How will news networks ever adjust to post-election life, after the issues are debated, convention balloons are released, and the votes are tallied? For one, they'll likely take a considerable ratings hit.
More than 7.8 million viewers tuned their TV sets to MSNBC to view Tuesday night's debate – the one where Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) claimed the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, including Tim Russert, favors Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). The ratings were the network's highest since the beginning of the Iraq War, when it scored a paltry-by-comparison 3.7 million viewers, but still not as high as the January 31 Democratic debate on CNN, which entranced more than 8.3 million viewers.
In focus: Pinch vs. Harbinger
Stonewalling no more, New York Times publisher Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger is set to meet with Harbinger Capital, the Birmingham, AL-based investor that owns 19 percent of the newspaper's public stock.
While the Sulzbergers are far from packing up their offices, other well-known Times employees are asking around for boxes. Scott B. Meyer, About.com's chief executive, has announced that he is leaving the company next week, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse has accepted a $300,000 buyout.
Meet the new president of Gannett's newspaper division, Robert J. Dickey.
The Los Angeles Daily News lets 22 staffers go.