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Report: Despite Criticism, Dr. Nancy Snyderman Will Return to NBC News

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportCNN’s Brian Stelter cites an internal memorandum in a report tonight that NBC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman will return to work, sometime next month:

The mandatory Ebola-related quarantine is over, but Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the crew members who traveled to Liberia with her are not coming back to work yet.

In an internal memorandum on Wednesday, NBC News president Deborah Turness said the crew would be taking some more time off work, adding, “We very much look forward to their return next month.”

NBC’s decision comes after heavy criticism when it was revealed Snyderman violated the terms of a voluntary Ebola quarantine. Some questioned whether she could continue reporting on the major medical story of the moment, or whether it was wise for the network to continue to employ her.

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Indra Petersons Leaving CNN; Weather Operations Return to Atlanta

IndraPetersonsAs part of the workforce reduction at CNN, New York-based meteorologist Indra Petersons will be leaving the network and all shows will rely on CNN Weather in Atlanta, led by meteorologists Chad Myers and Jennifer Gray.

Petersons joined CNN last year, working primarily on “New Day.” Before CNN, Petersons was a meteorolgist at KABC in Los Angeles.

In all, CNN reduced staffing by 300 people, or about 8%.  Some open positions weren’t filled, about 130 longtime staffers took a voluntary buyout and the remainder are the result of layoffs which began last week.

Petersons will remain on the air for a while longer before signing off.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, October 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | CNN: 112 | MSNBC: 69 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 291 | CNN: 123 | MSNBC: 100 | HLN: 79

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

149

TheFive:

294

Baier:

339

Greta:

314

O’Reilly:

359

Kelly:

244

Hannity:

267

O’Reilly:

213

Kelly:

191

CNN
Tapper:

120

Blitzer:

116

Blitzer:

129

Choice:

123

Cooper:

111

Roots:

130

Cont.:

Tonight:

135

CNNI:

111

MSNBC
Wagner:

51

EdShow:

62

Sharpton:

95

Matthews:

87

Hayes:

94

Maddow:

106

O’Donnell:

98

Hayes:

48

Maddow:

49

HLN
Now:

21

WWYD?:

29

WWYD?:

39

Grace:

67

Grace:

92

Dr.Drew:

60

Files:

85

Files:

135

Files:

207

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TV Jobs: Viacom, Comcast Spotlight, Fusion.net

This week, Viacom is hiring a manager of retail marketing and a category manager for Viacom Canada. Meanwhile, Comcast Spotlight is seeking an account executive, and Fusion.net is on the hunt for a director of news practices. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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‘Daily Show’ Heads to Austin for Election Day: ‘Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess’

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Comedy Central has announced its plans for Election Day, with Jon Stewart taking “The Daily Show” on the road to Texas. Next week, the show will cover the midterm elections with special coverage dubbed “Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess.”

The week of shows, starting October 27, will tape at Austin’s ZACH Theatre and air nightly at 11 p.m.:

Guests will include Texas State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis (D-TX) who will be promoting her book, “Forgetting to be Afraid” (October 27), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX; October 28) and a performance by Austin natives Spoon from their new album, “They Want My Soul” (October 30). Read more

The Ticker: Vargas, Mukpo, Sexton, Warren

  • Expect to see Ashoka Mukpo on NBC News sometime soon. The network is already promoting “exclusive interviews” with the Ebola survivor/freelance cameraman who had been on assignment for NBC News when diagnosed with the disease earlier this month.

  • Scott Warren, who was the Senior EP of Sam Champion‘s Weather Channel show, is no longer with the channel. Warren had been with Weather Channel for a year. Previously he worked for KTVU, KTLA and Yahoo!

Canada’s CBC News Shows What Thoughtful Breaking News Coverage Really Looks Like

MansbridgeFor hours this afternoon, Canada’s CBC News covered the breaking news of at least three shooting incidents in Ottawa. Led by veteran anchor Peter Mansbridge, the rolling coverage was smart, careful, and absolutely un-American.

As Andy Carvin noted, Mansbridge set a respectful, careful tone, calling out interview subjects who had unconfirmed or contradictory information. “So much we could learn from his delivery today,” Carvin told me on Twitter.

On screen, CBC News kept a ticker scrolling, a “Breaking News” bug in the corner, a “LIVE” bug at the top right, and three boxes showing video and live pictures. Mansbridge rarely appeared on camera, even as he took pains to ensure information was correct before reporting anything–particularly the news a soldier shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial had died of his injuries.

As I watched via the network’s live stream in New York, I never heard a second of dramatic music, never saw a full-screen wipe with a catchy graphic like TERROR ON PARLIAMENT HILL, and never, ever heard Mansbridge or any of the CBC’s reporters dip even a toe into the waters of self-promotion.

Compared that to the American cable news networks, where we’ve come to expect that every prime time newscast will begin with urgent music and BREAKING NEWS–complete with multiple on-screen reminders that this is BREAKING NEWS of great importance. CBC’s coverage was, well, very Canadian. And to the nervous system of an American observer of TV news, it was decidedly strange to experience.

Mansbridge, in sharp contrast to the frenetic, breathless delivery we’ve come to expect from American news anchors in times of breaking news (including stories of far less significance than the attacks in Canada), was thoughtful, took his time, and seemed at times to pause, and to consider his words before speaking. Just. Imagine. That.
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‘I Can Handle a Stupid Dish’: Mike Rowe’s Dog Volunteers to Get CNN Back on Satellite

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Freddy is ready. If a post on CNN host Mike Rowe‘s blog is to be believed, Freddy is deeply unhappy about news Dish Network has pulled CNN and other Turner networks over a contractual dispute:

“If I understand today’s headlines, some sort of mysterious “DISH” has caused CNN to vanish from 17% of American televisions. Consequently, millions of humans – many with Nielsen Boxes, are now unable to watch the highest rated new series on cable news. This is an outrage.”

Freddy, a rescue dog with a loyal following among Rowe’s fans, offers to assist CNN with the dirty job of getting CNN back on the air–and hopefully in time for tonight’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, which, as the dog notes, has been an instant ratings hit for the network. So he’s volunteering to get the Dish dispute done and dusted:

I’ve dealt with snakes. I’ve tangled with rabid raccoons. I’m pretty sure I can handle a stupid dish. Just one phone call to my personal network, and I’ll have every one of these damned things covered in urine by morning. And that’s just for openers.

Rehearsals Continue for New CBS News 24-Hour Channel

jeff glorCBS News is getting closer to launching its streaming channel. TVNewser has learned rehearsals have been underway for several weeks with the hope of launching by election day, less than two weeks away. The exact launch date is in flux, we hear.

Jeff Glor, anchor of the Sunday edition of “CBS Evening News,” will be a primary anchor as will CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. The channel will be based out CBS News headquarters on W. 57th Street. It’s not known yet how other talent, including “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, will particpiate in the channel.

Last week, CBS became the first broadcast network to launch an internet TV service, without needing a cable subscription. CBS All Access will cost $5.99 a month and includes next-day access to new shows and past seasons of other CBS programs, as well as access to CBS’s local stations.

> More: CapitalNY reports that the channel will be called CBSN and that a marketing campaign will soon launch around the tagline “CBS News. Always On.”

Deborah Norville’s Keys to Success: ‘Be Curious, Be Polite, Be Respectful, Be Nice’

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas. MediabistroTV caught up with several TV news luminaries to find out what success means to them. WATCH:

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