Operators had better be standing by to handle this one: The nation's two best known home-shopping TV operations, QVC and Home Shopping Network, are set to come together under an all-stock deal valued at approximately $2.1 billion put together by John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp.
As President Donald Trump continues to battle with the press, leaked audio from a fundraiser earlier this week hears him call CNN staffers "horrible human beings," and threatens the prospect of suing the organization. The Intercept leaked the audio from Trump's first re-election fundraiser on Wednesday, which reportedly charged attendees $35,000 for a ticket. The event was closed the press, even though the media was told just hours before that they would be allowed to cover, according to CNN.
Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC, less than seven months after she joined the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet. The network intends to replace her at 6 p.m. with Ari Melber, according to a memo from Phil Griffin, MSNBC's president.
A dozen relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are urging NBC News to reconsider its plan to broadcast Megyn Kelly's interview with firebrand conservative commentator Alex Jones on Sunday.
UFC champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. have finally closed a deal to square off in a highly-anticipated boxing match this August in Las Vegas. Mayweather posted the announcement on social media on Wednesday with the words, "IT'S OFFICIAL!!!" McGregor, well known for his trash-talking, also posted an announcement saying, "THE FIGHT IS ON," along with a picture of himself and Mayweather's father. The pay-per-view match will take place on August 26.
Sen. Al Franken has cancelled his upcoming appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Variety has confirmed, in light of the host's use of the N-word in a joke during his show this past Friday. The Democratic senator's appearance was originally scheduled for this upcoming Friday, June 9.
ABC and CBS will break into their daytime programming on Thursday to cover James Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee. ABC's George Stephanopoulos will anchor the network's coverage, while "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King and Charlie Rose will anchor coverage for that network. Rose, King and O'Donnell will be joined in New York by "Face the Nation" anchor and chief Washington correspondent John Dickerson and chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford. The former FBI Director's testimony is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET.
Apple is taking on Amazon Echo and Google Home: The company announced a new voice-controlled speaker during its WWDC developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Monday. Dubbed HomePod, the new speaker features voice control and spatial awareness to adapt the sound to different rooms. HomePod will cost consumers $349. The speaker will ship in December in the U.S., UK and Australia, and will be available in additional markets next year.
LOS ANGELES - Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an exclusive interview with Megyn Kelly for the debut of her new NBC primetime show, suggested that hackers in the United States could have "shifted the blame" to Russia "in the midst of a big political battle." He seemed to be referring to the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia tried to interfere in last year's presidential election via hacking of the Democratic National Committee and a top Clinton campaign official.
LOS ANGELES - Megyn Kelly has bagged her prey, securing a one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the debut of her NBC newsmagazine show "Sunday Night." Kelly confirmed the booking Thursday during a report she filed for "Today" from St. Petersburg, Russia where she is moderating a panel with Putin at the International Economic Forum on Friday. The report marked Kelly's first on-air appearance as an NBC News anchor.