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Archives: February 2014

FBDC Tweeterboard: Local Broadcast News

Earlier this month we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications and Washington-based national anchors. Now it’s time to turn our attention to local broadcasters. FishbowlDC tallied the Twitter followers of DC’s TV and radio stations, as well as those of the top on-air talent. Here’s what we found:

Top 10 Local Television and Radio Stations

1. NBC 4 (WRC)  - 68,947
2. CBS 9 (WUSA) - 52,733
3. WTOP 103.5 FM  - 51,723
4. ABC 7 (WJLA) - 46,702
5. Fox 5 (WTTG) – 32,080
6. WAMU 88.5 FM – 10,630
7. WFED 1500 AM – 9,629
8. PBS 26 (WETA) – 4,666
9. Univision 14 (WFDC) – 3,160
10. NewsChannel 8* – 2,466

Top 15 Local Broadcast Personalities

1. Angie Goff (NBC 4) – 25,576
2. Nikki Burdine (CBS 9) – 21,108
3. Britt McHenry (ABC 7) – 18,342
4. Doug Kammerer (NBC 4) – 16,936
5. Bruce Johnson (CBS 9) – 13,554
6. Shomari Stone (NBC 4) – 10,961
7. Julie Wright (Fox 5) – 10,789
8. Danella Sealock (NBC 4/WPGC) – 9,010
9. Tom Sherwood (NBC 4/WAMU) – 8,859
10. Russ Ptacek (CBS 9) – 8,811
11. Eun Yang (NBC 4) – 8,561
12. Jacqui Jeras (ABC 7) – 8,129
13. Jim Handly  (NBC 4) – 7,744
14. Chuck Bell (NBC 4) – 6,906
15. Jim Vance (NBC 4) – 6,747

The takeaway: NBC 4 is the most socially engaged of the local stations overall. They claim the number one spot among broadcast stations and their staff accounts for 9 of the top 15 local personalities on Twitter. CBS 9 comes next, with a solid second place in the station rankings and 3 of the top 15 personalities. And ABC 7 comes in third place overall -the station has less followers than WTOP, but they do contribute 2 personalities in the top 15.

*NewsChannel 8 is DC’s local cable channel.

FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Can You Guess Ted Cruz’ Favorite TV Journo?

During a Politico Playbook Breakfast this morning, Mike Allen asked Ted Cruz if he has a favorite newscaster. At first Cruz begs off, saying he doesn’t really watch TV. And when Allen presses him, he gives a pretty obvious answer for a Tea Party Republican from Texas: Sean Hannity.

ALLEN: Who is your favorite newscaster? 

CRUZ: (pauses)  … Who is my favorite newscaster… I actually don’t watch TV news a whole lot.  I mean to be honest it’s… 

ALLEN:  You talk to these men and women all the time…

CRUZ:  Oh, listen I’m – you know unsurprisingly if I am watching something it’s probably Fox news.  I like, I am a big Sean Hannity fan.  I wouldn’t call him a newscaster necessarily but I think Sean has a fearlessness that is welcome. I wish you saw – I wish you saw. 

But then he offers up a name that might surprise you. Find out which other TV newser Cruz admires after the jump.

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Sunday Show Ratings, 2.23.14: ABC Wins Big Over NBC, CBS

ABC’s “This Week” was the top Sunday show last week, pulling in 3.15 million total viewers and 963,000 viewers in the key 25 -54 demographic. The win for ABC was surprising given that “Meet the Press” was still benefiting from a boost in ratings due to NBC carrying the Olympics. They also boasted an exclusive interview with National Security Adviser Susan Rice. “MTP” still wins for the month of February (a sweep month) with an average of 3.27 million viewers each week compared to “This Week”‘s 3.07 million and “Face the Nation”‘s 3.22 million (half hour) / 2.5 million (full hour).

NBC can definitely celebrate a great sweeps month, but they nonetheless must be somewhat concerned about what will happen next month, when the Olympics won’t be in the mix.

Here’s more from our sister site, TVNewser:

This week’s win was ABC’s largest total-viewer advantage over NBC in 16 years (since 8/31/97).

Compared to the same week last year, ABC, NBC, Fox and Univision are all up in both ratings measurements, with “Al Punto” showing the most growth: +50% in total viewers and +56% in A25-54 viewers. CBS was down -5% in total viewers and up +5% in the demo.

The numbers for February 23:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 3.15M 963K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.95M 844K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.39M 807K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.31M 471K
Univision “Al Punto” 1.17M 617K

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

POLITICO‘s ‘Women Rule’ 2014 Series Expands to New Cities

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 15.12.41POLITICO, in partnership with Google and the Tory Burch Foundation, announced earlier today their 2014 plans for Women Rule. This year the event series will expand to New York City and San Francisco, as well as continuing to host events in DC. Women Rule launched in 2013, convening hundreds of women leaders to share expertise and insights.

The yearlong series will “examine how women are leveraging their power to create change in policy, politics, boardrooms, and their communities.” The 2014 series will kick off in late March in DC with “How Women Run: Power, Perception and Reality,” an event looking at women in roles ranging from the campaign trail to the Hollywood screen.

Women Rule 2013 featured Dr. Jill Biden; Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; FEED CEO Lauren Bush Lauren; Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren; and PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

For information or to get involved, email womenrule@politico.com.

With a Flair for Drama, Politico Mag Profiles ‘Joe Biden in Winter’

Glenn Thrush scored an interview with Joe Biden for the latest issue of Politico Mag. In it, Biden talks about his plans for increasing border security along the Wall and stemming the tide of illegal immigration from Wildling settlements in the North.

Lunchtime Lede Check, 2.27.14

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today:

The Washington PostRussia gives Yanukovych aid as gunmen seize buildings

The Washington TimesThat’s rich! Kerry says cost-conscious Republicans act like U.S. is a ‘poor nation’

Washington ExaminerPipelines get spotlight as natural gas prices rise

Washington City PaperConvenient TruthsInside D.C.’s ultimate local institutions: corner stores

USA TodayAttorney General Eric Holder hospitalized

The HillCentrist Dems pressure Reid to hold votes on ObamaCare fixes

POLITICOJoe Biden in winter

Roll CallPelosi Says Her Work in Congress Isn’t Finished

National JournalObama’s Former Budget Ace Fights to Hide His Finances

Daily Caller: Watch infuriated taxpayers berate school superintendent for $663,365 SALARY

WTOP: ‘Exorcist Steps’ may get new neighbors

ABC 7: Attorney General Eric Holder hospitalized with shortness of breath, faintness

NBC 4:  Eric HolderTaken to D.C. Hospital

CBS 9: Wind chills in the 20s Thursday, next storm Monday

Fox 5: Attorney General Eric Holder hospitalized as precaution for faintness

Atlantic Media CEO Surprised By Atlantic Prez’ Jump to Time Inc.

In a memo to staff today, Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley said he was surprised that The Atlantic‘s President Scott Havens decided to take the Senior VP of Digital gig at Time Inc.

“Somewhat to my surprise, and I think to his, Scott Havens has decided to return to New York to accept a (huge) appointment with the new Time Inc. – the (soon-to-be) Time-Warner spin-off of its great and iconic magazine brands,” Bradley wrote.

Havens has been been with Atlantic Media since 2009 and President of The Atlantic since 2012. He will stay on at The Atlantic until the end of March.

Read the whole memo after the jump…

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WTOP Expands Online Entertainment Coverage

Long-time WTOP web writer (and producer/director of awesome metal doc Welcome to DeathfestAlicia Lozano has been named the editor of a new entertainment section on the station’s webpage.  She will focus on managing the section and creating original digital content as well as on-air contributions.

The section is the latest in WTOP’s online expansion, following the launch of the Living and Technology sections in November of 2012 and August of 2013, respectively.

“As WTOP evolves into a Digital News Operation, we are continuing to dedicate resources to original digital content that will feed not only our website but also our radio and mobile platforms,” Director of Digital Media John Meyer said. “The Washington area is rife with local stories concerning the arts, music, movies and more. Our entertainment section will bring these stories to life online and on-air.”

March TIME Cover Features Team That Saved Obamacare

From the cover article by Steven Brill:

Rescue team member Mike Abbott, the man behind the rescue of Twitter’s website as it started to boom, says that to this day he cannot figure out who was supposed to have been in charge of the HealthCare.gov launch. Abbott adds that among the website’s contractors, “there was a total lack of urgency” despite the fact that the website was becoming a national joke and crippling the Obama presidency.

TIME March Code Red

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