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Shutdown coverage benefits cable news networks

October 20, 2013 • Entertainment


This photo provided by NBC News shows NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C. The federal government shutdown damaged the reputations of Washington politicians but proved good business for the cable television news networks and taught some reporters new benefits of virtually instant communications. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw their viewership increase during the 16-day partial shutdown, peaking at more than five million Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, 2013, when Congress passed a compromise bill to put the government back online. (AP Photo/NBC News)

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government shutdown damaged the reputations of Washington politicians but proved good business for the cable television news networks — and taught some reporters new benefits of virtually instant communications.

CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw their viewership increase during the 16-day partial shutdown, peaking at more than five million Wednesday evening when Congress passed a compromise bill to put the government back online.

“It was a drama,” said CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, who logged many hours of airtime Login to read more

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