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Archives: July 2005

Morning Show Ratings In Blue & Green

I’m experimenting with a new method of reporting on the morning show wars: The blue and green approach. From NBC and ABC‘s respective press releases:

NBC:“NBC News’ ‘Today’ Remains The Morning Show Leader With 5.1 Million Viewers.”

ABC: “GMA Continues Rise As Fastest Morning Program; Only 470,000 Total Viewers Separate GMA And Today.”

NBC: “Season-to-date “Today” leads GMA by 566K viewers. The weekly win marks “Today’s” 502nd straight week in first place.”

ABC: “This marks the third consecutive week that the gap with NBC has been less than 500,000 Total Viewers.”

NBC: “Versus the same week last season, “Today” was up in total viewers (+1 percent), Rtg. A/W 18-49 (+6 percent/+10 percent) and Rtg.W25-54 (+8 percent).”

ABC: Compared to the same time last year, “GMA” cut the gap in Total Viewers by 34% and in Adults 25-54 by 53%.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 27

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 1,080,000 / CNN: 409,000 / HLN: 276,000 / MSNBC: 156,000 / CNBC: 130,000

Primetime: FNC: 1,212,000 / CNN: 455,000 / HLN: 304,000 / MSNBC: 164,000 / CNBC: 142,000

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 284,000 / CNN: 117,000 / HLN: 106,000 / MSNBC: 57,000 / CNBC: 36,000

Primetime: FNC: 589,000 / CNN: 215,000 / HLN: 184,000 / MSNBC: 106,000 / CNBC: 59,000

The hourlies:

5pm: Gibson: 1,004,000 / Blitzer: 403,000 / HLN: 253,000 / Connected: 100,000 / Kudlow: 116,000

6pm: Hume: 1,143,000 / Dobbs: 380,000 / HLN: 228,000 / Abrams: 195,000 / Mad Money: 214,000

7pm: Shep: 1,414,000 / Cooper: 404,000 / Showbiz: 211,000 / Hardball: 285,000 / COnan: 77,000

8pm: O’Reilly: 2,936,000 / Zahn: 496,000 / Grace: 917,000 / Countdown: 303,000 / CNBC: 117,000

9pm: H&C: 2,539,000 / King: 1,219,000 / Prime News: 396,000 / Situation: 169,000 / Mad Money repeat: 83,000

10pm: Greta: 2,525,000 / NewsNight: 742,000 / Grace repeat: 496,000 / Scarborough: 300,000 / Deutsch: 131,000

Tyler Mathisen Off The Anchor Desk: Named “Managing Editor of CNBC Biz News”

TMathisen.jpgCNBC’s Tyler Mathisen is swapping his on-air role for an off-air assignment: He has been appointed managing editor of CNBC Business News by SVP David Friend and VP Glen Rochkind, effective August 1.

“Tyler knows CNBC inside and out and completely understands what our unique audience of business leaders and executives demand from us,” Friend says. “He is the right person to make sure that we continue to break news, land exclusive interviews and take our viewers right to where the action is.”

Quoting the press release: “In his new position, Mathisen will be charged with directing the network’s daily content and coverage with oversight of the assignment desk, including all reporters, bureaus and field producers. He will also be a key partner with Friend and Rochkind in developing the long-term strategy, voice and direction of the network’s Business Day coverage.

> Mathisen’s last day as anchor of Closing Bell will be on Friday, July 29, but he’ll still appear on-air occasionally.

> CNBC president Mark Hoffman called the position an “important leadership role” and a “significant step up for Tyler.”

Redisch Becomes CNN White House EP

CNN D.C. deputy bureau chief Steve Redisch is putting on another hat: Executive producer for CNN’s White House unit.

As EP, he will “oversee all operations of the CNN White House unit including planning coverage, assigning correspondents, managing pool assignments and representing CNN in official manners with the White House Press Office,” the press release says. David Bohrman says he is “thrilled.”

Redisch is replacing Danielle Whelton, whose White House work wrapped up in the spring. (She is still working for CNN on a consultant basis.)

FishBowlDC has the details…

AOL & ABC Renew Online Deal

America Online has renewed “and expanded” its agreement with ABC News to provide news content and video programming for AOL users. The content will be available on AOL’s new portal. (I can’t believe they’re still using the word “portal.”)

“The breaking news updates, special packages and interactive features along with the upcoming addition of multiple live video streams and raw video will ensure the newly designed portal will offer a robust online news experience,” Jim Bankoff EVP for AOL programming and products, said in a P.R…

Goldston Looks Forward To “Enhancing Nightline’s Reputation” In The Years Ahead

James Goldston isn’t available for interviews today, so we can’t ask him about the future of Nightline. Here is his carefully-crafted comment from this morning’s press release:

“I am delighted and honored to be joining the Nightline team. It is a show with a rich and vibrant heritage, and I’m very much looking forward to working with everyone at ‘Nightline’ to maintain and enhance its reputation in the years ahead.”

> “Talk about big shoes to fill,” FishBowlDC says…

> Update: 2:33pm: “Goldston is expected to remain based in New York but travel frequently to Washington, which is home to the “Nightline” studio and the bulk of its staff,” TV Week adds.

New Nightliner Goldston: “An Outsider”

The Observer’s Rebecca Dana broke the news about new Nightline EP James Goldston earlier today. On the Media Mob blog, she writes that Goldston is “best known for having edited Martin Bashir’s famously discomfiting Michael Jackson documentary.”

“Goldston’s top competition for the post was Sara Just, the current second-in-command at Nightline, who was said to be the preferred candidate among the show’s tight-knit staff,” Dana reports. Unlike Just, “Goldston is still an outsider, assigned to lead a close-knit group that is often accused of elitism and clubbiness by others at the network.”

It’s a must-read report…

> Update: 12:32pm: B&C’s John Eggerton writes: “The move came as a surprise to some staffers, who thought the new exec. producer might come from the Washington ranks or someone who has been working on the ‘morphing’ of the show into a more entertainment-oriented offering — though Goldston’s Jackson credit would seem to play to that change.”

ABC Names New Nightline EP: Goldston To Take Over For Bettag

James Goldston will take over the reigns of ABC’s Nightline when executive producer Tom Bettag departs at the end of the year.

Goldston joined ABC News last year as a senior producer of primetime specials and investigative reports, after serving as the executive producer of Britain’s most-watched current affairs program, ITV1′s “Tonight with Trevor McDonald.”

He will “oversee production and editorial content of the program and assume management of Nightline’s Washington, DC and New York City based offices,” the press release says.

“James is a talented and experienced producer with deep roots in daily and documentary news,” ABC News president David Westin says. “His admiration and respect for Nightline’s rich history and tradition coupled with his strong journalistic background makes James the ideal producer to lead Nightline into the future.”

Goldston’s biography is after the jump…

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“Larry King Embarrasses Himself, But Doesn’t Realize It”

From today’s Media Village Buzz by Jack Myers:

kingjuly27.jpgDuring his on stage interview at CTAM with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, commentator Larry King did not do himself, CNN or Roberts any service. King embarrassed himself by admitting he did not understand the term “Crackberry” in relation to a Blackberry device, and asked Roberts what he used the Blackberry for.

When Roberts mentioned well-known EchoStar president Charlie Ergen, King asked “who’s he?” King was also confused when Roberts explained CNN parent Time Warner and Comcast will split the Adelphia Cable systems when the acquisition is completed, a story that has been well reported for months. But King was doubly confused when Roberts said the Adelphia systems would be renamed ‘Comcast.’ “Even the Time Warner systems,” King asked bewildered.

King closed the session with an irrelevant joke about a German Shepard and a Chihuahua. Roberts sat with a bemused expression as King assured the audience that “it really is funny.” King also failed to ask a question about CBS’ expected demand for retransmission consent payments, an issue on many attendees’ and reporters’ minds.

Here’s the rest of the Buzz…

“Heart-Wrenching” Experience In Niger

koinangejuly27.jpgIn a column, correspondent Jeff Koinange describes a feeling of helplessness in Niger:

“For a journalist who has covered refugee camps across Africa — from Darfur, Sudan, to Eastern Congo to Liberia — each time there is the haunting feeling of a desperate child staring up at you with big, brown eyes.

The feeling is one of helplessness, but there is nothing one can do. We’re just here to tell the story. But at the end of the day, the experience is heart-wrenching and very draining.”