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15,470 Posts Later… Here’s My Goodbye

Today I’m publishing my last post on TVNewser, 15,470 entries and 1,297 days after launching CableNewser.


It started as an anonymous project by a news consumer, but before long, the site was being read by the same people I was writing about. Shortly after The New York Times revealed my 18-year-old identity, mediabistro.com turned me into TVNewser — providing generous support and enabling the blog to attract more than a million page views per month.


On Monday I move to The New York Times as a media reporter. I can always be reached at bstelter@gmail.com or 240-793-2483.


There’s a new TVNewser in town — someone who, I’m happy to say, has already beaten me on some stories! We’ll save that announcement for next week. Until then, the tip box and tvnewser@mediabistro.com work.


Thanks to my mediabistro.com colleagues for never-ending support; to each network rep who has handled my numerous requests, and to every tipster, insider and observer who helped shape the blog.

In a very real way, TVNewser has been a priceless education in television and journalism — TV 101 (and PR 101, for that matter). I still have a lot to learn.

20 Memorable TVNewser Headlines

Of the 15,000+ headlines on TVNewser, hundreds are eye-opening, ironic, unintentionally funny, or all of the above. As I say goodbye, click continued to read just a few of my favorites…

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“CNN’s Beck In Bed With Ad”

Great headline in The Hollywood Reporter. Gail Schiller reports:

“In the first ever on-air pitch for one of its advertisers, CNN Headline News talk show host Glenn Beck recently plugged one of his radio show sponsors — Select Comfort mattresses.”

A HLN spokesperson says the “on-air entitlement” was “specifically targeted for his show,” noting that “the advertiser has a relationship with Glenn Beck that extends beyond his Headline News program.” But HLN will continue to “evaluate advertiser interest” in similar types of arrangements for Beck as well as other select Headline News shows… (Via ICN)

How About A 5 a.m. Newscast?

Jon Friedman profiles C-SPAN host Brian Lamb and depicts his “scary level of news consumption:”

“I found it amusing when Lamb griped that he couldn’t find a decent TV-news or talk show on the air at five in the morning (I mean, network executives have a tough enough time programming primetime.) But he is satisfied when he can catch Anderson Cooper, Charlie Rose, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Tucker Carlson, Bill O’Reilly and Neil Cavuto. Brit Hume and Tim Russert remain two of his favorites…”

Was NBC Responsible For Potential Predator’s Suicide?

“The sister of a veteran Texas prosecutor who blew his brains out as he was about to be busted in an underage-sex sting set up by ‘Dateline’ is slapping NBC with a $100 million suit,” the NY Post reports.

“NBC was responsible for his death,” the sister’s lawyer says.

NBC says a suit has not been filed, but if one is, “we will defend ourselves vigorously, as we believe the claims are completely without merit…”

Misenti Becomes GM & VP of Fox News Digital; Kaplan Becomes FOXNews.com Managing Director

Jeff Misenti joined Fox News Digital as general manager and vice president,” Multichannel News reports. “Misenti had been senior director of product development and marketing at Dow Jones.”

Also, “Refet Kaplan has been named managing director at Foxnews.com. Kaplan had been the network’s Northeast bureau chief.” The site’s previous GM, Bert Solivan, left the company in May…

Brother blog FishbowlNY: There’s some furor building over a graphic shown on Tuesday’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann — guest-hosted by Alison Stewart — which referred to embattled Louisiana Senator David Vitter’s wife as a ‘ho’ for her choice of leopard-print…

Morning News Ratings: Week of July 9

The gap between Today and Good Morning America stood at 620,000 total viewers and the 25-54 demo viewers last week.

For the week of July 9:

Total viewers: NBC: 4,710,000 / ABC: 4,090,000 / CBS: 2,210,000

25-54 demo: NBC: 2,250,000 / ABC: 1,720,000 / CBS: 960,000

Bo Dietl Becomes FNC Contributor

Richard ‘Bo’ Dietl has signed on with FNC as a contributor,” ICN reports. “He will analyze crime stories exclusively for the network.”

Dietl was on Geraldo At Large over the weekend.

He was co-host of a short-lived MSNBC crime show in 2005. At the time, Dietl said he had been offered a primetime show…

Liz Claman Leaves CNBC: “Highest-Rated Anchor At The Network”

A couple of weeks ago, before today’s announcement of Liz Claman‘s departure from CNBC, a network insider pointed out that she has “quietly become the highest-rated anchor at the network.”

The insider wrote: “Her show ‘Morning Call’ has been the number one show on CNBC during Business Day [in total viewers -- not the demo]. For the last eight quarters, her show has been either number one or tied for first.”

It’s easy to argue, however, that Claman is only #1 because of her prime morning time slot. The 9:30am Squawk on the Street delivered more demo viewers than Morning Call in Q2. And Claman doesn’t exactly fit into the “new CNBC” model archetyped by Erin Burnett

> An e-mailer asks: “Do you know if Liz Claman jumped ship or was her contract not renewed?”

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