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Jordan Chariton is Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. He joined Mediabistro in 2013 after four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, and over a year as the digital producer at NYC's 92nd Street Y. When he's not reading or writing, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge Netflix watching. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton or email him at jordan@mediabistro.com.

Former CBS News President David Burke Dies

DavidWBurkeFormer CBS News President David W. Burke has died at the age of 78, TVNewser has learned.

Burke served as CBS News chief from 1988-1990, overseeing the network’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the First Gulf War. He also suspended the late “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for comments that offended homosexuals.

Before CBS, Burke  served as executive vice president at ABC News, where he helped lift the network to first place in the ratings while also building Peter Jennings into a major figure. At ABC, Burke oversaw the creation of “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “20/20″ with Barbara Walters. Following his two tumultuous years at CBS News, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Burke, was ”an outsider in the most inside of institutions.”

Burke worked in politics before his time as a broadcast executive, as an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy and New York Governor Hugh Carey. Later in life, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the first chairman of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which today hands out an award in Burke’s name.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 224 | MSNBC: 108 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 352 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 196 | HLN: 127

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

160

TheFive:

291

Baier:

225

Greta:

250

O’Reilly:

426

Megyn:

357

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

231

Megyn:

212

MSNBC
Wagner:

95

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

144

Matthews:

130

Hayes:

142

Maddow:

191

O’Donnell:

142

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

102

CNN
Tapper:

122

Blitzer:

132

Blitzer:

152

Burnett:

149

Cooper:

201

Tonight:

227

Chicago:

159

SpcRpt:

113

CNNI:

122

HLN
News:

52

Files:

39

Files:

24

Jane:

64

Grace:

124

DrDrew:

124

Files:

133

Files:

153

Files:

132

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Lara Spencer Named Co-Host of ‘Good Morning America’

LaraSpencer Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-host of “Good Morning America,” joining George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, ABC News President James Goldston announced today.

“Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George,”  Goldston wrote in an email to staff marking the two-year anniversary of “GMA” snapping “Today’s” reign as TV news’ number-one morning show.

Spencer re-signed with “GMA” last month. “This was a simple decision,” Spencer said then. “I love what I do and I adore the people I work with. I am thrilled to be on this team and look forward to many more years.”

Goldston’s full email to staff after the jump.

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What is Greta Van Susteren’s TV News Dream?

Greta Van Susteren made headlines yesterday for implying White House Press Secretary Jay Carney might be dreaming in suggesting the Obama administration is the most transparent in history; the other night she described her own dream as a TV news host.

“Do you know what my dream in this job is?” Van Susteren said. “I’d love to make that call to a grieving family, and say, ‘They found her, she’s alive.”

The “On the Record” host was previewing her Fox News special airing tonight at 7pmET, which reexamines the 2006 disappearance of then-24-year-old Jennifer Kesse, a case Greta covered then.

“I wish we could cover every missing person–we can’t,” Greta added. “You may think that we drop these stories–we don’t.”


Which of President Obama’s 2012 Election Interviews Was the Toughest?

obama stewartWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s pick for President Obama’s toughest 2012 election interview might surprise you.

“Probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart,” Carney told CBS’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett during a discussion at George Washington University today.

Carney added that Stewart produced the most “substantive, challenging” interview for the president leading up to the 2012 election, and that Stewart packages news in a way that draws young eyeballs, which is who the president was trying to reach by going on “The Daily Show.”

But Greta Van Susteren isn’t laughing at other comments Carney made about Fox News, taking to GretaWire to criticize Carney for suggesting “ridiculous stories” coming from Fox News, like how many times former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the White House; Greta also called the White House “delusional” on the issue of transparency.

‘Never been a more transparent administration?’

OOPS! I love to get credit for identifying a falsehood but we are not the only ones. I also know the White House likes to blame Fox News for all their problems, but it is NOT just Fox New that outs the White House about its false claim of transparency.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of April 7

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” is the top morning show once again, and wins in the A25-54 demo by its widest margin in three months; it beat second-place “Today” by 279,000 demo viewers, its largest victory since the week of 12/30/13.

“GMA” also showed the most growth in total and demo viewers compared to the same week last year, up +2% and +8%, respectively. “Today’s” seven consecutive months of growth in total and demo viewers is its highest rate of growth in those categories since 1997 and 2001, respectively.

NBC’s “Today” was flat in total viewers year-over-year and down slightly in demo viewers, down -2%. “CBS This Morning” was also flat year-over-year in total viewers, and lost ground in the demo, down -8%.

The averages for the week of April 7, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.617M / NBC: 4.856M / CBS: 3.041M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.212M / NBC: 1.933M / CBS: 956,000

Should Jorge Ramos Be Worried About Anthony Weiner?

Weiner RamosFormer U.S. Congressman and recent New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner appeared with Jorge Ramos last night on Fusion, suggesting he has eyes on a certain anchor chair.

“You do a service every night with your program, so I believe there are other ways,” Weiner told Ramos about finding other ways to influence the political process than running for office. “For example, guest hosting your show.”

“Any day, of course,” Ramos responded. And in response to whether he is done sexting, Weiner told Ramos: “I think if anything at this point of my career I’ve earned the right to say it’s none of your business.”

Weiner is no stranger to TV-news hosting rumors. Last year, reports surfaced that he began reaching out to radio and TV agents before running for mayor. As a congressman, Weiner became known for buzzworthy cable news guest spots; he and Megyn Kelly got into a shouting match in 2011 over a potential conflict of interest Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas might have had when hearing Affordable Care Act cases.

Weiner casually lobbying for a guest-hosting gig on Fusion after the jump.

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Bill O’Reilly…Marlboro Man?

While opening the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly revealed an offer he received four decades ago that might have changed the course of today’s number one cable news host’s career.

“While I was covering the news in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy…dressed as a cowboy,” O’Reilly said while talking about the 1960′s government campaign against tobacco. “I’m from Long Island,” O’Reilly continued, presumably thinking he couldn’t pull off playing a cowboy.

O’Reilly concluded his Talking Points segment urging a campaign against the “United States of intoxication,” specifically noting rising marijuana use.


The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 142 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 379 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 217 | HLN: 127

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

205

TheFive:

335

Baier:

360

Greta:

263

O’Reilly:

432

Megyn:

385

Hannity:

319

O’Reilly:

292

Megyn:

240

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

163

Matthews:

168

Hayes:

192

Maddow:

235

O’Donnell:

202

Hayes:

126

Maddow:

118

CNN
Tapper:

142

Blitzer:

175

Blitzer:

199

Burnett:

211

Cooper:

266

Tonight:

176

Spc.Report:

211

Cooper:

155

CNNI:

111

HLN
News:

25

Files:

27

Files:

29

Jane:

55

Grace:

140

DrDrew:

123

Files:

117

Files:

179

Files:

272

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Gretchen Carlson and Mika Brzezinski Join #WomenofWorth Forum

On air, they are competitors, but today Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski joined up for the “Women of Worth” Twitter forum.

Hosted by L’Oreal Paris, both anchors tweeted along with thousands of other women sharing stories and insights about the power of self-worth and its ability to elevate women.

And Mika shared her top woman of worth.

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