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Merrill Knox

Merrill Knox is Senior Editor of TVNewser and TVSpy. She joined Mediabistro in 2011 after four years working for "Your World with Neil Cavuto" at Fox News Channel. When she's not reading or writing, Merrill is most often found trying to anticipate the next plot twist on "Homeland." Follow her on Twitter @merrillknox or email her at merrill@mediabistro.com.

Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle Responds to On-Air Sexist Comment

stephanie ruhle cliff asnessStephanie Ruhle is speaking out about a sexist comment made by a guest on her Bloomberg TV show yesterday. AQR Capital founder Cliff Asness, who was guest co-hosting Ruhle’s show, said to her, “You’re giving me the look that I get when I talk to women about quant stuff.”

Ruhle immediately stopped the conversation and said good-naturedly, “Are you hitting me with a sexist line right there? Let me have a time out. I’m like ringing a foul ball bell here.” The comment came two minutes into the two-hour show that Asness was guest-hosting with Ruhle.

In a post on The Daily Beast today, Ruhle explains why she chose to defuse the moment with humor:

I happen to know Cliff, and the truth is he just made a dumb joke at a moment when his mouth and brain weren’t connecting. Which means the relevant issue isn’t the damage done, but the proper response. For me, in the moment, it was to stop the interview and call him out, with as much humor as possible, for a comment even the most ancient chauvinist knows is out of date. And to his credit, Cliff apologized and blushed and made all the proper gestures and noises a moral person should make when they’ve done something stupid. In the end, we both laughed.

I’m quite sure Cliff wasn’t trying to insult me specifically, or women in general. But it’s on everyone—men and women—to knock down stereotypes and outdated assumptions, even when they’re just proffered to fill a little air-time. We don’t need to respond with rage. But we still haven’t come far enough to let such things go unacknowledged.

Video is after the jump. Read more

Maria Bartiromo Honored By Italian Embassy

Maria Bartiromo Urbino awardMaria Bartiromo celebrated Tax Day yesterday with a trip to Washington, D.C. to accept the 2014 Urbino Press Award, an Italian prize given annually to an American journalist. The Italian ambassador to the U.S., Claudio Bisogniero, presented Bartiromo with the award at the Italian Embassy.

Bartiromo joined Fox News and Fox Business this year after more than 20 years at CNBC.

“The unmistakable style and exceptional professionalism that she has brought onto the screens of millions of viewers around the world are synonymous with high-quality American and international financial and economic journalism,” Bisogniero said in a statement.

Previous winners of the award include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Fox News to Debut Daytime Ensemble Show

outnumberedFox News has announced plans for a new 12pmET show called “Outnumbered” that will feature a rotating ensemble of four female hosts and one male host. The show will debut April 28.

In the new daytime lineup, “Happening Now,” anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, will split into two one-hour blocks at 11amET and 1pmET. “America’s News Headquarters,” which has had a temporary place in the lineup since the primetime shuffle last year, will no longer air on weekdays.

Harris Faulkner and FBN’s Sandra Smith will be the rotating hosts that will lead news coverage on “Outnumbered.” Other women featured will be Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros, along with Fox News contributors Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich and Kirsten Powers. The solo male panelist will vary each day.

Outnumbered combines a distinctive group of FOX talent with unique experiences and insights that will make for compelling news programming.  We look forward to once again pushing the envelope with the addition of this new show and are confident the revised line-up will only strengthen the FNC brand,” senior vice president of news Jay Wallace said in a statement.

Fox News has seen great success with “The Five,” its 5pmET ensemble show that debuted after Glenn Beck‘s departure in 2011. The show finished the first quarter of this year third in total viewers and second in the demo among all cable news programs.

SPJ Announces Sigma Delta Chi Winners: NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Al Jazeera

spj logoThe Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of the Sigma Delta Chi awards for exceptional professional journalism. This year, awards go to NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, CNN and Al Jazeera America.

NBC News won in the breaking news category for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. ABC won for feature reporting for a “Nightline” report called “The Gift of Sight.” “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” won for public service in television journalism for its report on abandoned buildings in Baltimore.

As for the cable networks: CNN’s “Weed: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Investigation” won in the documentary category and Al Jazeera America’s report “Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera” won for investigative reporting.

Full list of the national television winners is after the jump. Read more

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Cable Network Ranker: Week of April 7

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of April 7, averaging 1,605,000 viewers in primetime and 975,000 viewers in total day. Fox News placed fourth in primetime and fifth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks for the week.

MSNBC placed 27th in primetime and 30th in total day, averaging 570,000 viewers and 334,000 viewers, respectively. CNN placed 30th in primetime and 22nd in total day for the week. The network averaged 558,000 primetime viewers and 466,000 total day viewers.

USA, the History Channel, ESPN and TBS rounded out the top five primetime networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

The Scoreboard: Monday, April 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 273 | MSNBC: 118 | CNN: 155 | HLN: 82
  • Primetime: FNC: 395 | MSNBC: 147 | CNN: 206 | HLN: 94

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

227

TheFive:

379

Baier:

367

Greta:

371

O’Reilly:

379

Megyn:

418

Hannity:

379

Hannity:

312

Megyn:

292

MSNBC
Wagner:

135

EdShow:

157

Sharpton:

184

Matthews:

187

Hayes:

183

Maddow:

143

O’Donnell:

114

Hayes:

90

Maddow:

61

CNN
Tapper:

127

Blitzer:

152

Blitzer:

181

Burnett:

176

Cooper:

221

Tonight:

142

Spc.Rpt:

255

Cooper:

229

CNNI:

191

HLN
News:

22

Detective:

18

Detective:

32

Jane:

78

Grace:

123

DrDrew:

70

Files:

91

Files:

171

Files:

159

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Moment of Silence Marks First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings was marked with a moment of silence at 2:49pmET, the time that the two bombs exploded near the finish line in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

The broadcast networks presented special reports during the moment of silence: Brian Williams anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos on ABC and Scott Pelley on CBS. Pelley is in Boston, while Williams and Stephanopoulos anchored from New York.

Williams was joined by Ron Mott in Boston. ABC’s special report featured Dan Harris from Boston and former New York Police commissioner Ray Kelly, making his first appearance since joining the network.

The cable networks, which also provided live coverage of the moment of silence, have been dipping in and out of a tribute ceremony at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston since it began at noon. Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all aired Vice President Joe Biden‘s remarks live around 1:30pmET.

Read more about what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for Boston coverage this week here.

Friendly Reminder: TVNewser Party Tonight

Last chance: the TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party is tonight! Come join the sites’ editors and your fellow media professionals for a few drinks at Bubble Lounge in Tribeca at 6:30 p.m. Our parties are a great way to talk shop with colleagues across the industry and network with your fellow television news employees.

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The Scoreboard: Friday, April 11

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 228 | MSNBC: 115 | CNN: 121 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 359 | MSNBC: 140 | CNN: 139 | HLN: 94

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

169

TheFive:

301

Baier:

268

Greta:

235

O’Reilly:

345

Megyn:

388

Hannity:

343

O’Reilly:

297

Megyn:

243

MSNBC
Wagner:

78

EdShow:

161

Sharpton:

173

Matthews:

175

Hayes:

173

Maddow:

144

Lockup:

101

Lockup:

156

Lockup:

186

CNN
Tapper:

184

Blitzer:

122

Blitzer:

123

Burnett:

130

Cooper:

139

Tapper:

122

Spot/Nichols:

161/150

Bourdain:

103

Bourdain:

78

HLN
News:

18

Detective:

31

Detective:

19

Jane:

24

Grace:

33

Files:

103

Files:

146

Files:

136

Files:

163

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