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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

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, TVNewser has learned. All shows will now 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 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!

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:

@CNNbrk Cracks 20 Million Followers

CNNBrkRemember back in Apirl of 2009, when Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a heated race to see who could reach 1,000,000 Twitter followers first?

At 2:13am on April 17, 2009 Kutcher hit that mark. @CNNbrk, the breaking news account of CNN, hit 1,000,000 more than 6 hours later, at 8:55am.

Three years and 9 months later @CNNbrk to hit 10,000,000 followers, hitting that milestone on January 15, 2013.

And now, one year and nine months after that, @CNNbrk has hit 20,000,000 followers.

“This is rare territory,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “No other news organization comes close. The only other brands of any type with more followers are YouTube and Twitter itself.” And, for what it’s worth, @CNNbrk has flown past Kutcher, who now has 16.5 million followers. Katy Perry still leads the Twitterverse with 58.7 million.

With 14.5 followers, @CNN is not far behind @CNNbrk. In fact, CNN’s main feed is the second-most followed news account on Twitter.

What Megyn Kelly Appreciates Most About Bill O’Reilly

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MediabistroTV caught up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Kelly co-hosted the event along with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas. Vicki Salemi, our editor of MediaJobsDaily asked Kelly what she owes the success of her year-old “Kelly File,” which most nights is the second most-watched program on cable news. “I have a very healthy lead-in,” Kelly admits. We also asked her what gave her the courage to leave the legal world behind, for career in TV news. In a word: “misery.” WATCH:

The Scoreboard: Monday, October 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | CNN: 148 | MSNBC: 80 | HLN: 92
  • Primetime: FNC: 311 | CNN: 134 | MSNBC: 93 | HLN: 78

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

231

TheFive:

425

Baier:

376

Greta:

244

O’Reilly:

416

Kelly:

282

Hannity:

234

O’Reilly:

216

Kelly:

235

CNN
Tapper:

162

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

212

Burnett:

196

Cooper:

141

Cooper:

153

Tonight:

109

Tonight:

94

CNNI:

105

MSNBC
Wagner:

54

EdShow:

78

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

101

Hayes:

82

Maddow:

130

O’Donnell:

68

Hayes:

59

Maddow:

70

HLN
Now:

62

WWYD?:

87

WWYD?:

92

Secret:

62

Grace:

69

Dr.Drew:

70

Files:

96

Files:

134

Files:

176

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Where Renee Zellweger Isn’t Trending

ZellweggerShe’s trending on Twitter, lighting up Facebook, and is on the front pages of dozens of websites, including CNN.com and FoxNews.com. Even her Wikipedia page has been updated to reflect the discussion.

But there’s one place you won’t find chatter about Renee Zellweger‘s new look: cable news.

First, if you haven’t heard about it, here’s the backstory: Last night Zellweger walked the red carpet at the Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Awards. But, for many — millions really — it was hard to determine if this really was the Bridget Jones star, or someone who sorta looked like her.

As for how this “news” has been reported, as we said it’s on fire on social media and entertainment shows like “The Talk,” “Inside Edition,” and “Access Hollywood Live,” but not on cable news. The question is whether tomorrow’s network morning shows (we’re looking at you “GMA” and “Today”) will discuss it.

> Update: The three network morning shows all covered Zellweger’s new look on Oct. 22. “GMA” included it in the 7am open with a report at 7:38am, “Today” discussed the story at 7:45am and “CBS This Morning” talked about it at 8:31am.

Barbara Walters Brings Back ‘Most Fascinating’ Special

Walters specialLast year was supposed to the final Barbara Walters‘ “10 Most Fascinating” special. But ABC has decided there are just too many fascinating people around not to do another one.

So Walters returns for the 2-hour special on Sunday, Dec. 14. Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson have made the cut. Walters always save the No. 1 most fascinating person for the night of the special.

“[Y]ou never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett,” Walters says about returning for the 2014 edition.

The special is executive produced by Walters and Bill Geddie, who, until this summer was the co-executive producer of “The View.” Geddie also directs the 2014 “Most Fascinating” special.

Bob Costas Isn’t a Fan of Derek Jeter’s Website

RobinTeamBCMediabistroTV caught up with several TVNewsers at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas co-hosted the event, which included Robin Roberts (at left with her “Good Morning America” family) among the inductees.

On the red carpet, we got interviews with Costas and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre who have differing opinions about Derek Jeter‘s new sports site called The Players’ Tribune.

“If that’s going to be the only way that the public ever hears from public figures, in this case ballplayers, then I think in the long run, it’s not a good thing,” Costas tells us. WATCH:

Maria Bartiromo to Host Yahoo! Special

maria bartiromoWith Wall Street setting its gaze on Yahoo’s earnings report this afternoon, Fox Business Network has decided to pre-empt the 5pmET edition of “The Willis Report” for a Yahoo earnings special anchored by Maria Bartiromo. Bartiromo anchors FBN’s morning show “Opening Bell,” but spent most of her career anchoring the “Closing Bell” on CNBC. Willis will contribute to the special. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is using the earnings call to outline plan for the company.

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