An email from Melissa Harris-Perry was made public on Friday, explaining to co-workers why she was boycotting her MSNBC show. Now discussions are underway arranging her departure from the news net. Upset about frequent preemptions and lack of editorial control during a ratings-grabbing presidential race, Harris-Perry’s email said she was skipping her show, which generally focuses on issues of social justice, because it “was taken – without comment or discussion or notice – in the midst of an election season.” Pointing out Harris-Perry’s has not been the only show to be preempted, MSNBC called her reaction “surprising, confusing and disappointing.” Although the host’s current contract expires in October, “The goal of the negotiation at this point is to determine the terms of severance, not reconciliation,” she told CNN on Sunday.
Former teen idol David Cassidy, who was admitted to a Florida hospital last week suffering from liver and kidney failure, has died at the age of 67. The troubled Partridge Family star had struggled with a drinking problem and this year said he was suffering from dementia. Later in his career, Cassidy starred in ABC […]
The U.S. Department of Justice sued Monday to prevent the $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner by AT&T. The merger “would greatly harm American consumers,” said Makan Delrahim, head of the antitrust division, adding it would lead to higher monthly television bills and “fewer of the newer, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to […]
Charlie Rose, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and host of PBS’s Charlie Rose the Week, has been accused of sexual misconduct by 8 women, the Washington Post reports. The women, age 21-37, either worked for Rose’s PBS show or aspired to between the late 1990s and 2011, said the Post, when they were subjected to […]
Advertisers would be wise to take note of a fascinating new study from Columbia Business School professor Sandra Matz. According to the new research, even a single “like” makes it far easier for advertisers to tailor ads to a user’s psychological profile. Simply relying on demographic traits like age or gender is significantly less effective. […]
Web browser maker Mozilla has formed a new team dedicated to develop “social mixed reality” technologies for the web. The non-profit made the announcement Monday, highlighting mixed reality’s capacity to facilitate online social interactions. The new group will focus on areas such as search, developing avatars and virtual identities, and facilitating virtual communications using text […]