CNN in February attracted an average of 243,000 viewers in its target 25-to-54 demographic, a 55% increase over the same month in 2010. One of the network's bright spots was the new prime-time talk show hosted by Piers Morgan, "Piers Morgan Tonight," which was up 50% in the 25-to-54 segment last month.
This year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors are talk show icon Oprah Winfrey, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, country music star Merle Haggard, "Hello Dolly" composer-lyricist Jerry Herman and dancer-choreographer-director Bill T. Jones. The 33rd annual awards will be presented Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C., and broadcast on CBS on Dec. 28.
Disney has hired Dorothy Attwood as its senior vice president of global public policy. Attwood is leaving her position as senior vice president of public policy and chief privacy officer for AT&T to take up the new post.
Tim Doyle, a senior writer for SNL Kagan, has been "downright impressed" by the free mobile DTV trial service being tested by nine Washington, D.C., broadcasters. A nationwide rollout is expected to happen by next year. "The service has what all good products have: It is worthwhile, simple and easy to explain, understand and value," Doyle writes.
CNN, according to this report, will announce a deal in a few days that will give NBC's "America's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan the coveted 9 p.m. time slot that has been Larry King's domain for so many years. Morgan, who also has been the host of "Piers Morgan Life Stories" for the past year on ITV, a British network, apparently has told friends that King's show was his dream job.