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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.

Lauren Ashburn’s Fox Contract Not Renewed

LaurenAshburnLauren Ashburn‘s Fox News contract will not be renewed, TVNewser has learned. Ashburn had a one-year deal with Fox News. She’s appeared weekly on Howard Kurtz‘s “Media Buzz” since launch last fall, and has been a contributor on other Fox News shows.

When reached for comment a Fox News spokesperson confirms Ashburn is no longer under contract but said she may appear as a guest on the network from time to time.

Ashburn, the former managing editor of USA Today, is also the founder of the Daily Download. Kurtz often contributed to that site during his time as Washington bureau chief for the Daily Beast. At the time, Kurtz was also host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where Ashburn was a frequent guest. Not long after Kurtz and Ashburn signed on with Fox News, Daily Download was shut down.

Evening News Ratings: Week of September 8

evening news_2014ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “NBC Nightly News” once again split the top honors in the ratings last week. The Brian Williams-anchored NBC newscast took total viewers, while the David Muir-anchored ABC broadcast won the A25-54 demo, its sixth straight win.

It was No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” that showed the most demo growth, up +10% year-over-year. “World News Tonight” was up +6% in the demo and “Nightly News” was down -4% in the demo. Among total viewers, all three programs showed growth: ABC was up +5% while NBC and CBS were each up +3%.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 8, 2014:

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• Total Viewers: 8,554,000 8,326,000 6,276,000
• A25-54: 2,013,000 2,136,000 1,607,000

 

In Profile: Bartiromo, Tapper, O’Reilly, Alexander

  • Maria Bartiromo talks with Adweek about her media diet and how she starts her day: “Usually I’ll check the performance of the international markets. Then I’ll look online and through Wall Street research reports to figure out what is setting the tone for the markets that day.”

  • Jake Tapper talks about his morning routine with Bon Appetit: “As soon as I wake up, I read my email to see what news developed overnight. Then I go to Twitter and do the same thing, see what’s happened in the rest of the world. Finally, I go to Facebook to get the developments on my friend’s lives. And then I get out of bed. This is all before coffee.”

  • Bill O’Reilly talks with the Cindy Adams about his latest book: Killing Patton. “Wartime things exist of which we have no idea. Our side wasn’t all good. Eisenhower and Patton, who had mistresses, were glory seekers, not buddies. In this book they’re human beings.”

  • Peter Alexander turned the “Today” show lens on his sister Becky Alexander discussing her memoir, Not Fade Away, which tells the story of how her world is changing because of a disorder called Usher Syndrome Type III, causing her to go blind and deaf.

Sheinelle Jones Named News Anchor of ‘Weekend Today’

ShenielleJonesSheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of the weekend editions of the “Today” show. Jones, who joins NBC News from WTXF-FOX in Philadelphia, begins October 4.

“We are delighted to welcome Sheinelle Jones to NBC News,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness. “She is an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team.”

Until March, Jones was co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” at WTXF. In her sign-off she said, in part, “I am leaving ‘Good Day.’ I am going to be with my kids.” Her co-host on “Good Day” was Mike Jerrick, a former Fox News host.

Jones had been the co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” for the last 9 years. Before that she was an anchor and reporter for KOKI-TV the Fox affiliate in Tulsa. She’s also worked as a morning anchor and reporter for WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois.

Jones replaces Jenna Wolfe who last week was named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for the “Today” show.

There She Is….

MissOklahomaFinal preparations are underway in Atlantic City this afternoon for tonight’s Miss America Competition, where you’ll be seeing several familiar TV News faces. ABC’s coverage begins at 8pmET with an ABC News special “Countdown to Miss America.” Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization told our sister site TVSpy what to expect for tonight’s 60th anniversary show.

“20/20″ is doing an hour-long special on Miss America, [hosted by "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach]. So we’ll be expanding our reach and it will essentially be a 3 hour event. We’ve got Chris Harrison from The Bachelor hosting with Lara Spencer, plus Gretchen Carlson will giving us behind the scenes coverage. It’s going to be a great show.

Ken Burns On How To Make History ‘Not Homework’

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With the debut of Ken Burns‘s latest documentary, “The Roosevelts,” tonight on PBS, we take a look back at Burns’s First Big Break, when he brought The Brooklyn Bridge to life. Burns has not forgotten what the success of that first documentary has meant for all the award-winning work he’s produced since: “The real thing is what you put into the film, not what kind of glory comes afterwards.”

This Week’s TV News, From Instagram

The things you see on Instagram. Here are a few stories we came across this week that popped up on the social media service. In Italy last weekend, Beijing-based CBS News correspondent Seth Doane married his partner Andrea Pastorelli. via @derrickshore:

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In New York, Barbara Walters was fashionably early at the Oscar De La Renta show on Tuesday.
via: @niquepeeks:

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Dateline NBC Produces Web-Only Oscar Pistorius Special

PistoriusOscarAs we reported yesterday, several networks have specials planned for tonight on the Oscar Pistorius verdict. NBC wasn’t one of them.

With a 2-hour “Dateline NBC” already in the can, the network just announced it has produced a full-length original documentary exclusively for the web — its first ever. The Dateline digital documentary, “Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict” will tell the entire story of the murder case against the Olympic sprinter, from the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed to today’s courtroom events.

The original documentary will go live on DatelineNBC.com tonight at 7pmET, and will be available online only.

Tom Cibrowski Will Wake Up Later on Monday

Today was Tom Cibrowski‘s final day as Senior EP of “Good Morning America.” Cibrowski moves upstairs at ABC News to the position of senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. Michael Corn, below with Cibrowski in Amy Robach‘s Twitter montage, takes over as EP of “GMA.” Corn had been EP of “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

 

Rosie O’Donnell: Look for a More ‘Objective’ View

TheNewViewRehearsals continued today for the new “View,” which debuts Monday. Returning host Rosie O’Donnell says the audition process for the new season, “was very much like the ‘Hunger Games.’”

“I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test,” O’Donnell tells Variety. “I don’t know if there’s a way to test that. It felt very negative and competitive.” Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace made the cut.

And Rosie still hasn’t buried the hatchet with one of her former co-hosts, “Fox & Friends’” Elisabeth Hasselbeck:

O’Donnell regularly clashed with former exec producer [Bill] Geddie and Hasselbeck, who exited in 2013. “Elisabeth would go into the dressing room with (Bill) and go over Republican talking points that are sent out every day, and then come out and recite what she had ingested,” O’Donnell says. “I tried to get her to talk more about her own self and how she felt rather than being a robotic pundit.”

Hasselbeck has chosen not to comment on Rosie’s latest comments about her. As for how the new season will compare to seasons’ past:

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