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Time Warner Talked with Glenn Beck About Replacing HLN with The Blaze

BeckGlennHe once hosted a show on the network, but a new report claims there were talks of turning HLN into Glenn Beck‘s The Blaze.

Even as Time Warner continues discussions with Vice media, the Wall Street Journal‘s Keach Hagey reports CNN executives recently met with team Beck as it plans an overhaul of HLN:

Among the possible deals considered was an arrangement similar to the one being discussed with Vice Media, according to a person familiar with the deal: forming a new venture between CNN-parent Time Warner and The Blaze that would replace HLN’s current programming with Blaze programming.

Hagey reports the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a deal. Beck got his start on national TV on Headline News in 2006. He moved to Fox News in 2009, all while continuing his radio show and building his media empire. After leaving Fox News, he launched GBTV, which became The Blaze. Just this week, The Blaze updated its appeal to achieve greater distribution. The digital network is on about 60 small cable systems as well as DISH network, but not on the big 6 carriers which cover 75% of U.S. households.

This all puts the spotlight back on Vice Media. From Hagey: Read more

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 297 | MSNBC: 104 | CNN: 202 | HLN: 105
  • Primetime: FNC: 465 | MSNBC: 212 | CNN: 264 | HLN: 148

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

208

TheFive:

400

Baier:

334

Greta:

303

O’Reilly:

420

Kelly:

508

Hannity:

468

O’Reilly:

297

Kelly:

343

MSNBC
Wagner:

60

EdShow:

70

Sharpton:

133

Matthews:

152

Hayes:

142

Maddow:

255

O’Donnell:

240

Hayes:

160

Maddow:

128

CNN
Tapper:

161

Blitzer:

265

Blitzer:

197

Burnett:

264

Cooper:

293

Cooper:

237

Tonight:

262

Tonight:

242

CNNI:

158

HLN
Now:

64

Files:

59

Files:

48

Jane:

92

Grace:

156

Dr.Drew:

105

Files:

183

Files:

189

Files:

196

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James Foley’s Brother: More Could’ve Been Done ‘Directly on Jim’s Behalf’

CouricWhile speaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo!, James Foley‘s brother expressed his thoughts on the U.S. government’s efforts to save Jim.

“The United States could’ve done more on behalf of the western and American hostages over there and still dealt with the broader worldwide issues,” Michael Foley, sitting alongside his sister Katie, said regarding the U.S. policy of not trading ransom money for prisoners.

“Take the money aside, there’s more that could’ve been done directly on Jim’s behalf, and I really hope with respect to Steven [Sotloff] that they take some action quickly.”

The interview caps off a big week for Couric. She also had an exclusive with Melinda Gates, who announced a million dollar donation to an online charity funding schools, and an exclusive with Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In that interview, which goes up this afternoon, Sirleaf thanked now Ebola-free Americans Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol who contracted the disease while treating Ebola patients in Liberia.

And on Couric’s former TV stomping grounds, James Foley’s parents talked about their own experience this morning. “I actually hoped we could engage in negotiations with them [ISIS] if they were willing to send us any sort of communication,” John Foley said in a “Today” exclusive.

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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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How Ferguson Story Played Out on Twitter and Cable News

A new Pew Research Center study of the coverage immediately following the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson shows Twitter initially spotlighted the story with cable news soon following.

Pew found Twitter conversation started the day of Brown’s shooting on Saturday, August 9, with over 146,000 tweets posted. Cable news coverage began the next day. Examining primetime coverage during the first week following the shooting, MSNBC led the way, followed by CNN and Fox News. President Obama’s first statement on the shooting on August 14 marked the biggest day of attention on both cable news and Twitter with 296 combined minutes of primetime coverage between the three networks and over 3.6 million tweets penned.

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Did Obama White House Get Initial Insight on Ferguson From Al Sharpton?

SharptonPolitico Magazine writes the Obama administration leaned on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton for information after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. After huddling with Brown’s family and local community leaders, Sharpton connected directly with White House adviser and First Friend Valerie Jarrett, vacationing in her condo in the exclusive Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard, not far from where President Obama and his family were staying. Obama was “horrified” by the images he was seeing on TV, Jarrett told Sharpton, and proceeded to pepper him with questions as she collected information for the president: How bad was the violence? Was it being fueled by outside groups—and could Sharpton do anything to talk them down? What did the Brown family want the White House to do?

As we reported recently, Sharpton has been in the middle of two high profile cases recently: the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson and the case of Eric Garner, who was put in a chokehold by NYPD police and later died. “Rev. Al Sharpton is both President of the National Action Network and host on MSNBC,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin told us. “We’ve always been transparent about the dual roles and his work outside of MSNBC.”

Behind the TV Scenes: Kathy O’Hearn

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.

KOHThis WeekCRHeading toward her fourth decade in TV news, Kathy O’Hearn embraced a new challenge this year when she joined MSNBC as executive producer to 26-year-old Ronan Farrow‘s new show. “We just hit it off immediately,” O’Hearn tells TVNewser. “It was one one of those great moments that you get only a couple times in your career when you really connect with the way someone thinks and how they think.” O’Hearn’s career has included many big moments and stories at CBS News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, The Daily Beast, and now, MSNBC.

TVNewser: You started in TV news in the mid 70′s. What’s the biggest thing about the industry that’s changed and how have you adapted?

O’Hearn: The thing that I think is the most pronounced change is how all the cable networks have become bigger players. I started back when CNN had to fight to even get in the White House coverage pool [when I was at CBS]. And to watch how the cable networks are really powerful in terms of who they influence, who watches them, and the amount of news that they bring to the American public is a fascinating arc to experience.

TVNewser: You temporarily left the TV news business in 2010 to go digital as head of video at The Daily Beast. As a TV news lifer, how did you adapt to digital?

O’Hearn: It was fascinating. I was lucky enough to work with a very impressive, savvy group of writers and minds in any kind of newsroom and Tina Brown. To take the skill-set I learned in the television world into the digital side was exciting. I learned a lot; I had done a fair amount of digital production for ABC (“The Greenroom,” “Topline”), so it was exciting to try and figure out how to translate that across a series of programs and products and how to craft it so that it’s successful and reflects the brand. It was like going to school in online video.

TVNewser: Was there a learning curve?

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 330 | MSNBC: 96 | CNN: 251 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 540 | MSNBC: 156 | CNN: 362 | HLN: 150

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

206

TheFive:

390

Baier:

380

Greta:

398

O’Reilly:

615

Kelly:

524

Hannity:

475

Smith:

479

Kelly:

325

MSNBC
Wagner:

47

EdShow:

88

Sharpton:

169

Matthews:

169

Hayes:

135

Maddow:

178

O’Donnell:

156

Hayes:

115

Maddow:

86

CNN
Tapper:

291

Blitzer:

392

Blitzer:

280

Burnett:

256

Cooper:

346

Cooper:

306

Tonight:

423

Tonight:

394

CNNI:

244

HLN
Now:

68

Files:

64

Files:

64

Jane:

158

Grace:

186

Dr.Drew:

151

Files:

112

Files:

167

Files:

137

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Fired Up Bill O’Reilly Helps Put Fox on Top

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After CNN’s back-to-back ratings wins Monday and Tuesday, Fox News Channel returned to its familiar perch atop the cable news ratings scoreboard. FNC drew the most total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers in both total day and primetime Wednesday. While FNC was up in both dayparts, CNN and MSNBC were both down from Monday and Tuesday.

The host of the channel’s No. 1 show was also back in his chair. Bill O’Reilly cut his vacation short to return to host last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” much of which was devoted to Ferguson, including a Talking Points Memo targeting “charlatan” Al Sharpton and a fiery debate with Bob Beckel and James Carville. And it paid off. O’Reilly had his best numbers since since last Monday, which included breaking news coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

Other Wednesday highlights include a new demo high for daytime show “Outnumbered,” and a new 2014 total viewer high for “Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

CNN managed demo wins from 3-5pmET. Fox News took all other hours of the day.

Don Lemon Hip Hop Artist Interview Devolves Into Media Debate, Claims of Anchor Disrespect

Well that was interesting.

This afternoon, during coverage from Ferguson, CNN’s Don Lemon brought on Brooklyn-based hip hop artist Talib Kweli, who has been protesting in the Missouri city. But the conversation quickly turned into Kweli’s complaints about media coverage, then to CNN.com headline writing, and about whether Lemon disrespected Kweli when he arrived for his interview. Despite being wrapped by his producers, Lemon allowed Kweli to speak, then explained his own position. “I said hello to you. I am very busy here. I am not trying to disrespect you,” said Lemon.

It devolved into a conversation about how to have a cable TV news conversation.

In the end, Lemon asked “Are we good? “Yeah, we’re good,” Kweli said.

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