Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 30, 2012 04:07 PM
Gawker asks, "Will CNN ruin Anthony Bourdain?" but maybe we should be asking, "Will Anthony Bourdain ruin CNN?" (Kidding: big fans, Tony!)
Yes, the ratings-challenged cable network that Ted Turner built CNN has wooed the chef-turned-media personality and author Anthony Bourdain from the Travel Channel, where his current programming will run through the end of the year. Beginning early 2013, Bourdain's new weekend program “will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals.”
At a time when CNN’s ratings are at historic lows, the hiring of the oft-profane Bourdain is part of a new weekend programming strategy.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 30, 2012 09:00 AM
Apple gears up for "incredible" new products and focuses on TV.
RIM prospects dim further as BlackBerry wanes.
Pepsi inks biggest marketing deal yet for Twitter.
Airbus woes give Boeing some breathing room on next plane.
Allstate leads insurers to best start in nearly a decade in wake of fewer natural disasters.
BYD defends electric car after crash.
British Airways touts "height cuisine."
Caterpillar faces resistance to deal from stirking machinists.
Charles Schwab confronts impulse buying in social campaign.
CNN signs Anthony Bourdain to weekend show.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 23, 2012 08:50 AM
Facebook I.P.O. raises regulatory concerns, as regulators review Morgan Stanley's pre-Facebook IPO actions and the social network's share price drops 18% below IPO price and shareholders worry. NASDAQ is also being sued by an irate investor, while Facebook, its bankers and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are also being sued. One hot commodity: Zuckerberg's post-IPO secret wedding to Priscilla Chan sees Claire Pettibone-designed wedding dress "go viral."
Apple's iPad played a key role in the largest debt restructuring in history, with 100 iPads saving Greece $140 billion. European banks were less prepared for the Greek economic crisis.
SAP to acquire Ariba for $4.3 billion in push into cloud.
Alcatel-Lucent technology made the Internet five times faster.
Amazon's massive cloud business raises questions.
FOX's American Idol lost nearly a quarter of its still-huge audience this season.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 17, 2012 09:02 AM
Dish Network runs into resistance for placing its ad about its ad-skipping DVR.
Pinterest valued at $1.5 billion.
Unilever tests interactive TV concept with NBCU.
Angry Birds footwear? Check.
Apple awarded U.S. patent for soft keyboard as Retina Display patent application for OSX revealed.
Boyd Gaming to buy Peninsula Gaming.
Bristol-Myers Squibb set to lose patent protection for Plavix.
Buca di Beppo has aggressive growth in sight, new CEO says.
CNN hits 15-year low with prime-time ratings.
Comcast's NBC Sports Network will break cable record for Olympics coverage.
Facebook confronts skepticism about its advertising in wake of GM pullout.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 3, 2012 01:01 PM
It's tough being CNN. The brand that invented the 24-hour news cycle and which made its name covering the Iraq war and other crises has always had to find a way to drive tune-in when there isn't an OJ Simpson-on-the-lam or other breaking news story.
So if you're a CNN executive these or most other days, you're hoping — to yourself, at least — for another "drop everything and watch this" story to unfold somewhere in the world. Nothing really nasty, mind you; just something that will rivet viewers' attention on CNN the way they always do when something goes bad somewhere around the globe.
"The world still knows to turn to CNN whenever a crisis erupts," David Bohrman, the Current TV president who served as CNN's Washington bureau chief, commented to the Wall Street Journal. "That is the brand." And therein likes the rub.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 2, 2012 09:00 AM
Facebook faces doubts by advertisers as it gears up for IPO roadshow.
Lifetime unveils new logo and tagline.
BlackBerry launches "Touch Awesomeness" campaign, test keyboardless version to challenge Apple.
Apple files for touch-based music-sharing patent.
CNN delivers lowest monthly ratings in a decade.
CVS succeeds in grabbing drugstore customers from Walgreens.
Chesapeake Energy board crimps CEO's power.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 26, 2012 08:58 AM
Apple in sight of $1 trillion valuation, according to analysts.
AstraZeneca fails to stop entry of generic versions of its antipsychotic drug to U.S. market.
Bats alarms Wall Street with derailed IPO.
Bloomberg and CNN continue transition to digital.
Bulgari tries to make a name in wine.
Chick-fil-A pressure heats up.
Dairy Queen benefits from early warm weather.
Darden finds restaurant consumers remain fickle.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 12, 2012 05:14 PM
So what else is buzzing at South by Southwest Interactive, apart from the Homeless Hotspots blow-up? A few tidbits:
• Rumors that CNN will buy Scottish social media pin-up Pete Cashmore's website Mashable for more than $200 million.
• Highlight has proved a highlight of the festival, is an iPhone app that informs you when you’re near someone else with even a remote social media connection, redefining the burgeoning people discovery market. "You learn about new people you're about to meet before you meet them," says founder Paul Davison. "It's about life's connections. We've given the world a new sixth sense."Continue reading...