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Archives: January 2006

Jan. #’s: In Demo, HLN Tops In Total Day But MSNBC Wins In Prime

For the first time since August 2005, Headline News overtook MSNBC for the month in the 25-54 demographic. In total day, Headline News averaged 96,000 demo viewers, beating MSNBC’s 91,000.

But in primetime, MSNBC was #3. In January it topped Headline News, delivering 119,000 viewers compared to HLN’s 102,000 — even with Nancy Grace. (Maybe Glenn Beck will help?)

Jan #’s: 25-54 Demo Vs. 2005

Summing up the 25-54 demo data for January 2005 vs. the same month a year ago: FNC and CNN down in total day and prime, while MSNBC is up and HLN and CNBC are mixed…

Total day ’06: FNC: 235,000 / CNN: 145,000 / MSNBC: 91,000 / HLN: 96,000 / CNBC: 45,000

Total day ’05: FNC: 318,000 / CNN: 173,000 / MSNBC: 82,000 / HLN: 106,000 / CNBC: 51,000

% change: FNC: -26% / CNN: -16% / MSNBC: +11% / HLN: -9% / CNBC: -12%

Prime ’06: FNC: 319,000 / CNN: 202,000 / MSNBC: 150,000 / HLN: 114,000 / CNBC: 76,000

Prime ’05: FNC: 485,000 / CNN: 273,000 / MSNBC: 119,000 / HLN: 102,000 / CNBC: 64,000

% change: FNC: -34% / CNN: -26% / MSNBC: +26% / HLN: +12% / CNBC: +19%

Jan. #’s: Total Viewers Vs. 2005

Summing up the total viewer data for January 2005 vs. the same month a year ago: FNC is down slightly, CNN is down, MSNBC is up, CNBC is up a little in total day and a good bit in primetime, and HLN’s Nancy Grace effect is evident in primetime but not in total day.
Notice how MSNBC has gained 10% viewership while CNN has lost 9% in total day — and how MSNBC has gained 16% viewership while CNN has lost 17% and FNC has lost 18% in primetime — are we seeing a shift?

Total day ’06: FNC: 899,000 / CNN: 461,000 / MSNBC: 238,000 / HLN: 234,000 / CNBC: 138,000

Total day ’05: FNC: 922,000 / CNN: 509,000 / MSNBC: 217,000 / HLN: 238,000 / CNBC: 131,000

% change: FNC: -2% / CNN: -9% / MSNBC: +10% / HLN: -2% / CNBC: +5%

Prime ’06: FNC: 1,604,000 / CNN: 876,000 / MSNBC: 301,000 / HLN: 240,000 / CNBC: 126,000

Prime ’05: FNC: 1,483,000 / CNN: 724,000 / MSNBC: 349,000 / HLN: 343,000 / CNBC: 155,000

% change: FNC: -18% / CNN: -17% / MSNBC: +16% / HLN: +43% / CNBC: +23%

New CNNI Graphics Premiere On Feb. 5

“CNN International is revamping its on-air look Feb. 5, ditching its ticker, changing its fonts and bumping its logo to the top of the screen to make its appearance less cluttered,” Broadcasting & Cable reports. Here are some of the changes, according to Anne Becker:

> “Headline fonts will be changed to block lettering…Fonts will be color-coded…”

> “The network’s scrolling news ticker will be replaced by a rotating news ‘flipper,’ which will display one complete sentence or story at a time.”

> “The network’s logo…has been moved from the bottom right part of the screen to the top left…The word ‘live’ will appear over the shadowed globe for live stories.”

In 2005 CNN/U.S. made its graphics larger, bolder, and louder. Thankfully, CNNI is going in the opposite direction. Senior VP Rena Golden says “The uncluttered screen and enhanced concise graphics will now allow our video and journalism to breathe fully.”

> Also: “It plans to introduce new sets in Atlanta, London and Hong Kong later this year.”

“Could CW Lead to a CBS, CNN Union?”

“A successful launch of CW could very well presage a momentous transformation in how co-parents Time Warner and CBS Corp. gather and disseminate news,” MediaWeek’s Anthony Crupi suggests. “According to sources in both camps, CNN and CBS have never quite closed the door on the idea of merging their news operations, although the last formal talks were dissolved in 2003…

Now that the companies have sidled closer to each other, many observers expect merger talks to resume. ‘Some kind of combination is inevitable,’ said Hal Vogel, principal of Vogel Capital Management. ‘The cost of having far-flung bureaus is way too high for any one organization to take on alone.’”

More: “Vogel said Moonves’ impatience with CBS News could hasten a deal. ‘Whether it’s CBS and CNN or some other outlet, I can foresee a deal being made within 12-18 months.’”

ABC To Announce “Interim Plans” For World News Tonight “In The Coming Days”

“Woodruff’s injuries and inevitable extended absence will likely force ABC News to bring another personality into World News Tonight to share the workload with Elizabeth Vargas,” Variety reported in today’s editions. “A decision on a replacement could be announced as early as today.”

But the announcement will come tomorrow at the earliest. “ABC is solely focused on the return of Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt to the U.S. today,” ABC spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider told TVNewser today. “We will make our interim plans clear in the coming days. There is no timetable.” (My emphasis)

> Also: Schneider “declined to speculate about any interim plans ABC News had other than to say that Vargas would, as scheduled, anchor World News Tonight from Washington,” The Hollywood Reporter says. “Monday’s broadcast retained Vargas and Woodruff’s name on it. Schneider also said that the network would continue carrying out its plans for the show, including the three mostly live broadcasts and the daily webcasts. ABC News correspondent Dan Harris anchored Monday afternoon’s webcast.”

SOTU: Broadcast & Cable Plans


ABC: Coverage will begin at 9pm. Elizabeth Vargas will anchor from a White House overlook, Charlie Gibson will anchor from Capitol Hill and Diane Sawyer will anchor from New York. They’ll be joined by George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz and Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson. Jake Tapper will report on “The People’s Response,” a “digital conversation with Americans on their views of the State of the Union, sponsored by and” George Will, Fareed Zakaria and Mellody Hobson will also be on hand. On ABC News Now, Sam Donaldson will host a special edition of “Politics Live.” Terry Moran will anchor Nightline from D.C.

NBC: Brian Williams will anchor two hours of coverage from D.C. beginning at 9pm. He’ll be joined by Tim Russert and “NBC’s team of correspondents.” Also: “NBC News will be the only television news organization to have both party chairmen – DNC Chair Howard Dean and RNC Chair Ken Mehlman – provide commentary following the Democratic response.” will stream the address live.

CBS: Bob Schieffer will anchor beginning at 9pm. John Roberts and Gloria Borger will contribute to the broadcast. Lara Logan and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will join Schieffer in D.C. to talk about Iraq. The live coverage will be broadcast on CBS Radio News and webcast on CBS “will report on the results of an instant poll conducted with the help of Knowledge Networks…on how viewers reacted to key points in the President’s speech.” Harry Smith anchored the Early Show today and will again tomorrow.

FOX: Shep Smith will anchor beginning at 9pm. Chris Wallace will provide analysis and Major Garrett has live reports. Newt Gingrich will provide post-address analysis.

FNC: O’Reilly will end at 8:55pm. Brit Hume will anchor from D.C. from 8:55 to 11pm with live reports from Carl Cameron and Brian Wilson. Fred Barnes, Mort Kondracke, Nina Easton, and Bill Kristol provide analysis. H&C will be live at 11pm. Greta has the night off.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer and Paula Zahn will begin anchoring from D.C. at 7pm. Correspondents Dana Bash, Candy Crowley, Ed Henry and John King, CNN senior analyst Jeff Greenfield, and contributors Paul Begala, William Bennett, Victoria Clarke, J.C. Watts will be on hand. Anderson Cooper will take over at 10:30pm. Larry King will be live at midnight.

MSNBC: Chris Matthews kicks off the coverage at 5pm on Hardball. “Following the President’s address to the nation, Matthews will anchor MSNBC’s post-game for commentary and analysis.

Fox Morning Show Coming This Summer?

huddyjerrickjan31.jpgLast March, FTVLive reported that Lachlan Murdoch was heading up a secret Fox morning show project that “should hit the air around March 2006.”

The site now says that “Fox stations head Jack Abernethy is moving ahead with plans for a national morning show which will more than likely happen by late summer 2006. Word is that FNC’s Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick will host the show. The pair currently host Dayside (1pm/est) on FNC.”

Questions: Would the morning show have a studio audience like Dayside? Would Huddy and Jerrick still host the 1pm program on FNC? If not, would Linda Vester return to the timeslot? Or would FNC try something else entirely?

Watch Paint Dry On CNBC

greenspanjan31.jpgErin Crowe, a 24-year-old University of Virginia graduate, has what some would describe as an unusual interest: for the past several years, she has been painting portraits of Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.” And she’s been getting some good press out of it. Today, she gets a little more, as she paints her final portrait of the outgoing chairman as CNBC cameras chronicle every brush stroke.

She began painting “with a blank canvas on CNBC’s Squawk Box and will complete the work-of-art during CNBC’s Closing Bell,” this press release says. CNBC will auction the painting and the proceeds will go to charity…

> Also: CNBC is airing a four-part special report, “Future of the Fed,” all this week…

Woodruff & Vogt: Ticker #6


> AP:A C-17 medical evacuation plane took off from the U.S. base at Ramstein on Tuesday afternoon carrying the two journalists and 28 U.S. service personnel, including several others hurt in Iraq.” The plane is bound for Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Then they’ll go to the brain injury center of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Doctors in Maryland will try to take Woodruff off a breathing machine.

> Officials are most concerned about Woodruff’s brain swelling, Martha Raddatz said on Larry King Live. “They certainly got some shrapnel wounds, but those were not life threatening. The problem here is brain swelling, and again it’s very similar to an impact injury. And they’ve got to watch the brain swelling for the next few days.”

> On Sunday, once network officials learned that Woodruff and Vogt were stable and on their way to a military hospital in Germany, Robert Murphy, a senior vice president of the news division, was dispatched to meet them there,” the LAT notes.

> “One tough question to be asked, even as Woodruff fights for survival: Should he have been there reporting that story in the first place?,” David Bianculli writes. “There are two answers. Last year, even last month, when Woodruff was a correspondent, yes. But this month, since rising to co-anchor, I respectfully but strongly say the answer is no.”

> Woodruff’s former colleagues remember his work at WTVR in Richmond…