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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 281 | MSNBC: 89 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 421 | MSNBC: 141 | CNN: 192 | HLN: 158

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

203

TheFive:

314

Baier:

330

Greta:

356

O’Reilly:

534

Kelly:

419

Hannity:

304

O’Reilly:

270

Kelly:

307

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

76

Sharpton:

123

Matthews:

157

Hayes:

125

Maddow:

180

O’Donnell:

107

Hayes:

70

Maddow:

96

CNN
Tapper:

192

Blitzer:

212

Blitzer:

158

Burnett:

224

Cooper:

230

Cooper:

203

Tonight:

142

Tonight:

128

CNNI:

186

HLN
Now:

13

Files:

13

Files:

66

Jane:

103

Grace:

147

Dr.Drew:

128

Files:

198

Files:

228

Files:

463

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Layoffs at the Weather Channel

the-weather-channel304x200TVNewser hears as many as 40 staffers were cut at Atlanta-based Weather Channel today.

Most come from the product and technology group which was created in July as part of a larger reorganization at the company. “That effort to find the ideal structure to best position this team for future growth concluded today and did result in the elimination of some positions,” Weather Channel spokesperson Shirley Powell says.

Bloomberg recently reported that two of the three owners of the Weather Channel — private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital — may be looking to sell their interest. The third owner is NBCUniversal. The three acquired Weather in 2008.

News of cuts at Weather Channel come on the same day the New York Times looks to cut 100 newsroom jobs.

Networks Cover Secret Service Director’s Resignation

GeorgeBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in the aftermath of an armed intruder hopping a fence and running into the White House on September 19. More revelations surfaced this week that another armed man—with a criminal record for assault and battery—was able to get into an elevator with President Obama on September 16.

ABC News cut in at 3:20pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring, senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas reporting from Washington, DC, and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.  CBS News cut in at 3:28pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News didn’t provide special coverage.

All three cable news networks went wall-to-wall with the news along with airing the afternoon press briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who answered questions on Pierson’s resignation. Joseph Clancy has been named the acting director of the Secret Service.

’48 Hours’ Editor Beats Out 5 ’60 Minutes’ Colleagues, and They Couldn’t Be Prouder

CBSEmmyBefore last night’s News and Documentary Emmy Awards “48 Hours” editor Doreen Schechter got a bouquet of flowers and well wishes from her fellow nominees: five men, all colleagues who are editors on “60 Minutes.”

“Good luck, we’re all rooting for you,” the card read.

Well, it seems to have worked. Schechter, a 32-year CBS News veteran, picked up her first Emmy last night for Outstanding News Editing for an episode of the 6-part “Brooklyn DA” series produced by “48 Hours.”

The “60 Minutes” editors are said to be “over the moon” that Schechter won. So is her 89-year-old father Harvey Schechter, who made it to the Lincoln Center event last night in his tuxedo.

Dan Rather: Current Evening News Anchors ‘Have the Goods’

dan rather_304x200Dan Rather thinks the current evening news anchors have the talent to carry the tradition forward.

“They have the goods,” Rather said during an interview with The Huffington Post’s Roy Sekoff at Advertising Week yesterday about today’s evening news anchors (he stipulated he doesn’t know new “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir).

“They want to walk in the steps, they want to keep the flame burning, but it’s extremely difficult to do under the circumstances.”

Those circumstances, according to Rather, are “operating within the system.” That system features corporate media restraining journalists from challenging powerful government officials, institutions, and corporations. The former “CBS Evening News” anchor’s controversial CBS exit will be depicted on the big screen in 2016: Robert Redford signed on to play Rather in “Rathergate” in July.

Rather on the evening news after the jump (around the 45:30 mark).

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Phil Griffin on MSNBC Daytime: ‘Tough Stretch’ but ‘In This for the Long-term’

phil-griffinOn the same day ratings showed a 7-year low for MSNBC, TVNewser spoke to network president Phil Griffin at a luncheon for new morning anchor Jose Díaz-Balart.

“I think we’ve done a lot of good stuff,” Griffin told us regarding the changes he’s made this year to the daytime lineup, which includes adding Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid at 1pm and 2pmET, respectively.

“It’s been a tough run honestly since it’s happened because of the storylines, but I’ve been really pleased. Ronan’s done a lot of good stuff,” he continued, noting a story Farrow did on rape kit backlogs across the country.

“I’m in this for the long term. This has been a tough stretch, for everybody, but I think we’ve got the right people. Look, we’ll probably tinker with it, you always have to figure out where you are and how the world is changing. We should, we gotta respond.”

Will that tinkering include adding new hosts and shifting others around? “Look, I’m always looking at things. I just think you’ve got to respond. Look what’s happening out there and how the country has changed over the last couple of years. I think there’s been a big change.”

So far this year, Griffin added Díaz-Balart, who is Telemundo’s main anchor, at 10amET following Chris Jansing‘s move to NBC News. He shifted Tamron Hall from 2pm to 11amET, Andrea Mitchell from 1pm to noonET, and Alex Wagner from noon to 4pmET. Griffin currently has the 9amET hour to fill following Chuck Todd‘s ascension to “Meet the Press.”

The Morning Ticker: Williams, Hinojosa, Beck

  • Brian Williams picked up the tab last night for his “Nightly News” team at Rosa Mexicano celebrating their Emmy wins. “Nightly” won for breaking news coverage of the tornado in Moore, OK and, along with CBS, was honored for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

  • Former CNN correspondent Maria Hinojosa has a new TV series debuting tomorrow night on PBS World. In “America by the Numbers” Honojosa travels around the country to examine the shifts in culture, diversity and demographic trends.

  • Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze has launched on Suddenlink, the nation’s 7th largest cable operator. TheBlaze is now available on 77 television providers nationwide including 10 of the top 25.

CBS News, PBS Score Big at News and Documentary Emmys

EmmysPBS and CBS News were the big winners at last night’s News and Documentary Emmys at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS took home 11 Emmys while CBS won 10. ABC News won three; NBC News and BBC News two, and CNN and Al Jazeera America both earned one.

“60 Minutes” was the top single show, winning five Emmys for stories on Africa Mercy; China’s real estate bubble; Guantanamo Bay and Gitmo; imminent danger caused by mental illness, and recyclers making music from trash. The network also took home honors for its Boston Marathon bombing coverage, Charlie Rose‘s interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and “Face the Nation’s” coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. “48 Hours” won two Emmys for stories on art theft and the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing perpetrator.

ABC News’ “Nightline” took home all three trophies for the network. The newsmagazine earned honors for a Brian Ross investigation into fraud in China and U.S. markets, a story about underage prostitution rings in the Philippines; and an investigation into Rio’s drug gangs. NBC News earned honors for specials on the Boston Marathon bombings and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams‘” reporting on the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Morning Shows Go Pink for 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Several network morning shows broke out the pink as Breast Cancer Awareness month begins. The “Today” show has former “Good Morning America” co-anchor Joan Lunden as special correspondent this week. Lunden, who recently went bald for the cover of “People” is undergoing chemotherapy to treat breast cancer. The “Today” plaza was packed with breast cancer survivors who, in an effort to destigmatize chemo-caused baldness, were encouraged to take off their wigs.

Over on “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts donated one of her wigs to eBeauty. Roberts, who donned the wig during her 2007 cancer battle, wore it during an interview with former Pres. Clinton. Amy Robach, who underwent her first mammogram for last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and was later diagnosed with the disease, joined the Delta Airlines’ “Pink Plane,” — as a fill-in flight attendant.

And on “Fox & Friends” Danica Patrick unveiled her pink NASCAR car to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

NBC’s Katy Tur Named London Correspondent

KatyTurKaty Tur has been named a correspondent for NBC News London. We hear the announcement was made this morning by NBC News president Deborah Turness during a visit to the London bureau.

Tur has been with NBC for 5 years, starting at the Weather Channel, then reporting for WNBC in New York before joining NBC News as a correspondent in 2012. Tur has TV news in the genes. Her father Bob Tur is a former local news chopper pilot in Los Angeles who created the Los Angeles News Service.

Turness also announced that longtime NBC News producer Paul Nassar has been promoted to London Bureau Manager, tasked with overseeing day-to-day editorial operations.

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