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Morning Reading List, 06.08.07

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  • An NBC release announced that “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ topped the Sunday morning public affairs competition, winning the week ending Sunday, June 3, 2007 in total viewers, homes and in the key demographic adults 25-54.” On Sunday, “Meet the Press” attracted 3.308 million total viewers, a 37% advantage over CBS “Face the Nation”, 40% more than ABC “This Week”, and a 202% lead over FOX “News Sunday”.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 28 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ continued its growth trend in Total Viewers. ‘Nightline’ grew year-to-year while its competitors declined. In addition, second quarter to date, ‘Nightline’ increased 4% in Total Viewers while both ‘Letterman’ and ‘The Tonight Show’ decreased.”

  • “News about an Atlanta man infected with a dangerous form of tuberculosis drew a large audience last week. The saga of the man’s illness and his travels abroad was the second most closely followed news story of the week – trailing only the situation in Iraq,” according to the Pew News Interest Index for the week of May 28.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “generation ago, federal regulators opened the way for consumers to buy telephones rather than rent them from the phone company. Now, the government has its sights on the television set-top boxes that consumers rent from cable or satellite companies.”

  • Freelance writer Kelly DiNardo has started her own blog.

  • Reuters reports, “General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal said on Wednesday it will allow personal Web sites to link to video snippets of NBC programs such as ‘Access Hollywood’, underscoring the Internet as a growing destination for video entertainment.”

  • Multichannel.com reports, “The newly anointed NBC Entertainment co-chair, Ben Silverman, is complaining that Nikki Finke ruined his big weekend when she blew out the blogsphere with her breaking news that Silverman would replace Kevin Reilly, and then said, ‘but as one source tells me, 36-year-old Ben ‘can barely manage his way out of a paper bag’ because of his extreme lifestyle, relentless ass kissing, and constant jetting around in his private plane.’”

  • MediaWeek.com reports, “Anyone who’s spent time watching lots of bad videos online in search of a few good ones knows Michael Caruso’s frustration. Caruso, the former editor of Wenner Media’s Men’s Journal and of Condé Nast’s Details, has channeled that frustration into a new Web site he founded, The Daily Tube, that promises to compile the best new videos across several subject areas: humor, celebrity, music, late-night category, political, sports and Web-based stars.”

  • Reuters reports, “Online auctioneer eBay Inc. said on Tuesday it is ready to begin auctioning advertising airtime on 2,300 participating U.S. radio stations, expanding on an existing plan to sell cable television ads.”

  • “Newspapers hoping to retain their readers and survive in the technological age must venture into the online and cellphone spheres, a World Association of Newspapers (WAN) meeting heard on Tuesday.”

  • ABC.com reports, “Last.fm, How Stuff Works, Comedy Central’s Honesty and EepyBird.com are among the top winners of this year’s Webby Awards.”

  • Media Matters has looked into how the press is covering the various looks of the White House candidates, including Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.

  • A reader writes, “Milbank has funniest little antenna extending 3 inches from his cell phone, which is clipped to his belt. Sweet, but nerdy.”

  • Old-House Journal is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • Thomas B. Fordham Foundation is looking for a Communications Director/Associate.

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