Report: Jon Stewart Paying Striking Writers

Jon Stewart is paying writers from both Daily Show and Colbert Report two weeks’ worth of salary while they strike, writes Portfolio’s Mixed Media blog, presumably to show his support for their grievances.  

Stewart’s intention, says the source, is to ensure his writers will face no financial hardship should the strike, whichkicked off at 3 a.m. local time, conclude within that timeframe. 

I can’t help but wonder: Would Craig Kilborn have done that for his scribes?

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.