The Microsoft corporation—which at one time had both a news
television channel and a leading online newsmagazine—is ready to
divorce NBC News and depart MSNBC, RAW STORY has learned.
MSNBC is said to roughly break even; it has never been terribly
profitable. Microsoft quit its online 'zine, Slate, in December,
selling the venerable but also underperforming site to the
Washington Post Company.
The cable news and Internet venture between Microsoft Corp. and
the NBC network, didn't achive profitability until the second
quarter of 2001. It was launched in July 1996, shortly after Fox
News Channel, which far exceeded profitability expectations, and
left MSNBC a distant third to Fox and CNN.
The irreverent Drudge Report asserts that the channel's revised
name will be the NBC News Channel.
The New York Post reported in March that talks centered around
NBC taking sole control of the news company, with Microsoft
having rights to use some of its online news content.
Details of the final arrangement have not yet been released.
It's a big old goofy world. - John Prine
MSNBC's ratings are up, the primetime lineup has begun to catch on,
Chris Matthews' and Keith Olbermann's shows are being discussed on
other outlets' news shows, and Dan Abrams does the best legal-talk show
on television. It's a perfect time to dump the operation -- if you're
> MSNBC's ratings are up, the primetime lineup has begun to catch on,
> Chris Matthews' and Keith Olbermann's shows are being discussed on
> other outlets' news shows, and Dan Abrams does the best legal-talk show
> on television. It's a perfect time to dump the operation -- if you're
> Bill Gates.
...problem is, they still give Killer Joe a broadcasting career. And I
still haven't forgiven them for screwing Phil Donahue simply for being
King Daevid MacKenzie, WLSU-FM 88.9 La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
"Why do people take drugs anymore, when reality has become a
hallucination?" LEWIS BLACK
_+_ From the catapult of |If anyone disagrees with any statement I make, I
_|70|___:)=}- J.D. Baldwin |am quite prepared not only to retract it, but also
\ / bal...@panix.com|to deny under oath that I ever made it. -T. Lehrer
> In the previous article, Hoodoo <hoo...@spamcop.net> wrote:
> > Microsoft quit its online 'zine, Slate, in December,
> > selling the venerable but also underperforming site to the
> > Washington Post Company.
Maybe they meant "venereal."
This snippet comes from Drudge. Sorry about the all-caps.
MSNBC TO CHANGE ITS NAME, THE DRUDGE REPORT HAS LEARNED. THE ALL-NEWS
CABLE NETWORK, WHICH WAS FOUNDED AS JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN MICROSOFT AND
NBC, WILL SIMPLY BECOME 'THE NBC NEWS CHANNEL'... TOP SOURCE EXPLAINS:
'THE NEW NAME IS CLEANER, LESS CONFUSING... REPRESENTS THE PROGRAMMING'
The inclusion of the phrase, "the premiere site for individuals
seeking long-term relationships", in the Press Release below
seems a bit facetious considering the mention of "divorce" as
quoted above from the previous MSNBC-related news article. Didn't
anyone inform PerfectMatch.com about the impending demise of MSNBC?
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MSNBC.com Gets Personal
Exclusive Partnership With PerfectMatch.com Brings
Premiere Relationship Community to MSNBC.com Users
REDMOND, Wash., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- MSNBC.com, the leading
information source on the web, has announced an exclusive
PerfectMatch.com, the premiere site for individuals seeking long-term
"MSNBC.com is the destination of choice for millions of
educated, and active citizens," said Charlie Tillinghast, General
Publisher of MSNBC.com. "This online environment is an ideal
for individuals who share an interest in the events and issues of
our day. By
partnering with PerfectMatch.com, we're providing a forum to make
Through the agreement, MSNBC.com users will access a co-branded
PerfectMatch.com site through a "Personals" option on the MSNBC.com
navigation. Users will have the option of subscribing to
full services or simply using a variety of features and tests
assist individuals in finding potential soul mates.
"PerfectMatch.com is always committed to working with our
partners to provide a consistently premium experience," commented
CEO of PerfectMatch.com. "By harnessing MSNBC.com's choice
PerfectMatch.com can offer millions of adults the opportunity to find
meaningful lasting relationships, relevant, reputable advice from
leading relationship expert, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and other
PerfectMatch.com uses the Duet(TM) Total Compatibility
developed by professor, author, and leading relationship
authority, Dr. Pepper
Schwartz. Duet(TM) provides members with a leading-edge
assessment tool, based
on 30 years of scientific research -- to assist adults in finding
looking for real love and commitment. The multi-year agreement
MSNBC.com and PerfectMatch.com begins today and can be accessed
by going to
the Personals section on MSNBC.com.
MSNBC.com is a leader in breaking news and original
journalism on the
Internet. MSNBC.com delivers the best of NBC News, MSNBC Cable,
Sports, MSN, and Newsweek. MSNBC is a 24-hour cable and Internet
venture of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and NBC News (NYSE: GE).
Leading the online relationship destination industry,
for serious adults looking for lasting, meaningful relationships.
PerfectMatch.com is the only site to offer the DUET(TM) Total
System, a leading-edge assessment co-developed by internationally
relationship authority, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, PhD. Based on over
30 years of
research, DUET(TM) provides members with a scientifically-based
designed to assist genuine adults find others looking for real
PerfectMatch.com is founded by the foremost authorities in
on the Internet, and has forged partnerships with world-class
MSNBC, Lifetime Television, Warner Bros. Studios, Sony Pictures
Headquartered in Bothell, Washington and owned by
PerfectMatch.com continues to bring together genuine people
looking for real
love every day and can be found on the Internet at
Perfectmatch.com is featured in this summer's Warner Bros.
Must Love Dogs, starring Oscar nominee Diane Lane and John
Cusack. To view
the movie trailer go to http://PerfectMatch.com/MLD.
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