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Bloomberg Names Leadership for Politics Vertical

BLOOMBERG-tv-LOGOBloomberg has announced two key appointments for its newly-created politics vertical: Tom Johnson has been named executive editor and Pat King has been appointed senior producer.

Johnson joins Bloomberg after 20 years at ABC News, where he was most recently senior broadcast producer of “World News with Diane Sawyer.” In a note to staff this morning, Bloomberg senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel praised Johnson’s “spectacular mix of talent and temperament—his colleagues at ABC note that he’s usually the smartest guy in the room, and rarely feels the need to remind anyone of it.”

King comes to Bloomberg after nine years at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he was most recently a segment producer. Tyrangiel — who noted “he’s not here to make the show funny” — called King “a passionate observer of national politics with a tremendous instinct for research.”

In addition to overseeing the politics vertical, Johnson and King will serve as executive producer and senior producer, respectively, for the daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann slated to launch in October.

Tyrangiel’s full note, and the note from”World News” executive producer Michael Corn, after the jump.

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Behind the TV Scenes: ‘Today’ EP Don Nash

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This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

“Today” show executive producer Don Nash has been with NBC News for more than two decades, most of that time working at the signature morning show. Earlier this week we chatted with the NBC veteran

TVNewser: You’ve been with “Today” for 24 years. What’s kept you there, and how valuable a trait is loyalty to a specific network, in this day and age?

Nash: I never wanted to go anywhere else. I got out of college, I got a job as a page at NBC, and I never thought in a million years I’d ever work for a show as great as “Today.” I never thought in a billion years I’d ever be running the place. And I never had any desire to go anywhere else because I didn’t think it could get any better. It’s absolutely important to be loyal to whoever you work for, be it at a network or anywhere else. Loyalty is something I value in a big way; it’s something I value in the people who work for me, and it’s something I value in the people I work for.

TVNewser: Morning TV is a cutthroat industry. How do you balance the drive to be number one, managing talent egos, and producing a quality broadcast every day?

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 271 | MSNBC: 82 | CNN: 135 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 417 | MSNBC: 153 | CNN: 174 | HLN: 113

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

206

TheFive:

276

Baier:

294

Greta:

328

O’Reilly:

470

Kelly:

400

Hannity:

381

O’Reilly:

327

Kelly:

329

MSNBC
Wagner:

40

EdShow:

54

Sharpton:

100

Matthews:

153

Hayes:

118

Maddow:

203

O’Donnell:

137

Hayes:

74

Maddow:

66

CNN
Tapper:

139

Blitzer:

186

Blitzer:

213

Burnett:

190

Cooper:

164

Cooper:

160

Tonight:

197

Tonight:

133

CNNI:

86

HLN
Now:

45

Files:

56

Files:

57

Jane:

58

Grace:

120

Dr.Drew:

117

Files:

102

Files:

130

Files:

248

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James Brown on Anchoring ‘CBS Evening News’: ‘I Forgot How All-Encompassing It Is’

BrownHe’s won multiple Emmys for his work as an NFL studio host for both CBS and Fox, but this week, James Brown has called an audible, filling in for Scott Pelley on “CBS Evening News.”

“It’s been exciting, it keeps my juices flowing,” Brown told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. “I forgot how all-encompassing it is because news happens continuously.”

“I got a call the other day saying, ‘J.B. you need to get over here a little bit sooner than planned because we have some breaking news you need to be on top of.’ So, I am on 24/7 in that regard.”

The leads on “Evening News” have reflected a busy news week: extreme weather on Monday, athlete head injuries on Tuesday, and the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa on Wednesday.

“I’ve made it a point once I signed on to become a special correspondent [for CBS News] to make certain my day consists of at least being relatively well-versed with a range of news, whether it’s local, domestic, or global.” he said. “And also on the silos: health, education, Capitol Hill–and all the dysfunction that’s taking place there–I make certain that I have at least a good fundamental understanding of what’s going on.”

And how does Brown feel about sitting in the anchor chair for CBS’ flagship newscast compared to his usual NFL studio digs?

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Sunday Show Ratings: July 27 & July Sweeps

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both ratings measurements on July 27. ABC’s “This Week” was second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” was second in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, Univison’s “Al Punto” was up the most, growing +58% in total viewers and +20% in the A25-54 demographic. CBS (+5% in total viewers / +15% in the demo) and  NBC ( +3% / +19%) were both up across the board. “Fox News Sunday” was up +16% in total viewers and flat in the demo, and ABC’s “This Week” was down-5% and up +11%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,187,000 total viewers and 460,000 A25-54 viewers. Cable replays of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 777,000 total viewers and 371,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for July 27:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.905M 785K
ABC
“This Week” 2.589M 731K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.352M 744K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.110M 316K
UNI “Al Punto” 908K 398K

As for July sweeps: CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” won in the A25-54 demographic. Read more

Kevin Magee Stepping Down From Fox

KevinMageeAfter 13 years with Fox, Kevin Magee is stepping down from his positions, TVNewser has learned.

Magee has been EVP of Fox Business Network since it launched nearly 7 years ago. He’s been EVP of Fox News Radio since 2005.

“It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business,” Magee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The management structure of Fox Business is under review, we hear, and an announcement on the new team will be made in the coming weeks.

Magee joined Fox News Channel from CNBC in 2001. During his tenure, he also oversaw the 2-year run of the syndicated “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.”

“And then there’s Roger Ailes who allowed me incredible opportunities over the last 13+ years first at FOX News, and later at both FOX Business and Fox News Radio,” Magee writes. “He has been so understanding over the last few weeks as I discussed my plans for the future with him. Thank you, Roger.”

Before CNBC, Magee spent six years as senior program producer for “Good Morning America.” Magee is married to Liza McGuirk, an executive producer at CNN.

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.

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


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