Liberal Analyst Marc Lamont Hill Fired From Fox News

hill_10-16Mediaite has confirmed Marc Lamont Hill has been fired from Fox News Channel. The liberal commentator was a regular on the network, most recently appearing as a guest on The O’Reilly Factor one week ago, according to TV Eyes.

Interestingly, the news was broken by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch at the companies stockholders meeting today, reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Murdoch made the announcement after a shareholder asked about Hill’s “reputation of defending cop killers and racists.”

Hill, who is also currently a professor at Columbia University, recently got into a nasty back-and-forth with conservative author David Horowitz, who called him a “an affirmative action baby.” At the time, I wrote:

There are two ways this can go: either FNC can embrace the feud or they have to publicly shun Horowitz. On one level, Hill and Horowitz debating the premise of Horowitz’ original column would be incredible television.

Well it looks like the network has gone an entirely different, somewhat surprising direction – firing him. Hill’s profile has been on the rise at the network, as his appearances on Bill O’Reilly’s show and others in prime time have increased. We’ve reached out to both Fox News and Hill for more information. There is likely more to this story somewhere.

> Update: That may have been Hill’s last appearance on Fox News, but he was on Fox Business Network yesterday, for a short interview during the 1pmET hour (h/t J$).

Here is Hill’s appearance on The Factor last week:

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Last Chance to Get a Discounted Ticket for NewTeeVee Live

NTVLiveTime to stop procrastinating and reserve your ticket to NewTeeVee Live! Today, Oct. 16th, is your final chance to buy a discounted pass to the conference. For just $395 (a sliver of other industry conferences, and $200 less than our walk-in ticket), you’ll get a jam-packed day of interviews with industry heavyweights, demos of the devices soon to hit your living room, and previews of the next generation of video giants.

Some of the timely topics our speakers will be addressing:

Amy L. Banse, President, Interactive Media & SVP, Comcast
Brian Fuhrer, SVP, Program Leader, TV/Internet Integration, Nielsen
Erik Flannigan, EVP of Digital Media, MTVN Entertainment Group


Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix
Anthony Wood, Founder and CEO, Roku, Inc.
Marc Whitten, GM of Xbox LIVE, Microsoft
Kevin Lynch, CTO, Adobe Systems


Hunter Walk, Director of Product for YouTube, Google
Randi Zuckerberg, Marketing, Facebook
Andy Mitchell, VP of Digital and Development Marketing, CNN

This morning I received an email from Ian Gardiner, CEO of Viocorp, who said he’s flying out from Australia for the event. So the rest of you have no excuses!

paidContent Quick Hits: 10.16.09

»  A profile of Hulu that looks at whether it can save traditional TV. [Fast Company]

»  Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson says the idea that VCs “need to own” 20% to 30% of a company they’re funding is “baloney.” [A VC]

»  Australian Broadcasting Company’s managing director Mark Scott takes a swipe at Rupert Murdoch, saying he’s charging for content just to try to save his “diminishing empire.” []

»  Gawker’s Nick Denton freely admits to stealing ideas from his favorite source: magazines. [The Wrap]

»  Studios are increasing writing contracts that bar actors, directors and other creative talent from using Twitter. [THR]

»  A stunt by UK ISP TalkTalk was aimed at convincing the British government not to cut off habitual file-sharers. [BBC]

»  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is nixing its Paid Inclusion program at the end of the year. [Search Engine Land]

»  ESPN: The Magazine‘s “Body Issue” gave the website a quick infusion of paid subscribers when it was released on the web. [FOLIO:]

An Artist’s Rendering Of The Balloon Boy Story

If you happened to miss the whole story of Falcon Heene and the Runaway Wife Swap Zeppelin yesterday and don't have the time to run through my whole, link-rich exegesis on the matter, I can offer an even briefer take on the matter. Courtesy of DCist music editor and blogger Amanda Mattos comes a wonderful artist's rendering of "The Great Saga Of Falcon! The Balloon Boy!" I think it more or less captures the story precisely, in 6000 words' worth of pictures. Please enjoy:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

[Would you like to follow me on Twitter? Because why not? Also, please send tips to -- learn more about our media monitoring project here.] Founder’s Video Ad Network TidalTV Raises $8.9 Million In Funding

TidalTV, the video ad network founded by co-founder Scott Ferber, has raised $8.9 million worth of a $16 million round of funding, per an SEC filing. The company raised $15 million in its first round from New Enterprise Associates and Valhalla Partners, last year. TidalTV did not respond to a request for confirmation on the new funding.

Founded in 2008, TidalTV signed a content-licensing deal with CNBC to stream news updates and long-form TV specials last October, but things have been relatively quiet on the company front since then. That could be because it has been working through an executive shuffle: Mollie Spilman, formerly’s chief sales and marketing officer, was the company’s original CEO, then Jason Ellin—also a former exec—had a stint in the chief executive role, per this SEC filing. Now Ferber is listed as Chairman and CEO.


Gerald Sindell: Etch-A-Sketch and Google Announce E-Books for Kids


Search and advertising giant Google and Ohio Art, maker of the children's classic drawing toy announced a joint venture today to produce the first e-book reader for pre-schoolers. Named the Etch a Book, the new reader will capitalize on the highly refined Etch a Sketch two knob interface which is already familiar to millions of parents and children all over the globe.

In making the announcement, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, revealed that Google has been scanning children's literature of all kinds for several years now, accumulating a library of more than 2,000,000 children's titles, many of which have been out of print for decades.

One of the big challenges in developing the Etch a Book has been the fact that young children don't yet read. "The answer we found was to read the books to the children," says Brin. The Etch will offer several voices, including those described as 'friendly mom' and 'funny dad.'

Since the Etch a Book screen is closely derived from the classic Etch a Sketch, the reader will not be able to display text or pictures. "This was a big challenge for the books that are all illustration and no text," says Larry Killgallon, CEO of Ohio Art. "We wanted to keep the child involved and the screen interactive, as with all our products." The answer is to have the friendly mom reader or the funny dad reader describe the art that Google has scanned. For Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel -- "There's a big steam tractor digging a hole," says the voice. In presenting what had been a cloth book, The Big Farm, in the demonstration we saw, the 'friendly mom' is heard to say, "And here's a big white sheep."

To complete the reading experience for the very young, the Etch a Book comes with an available Bouncy Lap, which vibrates the child up and down gently while the child is being read to by the Etch a Book. Also available is a ventilator, which simulates the soft breath of a reading parent on the child's cheek. Available Christmas.

Good Goldman Question From Zero Hedge

Seems reasonable to me: "What Is The Rationale Behind The SEC's Hiring A 29 Year Old Goldmanite As Its COO?" While one may or may not have feelings about Goldman's tentacled capture of various regulatory agencies, the most recent news out of the SEC that it would be hiring a 29 year old former Goldman Vice President Adam...