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CNN Is Back on the Radio

cnnlogoCumulus Media’s Westwood One is launching a new news service using the resources of CNN. The service will offer radio stations nationwide access to broadcast, breaking news, wire service and digital content from CNN for use on the air and on their websites.

Interestingly, it was Dial Global, the precursor of the current Westwood One, which sounded the death knell for CNN Radio. In 2012, Dial Global dropped CNN in favor of NBC News as its news provider.

The new service will enable Westwood One’s more than 10,000 affiliates to broadcast national and international news acquired by CNN but branded with their own call letters and station slogans.

“People that are serious about the business of news are in business with CNN,” said Ed Stephen, SVP and General Manager for CNN Newsource. “We look forward to helping Cumulus build a world-class radio news service.”

After years of cuts and service agreement changes, CNN got out of the radio business last year. When it shut down, CNN Radio was digital only, and consisted of podcasts.

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Steve Hofstetter Brings ‘Laughs’ to FOX TV

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You may know Steve Hofstetter from his YouTube Channel, where he seems to constantly be getting heckled during his stand-up shows. Now, the Sports Illustrated columnist-turned-comic is taking his show from the road, to TV, with the debut of “Laughs” this weekend on FOX and MyNetwork stations.

“Stand-up, to some people, is a springboard. To me it is my life force,” he told MediabistroTV in an interview last week at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club. And he isn’t kidding around when he predicts “Laughs” will be around for a long time.

The Morning Ticker: Just Move, Roberts Threat, ‘The’ Palin

  • Sara Just has been named EP of PBS NewsHour and SVP of NewsHour Productions. Currently the Deputy Bureau Chief at ABC News in Washington, Just will oversee the daily operations of the signature PBS news program. She’s been with ABC 25 years, most of that time at “Nightline.”

  • A New York man has been arrested for stalking “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts. Troy Warren turned up at ABC’s Times Square studios at least eight times in June, at one point threatening Roberts. “When I see her, I’m going to punch her in the face,” he’s accused of saying.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of July 21

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings, and is the only broadcast to show growth compared to the same week last year. “GMA” gained +1% in the A25-54 demo, while averaging the exact same number of Total Viewers vs. the same week in 2013.

“GMA” continues to post its largest Total Viewer and A25-54 season lead over “Today” in more than 22 years.

NBC’s “Today” show and “CBS This Morning” were both down year-over-year. “Today” lost -10% of its viewership, and -9% in the A25-54 demo, while CBS lost -4% of its viewers and -12% in the A25-54 demo.

The averages for the week of July 21, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.100M / NBC: 4.041M / CBS: 2.692M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.820M / NBC: 1.576M / CBS: 810,000


Brian Williams Reports Allison Williams ‘Peter Pan’ Casting News

WilliamsPeterPanWithout actually reavealing that he’s her father, Brian Williams reported a news story on his daughter, actress Allison Williams, cast as Peter Pan in a live presentation of the musical on NBC this fall. On “Nightly News” last night, Williams simply said, “Family members confirm she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of three, and they look forward to seeing her fly. WATCH:

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Carney: White House TV Correspondents ‘Tend to Play for the Cameras’

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says White House correspondents “tend to play for the cameras” during televised briefings. Carney says when he would conduct off-camera briefings, “The difference is like night and day, in terms of the tenor.”

On the “Late Show with David Letterman” last night, Carney said correspondents from TV networks who fill the first couple of rows, “tend to be the most agitated, especially when the briefing is televised, but you can’t ignore them, because then that would be the story.”

One of those correspondents, NBC’s Chuck Todd, has responded via Twitter:

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Rachel Maddow Accepts Shep Smith’s Challenge, Gets Doused With Ice Water

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took up Shepard Smith‘s challenge, by getting doused with a bucket of ice water. Last week we told you about Smith, who took up the challenge and had not one, but two buckets of water dumped on him. He passed the challenge on to Maddow, and two others. Today, Maddow accepted, then challenged three others to get doused. If they do, the will give $50 to the charity of Maddow’s choice, in this case the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women. Among those she challenged: former State Department official Liz Cheney.

Then, with the help of executive producer Bill Wolff, Maddow got iced. Watch:

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Rand Paul: When MSNBC ‘Does 24-Hour News Telling the Truth’ Then We’ll Discuss

In an MSNBC interview today alongside Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Rand Paul hit back at MSNBC for what he feels was the network’s attempt to distort one of his positions years ago.

“The honest discussion of it would be I never was opposed to the Civil Rights Act, and when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion,” Paul said to Ari Melber in response to Melber who’d asked about comments then-senate candidate Paul made in 2010 on “The Rachel Maddow Show” about whether certain businesses should be allowed to refuse service based on race. (Also, this wasn’t exclusive, as Melber described it. Booker and Melber were interviewed last night on PBS NewsHour.)

TV Jobs: iN DEMAND, Bloomberg

This week,  iN DEMAND is hiring a manager of online programming and scheduling, as well as a scheduling coordinator. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is seeking a senior producer and an associate producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, July 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 255 | MSNBC: 76  | CNN: 145 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 428 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 197 | HLN: 154

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

153

TheFive:

292

Baier:

273

Greta:

343

O’Reilly:

571

Kelly:

401

Hannity:

210

O’Reilly:

251

Kelly:

243

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

76

Sharpton:

105

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

124

Maddow:

149

O’Donnell:

139

Hayes:

80

Maddow:

38

CNN
Tapper:

169

Blitzer:

179

Blitzer:

119

Burnett:

159

Cooper:

192

Cooper:

220

Tonight:

180

Tonight:

142

CNNI:

127

HLN
Now:

53

Files:

52

Files:

78

Jane:

76

Grace:

148

Dr.Drew:

130

Files:

185

Files:

180

Files:

211

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