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Archives: April 2006

Part Of Snow’s Web Site Is Still Online

FishBowlNY notices that part of Tony Snow‘s Fox News Web site is still online. Dylan writes: “It begs the question(s): Why is any part of the site still up? And is Snow’s elevated profile and documented history as a pundit going to smack the White House in the face every time a political controversy arises?”

It’ll Be Worth Waiting For

In a little under 18 months, Aaron Brown is going to have a lot to say. You can tell he’s just itching to get it all out, but has to wait until his contract is up.

“In the day-to-day of putting on a daily newscast, it’s amazing how little time there is to think, and to reflect on the business, on decisions and why they’re made,” Brown tells Tim Cuprisin. “Because I have an employer, I can’t do as much of it as I would like, and I can’t always say everything I would like to. That’s OK. I get their position.” His contract has “another almost 18 months to run…”

> Also: “I’d really like to do an interview show,” Brown says, “somewhere between Larry (King) and Charlie Rose. It’s a little newsier than Larry and maybe a little less highbrow than Charlie, both of whom I think are very good. I just think I’d fit somewhere more in between. That program would get me really excited.”

Let’s Name Dan Rather’s Blog

In a conversation with the blogger behind Scripting News Annex, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather “said that his employer discourages” blogging, but he’s open to the idea.

“He said that large companies like to control what’s said about them, and that CBS is part of a large company (Viacom). But he added something that was surprising, that I’ve not heard elsewhere — he may leave CBS, and if he does, may start blogging. I offered my help and advice if he goes that route, he said he’d like that.”

So what should Rather’s blog be called? E-mail suggestions to or drop them in the tip box…

Ratings For Eisner’s Second “Conversation”

Wednesday night’s all-entertainer edition of “Conversations with Michael Eisner” still bombed in the demo, but it showed growth compared to its March 28 premiere.

The 9pm airing delivered 66,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo, up 69 percent from Eisner’s 39,000 demo viewers in March. The show delivered 137,000 households, up 78 percent from 77,000 HH in March.

But the show still bled viewers from its lead-in. At 8pm, The Apprentice averaged 157,000 demo viewers and 200,000 households. The rerun at midnight lost more than half its lead-in, averaging 17,000 demo viewers and 38,000 households…

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 26

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 235 | CNN: 113 | MSNBC: 84 | HLN: 91 | CNBC: 81

Prime: FNC: 421 | CNN: 121 | MSNBC: 95 | HLN: 171 | CNBC: 97

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  232 278 321 437 346 481 309
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  129 139 176 102 75 186 172
MSNBC Hardball: Abrams: Hardball: Countdown: Scarborough: Cosby: Situation:
  87 127 107 110 111 63 116
HLN Roberts/Choi: Showbiz: Grace: Prime: Grace: Showbiz:
  55 100 58 194 120 199 110
CNBC Kudlow: Cramer: Money: Apprentice: Eisner: Deutsch: Apprentice:
    96 78 157 66 69 41

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 867 | CNN: 389 | MSNBC: 261 | HLN: 222 | CNBC: 216

Prime: FNC: 1,758 | CNN: 594 | MSNBC: 310 | HLN: 450 | CNBC: 193

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  989 1,234 1,223 2,102 1,551 1,622 1,036
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  536 733 611 469 709 603 339
MSNBC Hardball: Abrams: Hardball: Countdown: Scarborough: Cosby: Situation:
  326 356 336 352 357 220 240
HLN Roberts/Choi: Showbiz: Grace: Prime: Grace: Showbiz:
  131 165 153 609 291 448 278

The Ticker: FNS Party, Alfonsi, Vieira…

> FLASH: “Extra has learned exclusively that Rosie O’Donnell will be named as the newest co-host of The View, replacing the exiting Meredith Vieira…”

> FishBowlDC is all over Fox News Sunday’s party in Georgetown last night…

> Johnny Dollar has audio clips from the premiere of Brian & The Judge, including a recap of the party…

> CBS News is launching a gas price series called “Eye on the Road” on Monday: “Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi and her crew will travel from Florida to Massachusetts on Interstate 95 in three vehicles: a Toyota Prius hybrid; a Ford Expedition SUV and a mid-size Honda Accord…”

> NewsBusters is tracking “future NBC star” Meredith Vieira‘s comments about President Bush…

> Fairness & Accuracy in Media has a report about “CNN’s Immigration Problem…”

Fox News Sunday: Still The Youngest Sunday Show, But It’s Growing Up

wallaceapr27.jpgFox News Sunday is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. The Sunday show “is still the new kid on the block,” but “we clearly are a player now,” host Chris Wallace tells USA Today.

In today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wallace points out that “people have been watching some of our competition their whole lives, and all of the shows are at least twice, if not three or four times, older than we are.” He says: “Anybody that would take a fresh look at it, and to watch our show and watch the competition, couldn’t help but say that we are every bit as good, and I think, frankly, better many weeks than our competition.”

Smearing A Dead Man On The Factor

Bill O’Reilly was “smeared twice” by the Syracuse Post-Standard recently, so he got even on Monday’s O’Reilly Factor. He said “the villains at that paper are publisher Stephen Rogers and editorial writer Mark Libbon. These men are not only unprofessional, they are incompetent.”

He posted contact information for Rogers and Libbon on his Web site, and plastered their pictures on the television screen, in front of about two million viewers. There was just one problem: The person labeled “Stephen Rogers” died three and a half years ago.

You see, Stephen A. Rogers succeeded his father as publisher of the Post-Standard upon his dad’s death in 2002. But O’Reilly’s staff used a photo of the deceased father, not the son, on the air.

“We want to recognize O’Reilly and his crack staff for smearing a man who dedicated his life to his community until he passed away at the age of 90,” says

Cooper on 60M: “Neither Confirm Nor Deny”

This morning the New York Post reported that Anderson Cooper‘s people are talking to 60 Minutes’ people to get him a gig on the 60 Minutes newsmag.

“You might expect the Cooper scoop to smoke out the PR people into either knocking down the story or proceeding with a release,” Scott Collins blogs. “But as of midday Thursday, nada, which likely means that lawyers are still haggling over the particulars.” 60 Minutes spokesman Kevin Tedesco said “we will neither confirm nor deny” and CNN spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said “we can neither confirm nor deny…”

> Dec. 13, 2004: “CNN to CBS. CNN’s Anderson Cooper just shot his first piece for 60 Minutes Wednesday, tentatively set for January,” Gail Shister reported…

CNN Hires New Delhi Video Correspondent

CNN has hired a sixth “video correspondent.” Seth Doane, “winner of a George Foster Peabody Award for his in-depth coverage in 2004 of the on-going humanitarian crisis in the Sudan’s Dafur region,” will be based in New Delhi, the network announced yesterday.

Doane joins CNN from Channel One. Video correspondents use “specially designed digital newsgathering kit to enable a single correspondent to shoot, edit and transmit reports from anywhere in the world…”