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Innocent ‘Selfie Stalker’ Sues Nancy Grace

Grace_10.6HLN’s Nancy Grace is being sued by a Boulder, CO man after she continued to show his picture even after he’s despite being cleared of stalking charges.

Benjamin Seibert was accused of stalking a woman after she found his photo on her phone. The woman assumed the picture was a “selfie” taken by an intruder and called police.

It turns out Seibert’s image got onto the women’s phone when a mutual friend sent it by mistake. Denver police cleared Seibert of all charges, but he says Grace kept the story alive on her social media accounts and continued to publish his photo.

Grace once described the photo as a “textbook serial killer’s calling card.” Seibert is seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

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TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

HLN’s Robin Meade Set to Perform in Vegas

RobinMeade304x200HLN’s Robin Meade hosts “Morning Express,” but is also a successful musician. The HLN anchor will join “Human Nature” for a Motown-style Christmas review at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Meade will be appearing in the lively holiday celebration from Dec. 12-24.

Meade collaborated with Human Nature on the holiday classic “Sleigh Bells” on The Christmas Album, which is available on iTunes.

Robin previously discussed her music with Mediabistro, check it out after the jump.  Read more

Ty Pennington Coming to HLN

PenningtonWell, move that bus, Ty Pennington is joining HLN in a limited-run series that is a partnership with Holiday Inn hotels.

“Growing America: A Journey to Success” follows teams of MBA students from the MBAs Across America program, who are given one week to use their expertise to transform businesses and positively affect communities in cities across the U.S. The 6-episode program, debuting Sunday, November 16 at 9pmET, is an entry into the sponsored content arena for HLN.

“This collaboration speaks to the strength of both brands and how we connect with millions of Americans on a daily basis,” says Katrina Cukaj, EVP of CNN/HLN Ad Sales. “This partnership also represents an important step forward for both HLN and the Holiday Inn brand in the way in which we now connect with our audiences – in person, on television and through digital channels.”

Mike Brooks Cut at HLN

MikeBrooksMike Brooks, a law enforcement analyst who appeared on many HLN and CNN programs going back to 2001, was among those cut during layoffs this week at Turner Broadcasting.

“I had the opportunity to work with some of THE finest journalists, producers, bookers, assignment editors, photo journalists, attorneys, Judges….YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE,” Brooks wrote on Facebook. “And some of you are also departing HLN/CNN. And I can’t forget CNN Hair & Makeup…You made a guy who has a GREAT face for radio look good in front of the camera. (At least you didn’t have to do my hair).”

Fans Start Petition to Bring Back Jane Velez-Mitchell

VelezAriasFans have created an on-line petition in an attempt to save Jane Velez-Mitchell’s job at HLN. Velez-Mitchell’s nightly show was canceled Tuesday, with “Forensic Files” airing in its place.

The petition, which has a goal of 1,000 signatures, is addressed to HLN head Albie Hecht. “We do not want to watch old reruns of Forensic Files,” the petition reads. While it is unlikely 1,000 signatures would get Hecht to change his mind, it is evident that Velez-Mitchell has a loyal following. The petitioner goes on to say, “Jane was a tireless and outspoken advocate on behalf of animals, and crime victims. I’ve been watching her since the Casey Anthony case and she is the only one that has updates on major investigations and big high-profile trials!”

HLN canceled Velez-Mitchell’s show, along with CNN’s “Sanjay Gupta, MD,” “CNN Money,” “Unguarded,” and “Crossfire” in what is shaping up to be a busy week of layoffs. CNN is reportedly offering on-site counseling services to those affected by the cuts.

Amid CNN Cuts and Layoffs, Time Warner Boss Promises Growth

jeff_bewkes-300x300As CNN employees learned of more layoffs and show cancellations, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes was addressing investors in another part of the Time Warner Center, promising huge growth in the company’s earnings.

Plans for growing revenue include added spending for original programming, reports The New York Times:

Another concern is Turner, the home to CNN, TBS and TNT. The group of cable networks has faced ratings declines, and Turner has said it would expand its original programming in response. The company said that it would double its investment in original programming to $1 billion by 2018 from about $500 million. “We need to do more with more impact,” John Martin, the chief executive of Turner, said.

Jane Velez Mitchell Show Canceled

JaneDon2Breaking: Jane Velez Mitchell‘s nightly HLN show has been canceled, part of deep cuts at CNN today. Velez Mitchell will be leaving the network, as will the staff of the show. In all about 15 HLN employees, we’ve learned.

Velez Mitchell was a contributor to the network even before she got her own show which launched 6 years ago this week. Velez Mitchell was thrust onto the HLN schedule Oct. 17, 2008, when Glenn Beck abruptly departed for Fox News Channel.

As it turns out, Velez Mitchell’s final episode last night finished as the No. 1 HLN primetime show in the demo, even beating Chris Matthews on MSNBC. “Forensic Files” will air at 7pmET tonight.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 8

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 305 | CNN: 180 | MSNBC: 78 | HLN: 99
  • Primetime: FNC: 475 | CNN: 355 | MSNBC: 132 | HLN: 75

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

159

TheFive:

265

Baier:

376

Greta:

364

O’Reilly:

556

Kelly:

544

Hannity:

322

O’Reilly:

343

Kelly:

383

CNN
Tapper:

184

Blitzer:

220

Blitzer:

252

Burnett:

211

Cooper:

282

Rowe:

507

Tonight:

277

Cooper:

145

Rowe:

138

MSNBC
Wagner:

56

EdShow:

85

Sharpton:

135

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

104

Maddow:

143

O’Donnell:

148

Hayes:

66

Maddow:

50

HLN
Now:

69

Files:

35

Files:

78

Jane:

93

Grace:

69

Dr.Drew:

61

Files:

94

Files:

123

Files:

250

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Q3 2014 Ratings: HLN #3 in Total Day Demo

hln logo_304x200For Q3 2014, HLN was #3 in the total day A25-54 demo, finishing fourth in all other measurements. A year after the George Zimmerman trial lifted the network’s ratings for the quarter, HLN was down in all ratings measurements year-over-year.

The ratings for Q3, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 353K Total Viewers / 120K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 271K Total Viewers / 108K A25-54

Compared to Q3 2013, HLN is down -5% in total viewers and -4% in A25-54 demo viewers for total day. In primetime, they are down -3% in total viewers and -11% in the demo.

Nancy Grace led the way for the HLN in both total viewers and the demo, drawing 357,000 viewers and 118,000 demo viewers.

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