Application of scientology ethics conditions fails for Greta van Susteren

Discussion in 'Media' started by Quentinanon, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. Quentinanon Member

    Cable news host Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC nearly six months after joining the network.
    “I am out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren tweeted Thursday afternoon.
    In a memo to employees, MSNBC President Phil Griffin called Van Susteren "a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they’ve hosted shows at all three major cable news networks."
    "We are grateful to her and wish her the best," he said.
    Vanity Fair first reported that Van Susteren is leaving her daily 6 p.m. show as of Thursday, and she will be permanently replaced by Ari Melber. He will take over the 6 p.m. slot next month.
    Griffin noted that Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and host of the “The Point” on weekends, has previously filled in for the channel's prime-time hosts.
    Van Susteren's show struggled to gain traction in ratings, Vanity Fair reported. Despite the recent success of other MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell, Van Susteren's show fell behind concurrent shows on Fox News and CNN during its time slot.
    In an interview last month with The New York Times, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack hinted that the show was in troubled waters, but projected optimism.
    “It’s not breaking out. Everybody wants every new show to break out Day 1. I think it takes time," Lack said at the time.
    Van Susteren took over MSNBC's 6 p.m. time slot in January, four months after leaving her longtime position at Fox News.
    Vanity Fair reached Van Susteren on Thursday by phone, but said she had no comment.
  2. The Internet Member

    Interesting. Did Van Susteren leave Fox because her ratings were slipping or because she wanted more money or what?
  3. John P. Member

    I'm going to go with 100% due to low ratings.

    Unless someone instantly shoots the lights out with mind-blowing ratings on Day One that do nothing but climb (like Hubbard thought should be the case with every single "stat" in running the Scientology business), no network is going to renegotiate a contract upwards in the middle of the first year. In other words, not bloody likely.

    If ratings were consistent and generally growing, she would have had some leverage to negotiate a raise at the end of what was probably a one-year deal. But if ratings started low and dropped consistently thereafter, it's no surprise they bagged her immediately. I don't have time to track down the ratings as I'm trying to leave early for the 4-day US Independence Day holiday, but I'd be quite certain that they were dismal.

    The obviously manufactured smarmy quote from the network exec in the press release a month ago expressing "optimism" is just precious and I'm sure nobody was fooled.

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