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.
The people of Ohio are being bombarded with campaign ads, prompting "Daily Show" political correspondent Wyatt Cenac to seek refuge in a bomb shelter as he reports on the Ohioans' ordeal. Tragically, most have working televisions and phones, so there is no relief from ubiquitous politicking, he reports. Meanwhile, host Jon Stewart makes sure Cenac has enough water.