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Stelter: Network Anchors Have Met with Michael Brown Shooter Darren Wilson

DarrenWIlsonCNNCNN’s Brian Stelter reports that several network news anchors have met with Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9. As a grand jury decides whether Wilson should be charged with a crime in the case, Stelter named at least five news anchors who have met in secret with Wilson. “Because it was off the record, those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and their networks can’t really even confirm the meetings happened,” Stelter says:

Here are the anchor names I know with the caveat that others may have met with him. NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’s Scott Pelley and both the prime time anchors at CNN: Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. Maybe other anchors as well. I have a feeling someone at Fox, I just don’t know the name but that’s what my sources are telling me.

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Weather Channel Serves up Reality Show Leftovers, and Maybe Some Weather

FatGuysintheWoodsIn addition to weather forecasts — because that’s what they do — the Weather Channel is serving up re-runs of its reality shows this Thanksgiving weekend. Starting Thanksgiving day and continuing through Saturday, from 2pmET-4amET, the network will air episodes of “So You Think You’d Survive?,” “Fat Guys in the Woods,” (at left) and “Highway Thru Hell.”

CNN Pays Tribute to Retiring Director Roger Strauss

Last week, we mention director Roger Strauss was leaving CNN after 34-plus years of service. The network ended his tenure on Friday with a touching tribute to the original CNN employee.

‘Sunday Morning’ Dishes

Sunday MorningTomorrow is the annual Eat, Drink and Be Merry edition of “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.” From the evolution of Spam to the mechanics behind menus, the food-themed show arrives just in time for Thanksgiving week. In the ratings department, so far this season “Sunday Morning” is up +3% in viewers compared to last year. Last Sunday, the show drew 6 million viewers, making it the #1 Sunday morning program.

‘We Need To Talk’ Heads to Broadcast TV

cbseye304CBS Sports’ all-female weekly sports show “We Need To Talk” will move from the CBS Sports Network to CBS for a year-end special on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 pm ET. The special will be the broadcast debut of the show which premiered back in September.

“The launch of ‘We Need To Talk’ was a very proud moment for CBS Sports,” said CBS Sports president David Berson. “We could not be more pleased with the quality of the show and the hard work of all the women in front of and behind the camera. The response to the show has been extremely positive, and we are excited to showcase the year-end special of  ’We Need To Talk’ to a broader audience.”

“We Need To Talk”  features a rotating panel of women discussing hot topics and sports news. The panel is comprised of members of CBS Sports’ roster of female journalists, including Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce, combined with some prominent women in the sports world, including Andrea Kremer, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash, Summer Sanders and Katrina Adams. 

Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more

CNN to Announce New Bill Weir Show Monday

In the last four months Bill Weir has traveled to six continents. “It’s the longest I’ve gone without having to put on a tie and be a prompter monkey,” Weir told his former colleagues at WGN in Chicago this morning. Weir said CNN will be revealing details about the new show Monday. The CNNCommentary blog writes the show will be called the “Last Chance Diaries.” “It’s the most exciting project I’ve ever had,” Weir says. WATCH:

Weir has been a journeyman TV journalist. After Chicago, he worked for KABC in Los Angeles, then to ABC News in New York where he anchored “Good Morning America” Weekend and, later, “Nightline.” He joined CNN a year ago, and did some fill in anchoring before beginning work on the new CNN Originals show. Weir was on WGN to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. Before Chicago, he was a sports anchor in Green Bay. In a Media Beat interview a few years ago, he told us about his transition from “smart ass” sports guy to ABC News anchor.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 330 | CNN: 170 | MSNBC: 108 | HLN: 87
  • Primetime: FNC: 693 | CNN: 358 | MSNBC: 250 | HLN: 119

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

223

TheFive:

355

Baier:

359

Greta:

330

O’Reilly:

885

Kelly:

708

Hannity:

485

O’Reilly:

270

Kelly:

256

CNN
Tapper:

158

Blitzer:

189

Blitzer:

183

Burnett:

260

Cooper:

578

Films:

251

Films:

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Cooper:

143

CNNI:

108

MSNBC
Wagner:

49

EdShow:

62

Sharpton:

100

HB/Special:

134/208

President:

322

Maddow:

274

O’Donnell:

179

Special:

142

Maddow:

79

HLN
Now:

31

WWYD?:

58

Files:

48

Files:

55

Grace:

93

Dr.Drew:

95

Files:

168

Files:

178

Files:

224

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On Cable, FNC is Most-Watched for Obama Immigration Remarks

O'ReillyImmigration4.3 million viewers tuned in to Fox News last night for Pres. Obama’s remarks on his immigration executive action, more than MSNBC and CNN combined. FNC drew 958,000 in the A25-54 demo, again more than CNN and MSNBC combined. As we reported earlier, 6.8 million watched on the two U.S. Spanish-language broadcast networks.

  • 8-8:15pm | Network: Viewers / A25-54

FNC: 4,294,000 / 958,000
CNN: 1,678,000 / 637,000
MSNBC: 1,758,000 / 320,000

  • 8-9pm | Network: Viewers / A25-54

FNC: 4,153,000 / 885,000
CNN: 1,652,000 / 578,000
MSNBC: 1,452,000 / 283,000

Obama to Heckler: ‘I’ve Been Respectful to You. I Want You to be Respectful to Me’

ObamaHecklerImmigrationDuring his remarks in Las Vegas this afternoon explaining his immigration executive action, President Obama was heckled by a student who says the plan doesn’t go far enough.

“Not everybody will qualify under this provision,” Obama said directly to the student. “That’s the truth. That’s why we’re still going to have to pass a bill. So listen…” Obama said, as the crowd’s cheers drowned out the insistent heckler. “I heard you you and what I’m saying is we’re still going to have to pass a bill. This is the first step. It’s not the only step. We’re still going to have to do more work.

So, I’ve heard you. I’ve heard you young man. I’ve heard you. And I understand. I’ve heard you. But what I’m saying is this is just a first step. So young man, I’m talking to a lot of people here. I’ve been respectful to you. I want you to be respectful to me.”

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