Microsoft Abandons Failed MSNBC Venture

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

Who can blame them? Would you want to be associated with a so-called “news” outlet that devotes 100% of its time to tearing down Republicans and bashing Fox News?

The online divorce stemmed from the two partners’ desire to gain greater control over their digital destinies as the Internet becomes an increasingly important part of their businesses.

The inherent constraints of being locked into a joint venture sometimes handcuffed Microsoft and NBC.

Microsoft, in particular, had grown frustrated by contract terms requiring it to exclusively feature content on its own websites. That exasperation was exacerbated by the MSNBC cable channel’s strategy to counter Fox News Channel’s appeal to conservative viewers by tailoring its programming for an audience with a liberal viewpoint.

The strategy fed a perception that material from MSNBC’s website was politically slanted, too.

It was a lot more than mere perception.


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2 Responses to “Microsoft Abandons Failed MSNBC Venture”

  1. Brendon Carr on 16/16/12 at 9:18 am

    Imagine how far out-there lefty one has to be to make Seattle folks uncomfortable!