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The Important Role of the EP in a Sunday Show’s Success

Meet the Press - Season 67In case you (too) missed it, a piece last week to The New Republic highlighted the often overlooked and actual reason for a Sunday show’s success: the executive producer.

With Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he and the network are furiously working to regain the #1 rating among Sunday public affairs programming – competing against ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer - but a key component in that battle is the effectiveness of the show’s EP.

“In the world of Sunday shows, which have much smaller staffs than the typical network news program, the EP play an especially crucial role,” writes TNR’s Jason Zengerle. “While the anchor is the one asking senators and cabinet secretaries the tough questions, it’s the EP feeding those questions to the anchor’s earpiece—as well as doing the legwork to book those senators and cabinet secretaries as guests in the first place.” Read more

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CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Love of Washington and ‘Face the Nation’ in Arrive Magazine

SchiefferIn anticipation of CBS’s “Face the Nation” hitting 60 years on air this November, Bob Schieffer talks his love of Washington and as host of CBS’s Sunday morning program in the latest issue of Amtrak’s Arrive magazine.

“You just cannot escape the feeling that you’re in a place where history is being made,” says Schieffer on page 128 of the magazine. “Washington today is what Rome was when it was the capital of the known world.”

Schieffer says that while someday he’ll retire, it’s not anytime soon.

“Why would I want to quit? It’s fun…I love doing it. I can’t wait to get to work everyday,” Schieffer told Arrive.

Check it out online here or in print the next time you’re riding Amtrak.

Jill Jackson Named Senior Producer of ‘Face the Nation’

Jill JacksonCBS News today announced that Jill Jackson, who’s been with the bureau since 2007, is set to join ”Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer“ as a senior producer.

Jackson served as a Capitol Hill producer in CBS’s Washington bureau before joining “CBS This Morning” in 2013. During the 2010 midterm elections, Jackson shifted to the role of senior political producer, and at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2012, she produced for Norah O’Donnell‘s coverage.

“Jill is a rising star in the bureau and we couldn’t be happier to have her,” said Schieffer. “There’s no better way to learn Washington than to spend your days chasing down the newsmakers on Capitol Hill and Jill’s years there will serve her well as she takes on her new responsibilities. She knows the players and she knows news. You can’t ask for more than that and we’re lucky to have her on the team.”

Former CBS Washington Bureau Chief Bill Small to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

cropped-cropped-cropped-Logo-Revert-011Nominees for the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and former CBS Washington bureau chief William J. Small is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Small served as CBS’s DC bureau chief from 1962-1974, later serving as president of NBC News.

Bill Small is an icon in the television news industry,” said Chuck Dages, chairman of the NATAS. “As Bureau Chief of the CBS Washington News office throughout the 60′s and 70′s, he was paramount in the dramatic evolution of network news that continues today. Recruiting the likes of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Bill Moyers, Ed Bradley, Diane Sawyer and Lesley Stahl among many others, he changed not only who we watched each evening but how.”

PBS leads with 43 Emmy nominations, followed by CBS with 42, ABC with 19 and NBC with 13. The Military Channel and the Smithsonian each received one nomination.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at Lincoln Center in New York City.

For a full list of nominees, click here.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer Trades Media Career for Music Industry

Photo Credit: Greg Powers Photography (http://tinyurl.com/nw9gfvk)

Photo Credit: Greg Powers Photography (http://tinyurl.com/nw9gfvk)

On Saturday, July 12th, Texas Christian University alum and CBS News “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer will appear in a music video shoot for Josh Groban’s ‘Brave” as a tribute to the courage of cancer survivors, produced by the TCU Frogs for the Cure. John Fitzgerald Booty, another TCU alum and NFL analyst on Channel 8′s SportsTalk, will also be in attendance and participate.

The taping will take place on the rooftop garden of Jones Day law firm (51 Louisiana Ave., NW), from 2 – 5 pm and is open to the public. Participants will learn a simple dance step and hand motion routine and must come wearing black and pink. Also, registration to dance alongside Schieffer is required and can be done at www.frogsforthecure.com.

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Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.29.14

Sen. Joe Manchin on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer: “Our main goal right now is to protect our embassy and all the Americans that we have over there, and I think the President has every right, plus, he has the responsibility to do that.  I’m fine with that.  Do whatever it takes to protect our people, our embassy; we’re not going to be run out of that country.”

On the terror threat in Iraq, President Barack Obama told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” : “Now, we are spending a lot of time, and we have been for years, making sure we are improving intelligence to respond to that.  We have to improve our surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence there.  Special Forces are going to have a role.  And there are going to be times where we take strikes against organizations that could do us harm.” Read more

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— 27th Annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards featuring Bob Schieffer at the National Press club, 12 p.m.

— Amending the First Amendment:Silencing Free Speech? at the Heritage Foundation, 2 p.m.

—  Author Event: Steve Early at Busboys and Poets, 6:30 p.m.

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‘Face the Nation’ Wins 2013-14 Season

bobSchiefferVia TVNewser’s Merrill Knox, “Face the Nation” finished the 2013-14 season first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. It was the best audience in total viewers for “Face” in 21 years, since the 1992-93 season.

Click on over for the full scoop, including how its competitors ranked and comparisons to 2012-13.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaways: 1) Rankings are unchanged from last month -with the average rate of growth hovering around 2%. 2) The biggest under performer though, was Howard Kurtz, who added only 204 new followers over the course of January. 3) Top performers were Greta VanSusteren with 13,301 new followers, Bret Baier with 10,947, George Stephanopoulos with 9,634, and Chris Matthews with 8,814.

1.) George Stephanopoulos -ABC** – 1,926,327 (+0.5% month over month)
2.) David Gregory -NBC – 1,648,098 (+0.21%)
3.) Wolf Blitzer -CNN – 690,783 (+0.71%)
4.) Bret Baier -FOX – 445,511 (+2.5%)
5.) Chuck Todd -MSNBC – 409,593 (+2.0%)
6.) Greta VanSusteren -FOX – 397,724 (+3.46%)
7.) Jake Tapper -CNN – 319,961 (+2.0%)
8.) Chris Matthews -MSNBC – 232,583 (+3.9%)
9.) Brian Stelter** -CNN – 216,714 (+1.5%)
10.) Andrea Mitchell -MSNBC – 210,936 (+2.4%)
11.) Candy Crowley -CNN – 202,447 (+0.74%)
12.) Howard Kurtz -FOX – 129,247 (+0.16%)
13.) Gwen Ifill -PBS – 70,540 (+2.35%)
14.) Bob Schieffer -CBS – 52,217 (+1.8%)
15.) Judy Woodruff -PBS – 16,475 (+3.72%)
16.) Chris Wallace** -FOX – 0

Click here to see last month’s FBDC Tweeterboard for Washington Anchors.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does, however, have 76,775 followers, a 3.1% increase from last month.

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

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