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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.

Israeli Foreign Minister: We Will ‘Work to Prevent’ Al Jazeera From Operating in Israel

al-jazeera-650x441Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said today that the country will “work to prevent” Al Jazeera from operating within its borders, the International Business Times reports:

“Qatar ( the Gulf state where Al Jazeera is based)  has turned into a global problem. Al Jazeera is a central pillar of the propaganda apparatus of Hamas,” he said. The news network employs several Israeli journalists. Freedom of the press is enshrined in Israeli law and, according to Anshel Pfeffer, a writer for the liberal daily Haaretz, only the Supreme Court could ban their reports.

Al Jazeera Arabic had earlier reported that Israel had been using phosphorus bombs in east Gaza, which it had pledged to stop using last year. The company is also funded by Qatari owners, who Israel believe to be financing Hamas. It is unknown whether the minister was alluding to the Al Jazeera English or Al Jazeera America arm of the company.

[h/t Mediaite]

The Scoreboard: Friday, July 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 270 | MSNBC: 102 | CNN: 205 | HLN: 97
  • Primetime: FNC: 323 | MSNBC: 118 | CNN: 263 | HLN: 83

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

205

TheFive:

370

Baier:

367

Greta:

385

TheFive:

388

Kelly:

311

Hannity:

271

TheFive:

324

Kelly:

334

MSNBC
Wagner:

52

EdShow:

73

Sharpton:

128

Matthews:

105

Hayes:

75

Maddow:

144

O’Donnell:

135

Lockup:

129

Lockup:

252

CNN
Tapper:

191

Blitzer:

248

Blitzer:

227

Burnett:

259

Cooper:

281

Cooper:

287

Tonight:

222

Tonight:

165

CNNI:

175

HLN
Now:

69

Files:

55

Files:

62

Files:

51

Grace:

70

Files:

69

Files:

110

Files:

94

Files:

144

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CNN’s Rosa Flores: Reporting From Honduras ‘Brings My Career as a Journalist Full Circle’

CNN's Rosa Flores in HondurasRosa Flores marked her one-year anniversary at CNN this week with a series of reports from Honduras on immigration, a fitting tribute to her career as a journalist: the former CPA decided to pursue reporting after hearing “heartbreaking stories of people living in extreme poverty” while delivering food and clothing to indigent people on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I felt a responsibility to tell their stories. It just happens to be that some of those stories were from Central Americans who had walked through Mexico, hoping to make it to the U.S.,” Flores tells TVNewser. “Covering stories in Honduras for CNN brings my career as a journalist full circle, back to the stories that encouraged me to shed light where there was none.”

Although Flores says it is an emotional challenge to report the many stories of those trying to escape violence and poverty, she says there are bright spots of optimism along the way that keep her going.

“I remember a little girl clearly.  She asked, ‘do you speak English?’ I said, ‘yes,’” Flores recalls. “Her eyes sparkled and she smiled.  She hoped to learn English and read books in English one day, but she doesn’t own books.  Her eyes were full of hope.”

Isaac Lee Praises Fusion’s ‘Comprehensive, Truly Distinct’ World Cup Coverage

Fusion World Cup celebrationFusion staffers gathered in Miami last night to celebrate the end of the World Cup and welcome back the team who traveled to Brazil to lead the network’s coverage, including “Soccer Gods” hosts Nando Vila and Simon Carr and VP of news Mark Lima (pictured). In a note to staffers yesterday afternoon, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee called the World Cup coverage “comprehensive, truly distinct, and full of personality across our television and digital platforms”:

Nando and Simon did a terrific job anchoring our coverage in primetime with “The Soccer Gods” live from Copacabana Beach every night.  As two avid fans, they brought a level of passion, excitement, and humor to our coverage that struck exactly the right tone for Fusion. While they shined in front of the camera, it wouldn’t have been possible without Zach Rigg and Pablo Sanchis behind the scenes making them look good!

Fusion not only delivered a unique take on the action unfolding on the pitch every day, but it was the stories from the streets of Brazil that helped us stand out. From Mariana van Zeller watching the Brazil v Chile match in a favela with one of Brazil’s largest, most violent drug gangs to Pedro Andrade scoring interviews with some of the biggest soccer stars of all time includingPele and Marta. Jorge Ramos and Leon Krauze also contributed their unique insights both on “Soccer Gods” and by live-blogging several matches on Soccer.Fusion.net.

With the World Cup over and the midterm elections on the horizon, Fusion is building up its booking unit. Capital New York’s Alex Weprin has more on the new hires that will lead the effort to secure interviews with big-name guests.

Lee’s full note, after the jump. Read more

Maria Bartiromo Returns to NYSE for Summer Fridays: ‘We Wanted to Kick it Up a Little’

maria bartiromoStarting this morning, and every Friday for the rest of the summer, Maria Bartiromo will anchor her Fox Business show from outside the NYSE.

“Summer Fridays are sometimes lighter days. It’s just a nice change of pace to go outside and go downtown,” Bartiromo tells TVNewser. “I love my set and I love being at the Fox headquarters, which is so convenient for guests, but I figured because we’re in the summertime, we wanted to kick it up a little and do something different.”

Bartiromo, who joined FBN from CNBC in in January, has a long history at the NYSE: in addition to being the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor, her CNBC show was broadcast there. One of the reasons to return, she says, is to “reconnect with people” and Wall Street sources.

“I have so many friends there. I did go down once when I first started [at FBN],” she says. “It was so nice because the guys on the floor gave me such a beautiful welcome, and I really felt great about it.” Read more

Evening Newscasts Juggle Dueling Breaking News Stories

The three evening newscasts were each expanded to an hour tonight following a busy news day that included the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, shot down near the Russia-Ukraine border, and the launch of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza following 10 days of heavy violence there.

NBC’s Brian Williams began with a report from Tom Costello on the Malaysia Airlines jet. “Nightly” stayed with the plane crash news until 6:47 p.m. when Williams went to Richard Engel in Gaza for a live report on the ground war.

Nightly Newscasts

ABC also began with the plane crash, leading with a report from chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. With David Muir anchoring, “World News” turned to Gaza at 6:43 p.m. with a report from Hamish MacDonald.

On CBS, Scott Pelley began with a brief synopsis of the Malaysian jet crash before bringing in a team of correspondents, including David Martin, Bob Orr, Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett and Jeff Pegues. “CBS Evening News” turned to Gaza at 6:42 p.m. with a report from Holly Williams.

The cable and business networks also have continuing coverage of both stories tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Expanded Evening, Morning Newscasts for Malaysia Flight 17, Israeli Ground Offensive

NBC News plane crashAs wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 and the launch of the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza continues, the broadcast and cable networks are planning special coverage for the evening newscasts tonight and the morning newscasts tomorrow.

All three evening newscasts will be expanded to an hour tonight. “ABC World News” will be anchored by David Muir, while “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” will be helmed by their respective regular anchors, Scott Pelley and Brian Williams.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-10pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 10-12pmET. After that, CNN will simulcast four hours of CNN International. In the morning, “Early Start” will be live at 4amET. CNN has several correspondents en route to Ukraine, Moscow and Amsterdam.

All three Fox News primetime shows — “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” — will be live tonight. After “Hannity,” Megyn Kelly will host another live hour of “The Kelly File” from 11-12pmET. Steve Harrigan is en route to Ukraine for FNC. Jennifer Griffin will report from Washington and Amy Kellogg will report from London. Tomorrow morning, “Fox & Friends First” will be live an hour early at 4amET. Read more

Networks Pivot From Ukraine to Gaza as Israel Launches Ground Offensive

Shortly before 4pmET, cable and broadcast networks turned from Ukraine — where they have spent most of the day reporting on Malyasia Airlines flight 17, which was shot down near the Russian border this morning — to Gaza, where Israel has just launched a ground offensive after several days of violence there.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the only broadcast anchor still on the air when news of the ground invasion broke. “We’re just getting reports now from our Hamish MacDonald that Israeli military confirms to ABC news that the ground phase of the war in Gaza has indeed begun,” Stephanopoulos said. “Another huge crisis escalating at the same time as we’re getting all of these reports of the downed airliner.”

On cable, Shepard Smith continues to anchor from the Fox News Deck, joined by John Huddy from Gaza. Jake Tapper is anchoring on CNN, joined by Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem. CNN’s Ben Wedeman and Karl Penhaul also reported from Gaza during the 4pmET hour. Alex Wagner is anchoring on MSNBC.

MSNBC and CNN have mostly focused on the plane during the 4pmET hour, while Fox News has stayed with the Gaza story.

>Update: As an out of breath John Huddy voiced a running eyewitness account on Fox News, describing what he sees and hears, Smith said, “John Huddy is giving us a view like you won’t see on any channel in this world. I’m watching all of them. And nobody has this view, and nobody has this eye on this, except John Huddy.” Watch here.

In Profile: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Paul Marcum

Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Guilfoyle talks with Cosmopolitan about how she became a Fox News co-host:

Have you faced adversity because of your gender or ethnicity?

So far I think my reputation and my abilities have put to rest any doubts that one might have about me, about my background, about where I come from, or even my gender. I think it’s been more of an issue of being a woman in a hard-charging field, like being a prosecutor, working with victims of violent crimes, working with gang units, working with homicide prosecutors. I have been in a very tough world where a lot of men are involved in these groups and these jobs. You really have to prove yourself and prove your worth. I didn’t come from family that had been here for generations and had all these connections. What I’ve had to do was struggle and put myself through hard work. I still feel like I’ve got to prove myself.

Bloomberg global head of digital video Paul Marcum talks with Adweek about his efforts to make business videos go viral: Read more

Sunday Show Ratings: July 13

A split decision for the Sunday public affairs shows July 13: CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” won in the A25-54 demographic. NBC’s “Meet the Press” was third in both ratings measurements.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” was the only show to grow in both ratings measurements, up +16% in total viewers and +17% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” (+21% in total viewers / flat in the demo), “Face the Nation” (flat / -20%) and “Fox News Sunday” (+3% / -19%) were mixed, while “Meet the Press” was down -10% and -15%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,190,000 total viewers and 506,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 670,000 and 246,000 viewers, respectively.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for July 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.074M 801K
ABC
“This Week” 2.761M 842K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.266M 645K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.150M 320K
UNI “Al Punto” 768K 301K

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