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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.

Who Was at the White House Holiday Party Last Night?

GretaTree“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and executive producer Steve Capus were among the tvnewsers at last night’s White House media holiday party.

Also spotted, Chris Licht, VP of Programming for CBS News, morning anchors Norah O’Donnell from “CBS This Morning,” “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough, CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo and “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos. CNN anchors Candy Crowley and Wolf Blitzer were there, as were Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, and Greta’s husband John Coale.

CNN executives Jeff Zucker and Andrew Morse, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, PBS’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, MSNBC anchor Joy Ann Reid (with her eldest son in tow), Haddad Media’s Tammy Haddad, and DC correspondents including FNC’s Shannon Bream, CBS’s Bill Plante, CNN’s Joe Johns, and NBC’s Chris Jansing and Kelly O’Donnell.

(Photo: via Greta)

The Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | CNN: 159 | MSNBC: 89 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 367 | CNN: 153 | MSNBC: 144 | HLN: 86

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

184

TheFive:

366

Baier:

354

Greta:

362

O’Reilly:

523

Kelly:

338

Hannity:

240

O’Reilly:

208

Kelly:

147

CNN
Tapper:

139

Blitzer:

185

Blitzer:

180

Burnett:

205

Cooper:

168

Cooper:

106

Tonight:

183

Tonight:

197

CNNI:

169

MSNBC
Wagner:

49

EdShow:

74

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

164

Hayes:

121

Maddow:

177

O’Donnell:

133

Hayes:

112

Maddow:

90

HLN
NOW:

18

WWYD?:

28

Files:

33

Special:

14

Grace:

84

Dr.Drew:

101

Grow/Files:

74

Files:

237

Files:

265

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Bogus $72 Million High School Student Was Ready to go on CNBC

Did you hear the one about the New York City high school student who made $72 million trading stocks during his lunch hour?

Don’t believe it.

Unfortunately, a New York magazine reporter did, and then she wrote about it. Incidentally, that reporter, Jessica Pressler, was just hired by Bloomberg.

But back to the high school student, Mohammed Islam, who fessed up to the New York Observer last night. Just hours earlier, Islam and his friend, Damir Tulemaganbetov, were at CNBC prepared to do an interview about their multi-million dollar stock trading prowess, when the teens decided it was time to come clean. Tulemaganbetov tells the Observer,

We were at CNBC. That’s why we’re dressed up. But we were there and literally in the building stressing out. We had 20 minutes. Then we three times asked them could we have 20 seconds to talk? [The boys ended up cancelling the CNBC appearance.]

CNBC was among the leading skeptics. “In a CNBC interview at midday Monday, Islam said the New York article was not accurate. He intimated that his trades had netted a few million dollars but dodged repeated questions.”

Islam

(Photo: 5WPR)

First Minutes of Terror in Sydney Captured Live on ‘The Morning Show’

Seven Network, one of Australia’s main TV channels, was broadcasting “The Morning Show” not 50 meters from the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s Central Business District when a gunman stormed the cafe, and held dozens of people hostage for 16 hours. “The Morning Show,” which airs from 9am-Noon, as well as “Sunrise” which airs directly before it, originate from the Martin Place studios.

“Here at Channel 7, all of the staff here are being told to get away from the windows,” said host Kylie Gillies, who anchored the first minutes of coverage with Larry Emdur.

Police eventually ordered a newsroom evacuation. The TVTonight blog reports staffers scrambled to an alternative location in Sydney while Seven’s sister stations in Melbourne and Perth anchored some coverage.

On Tuesday morning’s “Sunrise,” just hours after the siege ended, anchor Natalie Barr learned the sad news of the death of one of the two hostages while she was on the air. 38-year Katrina Dawson, a wife and mother of three, was a lawyer who worked just around the corner. Dawson’s brother Sandy, also a lawyer, has done work for Channel Seven.

The Tuesday Ticker: Winter, ’60,’ ’48′

  • Former Fox News reporter Jana Winter has joined The Intercept. Winter was the subject of a year-long legal battle during which lawyers for Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes demanded she reveal a  source of one of her stories. An appeals court sided with Winter.

  • “60 Minutes” was the 6th most-watched show on broadcast TV last week. Sunday’s broadcast was watched by 11.4 million viewers. Compared to last year, the CBS News broadcast was up +9% in households, +7% in the A18-49 demo, and +10% percent in viewers.

  • CBS’s other newsmagazine “48 Hours” was Saturday’s #1 broadcast at 10PM. 4.88 million viewers watched, averaging a 1.4 rating / 4 share with A25-54 viewers.

Interrogator on Use of Waterboarding: ‘We Would Just Have to Man Up’

Megyn Kelly is on the move. She’s headed to the White House Christmas party tonight, and will anchor “Kelly File” from DC. Tomorrow she’ll head to Hollywood for first appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

On her show tonight, Kelly airs the final portions of a 4-part interview with Dr. James Mitchell, among those who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The interview, Mitchell’s first since the release of the Senate report on post-9/11 CIA tactics, was confirmed just before last night’s show. Kelly continued the interview after her show ended and it’s those sections that will air tonight.

Dr. Mitchell talked about the use of waterboarding during interrogations: “Those techniques are so harsh that it’s emotionally distressing to the people who are administering them. Even though you don’t want to do it, you’re doing it in order to save lives in the country, and we would just have to man up for lack of a better term.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of December 8

eveningnews2015“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won another week in both total viewers and the demo, and is up +2% season-to-date in viewers: its best seasonal start in 9 years.

No. 2 ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the same week last year: +5% in viewers and up +4% in the demo, and has narrowed the gap with “Nightly” -41% in total viewers.

NBC was up +1% in viewers and down -10% in the demo. No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was flat in viewers and down -8% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 8, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,371,000 8,693,000 7,345,000
• A25-54: 2,133,000 2,118,000 1,730,000

 

Fox News May Disappear from Dish

FNCdishIf you watched any of the NFL on FOX Sunday, you may have caught this commercial imploring Dish customers to push the satellite carrier to keep Fox News in the lineup. FNC’s current deal with Dish expires this Saturday night at 11:59pmET.

“We are simply notifying our viewers about the possibility of not being able to access FOX News on their current satellite TV provider,” says Tim Carry, EVP of Distribution for Fox News.

Nearly 20,000 people called the 800 number and more than 75,000 went to the website after the ad aired during yesterday’s NFL games. The ad is also airing on FOX O&Os today.

This is the third Dish contract expiration to go public in the last two months. In October, Turner’s deal with Dish expired leaving 14 million Dish subscribers without CNN, HLN and other Turner networks. Service was restored Nov. 21 after a new deal was struck.

CBS pulled its programming from Dish Friday, Dec. 5. Both sides struck a deal 12 hours later, returning the network’s O&Os to the satellite service.

Barbara Walters Brings in 7.7 Million for 2014 Most Fascinating People Special

WaltersClooneyBarbara Walters returned for another “Most Fascinating” special last night, averaging 7.7 million viewers. Walters, who retired earlier this year from day-to-day work at ABC News, increased the timeslot for ABC by 57% in Total Viewers over original dramas that aired on the same night last year.

The second hour of the 2-hour special finished second in the timeslot, behind NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The 2014 edition was watched by 1.1 million fewer viewers than last year’s special which aired on a Wednesday night, and was billed as Walters’ final “Most Fascinating” special.

Walters named Amal Clooney as the Most Fascinating person of 2014. Walters didn’t get an interview with Mrs. George Clooney, but she aired several of her past interviews with Mr. George Clooney, including the 1995 chat where he said he would never marry again. “I know I’m never going to get married again because i wasn’t very good at it,” Clooney told Walters.

So, will Barbara be back next year?

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MSNBC Makes Shift to Daily Web Shows

ShiftMSNBCIt was born in the early days of the internet as a place to get news around the clock, online and on TV. Eighteen years later, MSNBC is expanding its television production capacity and its online omnipresence with a series of web-only shows that fit the network’s progressive leanings.

Shift, as it’s called, launched this morning with “The Briefing.” Hosted by NBC News Washington correspondent Luke Russert. The one-hour show will look ahead to the week in politics.

Other programs include “Road Map,” hosted by MSNBC foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, who recently relocated to New York, where he will also be anchoring more hours on MSNBC TV.

Krystal Ball will host women’s issues show “Krystal Clear;” Janet Mock will host a pop culture show called “So Popular!;” “Left Field” explores the sports world; “Three Cents” is a business show hosted by Josh Barro; and “Code Forward” is a technology show in partnership with Re/Code, which includes NBCU as an investor.

More than a name, shift is what MSNBC is trying to accomplish, in an effort to grab more online eyeballs.  Read more

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