Rewinding 2018 in media

Year marked by scandals, futility, and other things 2018 wasn’t exactly a repeat of the last two horrendous years in the media world, but scandals and deceit still ruled the roost. Though not topping 2017’s Disney-Fox deal, 2018 had some mega transactions – though the second-biggest merger of 2017 went bust as Sinclair Broadcasting’s $4 billion deal to buy Tribune […]

The 2018 T Dog Media Turkey Awards

Welcome to the 13th annual T Dog Media Turkey Awards – celebrating the worst in media, sports, and life in general. We have 20 recipients this year just waiting to get their hands on these Golden Gobblers. And the losers are: President Trump. Well, duh. Megyn Kelly. NBC signed this former Fox News star for $69 million to get her […]

Mark Konkol out as editor of Chicago Reader

Pulitzer-prize winning columnist out after less than two weeks Back some time ago, if there was a TV show so poorly received by critics and the viewing public, it would be off the air in three weeks. Mark Konkol lasted less than two weeks running a newspaper. In a move praised by many, the Chicago Sun-Times fired the Pulitzer-prize winning […]

The Media Notepad: NBC scores with Olympic opening ceremonies

Plus: L.A. Times, San Diego Union-Tribune sold; Mike Flannery gets his own Fox 32 news show; This week in Chicago bashing; White Sox snubbed again (Editor’s Note: Contains strong language. Reader discretion is advised.) The opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics from South Korea dominated the ratings as expected for NBC, and even performed stronger than expected. According to […]

DNA Info Chicago shuts its doors

Online news publication ceases operations; unionizing employees in New York could be reason Billionaire patriarch Joe Ricketts announced Thursday he was closing DNA Info and the “ist” online publications, effective immediately. Gone are DNA Info Chicago and is sister news site, DNA Info New York. Also gone are the related “ist” sites (Gothamist, LAist, Chicagoist, etc.) based in New York […]

Sorry…not sorry

When snarking goes wrong No apology from T Dog Media coming Over the eight years T Dog Media has been in operation, I’ve attracted a lot of fans who support this endeavor due to my love of writing, especially about the media business (and I thank you for it.) But along the way, yours truly has also made some enemies. Mancow. Mark […]

“Chicagoland” strikes out with critics, viewers

  With horrible ratings, Chicagoland ranks among one of television’s biggest flops Did Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration manipulate scenes?   I guess Chicago would’ve been better off if we were attacked by a Sharknado. When the dust clears, CNN’s Chicagoland will go down as one of the biggest bombs in the history of television – and one of the worst […]

CNN’s “Chicagoland” stalls at the starting gate

The first episode of Robert Redford’s eight-episode documentary didn’t attract much of an audience Reviews mixed, but Chicago viewers’ reception is more positive Chicago is in the spotlight once again thanks to a new eight-hour documentary Chicagoland, which premiered Thursday on CNN and is running at 9 p.m. for the next eight weeks. Produced by Robert Redford, Mark Levin, and […]