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Year in Review

2006: “A New Day” At NBC, Including Vieira, New Execs & Budget Cuts

> Dec. 20: A fourth hour of Today: is it 50/50, a strong possibility, or a done deal?

> Dec. 14: Gregory and Snow spar again; this time, Snow apologizes

> Dec. 13: Dateline is applying the Predator format to other subjects

> Dec. 5: NBC tries a sole-sponsor Nightly News; less commercials, more news is a hit with viewers

> Dec. 4: Today, with Vieira, stays in first place

> Nov. 27: NBC decides to label Iraq a “civil war”

> Nov. 22: After Christmas, Dateline gets a third night

> Nov. 13: Today survives the transition; “I’m surprised we hung in there,” Lauer says

> Nov. 10: 17 pink slips at Dateline; Robb Stafford and Edie Magnus are out; layoffs at NN and Today too

> Nov. 7: Man commits suicide when police (and Dateline crew) come knocking

> Nov. 4: Williams’ viewers sampled Couric, but they come back

> Oct. 30: NBC will look for operational efficiencies, like sending one camera crew for multiple networks

> Oct. 19: NBC/MSNBC/CNBC guest booking and graphics departments will merge

> Oct. 19: Confronting a “new electronic reality,” NBC U 2.0 plan is revealed; to save $750 million, 700 jobs will be cut, including 220 at NBC News; it’s “salary-tightening time”

> Oct. 12: President Bush compliments Kevin Corke‘s suit

> Oct. 10: NBC opens bureau in Bangkok; Ian Williams joins net from ITN

> Oct. 4: CNN vet Jane Arraf moves to NBC

> Sep. 14: 6.9 million viewers for Vieira’s premiere

> Sep. 13: NBC welcomes Vieira to the Today Show family; she premieres on a futuristic set

> Sep. 8: Lauer supports a fourth hour of Today — if NBC supports it by adding staffers

> Sep. 7: Dateline’s predator deal is lucrative for Perverted Justice

> Aug. 31: Curry breaks her nose in between Today Show segments

> Aug. 23: Nancy Snyderman becomes chief medical editor

> Aug. 21: New control room and HDTV studio space for Today

> Aug. 10: Williams reads viewer mail on the Nightly News; John Reiss says “we’re trying to lift the veil a bit”

> Aug. 8: Will NBC add a fourth hour of Today?

> Jun. 28: NBC doubles its staff of investigative producers

> Jun. 16: NBC moves Mark Mullen to Beijing and names Fritz Von Klein South East Asia bureau chief; at the same time, NBC downsizes in Moscow

> Jun. 9: Couric’s gone, but Today viewers don’t seem to mind; the morning gap holds steady

> May 31: Couric leaves Today; NBC starts promoting “a new day”

> May 22: NBC opens “Middle East bureau” in Beirut; Richard Engel is the bureau chief

> May 15: Dateline to lose its Sunday spot in the fall; but it’ll be back after football season; Steve Capus says “we have big plans” for Dateline

> May 1: NBC’s new ad slogan: “Wherever you go, there we are”

> Apr. 25: To Catch A Predator is back for May sweeps

> Apr. 24: Meet the Press celebrates five years at #1

> Apr. 21: NBC tried to woo Mike Wallace

> Apr. 11: Matt Lauer gets $13 million a year in a new 5-year deal

> Apr. 6: “I’m very honored that NBC has asked me to co-host the Today show,” Vieira announces on The View; NBC holds press conference

> Apr. 4: NBC offers Vieira a 4-year, $10 million contract

> Mar. 23: Photographer David Hume Kennerly becomes contributing editor

> Mar. 10: Ann Curry reports from Darfur

> Mar. 13: Vieira has had “several meetings” with NBC, but her agent downplays the rumors

> Mar. 3: Phil Alongi becomes specials EP

> Mar. 2: Mark Lukasiewicz becomes VP

> Feb. 28: Two new VP’s: Doug Vaughan and Lloyd Siegel

> Feb. 13: David Gregory and Scott McClellan exchange words; later, Gregory explains

williamsjan1.jpg > Feb. 15: Alexis Glick leaves NBC; later, Natalie Morales becomes a full-time Today correspondent

> Feb. 6: TMZ is the first to suggest Meredith Vieira could move to Today; Vieira doesn’t deny the possibility

> Feb. 2: New EP of Weekend Today: Lyne Pitts

> Jan. 23: Dateline moves to Saturday “graveyard”

> Jan. 12: NBC correspondents vote to leave the AFTRA union

> Jan. 9: Alex Wallace becomes VP; oversees Nightly News, specials and newsgathering

2006: At ABC News, Steadying The Ship

> Dec. 19: Almost a year after being injured in Iraq, Woodruff “looks and sounds great”

> Dec. 12: Gibson edges close to Williams, especially in the demo

> Dec. 1: This Week’s first sweeps win over Face the Nation in five years

> Nov. 30: Primetime gets a five-episode run

> Nov. 28: One-year anniversary of the new Nightline

> Nov. 15: Dan Harris is the official anchor of WN Sunday; other promotions

> Nov. 9: World News This Morning becomes America This Morning; Nancy Han becomes AM news EP

> Nov. 7: With ‘Dancing’ as its lead-in, ABC’s election coverage is #1

> Nov. 6: Vargas is back full-time on 20/20

> Nov. 1: Diane Masciale leaves NBC to become executive editor for special coverage

> Oct. 20: Despite the Couric competition, World News is “thriving”

> Oct. 19: Woodruffs are writing a memoir; primetime special to air in Spring 2007

> Oct. 17: Sawyer reports from North Korea

> Oct. 1: ABC reporting leads to Mark Foley‘s resignation; Brian Ross gets the credit

> Sep. 10: What will Diane do? She says she doesn’t know; later, B&C says her eyes are “fixed on the exit door”

> Aug. 22: Sam Champion is named GMA’s weather anchor

> Aug. 22: Chris Sheridan becomes weekend news EP

> Aug. 21: Chris Cuomo‘s campaign pays off: He is named news anchor of GMA

> Aug. 21: Rejected by an employment tribunal: Richard Gizbert doesn’t get any money from ABC

> Aug. 16: Vargas gives birth to Samuel Wyatt Cohn

> Aug. 10: Virginia Moseley becomes senior political editor

> Aug. 10: ABC News All Media unit forms

> Aug. 7: Remembering Peter, one year later

> Aug. 3: Nightline’s audience is getting younger; later, the show beats Letterman three weeks in a row; it’s called a “ratings resurgence”

> Jul. 26: Jim Murphy will become senior EP and Tom Cibrowski will become EP of GMA

> Jul. 19: Nightline stops using Times Square studio

> Jul. 19: World News drops the Tonight

> Jul. 11: Jeffrey Schneider gets promoted to senior VP of communications

> Jul. 7: The Russian government closes ABC’s operations in Moscow

> Jul. 2: “I’ll do everything in my power” to anchor a nightly newscast again, Vargas pledges

> Jun. 28: “We’re glad you’re finally ours,” WNT EP Jon Banner tells Gibson

> Jun. 28: “And so this wonderful 19-year experience of a lifetime comes to an end:” Gibson says goodbye to his GMA family

> Jun. 13: Woodruff visits ABC News

> Jun. 2: GMA EP Ben Sherwood resigns; the posturing begins

> May 30: Gibson signs on; ABC markets him as “your trusted source”

> May 26: Vargas signs off

> May 23: Did Diane want the chair? What will she do now? Later, B&C suggests CNN; she says she wants to do “more serious journalism in primetime”

> May 23: Sources say Vargas “struggled” to keep her job; but ABC swears it was her choice; on WNT, she gives a concession speech

> May 23:Charles Gibson has been named anchor of World News Tonight;” ABC doesn’t replace Gibson on GMA

> May 18: Sawyer hires lawyer Allen Grubman

> May 16: 20/20 is renewed; Primetime gets a full pickup but not a timeslot; it’ll be “used to fill holes” in the fall

> May 15: “The government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources,” ABC’s investigative unit says

> May 15: Jan Crawford Greenburg joins ABC; later, she interviews John Roberts

> May 8: Sawyer plans to stay on GMA through 2007

> May 8: George Stephanopoulos gets good press; and later, more and more and more

> May 3: Shelley Ross‘ final stunt; she departs ABC in Dec.

> Apr. 24: At NAB/RTNDA, remembering Peter

> Apr. 6: ABC releases the first photograph of Woodruff

> Mar. 23: Drudge publishes old “Bush makes me sick” e-mail by GMA Weekend EP John Green; he expresses regret; later, he is suspended for one month

> Mar. 16: Woodruff heads home

> Mar. 15: The Western Edition doesn’t last long

> Mar. 13: Forget Sawyer; Charles Gibson will be WNT’s “temporary permanent replacement,” sources say

> Mar. 8: Rumor has it that Diane’s taking the WNT chair

> Feb. 24: Post-Koppel Nightline is up in the demo

> Feb. 23: Vogt heads home to France; Woodruff still “mildly sedated”

> Feb. 21: W. 66th St. becomes Peter Jennings Way

> Feb. 10: Vargas is pregnant; later, “it’s a boy”

> Feb. 8: Vogt moves to outpatient facility; Woodruff still sedated

> Feb. 5: Westin: “I don’t know how long Bob is going to be recuperating”

> Feb. 3: ABC airs video of the roadside bombing

> Feb. 1: Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will sub for Woodruff on WNT

> Jan. 29: Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt seriously injured by roadside bomb in Iraq; archive of TVNewser coverage

> Jan. 21: David Westin says ABC is trying to “break the mold” with the new WNT

> Jan. 11: Woodruff says Western Edition is a “recipe for burnout”

> Jan. 6: WNT tries a ‘Western Edition’ for the left coast; “publicity stunt?”

> Jan. 4: Veteran ABCer Ted Koppel joins Discovery

> Jan. 4: On their second night, Woodruff is in Iran and Vargas is in West Virginia

> Jan. 3: Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas start co-anchoring World News Tonight

> Jan. 3: The World News Now webcast premieres on; called a “strong entry”

> Jan. 2: Linda Douglass leaves ABC; Liz Marlantes replaces her
> Jan. 2: ABC’s Bob Woodruff visits Iran

2006: Bye Dan, Hello Katie: Ushering In “A Whole New CBS News”

> Dec. 25: Broadcasting pioneer Frank Stanton dies

> Dec. 22: Couric devotes half the Evening News to an interview with the Mt. Hood widow; some viewers are not happy

> Dec. 14: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta becomes CBS contributor

> Dec. 11: In November, Couric averaged 169,000 less viewers than Schieffer a year ago

> Dec. 8: CBS revives Person to Person

> Dec. 7: Mitchell is named news anchor for The Early Show

> Dec. 6: Cooper gets his first piece on 60 Min.

> Dec. 5: Friedman is creating “more delineated roles” for Early Show hosts

> Dec. 5: Rene Syler is leaving CBS; she was told Early was “moving in another direction”

> Dec. 4: CBS is up 11 percent in the demo, and that’s “enough to pay Katie’s salary”

> Dec. 4: CBS says the Evening News is being tweaked; “we’re adjusting,” McManus says

> Nov. 28: CBS hires CNN tech whiz Daniel Sieberg

> Nov. 20: McManus says Bradley is irreplaceable; family holds memorial service

> Nov. 14: Rather comments on Couric: “They’re trying to do the Today Show in the evening”

> Nov. 9: Ed Bradley, a “reporter’s reporter” and a “gentle giant,” dies

> Oct. 31: Dave Price re-ups with The Early Show; will he replace Bob Barker?

> Oct. 30: The Early Show gets a new look

> Oct. 24: CBS gets slammed for choosing “lifestyle features” over hard news; days later, the Evening News runs Couric’s long interview with Michael J. Fox

> Oct. 24: The critics come out: “There is no urgency to this broadcast, no bite, no edge and — for the most part — no personality”

> Oct. 18: CBS Evening News gets stuck in third place; lower than Schieffer’s ratings; the net blames low-rated lead-ins

> Oct. 4: freeSpeech ruffles feathers again, when the father of a Columbine victim declares that “this country is in a moral free fall;” by the end of the month, the segment starts to fade away

> Sep. 16: The first freeSpeech flare-up: Bill Maher says he wasn’t free to speak, but CBS denies it

> Sep. 12: Andrew Tyndall says Couric’s EN has less hard news

> Sep. 11: Robert Klug becomes director of 60 Minutes

> Sep. 6: Couric #1 on day one, two, and three; back to third place on Friday; archive of TVNewser coverage

> Sep. 5: She’s on: from Taliban to Suri; with a “plain-spoken” style; call it “30 Minutes”

> Sep. 4: Bracing for Couric’s premiere: CBS expects “big tune-in,” followed by “some drop-off;” the new Evening News is emblematic of “a whole new CBS”

> Aug. 31: Schieffer signs off; Couric says hello; he awkwardly half-hugs McManus

> Aug. 29: Schieffer is at CBS through 2008

> Aug. 24: Walter Cronkite voices the open for Couric’s Evening News

> Aug. 22: A federal judge orders a probe of a leak to CBS

> Aug. 9: Technically in retirement, Wallace interviews “impressive” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran; C-SPAN airs unedited interview

> Aug. 9: Molly Levinson becomes political director

> Aug. 8: Barbara Fedida Brill becomes talent director

> Aug. 7: CBS fires Elizabeth Kaledin and hires Dr. Jonathan LaPook; Kaledin is “heartbroken”

> Aug. 3: CBS announces “freeSpeech”

> Aug. 3: Dozier leaves the hospital; “it’s not pretty, but I’m walking on my own,” she says

> Aug. 2: James Horner creates the new CBS News score

> Jul. 14: Former Dateliner Marc Rosenwasser becomes Evening News senior producer

ratherjan1.jpg > Jul. 10: ‘Dan Rather Reports’ will be on HDNet; he promises “independent journalism”

> Jun. 20: “I will do the work I love elsewhere,” Rather says

> Jun. 20: “Dan Rather will leave CBS News;” McManus never met with him; the anger is evident
> Jun. 16: Couric producer Bob Peterson to oversee “look” of CBS broadcasts

> Jun. 15: Rather would like to stay, but CBS is “trying to embarrass him” out the door

> Jun. 1: Dozier “has a very tough and long road ahead of her;” a soldier gives her his purple heart

> May 29: CBS News convoy hits roadside bomb in Iraq; Paul Douglas and James Brolan are killed, Kimberly Dozier is critically injured; archive of TVNewser coverage

> May 23: Are Dan Rather and CBS about to part ways? The rumors get louder

> May 17: Moonves touts 60 Minutes: “We’ve reduced the average age from 85 to 82″

> May 16: For one week, CBS Evening News beats ABC

> May 8: Anderson Cooper cuts deal to contribute to 60 Minutes

> Apr. 25: Paul Friedman becomes #2 at CBS

> Apr. 11: Jennifer Siebens becomes London bureau chief; other bureau changes

> Apr. 11: Black producer files racial discrimination suit

> Apr. 3: Russ Mitchell becomes anchor of Sunday’s Evening News

> Mar. 28: Thanks to Schieffer, the CBS Evening News gains half a million viewers in one quarter

> Mar. 27: Steve Friedman becomes the CBS morning VP

> Mar. 14: Mike Wallace is (mostly) retiring; an “era is coming to a close;” maybe he wasn’t pushed, but he was nudged

> Mar. 9: Bob Schieffer‘s one-year anniversary on EN

> Feb. 15: Armen Keteyian becomes chief investigative correspondent

> Feb. 10: Steve Hartman starts “Assignment America”

> Feb. 2: Promotions for Jim Axelrod, Byron Pitts, and Lara Logan

> Jan. 18: McManus wants to groom a bench of correspondents

> Jan. 18: Sean McManus wants an outsider to anchor the Evening News; he rules out John Roberts

> Jan. 11: Sumner Redstone would love to buy CNN

> Jan. 9: Rome Hartman‘s first day as Evening News EP

> Jan. 7: Positive press: “CBS News is rebounding”

2006: New Leadership At Court TV

> Sep. 14: President and COO Art Bell says goodbye

> Jul. 12: Net celebrates 15th anniversary

> Jun. 20: Fifty staffers are shown the door

> May 15: Court TV and CNN may pool resources for certain trials

> May 12: Court TV joins Turner Broadcasting’s entertainment division

> May 4: Schleiff loses his position at Court TV

> May 2: Could prez Henry Schleiff move to HLN?

> Apr. 3: Lineup tweak, graphical change

> Mar. 28: Adaora Udoji leaves CNN for Court TV

> Mar. 7: Savannah Guthrie becomes D.C. correspondent

> Jan.17: Ashleigh Banfield comes to Court TV

> Jan. 15: A new daytime schedule

> Jan. 11: Court TV is opening a D.C. bureau

2006: In The Morning Show Wars, Nothing Can Stop ‘Today’

> Dec. 5: Today marks 11th year in first place

> Nov. 10: Lauer and Sawyer are both in Jerusalem. Coincidence?

> Nov. 2: More speculation about Brown’s future

> Nov. 1: Brown is “first in line” for Sawyer’s chair, Observer says

> Oct. 10: Today and GMA tie in the demo twice

> Oct. 6: Sawyer gets the first post-DWI interview with Mel Gibson

> Sep. 13: Hi, Meredith

> Sep. 11: Friedman’s apparent strategy: Wait for Today to fail

> Sep. 7: Imagine an Early Show with Anderson Cooper and Campbell Brown

> Sep. 3: GMA’s Murphy on the challenge of Today: “It’s difficult to stop that machine”

> Aug. 14: GMA calls its Jill Carroll interview “exclusive,” but Today has a Carroll segment at the same time

> Aug. 14: Today execs feel like “they’ve built a system even more powerful than the talent”

> Aug. 8: Sawyer is the “most favorable” TV personality in America (beating Vieira and Couric

> Aug. 7: Floyd Landis says Today breached an interview agreement

> Jul. 28; Today beats GMA in softball

> Jun. 9: Matt Lauer sits down with Britney Spears

> Jun. 5: Couric’s departure could “realign viewer loyalties and usher in a new era of morning stars”

> May 31: Bye, Katie

> Mar. 30: “It’s our job to figure out” the next signature element in A.M. news, Steve Friedman says

> Feb. 21: “Executives at NBC News are getting serious about grooming a successor” for Katie Couric

> Jan. 4: Rumors of tension between Diane Sawyer and GMA EP Ben Sherwood

2006: Them’s Fightin’ Words

Some of the best cable fights of the year:

> Nov. 20: Klein accuses FNC of “cheerleading” for GOP; an “amused Foxie” wishes CNN and MSNBC well “on their quest for relevancy”

> Oct. 30: O’Reilly and Letterman, the rematch

> Oct. 27: Lynne Cheney suggests that CNN’s Broken Government series comes from “DNC talking points”

> Oct. 13: After Klein says Couric is “the sexiest of the news anchors,” Greta Van Susteren suggests he’s “the creep of the day”

> Oct. 12: “The unfortunate thing about Fox’s 10th anniversary is that most of their viewers aren’t going to be around for their 20th,” Klein says; F&F responds by reading e-mails from young viewers

> Sep. 29: FNC’s live shot is in CNN’s backyard; the CNNers will be “watching to see how news is done,” Thom Bird says; “we wish them well,” CNN responds

> Sep. 20: O’Reilly says he’s on an al Qaeda “death list;” MSNBC suggests he’s delusional

> Aug. 11: Lou Dobbs says this story in The Nation is a “mistake-riddled left-wing screed”

> Aug. 7: Laura Ingraham slams Joe Scarborough‘s ratings, so Joe responds: “Her stint at this network was an abject failure that ended in her firing followed by a decade of ill will”

> Jul. 26: Ailes on Cooper: “We haven’t spent $20 million marketing a single star, as one of our competitors has;” CNN rejects the $20 million figure

> Jul. 24: Roger Ailes on Olbermann: “Clearly he has no viewers except those he gets when he attacks Fox News;” later, Olbermann responds

> Jul. 22: How Fox News uses the “wish well”

> Jul. 10: Tucker Carlson to Anderson Cooper: “You’re either Ed Murrow or you’re Pat O’Brien from ‘The Insider.’ Pick one”

> Jun. 29: O’Reilly says there’s “major chaos” at MSNBC; Olbermann says Bill is panicking

> Jun. 22: Jon Stewart pretends to be a CNN or MSNBC exec: “Let’s copy Fox in terms of their like kind of nice graphics and loud swoosh noises, and also car chases”

> Jun. 22: Cafferty says “the dumb ones watch Fox;” an FNC spokesperson calls Cafferty the “crazy uncle” of CNN and says “as long as Jack’s on the open road, no bike messenger is safe

> Jun. 14: Olbermann says Cosby is nice, but “dumber than a suitcase of rocks”

> Jun. 2: Olbermann says O’Reilly has “slandered at least 84 dead American servicemen” from WWII

> May 17: FNC gives Tim Russert the wish-well

> May 11: Fox News creates an illustration of Klein “whistling past his graveyard of failures;” “Fox and facts don’t mix,” a CNN spokesperson responds

> May 9: O’Reilly says the “Fox hating print press” wants to “prop up our competition” by reporting ratings

> May 9: Jon Klein question’s FNC’s independence; a Fox spokesperson responds by citing CNN’s “dismal performance” and says Klein “should be more concerned with keeping his j

> May 4: Deborah Norville slams Rita Cosby: “You will never see [me] anchoring a show from a whorehouse”

> May 2: O’Reilly says MSNBC only has “ten viewers”

> Mar. 18: Olbermann talking about O’Reilly: “He’s an idiot”

> Mar. 4: A Radio Factor caller mentions Olbermann’s name and gets dumped; O’Reilly threatens “a little visit” from Fox security

> Feb. 24: O’Reilly circulates a “Bring Back Donahue petition; Olbermann signs it on-air; DailyKos promotes a Fire O’Reilly petition

> Feb. 16: Jack Cafferty calls FNC the “F-word network;” John Gibson responds: “Why don’t you just shut up?”

> Feb. 7: O’Reilly says Stephen Colbert “ought to be sending me a check every week;” later, Olbermann says the same thing about O’Reilly

> Feb. 7: Nicholas Kristof continues his effort to bring O’Reilly to Darfur; Bill calls it a gimmick

> Jan. 31: O’Reilly delivers warning to Bob Wright

> Jan. 28: O’Reilly calls MSNBC prez Rick Kaplan a “far-left martinet,” says he has “virtually destroyed” the net

> Jan. 11: Dateline’s Josh Mankiewicz calls the “War on Christmas” “nutty;” Bill O’Reilly responds to “attack”

2006: Fox News Is #1, But Maybe It’s Not Invincible (Esp. In The Demo)

> Dec. 17: Dobbs’ #’s rise 23 percent in one year

> Dec. 4: Doc Block boosts ratings for MSNBC

> Nov. 8: On election night, CNN tops FNC in demo; it wins the next day too, but then the ratings settle down

> Nov. 8: Compared to 2002 midterms, all the cablers report ratings increases

> Nov. 3: MSNBC is breathing down CNN’s neck in the demo in primetime; still true in Dec.

> Nov. 2: “Fox News is showing serious signs of aging”

> Oct. 31: FNC’s historic 250th week at #1

> Oct. 31: CNBC’s highest biz day ratings in 30 months

> Oct. 4: Countdown’s ratings are rising

> Sep. 26: In Q3, CNBC demos up 83 percent in Business Day

> Sep. 26: CNN says the demo gap between it and FNC “continues to narrow”

> Sep. 12: MSNBC reairs 9/11/01 coverage on the 5th anniversary, and it’s #1 in the demo

> Sep. 2: FNC’s summer prime ratings down 24 percent compared to ’05

> Aug. 30: For one month, Hannity & Colmes is #1 in the demo

> Aug. 24: CNN’s bin Laden documentary attracts two million viewers, beats FNC in the demo

> Aug. 3: O’Reilly: “In July, Fox News was the fifth-highest rated cable network in the country. CNN was 24th, MSNBC 36th, right behind the Japanese movie channel”

> Aug. 2: Glenn Beck is gaining some traction

> Aug. 2: Despite conflict, FNC still doubles CNN in primetime

> Jul. 31: Middle East conflict causes ratings spike, especially for CNN

> Jul. 31: Cable viewership is in a “stagnant period,” Pew says

> Jul. 24: A car chase makes HLN #1 (for an hour)

> Jul. 6: CNN tops FNC during NK missile launch coverage

> Jul. 6: Olbermann beats O’Reilly in demo for 15 minutes

> Jun. 30: Larry King‘s interview with Star Jones delivers 3 million viewers

> Jun. 27: In Q2, every FNC program loses viewers

> Jun. 18: CNBC’s ratings are “heading in the right direction” (but some shows are still scratching)

> May 31: Shep Smith‘s Fox Report has been #1 for 64 months

> May 31: Paula Zahn hits a new demo low; how low can she go?

> May 24: Wolf Blitzer sometimes beats John Gibson in the demo

> May 10: FNC’s lowest-rated demo month since 2001; it’s true for Bill O’Reilly too

> May 8: Is FNC’s explosive growth “a relic from the first Bush term?”

> May 8: The average age of an FNC and CNN viewer is 60+. For HLN, it’s 59.9; for MSNBC, it’s 57

> May 2: Deal or No Deal repeats boost CNBC primetime

> May 2: Lou Dobbs‘ ratings are rising

> Mar. 29: Michael Eisner‘s CNBC show is a dud, but CNBC doesn’t care

> Mar. 28: “MSNBC’s first quarterly primetime victory over CNN in the demo in almost five years”

> Mar. 20: More than a trend: MSNBC challenging CNN from 6 to 9pm

> Mar. 13: Cable viewership up slightly in ’05, PEJ finds

> Feb. 21: MSNBC and CNBC #’s triple thanks to Olympics; NBC wishes business news was as popular as curling

> Feb. 16: At 7 and 8pm, MSNBC beats CNN in the demo for 8 straight days

> Feb. 13: Good signs for CNN in the demo

> Feb. 1: FNC has 6.4 million viewers for SOTU; CNN has 2.2 million

> Jan. 30: MSNBC tops CNN in the demo a few times

> Jan. 18: A whole weekend of 0.0′s for CNBC

> Jan. 16: Anderson Cooper may not have more viewers than Aaron Brown did, but they’re younger now; later, more proof

> Jan. 10: FNC has three times as many viewers as CNN for the Alito hearings

2006: On The Web, More & More Video

> Dec. 13: Yahoo and ABC expand video content deal

> Dec. 4: The new launches

> Nov. 27: will offer live streams of TV broadcasts and Web-exclusive video

> Nov. 17: is adding staffers for a relaunch

> Nov. 16: finally getting its act together?

> Nov. 14: Rocketboom’s Amanda Congdon coming to

> Nov. 13: NBC offers podcasts of Nightly News and MTP; later, they’re popular

> Nov. 13: Keith Olbermann is a hit on YouTube

> Nov. 7: News web sites promote cool election tools

> Nov. 6: More election video online than ever before

> Nov. 2: Foley scoop propels to new high

> Oct. 31: ABC records 5.2 million downloads of World News Now in Sept.

> Oct. 30: FNCers start hosting Fox News Flash videos for web

> Oct. 16:’s new record: 88 million streams in one month

> Sep. 28: FNC’s internet division exercises “poor judgment” when it asks YouTube to remove Clinton/Wallace video

> Sep. 18: gets an overhaul; most of the feedback is negative

> Sep. 14: Couric’s premiere drives traffic to

> Sep. 11: CNN Pipeline,, rebroadcast 9/11/01 coverage

> Sep. 7: serves 7 million videos in one day

> Aug. 17: The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will be simulcast online

> Aug. 1: CNN is selling documentaries on iTunes

> Jul. 31: CNN starts soliciting I-Reports from viewers

> Jul. 27: CBS Radio News launches an “iCast” for 18-34 year olds

> Jul. 18: NBC launches Early Nightly; it’s a video preview of NN

> Jul. 10: Charting 10 years of growth (and streaming video growth)

> Jul. 10: “Be Seen & Be Heard:” ABC’s citizen journalism effort

> Jun. 19: launches six video podcasts

> Jun. 11: Online, “I don’t consider to be in our competitors set,” CNN SVP David Payne says

> Jun. 2: ABC’s World News Now podcast gets 1.2 million downloads in one week

> May 29: CNN’s broadband video biz “has spiked;” revenue is growing at a “double-digit pace”

> May 25: NBC sells shows on iTunes

> May 1: NBC launches a Netcast of ‘Today’

> Mar. 26: gets a new home page

> Mar. 23: CBS and Yahoo sign a 60 Minutes “packaging” partnership; it launches in the fall

> Mar. 7: The first “made-for-mobile” TV journalist?

> Mar. 3: Mike Straka starts hosting red carpet shows for

> Feb. 27: The first time, but not the last: CBS News asks YouTube to remove a video

> Feb. 3: MSNBC #1, FNC #3 online

> Jan. 31: No shortage of online streams for the State of the Union

> Jan. 19: ABC News Now is free (after a commercial)

> Jan. 9: ABC and BBC ink digital deal

2006: BBC Strengthens U.S. Distribution; Al Jazeera Less Successful

> Dec. 1: AJE shows “signs of finding its footing”

> Nov. 29: BBC is popular in U.S., survey says

> Nov. 24: Marash feels like “the belle of the ball”

> Nov. 16: “I want my Al Jazeera”

> Nov. 15: AJE is streaming on the Internet; it can’t get carriage in the U.S.

> Nov. 14: On eve of launch, net renames itself Al Jazeera English

> Nov. 14: Inside AJI’s Washington newsroom

> Nov. 1: AJI can’t land a deal for U.S. distribution

> Oct. 13: AJIs launch date is Nov. 15

> Aug. 24: Just like its Arabic parent, AJI won’t have a Baghdad bureau

> Aug. 13: AJI’s director of programs resigns

> Jul. 3: BBC World launches World News Today

> Jun. 30: “Internal politics” are partially responsible for AJI’s delays

> Jun. 26: Al Jazeera staffers face “resistance, rejection and racism”

> Jun. 11: At AJI, a lot of planning and “a lot of wheel-spinning”

> Jun. 1: AJI likely to launch in November or December now

> May 25: offers BBC News video

> May 24: AJI now delayed until September; “staffers are extremely frustrated”

> Apr. 20: Former CNBCer Rob Reynolds joins AJI

> Apr. 11: AJI “maybe” by June; definitely by the “end of the year”

> Apr. 10: BBC World to be carried by Cablevision; it launches on June 1

> Apr. 3: Marash explains why he joined AJI

> Mar. 24: Signs of trouble: AJI is delayed several months for “technical reasons”

> Mar. 19: AJI will feature five hours from D.C.

> Jan. 25: Discovery signs deal to distribute BBC World News in U.S.

> Jan. 13: AJI’s “campaign for carriage” in U.S.

> Jan. 12: Dave Marash signs with Al Jazeera International

2006: At ABC & CBS, Iraq Hits Home

> May 30:

“We all fear that this day will come, the day when a bomb will tear a piece off of us. I was in a Humvee this weekend on an embed and remember looking down at my legs. They looked so thin and fragile. For a second I thought, ‘What if I lose them?’”

Richard Engel, blogging after a CBS convoy comes under attack

> Dec. 29: Saddam’s execution gets wall-to-wall coverage

> Dec. 16: “The number of Iraqi journalists who have died in the past year is staggering,” Ware says

> Dec. 15: Laura Bush says the media’s drum beat about Iraq is “discouraging”

> Dec. 12: Iraqi insurgents kill AP cameraman

> Dec. 11: Sean Hannity travels to Iraq; a week later, Bill O’Reilly does

> Dec. 5: Media covers Iraq Study Group report

> Dec. 3: NBC’s civil war decision was “very much driven by what the reports are coming from the ground”

> Nov. 27: NBC says Iraq is a “civil war;” will it be a “defining moment?”

> Nov. 27: “If this isn’t a civil war, I don’t know what is,” CNN’s Michael Ware says

> Oct. 26: “I’m basically a pacifist,” Richard Engel says

>Aug. 7: “The daily bombings, shootings and kidnappings consume a large part of our day,” CNN producer Kim Segal blogs

> Jul. 6: Volunteering for war duty in Iraq

> Jun. 5: “It is hard to come back from Iraq and then do a story about Brad and Angelina’s baby,” ABC’s John Berman says

dozierdec31.jpg > May 29: Two CBS staffers are killed in Iraq; Kimberly Dozier is critically injured

> Apr. 20: ABC’s Baghdad bureau adopts a puppy from FNC’s Baghdad bureau; they name him Fox

> Mar. 26: Lara Logan: “I really resent the fact that people say we’re not reflecting the true picture here”

> Mar. 23: “We cover what we can cover without getting our anchors and our reporters blown up,” FNCer Jerry Burke says

> Mar. 22: CBS Iraqi stringer still detained without explanation; finally wins release in April
> Mar. 21: Laura Ingraham, on Today Show, criticizes journalists for covering Iraq from Green Zone

> Mar. 18: “Operation Swarmer” was just a photo op, but the cable nets ate it up

> Mar. 7: Donald Rumsfeld says the media is exaggerating about the dangers in Iraq

> Mar. 3: NBC’s Iraqi staffers blog on

> Feb. 26: Iraqi journalists are targeted most often

> Feb. 22: “I don’t want to go back” to Iraq, FNC’s Steve Harrigan says

> Feb. 6: At home, families of journalists worry

> Feb. 6: Iraq is “the deadliest war ever for news organization employees,” Eason Jordan says

> Jan. 28: Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt are seriously injured in Iraq

> Jan. 10: Reporters mobilize to help find Jill Carroll