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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.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 278 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 150 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 459 | MSNBC: 172 | CNN: 210 | HLN: 85

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

119

TheFive:

249

Baier:

320

Greta:

290

O’Reilly:

498

Kelly:

467

Hannity:

412

Smith:

245

Kelly:

273

MSNBC
Wagner:

77

EdShow:

60

Sharpton:

125

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

161

Maddow:

199

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

96

Maddow:

90

CNN
Tapper:

127

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

141

Burnett:

128

Cooper:

181

Cooper:

237

Tonight:

212

Tonight:

186

CNNI:

142

HLN
Now:

75

Files:

23

Files:

48

Jane:

66

Grace:

74

Dr.Drew:

54

Files:

126

Files:

255

Files:

252

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Pres. Obama Calls on ‘Big Cheese’ Chuck Todd First, In Todd’s Last Briefing for NBC News

The broadcast networks broke in Thursday afternoon to carry remarks from President Obama. Lester Holt anchored for NBC, Amy Robach for ABC and Maurice DuBois anchored on CBS as Pres. Obama delivered a statement on the U.S. economy, the continued ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and the crisis in Ukraine. The president then opened it up to questions:

ToddBriefing“I’m going to start with somebody who, I guess, is now a big cheese. He’s moved on. But I understand this is go to be his last chance to ask me a question in the press room. I want to congratulate Chuck Todd and give him first dibs.” (Watch after the jump) Todd, who is moving on to “Meet the Press,” asked about Syria/ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson got the second question, asking the president whether today’s military action by Russia is considered to be an invasion of Ukraine. After three more questions, the president started to leave the briefing room, but returned to take a question on whether he’d make any executive actions on immigration reform. Obama: “It continues to be my belief that if I can’t see congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better.”

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Bill Wolff Named EP of ‘The View;’ Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as co-EP

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A week after signing off as EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff (above left) has been announced as the new executive producer of “The View.”

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar (above right) as co-executive producer. Ashley S. Gorman will be the show’s director in the new season, and Kathleen Rajsp has been named senior supervising producer.

“I am so appreciative for the privilege to work on this iconic program and to have the chance to collaborate with incredible people like Whoopi and Rosie, who each bring immense talent and boundless passion to show,” Wolff said in a statement. “I will be forever grateful to Rachel Maddow for six amazing years together. As I begin this next chapter, I cannot fully express my profound gratitude to [Disney/ABC TV president] Ben Sherwood for making it all possible.”

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the “Today” show. He launched the fourth hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before going to work as a director of programming at HGTV.

Gorman has directed thousands of hours of live shows in the U.K. and the U.S. including: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…NOW!,” and “The Biggest Loser.”

Rajsp has worked on “Katie,” “Anderson” and “Dr. Phil,” among others.

The new season of “The View” begins Monday, Sept. 15.

ABC Brings ‘Tonight’ Back to ‘World News’

WorldNewsTonightFollowing Diane Sawyer‘s sign-off last night, the first promo to air teased what’s ahead on tonight’s show. Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed something different. As of today, ABC’s flagship broadcast is known as “World News Tonight.”

The broadcast had long been called “World News Tonight,” but ABC dropped the “Tonight” in 2006 during Charles Gibson‘s time as anchor. At the time, ABC News president David Westin explained, “Our flagship evening news broadcast has evolved well beyond thirty minutes on television. As we continue to expand ABC News and ‘World News’ into the 24-hour space created by the digital world, it makes sense for that reality to be reflected in the title of the broadcast.”

There’s no explanation this time for the change. The Twitter account for the show @abcworldnews already includes the new graphic and the Facebook link has been changed from World News to ABC World News Tonight. David Muir‘s name will be added to the title when he officially takes over as anchor next Tuesday. “World News Tonight” gets a new EP in the coming weeks as Almin Karamehmedovic moves over from “Nightline.”

Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 18

morningshowanchors2014ABC’s “Good Morning America” begins its third year as the most-watched morning show. The only weeks “GMA” has lost to NBC’s “Today” since the 2012 London Olympics, were the two weeks of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

But compared to the same week last year, only “CBS This Morning” showed total viewer growth. “CTM” was up +8%, while “GMA” was down -6% and “Today” was down -1%. In the A25-54 demo, all three shows lost viewers vs. last year: “GMA” was down -7%, “Today” down -8% and “CTM” down -3%.

The averages for the week of August 18, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.849M / NBC: 4.359M / CBS: 2.858M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.773M / NBC: 1.622M / CBS: 880,000

 

Sean Hannity: ‘If You Shut Up, I’ll Give You An Answer’

HannityGuestSean Hannity‘s 11-minute interview with British Imam Anjem Choudary last night was both fiery and futile.

“Are you that dumb and ignorant?” Hannity asked at one point, as Choudary evaded most of Hannity’s questions.

“You want to listen to your own voice,” said Choudary. “Maybe you would learn something if you listen. Shut up for a minute! Shut up for a minute,” the Imam said. “Answer! Answer the question!” Hannity shot back. “You are the enemy of free people. You support evil and death and demise of innocent people,” Hannity added.

In the end Choudary vowed that “Sharia law is coming to a place near you.” Hannity then ended it: “All right. You’re wasting my time. Goodbye.” Watch: Read more

Wilfred Frost Follows in Father’s Footsteps

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Two new anchors are set to join CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange.”

Wilfred Frost and Seema Mody (center) join Julia Chatterley (left) as hosts of the daily global business show next month. Broadcast from the CNBC London studio, and airing from 4-6amET weekdays, the show aims to be the “essential business and investment news from the Asian, EMEA and American markets.”

Frost, a former fund manager, is new to CNBC. He’s chosen journalism, the career of his late father, Sir David Frost, who died a year ago Sunday. Frost graduated from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics and worked for five years at an investment house. Seema Mody has been a reporter with CNBC in New York since 2011. She was previously an anchor and reporter at CNBC-TV18 in Mumbai where she co-anchored “Power Breakfast” and “After the Bell.”

“The ensemble format, with personalities representing rich and diverse experiences, will guide our investor audience through the myriad news stories that break and develop each business day in markets all over the world,” says CNBC SVP & Editor-in-Chief, Nikhil Deogun. “The show provides our viewers with a curated selection of the events that most affect their investment decisions.”

Frost joins Monday. Mody will join in mid-September.

Attorney Wants Retraction of CNN Story

LemonBlumenthalThe is it or isn’t it debate over a purported audiotape of the Michael Brown shooting hit a new level last night. Lopa Blumenthal, the attorney who provided the audiotape to CNN, and other networks, says she won’t “tolerate being maligned” by those who say the tape is a hoax.

“I’m not going to sit back and take this,” she tells WaPo’s Erik Wemple. “This is affecting my community — people are discussing it. My business exists on the work that I do, which means nothing if people think that I have no integrity.”

Blumenthal contacted CNN’s Don Lemon, who first aired the tape and conducted an interview with her Monday night, to express concern about the “New Day” segment Wednesday which called into question the veracity of the tape. “I need some form of redress,” she says. “My demand would be to not only do a retraction but to basically say that when CNN aired it they were fully aware of the fact that it wasn’t fully authenticated, and they decided to air it in any case with the disclaimer.”

Diane Sawyer Signs Off ‘World News:’ ‘I’ll See You Right Back Here on ABC News, Very Soon’

SawyerFinalIn what may be the most subdued evening news transition since John Chancellor handed off “NBC Nightly News” to Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd in 1982, Diane Sawyer signed off “World News” tonight. ABC hadn’t announced when Sawyer’s final show would air. That news came in a tweet from Sawyer this afternoon.

After a first block of news of the day, the second block included a David Muir “Made in America” report, a franchise which started under Sawyer’s watch. Muir said the ABC team has produced 154 reports and three updates since the series started three years ago. Sawyer then passed the torch her successor. “You know his command and commitment to bringing you the news, and let me just say to you personally right here, I cannot wait to see you in high gear. Let it begin.”

The third block took viewers behind the scenes, with a piece on those who put the show together: producers, writers, editors, correspondents, graphic designers, production crew and more. “Our teams across the country, our teams around the globe working under tight deadlines every single day,” said Sawyer, who then gave viewers a live peek into the control room. Here’s Sawyer’s final block goodbye:  Read more

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 264 | MSNBC: 87 | CNN: 163 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 411 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 242 | HLN: 95

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

168

TheFive:

339

Baier:

323

Greta:

270

O’Reilly:

450

Kelly:

398

Hannity:

386

O’Reilly:

303

Kelly:

311

MSNBC
Wagner:

50

EdShow:

94

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

119

Hayes:

134

Maddow:

193

O’Donnell:

144

Hayes:

119

Maddow:

81

CNN
Tapper:

160

Blitzer:

145

Blitzer:

204

Burnett:

283

Cooper:

289

Cooper:

255

Tonight:

182

Tonight:

178

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

39

Files:

26

Files:

38

Jane:

113

Grace:

90

Dr.Drew:

69

Files:

126

Files:

189

Files:

218

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