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Last One…

It started with some intern gossip at “Dayside with Linda Vester.” We had heard the rumors, and asked a producer if it was true — “Go check TVNewser.”

From that point on I was hooked — a daily reader, an occasional anonymous tipster (like here) and when the associate editor position opened up, I jumped at the opportunity.

After more than 18 months, I’m truly honored to have been a part of what Brian Stelter started and Chris Ariens has continued.

Now, I go back to being a regular reader. Brian closed his goodbye with, “I still have a lot to learn.” I do too — but thanks to everyone at mediabistro.com, I’m off to a good start.

ABC’s Ward “Mortified” By Campaign Donation Mistake

Ward_6.19.jpgIn the wake of The Washington Times report of campaign donations made by ABC employees, heavily favoring Pres. Obama, The New York Observer highlights some key figures on the list, from actress Christina Applegate to Barbara Walters‘ hairdresser.

Two were ABC News employees, representing a small fraction of the entire list (“Of the $124,421 in donations, only $885 came from the news division”). One, a 20/20 producer, has left the network, while the other was Clarissa Ward, a foreign correspondent who joined the network from FNC in October 2007. She donated $500 over a two-week period in October 2008 to Obama’s campaign.

“I am mortified by my mistake,” she told the Observer. “I was new to ABC news. And I didn’t pay close enough attention to their longstanding policy.”

The Scoreboard: Thursday, June 18

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 348 | CNN: 140 | MSNBC: 137 | HLN: 124

Prime: FNC: 681 | CNN: 165 | MSNBC: 350 | HLN: 196

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  549 462 410 762 678 602 494
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Summit: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  193 183 162 111 143 242 156
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  177 156 238 414 382 255 160
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  78 103 163 288 133 182 256


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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Twitter Hijacking?…CBS.com #1…ABCNews.com’s Wire…

Fox News Denies Receiving Letter Regarding Ensign Affair

kelly_6-19.jpgFox News is denying reports the network received a letter from Doug Hampton, whose wife had an affair with Sen. John Ensign, sent five days before Ensign’s news conference, detailing the entirety of the affair.

The Las Vegas Sun reported this morning: “The letter presented for the first time Doug Hampton’s view of what took place. It was addressed to Megyn Kelly at Fox News’ corporate office in New York.”

But Fox News tells The Huffington Post the letter never made it to Kelly or the network. “He might have sent it, but we never received it,” said Tom Lowell, senior producer of America’s Newsroom. “He did reach out to us about 24 hours before the news conference, and he sent an e-mail to a booker on my staff…We followed up with him, but he seemed evasive and not credible, thus we didn’t pursue it.”

At the time of Ensign’s announcement, a spokesperson said Hampton had contacted “a major television news channel,” before the conference. “I categorically deny that we ever reached out to the senator in any way shape or form prior to him making his announcement,” said Lowell.

In the Hampton letter, which FNC received as an attachment to the email, he said, “I could have sought the most liberal, Republican hating media to expose this story, but there are people’s lives at stake and justice is about proper process as well as outcome.”

“Appointment TV”: MSNBC’s Morning Show Names Revealed

msnbc_6-18.jpgMSNBC has been running promos today for the new morning show line-up, with the names of each show revealed for the first time.

At 9amET “sharp,” as it says in the promo, “Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan,” begins.

At NoonET, “Dr. Nancy,” hosted by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, will air.

A couple tag lines are being used: “It’s Appointment TV,” appears in some promos, while others use the phrase, “Politics Comes First.”

The new shows premiere June 29, coinciding with the move by MSNBC to HD.

Menu: What We Learned Over The Last Six Months

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we’ll discuss Bill Keller‘s trip to Iran (and his reaction to those who have reacted with surprise) and Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show — how are the ratings?

As always on Friday, we’ll have “What We Learned This Week” — only this time, it’s “What We Learned Over The Last Six Months.”

See…it’s my last podcast. We’ll take a look back at some past moments, including our highest profile shout-out (Thanks, Rush Limbaugh!).

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. And tune in Monday and beyond, with GalleyCat editor Jason Boog at the helm.

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Late Night Race Tightens, Nightline Finishes #2 in A18-49

The late-night race is tightening, as just 36,000 Total Viewers separated the three programs last week. NBC’s Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien finished first in all categories, followed by CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s Nightline. Nightline finished 2nd in the A18-49 demo, but a close third in the A25-54 demo and Total Viewers.

Letterman was in the headlines all week following his jokes about, and response to, the Palin family.

Compared to the first week of May, when Jay Leno was still hosting, the Total Viewer difference was more than 1.2 million between the three programs. Although the demo numbers have remained similar, the Tonight Show has seen a major drop in Total Viewers. Week-to-week, Nightline is up the most in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo categories.

For the week of June 8, 2009:

Show Network A25-54 Total Viewers
Tonight Show NBC 2.05M 3.77M
Late Show CBS 1.49M 3.67M
Nightline ABC 1.45M 3.41M

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, June 17

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 348 | CNN: 141 | MSNBC: 113 | HLN: 115

Prime: FNC: 743 | CNN: 205 | MSNBC: 269 | HLN: 177

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  546 500 486 855 775 599 521
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  135 142 139 169 184 261 183
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  140 119 160 329 280 198 123
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  39 88 160 259 95 190 161


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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Ambushing an Ambusher: Griff Jenkins Meets “Open Left”

Gawker still hasn’t tracked down Jesse Watters for an ambush interview, but Adam Green of Open Left found a different ambusher to ambush last night — Griff Jenkins. The result — an ambush-off. Check it out below (with FNC’s take after the jump). Also, Gawker promises: “John Cook is still hot on the tail of elusive O’Reilly Factor producer/creepy stalker Jesse Watters, so keep an eye out Jesse.”



Click continued see how The Fox Nation is viewing the exchange (more will air tonight on Glenn Beck at 5pmET)…

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