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(New York Daily News)   NBC turns up the heat, reveals the real reason Ann Curry was dismissed   (nydailynews.com) divider line 75
    More: Followup, Steve Capus, NBC News, Ann Curry, Al Roker, Tina Turner, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, celebrity interviews  
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2012-07-01 07:08:16 PM  

Guntram Shatterhand: Not to mention it's filled with vindictive management types who honestly believe that the Today show has some relevance. The farking show is built to be watched in five to ten minute segments. It's video wallpaper, and hardly worth anybody being biatchy to a former employee about it.


One can debate its cultural relevance, but to NBC Comcast I guarantee that it has plenty of relevance. The Today Show generated $485 MM last year and it did so with costs way, way lower than a summer blockbuster. In fact, part of the genius is that they've convinced most of the content providers that it's unethical to pay them! With that kind of revenue and profit, you bet I'd take it plenty serious. And yeah, I'd want someone who could force out a smile when some half-talented telegenic TV chef was doing the 10,000th iteration of how to cook the perfect summer burger.
 
2012-07-01 07:49:11 PM  

scavenger: If there was a 4 hour news program every morning that really got into current events, and presented it at around a college level of education, it would be one of the greatest benefits to humankind in the last 100 years. However, nobody would ever watch it.

OMG TOM CRUISE AND HIS WIFE BROKE UP


The CBS morning show iwth Charlie Rose comes the closest. The problem is it has the most serious, thoughtful news team in the morning (Erica Hill and Charlie Rose)...and the most vapid, annoying fluff out there (Gail King). It really has a weird feel. But the news segments are the best of the 3 broadcast networks. (Though Stephanopolous isn't too bad on ABC).
 
2012-07-01 08:04:02 PM  
I don't get the hate for the morning shows. Yeah, it's not hard-hitting international news, but so what? No one wants to watch terrorist bombings, financial meltdowns, and governmental farkery 24x7. (Besides, we've got the internets for that kind of thing.)

I'm not a fan of "soft" news programming myself, but I don't have anything in particular against it. Same goes for "celeb" journalism: I don't get the fascination myself, but I also don't understand the fascination Americans have for the British monarchy, or of the entire world for soccer. But I end up just shrugging and chalking it up to different strokes for different folks.

As for Curry: from the clips I saw, she was amazingly wooden and lame in the "human interest" segments. I presume that she knew what the job would entail when she took it, so it's on her to bring her A game to a job with that kind of stature. If she felt like she was slumming, then she should have turned the job down (or not asked for it in the first place). "Perky" is the name of the game for morning TV, and while Ann Curry has many fine qualities, perkiness is not one of them.

But we can take heart from the fact that these morning gabfests will probably not survive the death of the networks, which will probably take place in the next five to ten years. As soon as TV completes its transition to an a la carte streaming medium focused on many small audiences rather than one big one, the Big Three networks will collapse.
 
2012-07-01 08:17:29 PM  
assets.nydailynews.com

Matt Lauer with a pink bird on his head; your argument is invalid.
 
2012-07-01 09:07:25 PM  
What I consider the "real" Today show ended a long time ago. I'm referring to the two-hour format that did news on every hour and half hour, with the first half-hour's interviews and features being "hard" news, then gradually getting softer for the remaining 90 minutes. Being at least one-quarter serious was respectable enough.

Adding a 3rd and 4th hour with different hosts gave the impression that the show must be full of nothing to be able to just double the length while obviously not doubling the effort.

J. Fred Muggs is still alive, by the way.
 
2012-07-01 09:26:09 PM  
^^^^^^Goodness, Nem Wan, you're correct--thanks!

[J. Fred Muggs, Wikipedia]

Link
 
2012-07-01 10:15:23 PM  

smeag0l: Farkers still think people watch TV to be informed? Because the internet never has any fluff (lolcat, fwp, nba, soccer, camaro , ponys, tmz, dailyfail, sun, florida...)


Pornography!!!
 
2012-07-01 10:16:22 PM  
Capus should have been honest or accurate- Ann Curry was terrible at live TV. Even as a newsreader, when all she had to do was read from a teleprompter, she constantly screwed up (YouTube has plenty of clips to demonstrate that). Whenever she co-hosted, her interviews, whether of a serious or entertaining nature, were tough to watch because she would ask questions that were at least 30 seconds long.

She is a hard-nosed and terrific reporter, and she seems like a genuinely nice person. She's very good doing reports on Nightly News and Dateline. She was awful on the Today Show, then.
 
2012-07-01 10:17:36 PM  

nein: She was awful on the Today Show, then


"though," not "then."
 
2012-07-01 10:22:54 PM  

BalugaJoe: They paid her 10 million dollars to go away. Don't feel bad for her.


I don't feel bad for her. I feel bad for us. When the cornerstone "journalism" show fires a good journalist because she can't lob softballs to celebs and schmooze winningly during recipe segments, we are all in trouble.
 
2012-07-01 11:29:12 PM  

rmcooper4: Forbidden Doughnut: scavenger: If there was a 4 hour news program every morning that really got into current events, and presented it at around a college level of education

Kinda like "All Things Considered"?

/ yeah, I know it's only 2 hours long...

Basically this. Here in Indy we get The World before All Things Considered. Rounding things out with Marketplace, it's a pretty informative 3.5 hours.


I
 
2012-07-01 11:30:08 PM  

tudorgurl: rmcooper4: Forbidden Doughnut: scavenger: If there was a 4 hour news program every morning that really got into current events, and presented it at around a college level of education

Kinda like "All Things Considered"?

/ yeah, I know it's only 2 hours long...

Basically this. Here in Indy we get The World before All Things Considered. Rounding things out with Marketplace, it's a pretty informative 3.5 hours.

I


STUPID FARK!

I heart Ky RIsdall!
 
2012-07-01 11:58:31 PM  

tudorgurl: tudorgurl: rmcooper4: Forbidden Doughnut: scavenger: If there was a 4 hour news program every morning that really got into current events, and presented it at around a college level of education

Kinda like "All Things Considered"?

/ yeah, I know it's only 2 hours long...

Basically this. Here in Indy we get The World before All Things Considered. Rounding things out with Marketplace, it's a pretty informative 3.5 hours.

I

STUPID FARK!

I heart Ky RIsdall!


I love Talk of the Nation followed by the BBC News Hour. In turn, that used to be followed by Fresh Air, but they've moved that to an evening slot which annoys me. It used to be a great 4 hour block.
 
2012-07-01 11:58:35 PM  
I watch the first hour of the today show in 20 minutes while I do my morning ritual. IMHO, Ms Curry is better off with her new assignment. I have to figure she took the co-host job due to either a huge salary bump, or an implied street cred bump. She never did fit, she was too good for the show.

My only question is, why did she stay with the farkin network?

Ann, you rock. Keep doing what you do, you're good at it.

Major leagues my ass, the Today show is 10% fluff the first half hour, 20% fluff the second half hour, 90% the 3rd half hour, and 100% fluff after that.
 
2012-07-02 12:13:39 AM  

RyansPrivates: The CBS morning show iwth Charlie Rose comes the closest. The problem is it has the most serious, thoughtful news team in the morning (Erica Hill and Charlie Rose)...and the most vapid, annoying fluff out there (Gail King). It really has a weird feel. But the news segments are the best of the 3 broadcast networks. (Though Stephanopolous isn't too bad on ABC).


Regarding "CBS This Morning," I agree wholeheartedly. Fortunately, after the introduction, Gayle disappears for a while.
 
2012-07-02 02:25:12 AM  
Ann evidently didn't curry any favor with the president of NBC News - who bashed her performance on the "Today" show, saying she was weak on cooking segments and celebrity interviews.

Damn, those NBC brass are cold motherfarkers. Somebody isn't going to be happy until she puts a bullet in her head. You don't call someone weak on cooking segments unless that's what you're going for.
 
2012-07-02 02:50:09 AM  

bluesbox: I don't get the hate for the morning shows. Yeah, it's not hard-hitting international news, but so what? No one wants to watch terrorist bombings, financial meltdowns, and governmental farkery 24x7


One major problem with society (including, but not limited to, media) is the idea that the only news that exists is "bad" news.
 
2012-07-02 02:59:21 AM  
Ann Curry's strength has always been reporting on hard news, and she's immensely better at produced, taped segments than she is with delivering live newscasts. I think producing, editing and reporting actual news reports for the evening news, Dateline on occasion and the better 10% of MSNBC is where she'll flourish.
 
2012-07-02 03:48:56 AM  
She should switch with Katie Couric. Couric gets the Today Show back, Curry can host the news.
 
2012-07-02 08:45:51 AM  

semiotix: Ann evidently didn't curry any favor with the president of NBC News - who bashed her performance on the "Today" show, saying she was weak on cooking segments and celebrity interviews.

Damn, those NBC brass are cold motherfarkers. Somebody isn't going to be happy until she puts a bullet in her head. You don't call someone weak on cooking segments unless that's what you're going for.


Keep in mind that this is the same network that dumped Norm MacDonald with the caveat that he 'wasn't funny.' NBC isn't really the authoritative voice on reality that it thinks it is. The fact that they're trumping the Today show as some kind of touchstone in American culture says exactly how out of touch they really are.
 
2012-07-02 09:20:29 AM  
Curry's a professional. She'll be fine. Fluffy celebrity "news" is kinda beneath her, IMO. NBC looks like a big bag of dicks, though.
 
2012-07-02 11:38:51 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: [assets.nydailynews.com image 635x443]

Matt Lauer with a pink bird on his head; your argument is invalid.


I noted this too, and am waiting for it to become its own new meme.
 
2012-07-02 10:27:39 PM  
 
2012-07-02 10:48:24 PM  
I prefer my morning news delivered by someone hotter than Ann Curry.

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2012-07-04 06:04:13 PM  

Kenny B: I prefer my morning news delivered by someone hotter than Ann Curry.

[i743.photobucket.com image 250x356]


She's cute and perky, but you made a mistake in using the word "news" to describe that show.
 
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