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Archives: January 2014

Sunday Show Ratings, 1.26.14: Schieffer Back on Top, ‘MTP’ Holds Steady

“Face the Nation” was back on top this week. After a dip to third place last week, Bob Schieffer recaptures the lead in the Sunday Show horse race, with 3.27 million total viewers and 1.o million in the key demographic. This makes three out of four weeks of the first month of 2014 that “Face the Nation” has taken the top spot. “This Week” was first last week. “Meet the Press” has held steady in second place all month, after finishing third in the fourth quarter last  year.

And according to our friends over at TVNewser:

“Face the Nation, “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” are all up compared to the same week last year. Univision is up the most in total viewers (+23%) and CBS is up the most in the demo (+37%). ABC’s “This Week” is up in total viewers and down in the demo and NBC is flat is total viewers and down in the demo.

The numbers for January 26:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.27M 1.00M
NBC
“Meet the Press” 3.15M 789K
ABC “This Week” 2.79M 759K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.37M 491K
Univision “Al Punto” 960K 421K

Roll Call‘s Shira Center Begins Harvard Fellowship Today

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Roll Call politics editor Shira T. Center has been named one of the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Resident Fellows. As such, she will be away for three months in Cambridge to teach study groups on Gender, Politics, and the Media. While she’s away, Center will continue to work part time for Roll Call, mostly in the mornings. Political reporter Kyle Trygstad will also be filling in as an interim politics editor.

“I was introduced to the idea of doing this a year ago when my boss, Christina Bellantoni, was a fellow in 2011.” Center told us. “Then a year ago, (former deputy chief of staff for Eric Cantor) John Murray invited me up to speak during one of his study groups. I was really impressed by the program and by the people there.”

Shira’s study groups will be not for credit and open to anyone in the Harvard community, including graduate and undergrad students. She plans on having some special guest speakers, though she couldn’t tell us who exactly.

“I will say that I plan to have a variety of fellow journalists, some political operatives and an elected official or two.”

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Tucker Hired, Gaskell Upped as Defense One Expands

New deputy editor Stephanie Gaskell.

New deputy editor Stephanie Gaskell.

Atlantic Media’s new Pentagon-focused pub, Defense One, is making some internal moves. Patrick Tucker was hired earlier this week as technology editor, and today Stephanie Gaskell was promoted to deputy editor.

Tucker comes to Defense One after a nine-year stint with the The Futurist, a bimonthly magazine published by the World Future Society. Tucker most recently served as deputy editor at the magazine, which explores the technological, scientific, environmental, social and policy trends shaping our collective future.

Gaskell has been with Defense One since its inception in July 2013 as senior reporter and associate editor, and has quickly made herself indispensable. In a memo to staff, executive editor Kevin Baron was effusive in praising her.

“The move signifies Stephanie’s solid and critical role to Defense One‘s editorial content and direction since our founding,” he said. “She is the heart and soul of Defense One and our success would not have been possible without her.”

The pub also announced that they will be hiring a news editor and several reporters in the near future.

 

John King Revives ‘Inside Politics’ at CNN

“Inside Politics” is back -this time with more John King. The 30 minute Sunday program, which was previously hosted by Judy Woodruff before being cancelled in 2005, will feature a rotating group of political reporters who will provide an insider’s look into the key stories of the week.

“As we look ahead to the 2014 and 2016 campaigns, John is the ideal reporter to dissect the important political stories as Americans begin to think about their next president,” said Sam Feist, CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief.  “John and his panel’s observations will give viewers a candid peek behind the week’s political headlines.”

“I’m honored to be part of bringing Inside Politics back to CNN, with a focus on ahead-of-the-curve political reporting,” said King.  “It’s a fascinating time in American politics, in Washington and across the country, and we have a remarkable group of journalists committed to sharing their reporting and their insights each week.”

The new, John King-anchored “Inside Politics” is scheduled to premiere Sunday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 a.m ET.

WaPo‘s Clinton Yates Gives WTOP His Take

Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates will join WTOP as a contributor with a daily commentary called “My Take,”  WTOP announced today. Yates, a DC native and frequent cable news commentator, will reflect on life in the DMV and beyond, addressing topics issues in sports, politics, and pop culture.

The feature will air at 5:35 AM and 8:35 AM Monday through Friday during WTOP’s morning program, anchored by Mike Moss and Joan Jones.

“Radio is the original journalism media that I fell in love with as a kid,” said Yates.  “The opportunity to work with a powerhouse station like WTOP is tremendous.”

“My Take” debuts Monday, February 3 at 5:35 AM and online at wtop.com. Congrats Clinton from FishbowlDC!

FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

DC’s Top Stories, 1.29.14

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Our round-up of the most popular, most read, and most clicked stories from local news media. Here are DC’s top stories for Wednesday, January 29, 2014:

The Washington PostThe South’s disastrous response to the winter storm, in pictures

The Washington TimesDeport Bieber petition succeeds earns votes for White House response

Washington ExaminerJack Lew: Congress accepts White House debt-limit deadline

Washington City PaperOrange Appeals to D.C.’s Neighborhoods—Even One That Doesn’t Exist

USA TodayFreak Southern storm blamed for 12 deaths

The HillSenate Dems put off jobless benefits

POLITICOObama calls for ‘year of action’

Roll CallIn His Own Words: Loskarn Letter Reflects on Arrest, Painful Memories

National JournalThis Is Rand Paul’s Moment

Daily Caller: Bachmann says House preparing to sue Obama for overreach: ‘He’s not a king’

WTOP: Beltway crashes worst along this corridor

ABC 7: At Costco Obama touts his plan to boost wages

NBC 4: Police Seek Information From Public on Md. Mall Shooter

CBS 9: Military mom surprises daughter at basketball game

Fox 5: 

Veteran Photog Douglas Graham Quits Roll Call

Roll Call’s longtime  photo editor Douglas Graham has had enough of This Town. So after 30 years in the business -17 at CQ Roll Call – he’s heading for the exits. And he doesn’t mince words about why.

“I’m just tired of it.” Graham told FishbowlDC. “It’s like Groundhog Day.  Covering Congress is such a laser-focus part of journalism, instead of working for a regular daily where you get to cover lots of different things. And I’m just sick of Congress’ inability to do anything interesting anymore.”

The commute probably had something to do with it too. Graham lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of West Virginia, between Leesburg and Winchester. Downtown DC is a two-hour MARC train away. And as he puts it, “I like where I work, but I really like where I live.”

He had nothing but kind words for his colleagues at Roll Call though.

Tom Williams and Bill Clark are absolute masters,” he says, referring to his staff photographers. “And being their boss, I got to take credit for all their work. You couldn’t ask for a better team. And (former RC photog) Chris Maddaloni, I can’t forget him. I loved my job, loved working in DC, loved working at CQ Roll Call.”

Doug’s last day of work is January 31st. Then he’ll be freelancing in DC through February before returning to West Virginia to work on a new venture with his wife.

His final thoughts on leaving DC?

“I’m sad to leave, but not that sad.”

Separated at Birth: Twin Sons from Different Mother (Boards)

Looks like WUSA CBS-9 and USA Today -two Gannett companies -are using the same web template. We predict the next step is WUSAToday9.com…

WaPo Planning ‘Impressive Investments’ for 2014

WaPo will hire five more politics reporters early this year, Executive Editor Marty Baron announced today. It’s all part of a plan to beef up their digital presence for 2014 and prepare to take on a slew new digital competitors in the news realm -including former colleague Ezra Klein.

Baron cited the recent hires of Adam Kushner, Fred Barbash, Jim Tankersley, Helena Andrews and a bevy of younger guns who will contribute to “The Fix” (all of which we reported here at FBDC), as evidence of the paper’s renewed commitment to digital. He also announced plans for developing “verticals” -or areas of specialization within the website, a “long-planned website overhaul,” and the creation of an overnight breaking news desk.

Print wasn’t left out of the picture either. This spring, Baron says WaPo will be expanding their Sunday magazine -both in dimension and in number of pages -and adding a Sunday Style and Arts section.

Read the full memo after the jump…

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