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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.

Happy Silver Anniversary CNBC!

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April 17, 1989, 25 years ago today, CNBC went on the air. The president of NBC at the time Bob Wright introduced viewers to the Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), calling it, “the most significant programing effort NBC has ever undertaken outside of the network.”

At the time, CNBC was not the only game in town. FNN, the Financial News Network, had been on the air since 1980. But on May 21, 1991 the two channels merged. CNBC would own the business TV news space for a few years. Bloomberg TV launched in 1994 and CNNfn launched in 1995. CNNfn shuttered 9 years later. Fox Business Network began giving CNBC a run for its money in October, 2007.

All day the channel is airing Throwback Thursday clips from the last 25 years. Joe Kernen kicked it off this morning on “Squawk Box.” “25 years ago Google didn’t exist… 25 years ago the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union… 25 years ago, Jack Welch ran GE which owned NBC which started CNBC.”

MediabistroTV was at CNBC HQ yesterday for a “My First Big Break” interview with Jim Cramer. We’ll have that for you coming up in a few weeks on TVNewser. After the jump, a look back at 25 years of CNBC:

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Profiling: Gutfeld, Hasselbeck, Kohn

  • Greg Gutfeld continues his Not Cool book tour, promoting his new book. The Pensacola News Journal caught up with Gutfeld in North Florida: “Stationed in the children’s section of the bookstore, he wisecracked with young and old alike, even threatening to call child protective services on one young mother, though still drawing a laugh.”

  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck is featured in Ladies Home Journal. On leaving “The View” for “Fox & Friends,” Hasselbeck says, “It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard.”

  • CNN contributor Sally Kohn–previously a Fox News contributor–writes for The Christian Science Monitor about her experience as a “liberal talking head on Fox News.” “It was a turning point for me to meet people such as Mr. Hannity, Karl Rove, Monica Crowley, Sarah Palin, and so many others,” Kohn writes. “Though we certainly disagree profoundly on political issues – they’re personable and kind and human. Just like me.”

The Scoreboard: Saturday, April 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 183 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 156 | HLN: 122
  • Primetime: FNC: 174 | MSNBC: 147 | CNN: 172 | HLN: 175

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/NewsHQ:

143

Stossel:

216

NewsHQ:

167

Faulkner:

146

Huckabee:

198

Pirro:

184

Hannity:

140

RedEye:

105

Pirro:

128

MSNBC
Disrupt:

51

Caught:

76

Caught:

80

Caught:

140

Caught:

158

Lockup:

99

Lockup:

183

Lockup:

297

Lockup:

340

CNN
Nwsroom:

139

Nwsroom:

137

Nwsroom:

128

Nwsroom:

175

Nwsroom:

148

Nwsroom:

195

Bourdain:

172

Bourdain:

194

Bourdain:

203

HLN
Files:

73

Files:

123

Files:

103

Files:

126

Files:

161

Files:

190

Files:

175

Files:

245

Files:

205

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If Aereo Wins, Here’s a Plan B for Broadcasters

aereo_logo 304x200If Aereo loses its Supreme Court case, to be argued a week from today, it does not have a plan B.

Broadcasters, on the other hand, do. The Wall Street Journal reports today that CBS, one of the broadcasters that has sued to shut down the service, alleging that it steals their content, has a backup plan. CBS Corp. chairman Les Moonves has said the broadcast network could move to cable, preventing Aereo from taking the signal which now goes out over the air. Another option: beat Aereo at its own game. From the WSJ:

[A] person familiar with the situation said CBS has the ability to launch a service that would stream its programming over the Web simultaneously with its television broadcasts. CBS would charge a few dollars a month and show ads, the person said. Such a service would also likely offer on-demand programming. It could include Showtime, the CBS-owned premium cable channel, which would increase the subscription fee, the person said. CBS would use technology company Syncbak, in which it owns a minority stake, to power streaming of local TV stations’ signals over the Web, the person said.

Katie Couric will be interviewing Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia. The interview will be on Yahoo! Thursday morning. And to learn more about Aereo, and its fight with broadcasters, we’ll be debating it at the TVNewser Show, two weeks from today: BIA/Kelsey SVP Mark Fratrik, Internet attorney Tim Bukher and U.S. Law Week’s Tom Taylor will join us. Click here for more information, and to register.

Robin Roberts, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper on the OUT Power 50

OUT50Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:

35. Suze Orman
27. Don Lemon
14. Anderson Cooper
10. Robin Roberts
3. Rachel Maddow

Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.

(Image via OUT)

The Ticker: Roberts, Shipman & Kay, 60 @ 10

  • Robin Roberts will soon go on book tour, to Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans and her hometown of Pass Christian, MS, among other stops. Roberts’s memoir Everybody’s Got Something, about surviving her battle with MDS, comes out a week from today.

  • Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” coming out of The Masters, was the 10th most-watched show of the week, drawing an audience of 11 million viewers. The CBS Newsmagazine swept its time period in key demos, scoring a 2.6/8 share in A25-54 and a 1.6/6 share in A18-49.

Evening News Ratings: Week of April 7

EveningNewsNew“World News with Diane Sawyer” had a rare win in the A25-54 demo last week. “World News” topped NBC “Nightly News with Brian Williams” by 12,000 viewers, or less than 1%. The last time that happened was the week of July 22, 2013. Sawyer and Williams were anchoring all five days last week.

It’s not that “World News” saw a big jump over last year, in fact the program was only up +1% in the ad-friendly demo, but “Nightly” saw a big drop: down -18% year-over-year. “World News” has been getting closer to “Nightly” in the demo in recent weeks. As for programming, “World News” had a mix of breaking news — the Pennsylvania school stabbing and California college bus crash — as well as international news, including ABC’s Terry Moran reporting from the Central African Republic. Sawyer also lightened the mix with her interview with the cast of “Mad Men.”

Both programs actually lost total viewers. “Nightly” was down -2%, while “World News” was down -1% compared to the same week last year. Meanwhile, the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was the only broadcast up in total viewers, year over year: +2%. But “Evening News” shed -10% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of April 7, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,175,000 7,378,000 6,366,000
• A25-54: 1,870,000 1,882,000 1,495,000


Michael Strahan Joins ‘Good Morning America’

Michael Strahan is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. Just like in his NFL days, Strahan emerged from a GMA tunnel, giving high fives from fans, ending at the anchor desk, where Robin Roberts announced Strahan would join the show “a couple days a week.” He’ll mostly appear in the 7am hour, so he can get back uptown to his other day job, co-hosting “Live” which airs at 9am. Just so he wouldn’t miss a hit, George Stephanopoulos gave Strahan an alarm clock. “It’s a pleasure to get up early, because you guys have been so good to us, and Kelly and I appreciate it. It’s family,” Strahan said.

Strahan’s role wasn’t defined beyond that he’ll be weighing in on certain stories. “I watch every mooring and I sit there going, ‘that’s a good point.’ Now instead of talking to the TV, I can talk with you.” The addition of Strahan comes a few days after the show added ESPN host Tony Reali to the show’s “Social Square.” WATCH:


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The Evening Ticker: Baier, Bourdain, Williams

  • Bret Baier and his wife Amy co-chaired the Children’s Ball benefiting Children’s National Medical Center over the weekend. The event raised $10.8 million dollars for the hospital — the most money ever raised at a single charity event in the nation’s capital.

  • In preliminary ratings, the third season premiere of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” had its best debut in the A25-54 demo and won its 9pm Sunday timeslot on cable news. Among total viewers, the show was up +8% over the season two premiere.

  • Brian Williams has accepted an invitation to speak at Nashville’s Hillwood High School graduation next month after a group of students produced this video in response to the address he delivered at Elon University’s commencement last year.

Edward Snowden Reporting Wins Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian

The Washington Post and the U.S. edition of the Guardian have won the top award in journalism — the Pulitzer Prize. They will share the Public Service award for their series of stories on NSA surveillance, as revealed by Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who gave the top-secret information to the news organizations. The Pulitzer committee said the journalism was “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.”

Barton Gellman led the Post’s coverage, while Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill led the Guardian’s coverage.

KurtzSnowdenGreenwald became the public face of the reporting, appearing on two Sunday shows last June 9 just hours before the Guardian posted a video interview with Snowden detailing NSA tactics. As an international chase began for Snowden — he eventually made it to Moscow, where he remains — Greenwald kept up his U.S. TV news appearances, often from Rio de Janeiro where he lives, including on “Meet the Press” where journalism itself, became the topic of debate. Greenwald and Poitras returned to the U.S. last Friday, to accept a Polk Award, also for their Snowden reporting.

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