Voting in the 2014 TVNewser challenge is open through Tuesday. Make your predictions!
With 2013 in the rearview mirror, there’s an entire year of television industry news to be covered in the year ahead. What do you think will be the major stories of 2014? Make your predictions in the TVNewser Challenge below.
At the beginning of the year, we asked you to predict what would happen in the television news industry in 2013, and thousands of you responded with your thoughts on the year ahead. We’ll have a new set of questions in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s how you did.
Will the three evening newscasts increase or decrease in viewership in 2013?
82% of you thought the evening newscasts would decrease in viewership, compared to just 18% of you who thought viewership would go up. As it turns out, you were all right: year-to-date, the three-network annual total is up +2% in total viewers and down -4% in the A25-54 demographic compared to 2012. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” remained on top this year. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was second and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was third.
By this time next year, which CNN daypart will see the biggest change under Jeff Zucker?
The majority of you (57%) believed CNN’s primetime programming would see the biggest changes under Jeff Zucker‘s leadership. There have been a few changes in primetime, but the major programming overhaul was in the mornings, which 30% of voters predicted. “New Day” debuted in June.
Which broadcast morning show is likely to see an anchor change in 2013?
Only 12% of responders saw an anchor change in the cards for “Good Morning America,” which had weather anchor Sam Champion depart for The Weather Channel this month. 61% of you thought the anchor change would be at “Today” and 27% thought it would be at “CBS This Morning.”
Will Megyn Kelly still be with Fox News at this time next year?
Say hello to Jordan Chariton, our new editor of TVNewser & Lost Remote. Jordan has been a media reporter and commentator, writing for Mediaite and Salon for the last year. He’s also a digital producer, nominated for a Webby award this year for his production work at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.
Before that, Jordan was in the trenches working for three years at Fox News/Fox Business as a researcher and booker. After Fox, Jordan worked for a year at MSNBC as a booking producer.
You’ll be seeing Jordan’s byline in the coming days on TVNewser and Lost Remote after he gets up to speed.
After three and a half years, this is my final post for Mediabistro and TVNewser.
When I first joined Mediabistro from Broadcasting & Cable magazine in 2010, I hoped to bring the occasional magazine-style sensibility to the site, and on occasion I think I succeeded. There was my profile of Morgan Spurlock from earlier this year, and my afternoon trailing CBS News anchor Scott Pelley at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I stopped by the “Today” show set in London during the 2012 Olympics, and spent a very late night in a pool cabana on Miami Beach with Charlie Sheen.
I’ve been able to interview an amazing group of people, from Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow, to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Ed Henry on the floor of the DNC. There was Brian Williams and Jerry Springer for “My First Big Break,” and our “Cubes” video tours of places like Bloomberg TV and MLB Network.
It really has been a pleasure to write here, following the path blazed by my friends and colleagues Brian Stelter, Steve Krakuaer and Kevin Allocca. I have also been honored to work with the amazingly talented Merrill Knox, whose byline you will probably be seeing much more of, and my boss Chris Ariens, who has led the site since Brian joined the Times.
Most importantly, thank you, TVNewser readers, for all your support.
Alex came to Mediabistro as co-editor of TVNewser in April 2010 and is currently the senior editor of the site, as well as a contributor to Lost Remote and the occasional story for FishbowlNY. Over the years, Alex has reported on some of the biggest TV news scoops around. His reporting has given TVNewser some of its largest traffic days ever and along the way he created the SportsNewser section of the site. Alex’s last day with us is next Friday, Oct. 18.
Merrill Knox, who joined as us as co-editor of TVSpy and TVNewser in June 2011, has been promoted to senior editor of TVNewser while continuing her role as senior editor of TVSpy, helping that site grow its unique visitors +80% in that time and making it the second most-visited site in our network. Now the search is on for an editor who will split their time writing for TVNewser and the fast-growing LostRemote.com. Here’s the job posting:
Thanks to Alex for his years of service, and congratulations to Merrill on a well-deserved promotion.
After seeing great success in New York, Lost Remote is bringing its hit social TV conference to Los Angeles this December 13. Attendees will gain insight and advice on how to maximize social chatter, from creative tactics on engaging viewers to case studies on capitalizing on the second screen.
Gather perspective from top thinkers at NBC News, Fox Broadcasting, Roku, Sling Media, Mass Relevance, and Facebook. David Howe, President of Syfy, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.
Lost Remote’s Cory Bergman and Natan Edelsburg are chairing this event, so attendees can expect to grasp a thorough knowledge of the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in social TV.
Our interactive format allows professionals to examine how some of the biggest brands in broadcast and cable are leveraging social TV to transform the viewing experience, generate new revenue streams, and revolutionize how content is developed, delivered and consumed.
Additional notable speakers include Cait Hood, who directs the official social network presence and strategy of shows like Glee, Family Guy, New Girl, and American Idol, and Robert Hayes, Executive Vice President, Digital Media at NBC Entertainment, who will discuss what networks are planning for the spring and summer TV seasons.
Take advantage of early bird prices! Save $350 off onsite prices when you register before October 24.
Looking to take your traditional reporting and writing skills to the next level? In Mediabistro’s Multimedia Journalism class, you’ll learn how to take an ordinary news story and transform it with adding photos, audio and video to enhance the written word.
After identifying a story best told in the multimedia format, you’ll create original content for the piece, with each week’s assignments designed to advance you to completion of a published multimedia package. Along the way, you’ll learn how to shoot video for the web, make an audiovisual slideshow and determine the best online software to create an at-home studio.
More details here.
More than 60 million Americans use their phone or tablet daily while watching TV. Are you a second screen user? If not, maybe it’s time you get on board! On August 27, join us for a one-hour webcast where you will learn how brands and networks are engaging with viewers to get them more engaged in the viewing experience. Whether you’re interested in increasing exposure for your own product, gaining knowledge about developments in second screen technologies, or just having more fun while watching TV, you’ll want to log in for this interactive talk with Kevin Arrix, chief revenue officer for Viggle.
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