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“The Five” (Fox News) and “Ronan Farrow Daily” (MSNBC) – Fox News’ daily afternoon talk show “The Five,” in which a quintet of Fox News personalities (most often Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Bolling and Ben Beckle) talk through the day’s news from both conservative and liberal points of view, remained the most stimulating and thought-provoking news and opinion series on television. People snarl at me when I defend this show. I reply by asserting that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and we don’t all have to agree about everything. I also appreciate extended conversation about any issue, as happens on this show, versus the tsunami of context-free sound-bites that have washed over most media reporting. Meanwhile, MSNBC tried something different this year by turning one hour of its weekday afternoon schedule over to Ronan Farrow, a smart, articulate and social media-savvy young man who has proven capable of anchoring a show devoted to in-depth news reporting. I hope he remains in the news and information business for many years to come.

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Careful what you wish for: 2015 is likely to bring a new Telecommunications Act from House Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Tech Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR); retransmission reform from Senator John Thune (R-SD) and maybe a renewed effort on Local Choice; no more cable cards because of STELAR’s passing; and more than one merger to approve or block.

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