2017 was a fascinating year but the end is in sight. It was also a particularly newsy year, so we thought we would revisit some of the biggest news we covered each month for a skimmable version of 2017.
JANUARY: CNN announced its new daytime schedule. The rejiggering impacted Early Start, CNN Newsroom, and @ThisHour and came after Carol Costello announced she was moving to HLN.
FEBRUARY: The New York Times, Washington Post Brand for Trump Era. Already by February, the Trump Administration was combative with journalists and “alternative facts” had entered into the lexicon. As a result, the Washington Post unveiled its new slogan and the New York Times its new advertising campaign.
MARCH: The media and the Trump Administration grappled with what to do regarding the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. In the end, President Donald Trump did not attend and it the event, which had escalated in prominence and star power over the years, was a more somber affair dedicated to journalism.
APRIL: The cable news world was shook to its core when Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News over sexual misconduct allegations that was first reported by the New York Times. O’Reilly was the top-rated cable news host when he was fired and the Times reported on how Fox News quietly settled cases against him.
MAY: Kathy Griffin found herself in hot water after a photo was released of her holding a decapitated head of President Trump. CNN then fired her from their New Years Eve coverage.
JUNE: MSNBC fired Greta Van Susteren and cancelled her short-lived program. Greta maintains that she was not fired for her ratings which raises the obvious question of why else would she have been fired.
JULY: Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci was brought in as the new White House Communications Director and before his position officially started, he was fired. He managed to also bring down Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
AUGUST: CNN’s tinkering with the 9 PM timeslot continued as they gave Chris Cuomo a weeklong trial run with Cuomo Primetime. The trial was apparently successful enough as Cuomo will be back in the timeslot (again temporarily) for the month of January.
SEPTEMBER: Fox News announced its new daytime schedule as well. Two new shows were created and Dana Perino became an anchor, in addition to her The Five hosting duties.
OCTOBER: CBS Evening News found its new anchor in correspondent Jeff Glor. Scott Pelley had announced his hosting departure earlier in June and the network took its time finding his replacement.
NOVEMBER: November was dominated by sexual misconduct stories. NBC, PBS, CBS, Bloomberg, and the New York Times all saw notable men depart (or in the Times’s case, get reassigned) as a result.
DECEMBER: The New York Times announced that A.G. Sulzberger would take over for his father as the next publisher. A.G. has been a major player for the news organization’s digital push and those efforts will only become more important next year.