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Soledad O’Brien Will Be Inducted Into ‘B+C’ Hall of Fame

O’Brien has spent many years in the news media world, spending time on news channels such as CNN and NBC News.

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Journalist Soledad O’Brien will be sharing the stage with the likes of Jim Nantz, Rachael Ray and “The Walking Dead” show at the Broadcasting+Cable Hall of Fame gala at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on May 3 (h/t Next TV). 

O’Brien has spent many years in the news media world, spending time on news channels such as CNN and NBC News. She also recently spoke with Barrett News Media’s Jim Cryns to discuss her long career. 

“We are thrilled to once again honor our industry’s most accomplished pioneers, creators and innovators and leaders,” Bill McGorry, chairman of the Broadcasting+Cable Hall of Fame, said. 

“These individuals all share a common bond — their collective vision, remarkable achievements and unbreakable will to succeed have changed our business forever and brought it to another level. We look forward to recognizing these worthy individuals on May 3 as we welcome them as the newest inductees into the B+C Hall of Fame — our industry’s highest honor.”

However, she isn’t the only news media member that’s going to be honored as Deborah Roberts and Al Roker will be in this class. 

This is the full class that will be honored:

  • George G. Beasley (1932-2021), founder, Beasley Media Group, and Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Media Group; 
  • Matthew Bond, chairman, content distribution, NBCUniversal
  • Ray Cole, president and chief operating officer, Citadel Communications
  • Frank Comerford, chief revenue officer & president of sales, NBCUniversal Local
  • Ray Hopkins, president, U.S. networks distribution, Paramount Global
  • Wonya Lucas, president and CEO, Hallmark Media
  • Soledad O’Brien, CEO, Soledad O’Brien Productions
  • Rachael Ray, host, Rachael Ray
  • Deborah Roberts, ABC News senior national affairs correspondent and contributing anchor for 20/20
  • Al Roker, weather and feature anchor, Today, co-host of Today third hour
  • James Thompson (1947-2022), past president, Broadcasters Foundation of America. 

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Tucker Carlson: What’s Happening to Alex Jones ‘Scariest Possible Thing’ in America

“It’s the clearest possible sign of tyranny and I’m heartbroken that this isn’t getting more attention.”

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Alex Jones is in jeopardy of losing control of Infowars, the company he founded in the late 1990s, due to his bankruptcy filings as he owes more than $1.5 billion in damages to the families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting. Tucker Carlson believes Jones potentially losing his company is the latest sign of government overreach.

The former Fox News host appeared on The Alex Jones Show Thursday and shared that he’s deeply troubled by the most recent developments in the saga.

“I’m here, obviously, because we’re friends, but I’m really here on principle because there’s nothing you’ve ever said in your entire life or done in your entire life that’s scarier or more threatening to our country than what they’re doing to you right now,” Carlson said. “The government taking a broadcaster off the air –who has committed no crime — because he dares to criticize them is the scariest possible thing.

“It’s the clearest possible sign of tyranny and I’m heartbroken that this isn’t getting more attention. I think it’s a pivot point in our country, and if they can do this to you, they will do it to the rest of us.”

Carlson continued by arguing that Jones was only guilty of “doing the one thing you can’t do — attacking the people in charge.”

Jones thanked Carlson for always being in his corner and backing him, stating that when he was first “de-platformed”, the former Fox News host was one of the only prominent figures to argue that what was happening was wrong.

“This isn’t about Alex Jones, or Tucker Carlson, or Donald Trump, or Steve Bannon, it’s about they have to get through us to get to the public,” said Jones.

Tucker Carlson is slated to embark on a nationwide tour in September, bringing a live program with special guest conservative commentators to arenas around the country. Alex Jones is scheduled to join Carlson for a stop in Milwaukee on Monday, September 16th.

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CNN Promotes Charlie Moore to Vice President of Primetime Programming

From May 13-19th, the network posted its lowest-rated primetime showing since 1991 according to Nielsen figures.

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Longtime Executive Producer of Anderson Cooper 360 — Charlie Moore — has been promoted to Vice President of Primetime Programming for CNN.

“Charlie will work with our prime executive producers to grow our primetime and support each program in showcasing our world-class journalism and delivering the best possible experience for our viewers,” CNN Executive Vice President of U.S. Programming Eric Sherling wrote in an email to employees obtained by TVNewser.

Moore will have his work cut out for him leading the primetime division. Last month, the network saw drops of 17% in total viewers and 15% in the coveted Persons 25-54 demographic during primetime hours.

During the week of May 13th, the network posted its lowest-rated primetime showing since 1991, according to Nielsen figures.

CNN’s primetime lineup currently consists of programs hosted by Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Kaitlan Collins, Abby Phillip, and Laura Coates.

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Book From Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Debuts as New York Times Bestseller

“A great nation needs a great military, and I hope this book plays a role in restoring the military to its core function: deterring, fighting, and winning our wars.”

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A new book authored by Fox News host Pete Hegseth has debuted as a New York Times bestseller.

The War on Warriors: Behind the Betrayal of the Men Who Keep us Free debuted at the top spot in the non-fiction category on the bestselling list. Since its June 4th release, the book has sold more than 60,000 copies.

It is the fourth time an offering from Hegseth has landed on the list. It is the 11th consecutive book from Fox News Books to register on the acclaimed list.

“Publishing this book has been a moving experience from start to finish. I am honored and humbled that The War on Warriors has resonated with so many people; most especially with actively serving troops, veterans, and military families,” said Hegseth. “This book is for them, and for our country. A great nation needs a great military, and I hope this book plays a role in restoring the military to its core function: deterring, fighting, and winning our wars.”

A U.S. Army veteran, Hegseth served as an infantry Major and was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay during his time in the service. He currently serves as the host of FOX & Friends Weekend.

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