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Mandy Drury’s Dream Job

In the just released November 2011 ratings, CNBC’s Business Day programming (9am-5pm) is up +31% in A25-54 viewers. The network’s midday show, “Street Signs” up +29% in younger viewers. Last November the show was anchored by Erin Burnett, now with CNN. This year, it’s an ensemble of Mandy Drury, Brian Sullivan, Herb Greenberg and the occasional drop-in by Jim Cramer.

Drury calls what she’s doing now her dream job. “It was my dream to come to New York,” says the Australian native Drury in part III of our Media Beat interview. “As a business journalist, there’s probably only a few cities in the world where you can get as much of a stimulating challenge as I have now.” WATCH:

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Mandy Drury on Breaking into Business News and Those Money-Themed Nicknames

“I hate that,” says CNBC’s Mandy Drury of the latest nickname placed upon her: Mandy Candy. In part II of our Media Beat interview, the “Street Signs” co-anchor tells us what she really thinks of those nicknames, plus her take on American politics and how she broke in to business news: “I almost fell into it by accident.”

  • Part III Tomorrow: Mandy Drury on Balancing Moneytalk and Motherhood

Mandy Drury on the ‘Big Personalities’ at CNBC

CNBC in the U.S. took a little getting used to for Mandy Drury. After working for nearly a decade in the relatively staid newsrooms in Singapore and Sydney, Drury says her arrival at CNBC’s World Headquarters in New Jersey was a bit intimidating at first. In this week’s Media Beat Drury tells us about the “big personalities with big voices” and how she’s settling in to “Street Signs.”

  • Part II Tuesday: Mandy Drury has no time for nicknames
  • Part III Wednesday: Mandy Drury on balancing moneytalk and motherhood

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How TV and News Are Two Very Different Things

“J” schools can teach all they want, but nothing tops getting real-life experience in a newsroom. MSNBC’s Chris Jansing has spent spent time in radio news, local TV news and national TV news, as a writer, reporter, anchor. In Part III of our Media Beat interview Jansing has some words of wisdom for future TVNewsers.

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Veteran MSNBC Anchor Chris Jansing Talks About the Network’s Move to the Left

What do down-the-middle news anchors do when the cable network around them moves predominantly left? We asked MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, who anchors the network’s 10amET “Jansing & Co.” In Part II of our Media Beat interview, Jansing also tells us about her most meaningful assignment: a month spent in Rome in 2005 covering the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Chris Jansing on How to Make it in Cable News: ‘I Keep My Head Down and I Work Hard’

If there was a “Survivor: Cable News” Chris Jansing would get the $1 million and Jeff Probst‘s admiration. The anchor of MSNBC’s 10amET show “Jansing & Co.” has been with the network for most of its existence, and she’s seen a revolving door of anchors come and go since. She left daily anchoring a few years ago to cover the West Coast for NBC News. In our MediaBeat interview, Jansing says the assignment was like, “being reborn … I remembered what my roots were.” So, how has she survived?

  • Tuesday, Part II: How MSNBC has changed throughout Jansing’s 13 years
  • Wednesday, Part III: From national tragedies to disputed elections to a Papal change, Jansing’s front-row seat to history

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ESPN Partners With foursquare

ESPN will provide stats, facts, and up-to-the-minute news on foursquare’s new Events platform as part of a new agreement announced Thursday.

During foursquare check-ins at sporting events, fans will be able to access news and information from ESPN about that game.

At the end of a game, foursquare users will see an ESPN link in their check-in history that will take them to a mobile site in order to view more information about the event.

“Through our new Events platform, users can easily tell their friends not just where they are, but also what they’re doing, while unlocking valuable information about the events they’re attending,” said Jonathan Crowley, director of business development for foursquare. “We’re thrilled to work with ESPN to provide our more than 10 million users with the most up-to-date information on the sporting events they’re checking in to.” Read more

FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinal Scores Huge Ratings

The 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinal between Mexico and Colombia averaged over 1.3 million total viewers on Galavisión, the fourth most-watched Spanish-language cable telecast in history.

Over 2.3 million viewers watched all or part of the 3-1 victory by Mexico over Colombia.

Numbers are up across the board during the first 12 games of the soccer tournament, outpacing the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup when it comes to total viewers 2+ (272 percent), adults 18-49 (259 percent), adults 18-34 (262 percent), men 18-49 (254 percent) and men 18-34 (255 percent).

 

Ernie Johnson Sr., longtime Braves broadcaster, passes away at 87

Ernie Johnson Sr., 87, the long-time voice of TBS’ Atlanta Braves coverage and a member of the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame, passed away last night following a long illness. He is the father of Ernie Johnson Jr., who will be replaced by Verne Lundquist on TNT’s coverage of the remainder of the 2011 PGA Championship.

Johnson Sr., a former Braves player, was broadcaster for the team from 1966 to 1999.

“The Turner Sports family is saddened by the loss of Ernie Johnson Sr. He was an iconic voice who helped create a national fan base for TBS’ baseball coverage of the Atlanta Braves. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Lois, his children Ernie Jr, Chris and Dawn, and his grandchildren,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Johnson’s passing coincided with celebrated happenings for the Braves on Friday Night. Former manager Bobby Cox was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame and his No. 6 jersey was retired before the Braves beat the Cubs, 10-4. During that game, Dan Uggla set an Atlanta record by extending his hitting streak to 32 games.

“It’s a sad day, and it was probably one of the most celebrated days,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones told MLB.com. “When you think about listening to the Braves on radio and TV, E.J. was the guy. He always had a kind word to say and always had a smile on his face. He was always a very uplifting kind of personality.”

ESPN's Beadle Questioned by Bosses About Alleged Unseemly Behavior at ESPY's

Deadspin is reporting that ESPN SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle was called into the principal’s office by Bristol brass and questioned about her behavior at an ESPY’s after-party two weeks ago, when ESPN co-workers alleged that Beadle was drinking heavily, using drugs and making inappropriate comments to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, including the comment, “I just wanna get fucked.”

According to Beadle, John Walsh, ESPN’s executive vice president, had asked (Vice President of Content Integration and Strategic Planning) Marcia Keegan to meet with Beadle to address the rumors. Keegan told Beadle that co-workers had accused her of being drunk and using drugs at the ESPY after-parties. Keegan also asked if she had said anything inappropriate to Rodgers at a nightclub where the two had been seen together.

“I saw and talked to Aaron the first night I was there,” Beadle said. “I don’t know the guy or anything, but we [she and her girlfriends] were hanging out with him. But Marcia told me that she heard I had apparently blurted out in front of him, ‘I just wanna get fucked’ very loudly.”

Annoyed and incensed at this point, Beadle demanded that Keegan tell her which of her Bristol colleagues had spread the rumors. She wanted to get a lawyer, she told Keegan, and sue whomever it was for slander. Keegan did not tell her, and Beadle calmed down and resumed her Bristol duties, certain that this incident was behind her. Until, of course, (Deadspin) heard about the rumors and received confirmation that she had been approached by one of her bosses about it.

Still, a source who was present at some of those ESPY after-parties maintains that Beadle had gotten obnoxiously hammered and that at one point she put the moves on Aaron Rodgers. Rebuffed, she went on to fuck his teammate Clay Matthews instead, the source said.

“That’s insane,” Beadle said. “I live a much more interesting life in other people’s minds.”

Stay tuned.

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