Open Mic

Point: PR-Wise, Rupert Murdoch Didn’t Do Himself Any Good In His Appearance Before a Parliamentary Committee Last Week

[Editor’s Note: This commentary first appeared on Jeff Grimshaw’s The TV News, which can be found at www.thetvnews.tv, and we appreciate Jeff letting us reprint it.] As the News Corp. scandal continues to snowball, the company has done a couple…

Jul 25, 2011

Potpourri: An Email from Oprah; Surviving Carmageddon

We’ll get to Oprah in a moment. First, as any resident of Los Angeles knows, we’re on the eve of Carmageddon — a wonderful phrase coined a few months ago, though I’m not sure by whom. Carmageddon is the insane…

Jul 15, 2011

Rupert Murdoch: Too Much Jack Bauer and Not Enough Betty Ford. At 80, Can He Find His Moral Compass? An Intervention Begins NOW

We all should be able to expect–at a minimum–when we read stories in our newspapers that no illegal means were used in the gathering of the news stories. That’s a key issue in the growing phone-hacking scandal involving The News of…

Jul 13, 2011

Royal Couple Melt a Royal Awkward Moment at the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit

It was wall-to-wall coverage on Los Angeles local news stations for the 48 hours between Friday and Sunday afternoon that William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, traversed Southern California from Skid Row to Santa Barbara, leaving a…

Jul 12, 2011

NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Distinguished Itself From ‘Idol’–and Found a Winning Formula

Any one of the four finalists on NBC’s bangup freshman show "The Voice" could have taken the title. We thought Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton and especially Beverly McClellan were each worthy of being the champion. But it was Javier Colon…

Jul 7, 2011