New York—Does newly minted Pope Francis I have “Today Show” host Matt Lauer to thank for him getting the gig? Multiple sources with great connections inside the NBC daytime staple have told The Daily Quarterly exclusively that Lauer was unhappy with Pope Benedict, and worked hard “but behind the scenes” to “persuade” the pontiff that he should take an early retirement, thus clearing the way for Francis’ election earlier this month.
One source said she wasn’t certain what Lauer’s issue with Benedict was exactly, “he just was never sold on him taking over” in 2005. “Matt was never happy, and even, from what I’m being told, tried to get Katie (Couric) to take the job somehow, but it never panned out for her to move to Rome, plus she had her daytime talk show that she was working on.”
NBC executives would not return phone calls left seeking comment on this most recent Lauer allegation, but “if history shows us anything, it’s that whatever Matt wants he gets, and later on, the suits at 30 Rock will fall all over themselves to be the scapegoats. You watch,” one of the sources said. Continue reading →
Sources indicate that Ann Curry will spice up the CNN lineup by filling an obvious gap in the lineup: entertainment news. Titled CNNtertainment the new show hopes to bring TMZ style reporting to CNN.
New York—Recently ousted “Today Show” co-host Ann Curry is wasting no time trying to land her next news anchor gig, and she’s setting her sights squarely on a cable network that has much lower standards of getting the news right than NBC: CNN.
Curry said she enjoyed working at NBC, but understood it was time to move on to “smaller and lesser things” and find somewhere that she would be less stressed out about getting a story right or asking important questions of interview subjects. Continue reading →
TDQ: During your career, the internet has vastly changed how people get their news, entertainment and even magazines. How has “Good Housekeeping” adapted in the way they present the magazine now?
Lyle: Good question. It’s in a state of evolution as I type this on my laptop (shout out, MacBook Air!), where I can check out the Home Style blog we started this year. We’re way more conscious about building in extras for readers to check out online, like Flipcam videos of craft projects or trend inspiration boards, as well as giving them ways to access the huge trove of expertise we’ve built up over the years — our triple-tested recipes, our Stain Buster guide-to-getting-out-anything-you-could-possibly-ever-spill-on-anything, reviews for thousands of GHRI-tested products, and so on. If I was using an iPad or Nook, I could read GH there. On my phone, I have the free GH@Home app, which has the aforementioned Stain Buster on it. We’re trying to reach and help readers wherever they are and however and whenever they need it. Before the Internet, they had to come to us and could only read the magazine if it was in their hands. Continue reading →