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Trump has been a ratings driver for cable TV news. How will the networks adapt?

It’s never pretty for a hit TV show when it loses its biggest star.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Cable news has thrived during the administration of President Trump, with viewing levels reaching an all-time high in October. (Los Angeles Times)


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Cable news has thrived during the administration of President Trump, with viewing levels reaching an all-time high in October. (Los Angeles Times)

Cable news networks are about to learn what it feels like when President Trump leaves the White House on Jan. 20 to make way for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump has fueled a five-year run of record ratings and profit for Fox News, MSNBC and CNN that began when Trump first descended the gold-plated escalators of his eponymous midtown Manhattan tower in August 2015 to announce his candidacy for president.

While the rest of the traditional TV business has spiraled downward as consumers have shifted away from pay TV subscriptions and consumed a bounty of streaming video services, cable news has thrived during the Trump administration. Viewing levels

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CNN, MSNBC and Fox News prepare for life after Trump

It’s never pretty for a hit TV show when it loses its biggest star.

Cable news networks are about to learn what it feels like when President Trump leaves the White House on Jan. 20 to make way for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump has fueled a five-year run of record ratings and profit for Fox News, MSNBC and CNN that began when Trump first descended the gold-plated escalators of his eponymous midtown Manhattan tower in August 2015 to announce his candidacy for president.

While the rest of the traditional TV business has spiraled downward as consumers have shifted away from pay TV subscriptions and consumed a bounty of streaming video services, cable news has thrived during the Trump administration. Viewing levels reached an all-time high in October.

Despite Trump’s false allegations of voting fraud and legal challenges in the closely contested states he lost to Biden, the daily

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Geri Horner got confidence from horse | Celebrity news



Geri Horner got confidence from horse

Geri Horner has claimed her return to the Spice Girls was inspired by a horse.

The 46-year-old singer quit the band in 1998 but reunited with them in 2007 and again last year and she admitted it took her beloved rescue animal Beauty to help her regain her courage to get back out on stage with the ‘Viva Forever’ hitmakers.

Speaking on ‘Beauty, Courage, Freedom…’, the new episode of her online show ‘Rainbow Woman’, she said: “I gave my life 100% to music. And then when I got to my thirties, I found it so difficult because the teenage bravado had run out and I wasn’t sure where I belong.

“When I found Beauty, I got my courage back.

“[When I’m out there] I’m no other identity other than just a woman on a horse feeling brave – that’s it. And sometimes it just feels amazing to feel that.

“Stepping

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The Undertaker retires after 30-year WWE career | Celebrity news



The Undertaker retires after 30-year WWE career

The Undertaker bid a final farewell to the WWE at Survivor Series on Sunday (22.11.20).

The 55-year-old grappling legend – whose real name is Mark Caraway – was honoured with a star-studded tribute from fellow pros including the likes of Shawn Michaels, Kane, Triple H and Ric Flair at the end of the annual extravaganza, which was held at the WWE ThunderDome in Orlando, Florida, and even his late manager Paul Bearer made an appearance in the form of a hologram.

The digital likeness of the Deadman’s manager, who was played by real life mortician William Moody and passed away in 2013, carried the wrestler’s famous urn, and Undertaker emotionally bowed to his old friend when he saw him in the ring.

After the likes of Shane McMahon, Big Show, JBL, Jeff Hardy, Mick Foley, The Godfather, The Godwins, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Shawn Michaels and Triple H had stepped

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Oil prices rise on back of COVID vaccine news

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose more than 1% on Monday, extending last week’s gains as traders eyed a recovery in demand due to successful coronavirus vaccine trials.

FILE PHOTO: A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

Sentiment was also bolstered by expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other producers, a group known as OPEC+, might extend a deal to restrain output.

Brent crude rose 94 cents to $45.90 a barrel by 0913 GMT while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude gained 76 cents to $43.18 a barrel. Both benchmarks jumped 5% last week.

The contango structure in the market, where the prices of front-month delivery contracts are lower than those for delivery six months later, narrowed to 32 U.S. cents, its smallest since mid June, indicating that concerns about a glut were receding.

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Coronavirus vaccine polling numbers are mostly good news

Poll of the week: A new Gallup poll finds that 58% of Americans said they would get vaccinated against the coronavirus if there was an FDA-approved vaccine available right now at no cost.



Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine vials.


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Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine vials.

That’s up from mid-September when just 50% said they would get vaccinated.

What’s the point: There’s been mostly good news on the coronavirus vaccine front. Two separate vaccine makers (Moderna and Pfizer) say their vaccines are about 95% effective with no major safety concerns, and Pfizer has applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization. The hope is that many people can begin to get immunized by April, according to the National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins.

A vaccine at this high efficiency could be a game changer.

A vaccine, however, isn’t worth much if Americans won’t actually get it. A look at the polling trendline

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Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera suggests naming COVID-19 vaccine ‘The Trump’ to soften his election blow



Geraldo Rivera wearing glasses: Geraldo Rivera visits the Dan Abrams show at SiriusXM Studios in New York City on November 1, 2018. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images


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  • Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera has suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine ‘The Trump’ to soften his election blow. 
  • He said: “With the world so divided and everybody telling him he’s got to give up and it’s time to leave and time to transition and all the rest of it, why not name the vaccine ‘The Trump?'”
  • The comments came after the president falsely took credit for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which was found to be 95% effective.
  • Pfizer has not accepted any government money to develop, test, or expand manufacturing capacity, however.
  • Earlier this month, Rivera tweeted that it would soon be time for Trump to “say goodbye with grace & dignity.”
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Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera has

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Kylie Minogue wants to record with Madonna | Celebrity news



Kylie Minogue wants to record with Madonna

Kylie Minogue thinks it would be “amazing” to record a duet with Madonna.

The 52-year-old pop star has admitted she’d love to work with the ‘Frozen’ hitmaker, as well as the likes of Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

Asked about her collaboration ambitions, she shared: “I’d love to collaborate with more women, because I haven’t done much of that. You could say any of the top girls right now: Dua is definitely having a great time. Lady Gaga. I love Miley [Cyrus]. I admire so many of these women.

“There’s been talk about Madonna and I doing a duet for, it feels like, 20 years. If that were to happen, that would be amazing. I was dressing up in my bedroom to Madonna, to Whitney Houston, to Cyndi Lauper, and then Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, and Donna Summer.”

Kylie released her new album ‘Disco’ earlier this month, but her

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Thousands Attend Pakistani Cleric’s Funeral Despite COVID-19 Curbs | World News

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral of a hardline Pakistani cleric in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, defying a government ban on large public gatherings in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, 54, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, just days after leading a violent protest march to the capital, Islamabad, against the publication in France of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Daily coronavirus infections have risen in Pakistan this month, and the government banned big events and meetings as it declared the country was witnessing a “second wave” after a three-month lull in cases.

Official data released on Saturday showed 2,843 people had tested positive for the virus and 42 had died during the last 24 hours – both figures the highest for a day since July.

Despite the coronavirus curbs, tens of thousands turned

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Philippines’ Duterte Ends Overseas Travel Ban on Healthcare Workers, Minister Says | World News

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s healthcare workers, his labour minister said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas.

“The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and other medical workers,” Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello told Reuters.

Bello said the spread of the novel coronavirus was slowing down in the country and conditions were improving, so the government could afford to let its healthcare workers leave.

The Philippines has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, but daily case numbers and death rates have dropped.

To ensure the Philippines has enough medical professionals to continue to fight the pandemic at home, only 5,000 healthcare workers will be allowed to leave every year, Bello said.

“We are starting only with a cap of 5,000

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