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Hoodoo

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May 1, 2005, 2:35:17 PM5/1/05
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Microsoft set to quit MSNBC news channel

RAW STORY
http://rawstory.com/exclusives/microsoft_quits_msnbc_501.htm

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.


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Brad Ferguson

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May 1, 2005, 3:52:06 PM5/1/05
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In article <4275216...@spamcop.net>, Hoodoo <hoo...@spamcop.net>
wrote:


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.

King Daevid MacKenzie

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May 1, 2005, 5:08:21 PM5/1/05
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Brad Ferguson sez:

> 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
right...

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J.D. Baldwin

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May 1, 2005, 5:22:56 PM5/1/05
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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.

"Venerable"?
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Brad Ferguson

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May 1, 2005, 6:10:54 PM5/1/05
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In article <d53hbg$3ku$1...@reader1.panix.com>, J.D. Baldwin
<INVALID...@example.com.invalid> wrote:

> 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.
>
> "Venerable"?

Maybe they meant "venereal."

robertc...@yahoo.com

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May 1, 2005, 10:14:26 PM5/1/05
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Hoodoo wrote:
> Microsoft set to quit MSNBC news channel
>
> RAW STORY
> http://rawstory.com/exclusives/microsoft_quits_msnbc_501.htm
>
> 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.
>


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'

Bob Champ

Hoodoo

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May 2, 2005, 11:16:31 AM5/2/05
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Hoodoo wrote:
> 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.

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?

- - -

http://www.prnewswire.com/

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
news and
information source on the web, has announced an exclusive
agreement with
PerfectMatch.com, the premiere site for individuals seeking long-term
relationships.
"MSNBC.com is the destination of choice for millions of
informed,
educated, and active citizens," said Charlie Tillinghast, General
Manager and
Publisher of MSNBC.com. "This online environment is an ideal
meeting place
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
this
connection."
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
PerfectMatch.com's
full services or simply using a variety of features and tests
designed to
assist individuals in finding potential soul mates.
"PerfectMatch.com is always committed to working with our
distribution
partners to provide a consistently premium experience," commented
Duane Dahl,
CEO of PerfectMatch.com. "By harnessing MSNBC.com's choice
audience base,
PerfectMatch.com can offer millions of adults the opportunity to find
meaningful lasting relationships, relevant, reputable advice from
the nation's
leading relationship expert, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and other
quality content."
PerfectMatch.com uses the Duet(TM) Total Compatibility
System, co-
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
others
looking for real love and commitment. The multi-year agreement
between
MSNBC.com and PerfectMatch.com begins today and can be accessed
by going to
the Personals section on MSNBC.com.

About 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,
CNBC, NBC
Sports, MSN, and Newsweek. MSNBC is a 24-hour cable and Internet
joint
venture of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and NBC News (NYSE: GE).

About PerfectMatch.com
Leading the online relationship destination industry,
PerfectMatch.com is
for serious adults looking for lasting, meaningful relationships.
PerfectMatch.com is the only site to offer the DUET(TM) Total
Compatibility
System, a leading-edge assessment co-developed by internationally
renowned
relationship authority, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, PhD. Based on over
30 years of
research, DUET(TM) provides members with a scientifically-based
approach
designed to assist genuine adults find others looking for real
love and
commitment.
PerfectMatch.com is founded by the foremost authorities in
relationships
on the Internet, and has forged partnerships with world-class
brands including
MSNBC, Lifetime Television, Warner Bros. Studios, Sony Pictures
and others.
Headquartered in Bothell, Washington and owned by
MarketRange, Inc.,
PerfectMatch.com continues to bring together genuine people
looking for real
love every day and can be found on the Internet at
http://www.PerfectMatch.com.
Perfectmatch.com is featured in this summer's Warner Bros.
production of,
Must Love Dogs, starring Oscar nominee Diane Lane and John
Cusack. To view
the movie trailer go to http://PerfectMatch.com/MLD.


SOURCE MSNBC.com
Web Site: http://www.msnbc.com http://www.PerfectMatch.com


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May 2, 2005, 12:13:15 PM5/2/05
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A more honest name for the network would be MSDNC.

Tommie Hicks

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