Atlanta, Georgia – After almost a year of tinkering, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone. So he is planning much broader changes for the network—including a prime-time shakeup that’s likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.
In the first of what was expected to be a series of announcements on new programming, Zucker – who admits his name sounds like “hooker,” revealed that CNN has signed a 3-year contract with reality TV personality Kim Kardashian to anchor a prime time hour-long show titled “KKG 24/7.” Kardasian will discuss with invited pundits the latest gossip in politics, entertainment and world events.” “KKG” is the acronym for Kim Kardashian Gossip.
“KKG 24/7” will reportedly replace Anderson Cooper’s “AC 360.” It isn’t known whether “AC 360” will go off the air.
Last month, The Adobo Chroniclesreported that Cooper has been nominated by President Obama to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, after his outstanding live coverage of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Now that Cooper has been bumped off CNN, will he finally become Ambassador Cooper?
New York, New York (EXCLUSIVE to The Adobo Chronicles) – The big news at MSNBC is the resignation Wednesday of Martin Bashir, the British journalist who became famous for the television film “Living with Michael Jackson” in which he interviewed the late pop singer over a span of eight months. Prior to joining MSNBC, Bashir was employed at ABC. Until his resignation, Bashir was a political commentator for MSNBC and a correspondent for Dateline NBC.
Bashir’s decision to quit was prompted by a commentary he made last month against Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential nominee, in which he criticized her for statements comparing American debt to slavery, saying she deserved the same kind of humiliating and degrading treatment that some slaves faced. Ms. Palin herself, was a commentator/consultant for the rival network Fox News.
In announcing Bashir’s resignation, MSNBC issued a separate statement saying that it has hired Palin to replace Bashir. “We thought that hiring Ms. Palin to replace Bashir would show our sincerity in not condoning Bashir’s controversial comments on our network,” said Phil Griffin, MSNBC president. “It is the perfect apology, no doubt,” he added.
Bashir is no stranger to controversy. In 2008, while keynoting the gala banquet of the Asian American Journalists Association at the UNITY:Journalists of Color convention in Chicago, he remarked about how exciting it was for him to be in a room of great looking “Asian babes” and then added that he was glad he was standing behind a podium so no one could see how excited he really was.
New York, New York – The days of ‘Tickle Me Elmo,’ Transformers, Scrabble and Monopoly are over. In this age of capitalist technology, the hottest games, gifts and toys in the market over the last many Christmas seasons have been Microsoft’s X-Box, Nintendo’s Wii and other electronic devices.
But wait — not any more. The makers of traditional toys and games are fighting back, and are winning! Yesterday, the American Toys and Games Manufacturers’ Association (ATGMA) revealed the top item in the 2013 wish list of shoppers, based on a nationwide survey of consumers – children and adults alike.
The winner: “The New and Improved Dart Board Game.” The 2013 model of this once-favored game features an enlarged bull’s eye center section (see photo). The game’s manufacturer said that it hit the jackpot when it tested the new device among focus groups earlier this year. “We had a 100% approval rating,” it said, adding that “players liked the idea of a perfect score each time they played. With this new model, it is almost impossible not to hit the bull’s eye.”
As of yesterday, the new dart board game is sold out and online orders have a 2-week backorder status. It retails for $99.99.