Outgoing "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart has a knack for making people laugh as well as inspiring his team of writers and performers to strive for new heights, writes Sydney Finkelstein. "Many of us aim for financial or professional success. Stewart achieved both by helping others to build their careers and realize their full potential," Finkelstein writes.
Jon Stewart says was driven to leave his gig as "Daily Show" host in part because he couldn't stomach another 16 years of trawling through cable news clips. "Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing," Stewart says. "I live in a constant state of depression."
Viacom faces several major business challenges, including the departures of two key executives and the planned exit of "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, as well as a decline in the TV ad market. Viacom hopes to get its ratings back on track through partnerships with three ad agencies and metrics firms that will let its networks fully capture multiplatform viewing by tracking set-top box, online and mobile audiences.
NBC is said to have approached Jon Stewart about taking the reins of "Meet the Press," but was turned down by the "Daily Show" host. New "Meet the Press" anchor Chuck Todd got a ratings boost in his first week with President Barack Obama as his guest, but for rest of his first month, he has slipped back to third.
Comedy Central has completed work on a pilot that will satirize sports the way "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" spoofs news. "Sports Central" will be executive produced by veterans of the "Daily Show" and "The Ben Stiller Show."