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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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Al Jazeera English | Relaunch 2019

Maryam Nemazee left for a while to work at Bloomberg I believe before coming back. I also believe that is right that the other London presenters on that list have been there since the beginning.

A lot of the correspondents have been there since the beginning: Hoda Abdel Hamid, Step Vaessen, Haru Mutasa, Zeina Khodr, and many have been since there since 2007/2008.

A lot of the anchors seem to have left for TRT. I'm not sure what statement that makes about TRT, those anchors, and/or AJ's inability to retain talent.
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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Al Jazeera English | Relaunch 2019

Steff Gaulter is leaving Al Jazeera.



Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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CBSN LOCAL - Los Angeles channel has launched


Wow, I had no idea it dated back so long. The national desk in my mind doesn’t seem to match up with old studio.


I found a picture. It was from that brief, late 2010/early 2011 era when they swapped Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez for Chris Wragge and Erica Hill. Around the same time, they also swapped the main desk and update desk with much uglier ones.

It looks as though CBSN painted it, put different lettering in the front, and put a bigger glass top on it.

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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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CBSN LOCAL - Los Angeles channel has launched

That desk dates back to 2003. It was taken from KCAL's set at the old building on Sunset Blvd. KCBS/KCAL moved to a new building in Studio City in 2007, and that desk was one of the few set pieces that also made the move. It's been in the newsroom ever since. The newsroom set was given a minor update in 2011 when Scott Pelley anchored the Evening News from there. They added that "CBS News Los Angeles" to the front of the desk and the globe backdrop in the very back of the newsroom.

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The desk for CBSN national is the last update desk from the Early Show set from ~2010. And the desk for CBSN New York is also a hand-me-down from the previous WCBS set.
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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CNN London

Not sure it's Zucker behing the scale back at CNNI. When AT&T look at it they probably think why are we doing this. So anything that is salvaged will be good. However moving things to Atlanta makes little sense as CNN Center can't have any long term future.


A little bit of both probably at play. I don't think it's a coincidence that AT&T takes over, Tony Maddox retires, and then the ax swings the week after.

As far as consolidating everything to New York, that was a plan rumored years ago, and while a lot has moved up there, I can't help but think that CNN will never leave Atlanta altogether. Especially if the entire company is very cost sensitive right now, then Atlanta is a good, cheap place to conduct business. They already have a ton of established infrastructure and resources there, and worker compensation is lower than in New York. Most of CNNI, digital, and a lot of other core departments have never left Atlanta even if all of the weekday Domestic live programming left.
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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CNN London

I was in London staying just around the corner from CNN’s current building. So sad to see what has become of a once great network. CNN was always a career goal for me, though I don’t know if it is anymore.

More amazing than anything is that Jeff Zucker still has a job. Clearly, Tony Maddox must have been a strong defender of the network behind the scenes.
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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

Can't help but think of middle American rolling their eyes at a montage of a bunch of Washington's power brokers pontificating a news anchor.

With that said, picking Norah for the Evening News would have been the right decision two years ago. It only feels awkward to push Glor out now, and while I didn't think he was great, he should have been given more time. At least the underrated Anthony Mason is getting a higher profile slot. Much in the same vein, he should have been picked for CTM over John Dickerson two years ago as well.
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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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How strange (odd choices in news programmes)

One thing that I find unusual, but also effective on occasion, is having a presenter look down a different camera to the outputting camera. I see it quite often on France 24 after the end of a report, and it looks like CBS has done it on occasion as well heading into breaks and at the end of the Overnight News.



This practice is common in France as well as well as several other French-speaking and/or French-influenced countries.

Here's a typical example from France 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M0yJEt2JGw&t=83

And here's an example from Morocco, a former French colony:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stTQXNl9uwQ&t=861


Something that is so French and found nowhere else: cutting to a wide studio shot for a half second with the anchor still looking at the other camera while coming in and out of sound or a PKG. I can't think of anywhere else that does this to quite the same extent, and there must be some quirky historical reason why French broadcasters adopted this practice. It doesn't seem to have much of a purpose other than for aesthetics, though I do quite like it. Though whenever I tell directors here in the U.S. that it's common practice on French television, they think it sounds crazy and completely superfluous!

Something that's also so uniquely French is having a studio guest, showing a shot of them in the headlines before the open, and the presenter reading a tease before saying a very brief bonjour/bonsoir to the guest.
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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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CNN Moving to Hudson Yards -NYC

That has Clickspring written all over it. Looks fine, though I'm getting tired of all of these sets that are almost entirely video walls. These big cable and network sets were more interesting when they didn't rely entirely on video displays for scenery.

It's the same exact thing that the BBC discovered with N6 and TC7 – sure, you can build a set of nothing but video walls, but does that mean you should?
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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CNN International

CNN International EVP and Managing Director Tony Maddox is leaving after 21 years at the network. He took over from Chris Cramer in 2007. Word is that Maddox is one of many CNN staffers being offered a buyout.

Should be interesting to keep an eye on who ends up leading CNNI. Expect some changes ahead.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/what-could-have-caused-this-cnn-to-cut-as-many-as-300-staffers/

https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2019/5/6/breaking-cnn-internal-memo
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

It's very strange, CBS has a habit of reinventing the wheel, and constantly changing and shifting their focus. The programme is 3rd because it's never recovered from the Killian documents scandal nor has it ever settled - and when it does (under Couric and Co, maybe not as successfully, and certainly with Scott Pelley) they change and change everything.
Maybe they need to forget Walter Cronkite and his day and focus on the present day, this obsession with the past seems to be their biggest issue (when do they NOT mention Cronkite in an anchor shuffle, or in a history item?).


It goes back much farther than the Dan Rather Bush 43 fiasco in 2004/2005. CBS has been in perennial third place going back to the late 80s. Viewers never liked Rather, though in his defense, and as Rather put it himself, anyone who followed Walter Cronkite was going to get his head blown off. The huge affiliation swap in the mid 90s also left CBS with a weaker portfolio of stations, which definitely hurt them as well.

Going back to more recent times, even when CBS got it right during the Scott Pelley era, the newscast remained in a distant third. He pulled the ratings up a little bit, and it was a very quality newscast, but viewers here have deeply entrenched habits. And in typical CBS self-sabotage fashion, internal politics forced another format and anchor change.
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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International News Presentation: Past and Present

I was going through some files on my computer and found some clips of CNN International from 2006. The first one was the moment the new look launched and was originally uploaded by Troy. I really loved this look on CNN International. Hard to believe it's now been 10 years since they phased it out. These graphics (and the sets that followed) were really ahead of their time.



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EuronewsNBC coming in September

Just noticed that MSNBC and Euronews are using the same or similar fonts on screen. Thought that was a interesting choice.


Euronews' most recent visual identity, including the current logo and use of Gotham as a typeface everywhere, debuted long before NBC announced an investment into the channel. It definitely is an interesting coincidence though. At the time, I thought it looked more like CNN though because CNN was still using Gotham on air.

I still miss the more simplified looks that Euronews had in the past, particularly the 2008-2011 and 2013-2014 years.
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

Didn't know that - indeed an argument for them to produce a 5-hour Today show which broadcasters dip into as relevent (i.e. the East Coast air the beginning, the West Coast the last couple of hours and everyone in the middle as is relevent).


Running the fourth hour on a tape delay isn't that big of a deal. It's not really a news program at all by that point, so there's nothing time sensitive that would require it to be aired live or as live.

I doubt they will put Hoda and Kathie Lee into the third hour. That would mean Hoda would be on in all four hours. The first two hours, third hour, and fourth hour have always been very distinct from one another.
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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US Midterms 2018

CNN really needs to overhaul everything before the next election. The same theme since 2008 is pretty shocking. The Washington Bureau has received tweaks in recent months, but could also do with a brand new look instead of upgrades. Beginning to look tired.


They've essentially had the same graphics since 2010 too. I've never been a fan of this look. The 2008 one was so much better.

Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

The CBS O&O graphics are a mish mash of being 16:9 and 4:3 safe. I really don't know why, as pretty much every other network affiliate group now has everything 16:9 native in newscasts.

The only times I ever come across seeing a CBS station newscast that's cut into 4:3 is if I end up flying JetBlue on one of their planes that still has the original small PTVs. Even the things that look like they're 4:3 safe in the CBS O&O look actually aren't and end up being cut off the screen.
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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC affiliates and TODAY

I feel like NBC has lost its sense of style on the local level. The current graphics are too busy, and the more recent sets just don't have that polished look that they once had. It's like they just bring in a giant seamless monitor and call it a day because it cost a lot of money, and then they overdo it with the graphics because the consultants told them that "viewers want to be overloaded with information."

Way to go for them on investing in a new facility, though.
Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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CNN International

I believe this also marks the first time in at least 15 years that CNN and HLN will not have any daily broadcast from Los Angeles anymore. Larry King Live and Showbiz Tonight had been coming from the LA bureau for more than a decade before all these latest shows.

A true shame as I really think there's so much room for national media to improve their coverage here out west. Our national media would be a lot less toxic if it weren't so centralized in New York and DC.
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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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Sky News Business Australia closing

It looks very similar, but I have my doubts that it's the same exact set. The video wall is seamless unlike the AJAM one, it has a little more of a curve, and the desk is definitely different.

My money (get it?) is on them either commissioning the same designer or they asked their designer to do a Control+C of the AJAM set, or both.


Ah, AJAM. What a nice, little, yet flawed news channel. I honestly had forgotten about it. I wish I recorded more of it off my cable box as there's very little online video evidence of that channel's existence.
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Charles570 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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International News Presentation: Past and Present

CBS Evening News from October 1991 during the Anita Hill hearings. The new theme music debuted about a month after this.



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