NBC; the telecasts averaged 9.1 million viewers and 9.9 million viewers, respectively. But FNC wasn't the only network that brought you Chair, Dotty Harry & Romney; the Republican National...