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Archives: August 2006

Steve & Olaf: Summary

Steve & Olaf: This Is “A Really Good Excuse Not To Do Any More Live Shots”

Steve & Olaf: U.S. Agreed To Kidnapper’s “Real Demands,” Al-Hayat Says

Steve & Olaf: Interview With Greta Today

Steve & Olaf: Flying To New York Now

Steve & Olaf: Behind The Scenes At FNC

Steve & Olaf: Ailes Initially Asked News Divisions To Downplay Kidnapping

Steve & Olaf: “Complex Deal” Between Kidnappers & Hamas-Led Government

Steve & Olaf: CNN Lifts FNC’s Interview

Steve & Olaf: Shep Recaps “Horrible Reality”

Steve & Olaf: Kidnapper Ties To Hamas?

Steve & Olaf: “Journalists Should Never Be Hostages Or Pawns In World Events”

Steve & Olaf: “We Have A Lot Of People We Should Thank,” Ailes Says

Steve & Olaf: “There Were Times When I Thought ‘I’m Dead,’ And I’m Not”

Steve & Olaf: Cross Back Into Israel

Steve & Olaf: “I Hope This Never Scares A Single Journalist Away From Coming To Gaza,” Centanni Says

Steve & Olaf: Shep Anchors Coverage

Steve & Olaf: “Forced To Convert To Islam At Gunpoint” On Video

Steve & Olaf: Good News “Within 2 Days?”

Steve & Olaf: Are “Safe & Sound”

Steve & Olaf: Congressional Leaders Send Letters To Abbas; “Redouble Your Efforts”

Steve & Olaf: “Things Are Going In A Positive Direction,” Interior Minister Says

Steve & Olaf: Held By 1 Of Fatah’s Militias?

Steve & Olaf: Hoping The Palestinians “Will Allow Their Guests To Come Home”

Steve & Olaf: Ken Centanni’s Statement

Steve & Olaf: “Merely Innocent Journalists”

Steve & Olaf: Kidnappers Are Trying To Discredit Abbas & Haniyeh –Time Mag.

Steve & Olaf: Hamas Rep Says Kidnappers Are Harming Palestinian Interests

Steve & Olaf: Thursday Notes

Steve & Olaf: Should Laurence Apologize?

Steve & Olaf: This “Represents A Significant Departure From Past Kidnappings”

Steve & Olaf: State Dept. Rejects Demands

Steve & Olaf: In Statement, FNC Senior VP John Moody Asks For “Immediate Release”

Steve & Olaf: “We Are Going To Give You 72 Hours Beginning Midnight Tonight…”

Steve & Olaf: Holy Jihad Brigades Calls For Release Of Muslim Prisoners

Steve & Olaf: Kidnapping Tape

Steve & Olaf: “They Both Look Healthy…”

Steve & Olaf: Rough Transcription Of Tape

Steve & Olaf: Previously Unheard Of Group Claims Responsibility –Al Jazeera

Steve & Olaf: New Zealand Media Updates

Steve & Olaf: “The Longest Period” That Any “Foreigners In Gaza Have Been Held”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: 1 Week Ago

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Network Sends Ken LaCorte To Gaza City

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: McNaught Says Palestinian Authorities Aren’t Telling All

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Centanni’s Family Tapes Televised Plea

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “We Feel Sure That You’re Going To Be OK,” Sister Says

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Correspondent Jennifer Griffin Speaks At Demonstration

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “First Time The Kidnappers Haven’t Identified Themselves…”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “We Are Very Anxiously Still Awaiting Word…”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “Please Let Him Come Home. Please,” McNaught Says

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “We Still Have No Word On Their Whereabouts…”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: CPJ Issues New Call For Centanni & Wiig’s Release

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Journo Says Palestinian Authority Has Info About Captors

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: McNaught Dismisses Talk Of Political Slant

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Shep Hints At Resolution; “We Have Been Led To Believe” That They “Have Not Been Harmed”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Net Breaks Silence; Hume & Smith Update Viewers

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Wiig’s Family Is Grateful For Support; Requests Privacy

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: U.S. State Dept. “Calls For Their Immediate Release”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: The Long Wait

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: 48 Hours, And Still No Demands From The Kidnappers

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Rogue Group?

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Centanni Thought Gaza Would Be Safer Than Iraq

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Prodding Government Authorities To Act

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Al Jazeera Calls For Centanni & Wiig’s Immediate Release

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “Police Said No One Has Come Forward With Demands”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “My Stomach Dropped & My Face Turned To Ash…”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Brother Is “Confident Things Will Resolve Themselves”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Security Forces Working To “Put An End To It Soon”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: New Zealand Sends Diplomats To Jerusalem

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Network Reps Meet With Palestinian President & P.M.

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “…Concerns That This One May Be A Bit Different”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “It Keeps You On Pins & Needles,” Centanni’s Brother Says

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Tight-Lipped

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: P.M. Update

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Gunmen Protesting American Aid To Israel?

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Cameraman Was Supposed To Come Home Soon

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Updates

FNC Freelancer Olaf Wiig Also Kidnapped

FNC Reporter Steve Centanni Kidnapped

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “Negotiations Are Ongoing To Secure Their Release”

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: “Pray For Their Release. I Will Keep You Posted” –Moody

FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Wire

FLASH: FNC Producer & Cameraman Kidnapped In Gaza, Reuters Reports

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Schieffer Signs Off: Video

Schieffer Signs Off: “Goodnight Everyone. I’ll See You Next Time From Washington”

Bob Schieffer‘s CBS Evening News goodbye:

“As I mentioned earlier, tonight brings to an end my year and a half here in New York. Next week, I will be back on my old beat in Washington. We are ending just the way i like, with a scoop, the first look at our new state-of-the-art newsroom. I can’t give you a tour because it’s not quite finished yet but here is someone who will be a permanent fixture, my friend, Katie Couric.”

Couric introduced a video tribute of Schieffer. Then he concluded:

schiefferaug31.jpg“Thank you very much. Most people don’t get to hear things like that said about them until their funeral. I’m really glad I got to hear that one. And may I say a word to each of you out there. This was a totally unexpected adventure for me but I’ve loved every minute of it. Spending this last year and a half helping to shape and sometimes guide this great news organization has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In March of last year, you invited me into your homes, but what made me feel good was is you were kind enough to invite me back. I will always remember that. Russ Mitchell will be here tomorrow and Monday, and then it will be the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Goodnight everyone. I’ll see you next time from Washington.”

Schieffer Signs Off: The Awkward Half-Hug

As a stagehand urged the audience to applaud for Bob Schieffer‘s farewell, CBS Evening News president Sean McManus came on stage and shook the departing anchorman’s hand. And here’s what happened next:


Yes, it was the awkward half-hug. In frame one, McManus goes in for the hug… in frame two, they start the embrace… in frame three, Schieffer retreats… and in frame four McManus slinks away.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 30

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 292 | CNN: 177 | MSNBC: 104 | HLN: 120 | CNBC: 55

Prime: FNC: 379 | CNN: 307 | MSNBC: 168 | HLN: 197 | CNBC: 76

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  322 388 425 390 397 351 272
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  164 201 191 282 317 323 228
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countd.: Scarbo.: Investig.: Investig.:
  95 112 100 216 114 173 190
HLN HLN: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  34 69 121 224 207 161 155

Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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Good Luck Finding Dan Special In NY & LA

Scott Collins calls this “CBS’ Final Dis to The Dan:”

“It was already telling that CBS decided to dump [Friday's primetime Dan Rather special] on the Friday before Labor Day, just days before Katie Couric assumes Rather’s old job in a burst of hype. But the network isn’t even bothering to air Rather’s show at its scheduled time on WCBS-TV in New York or KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, both owned and operated by CBS. Those outlets will instead run preseason NFL match-ups: the Eagles and the Jets in New York, the Chargers and the 49ers in L.A. In Los Angeles, Dan’s special will migrate to CBS-owned KCAL, where far fewer viewers are likely to see it. The fate of the special in the New York market is unclear; it’s not on published schedules for Friday.”

Here’s the full story…

“Like You’ve Never Gone To The Bathroom & Had It Broadcast On National TV”

Kyra Phillips‘ top ten excuses, from tonight’s Late Show with David Letterman:

  10. Still haven’t mastered complicated on/off switch.

9. Larry King told me he does this all the time.

8. How was I supposed to know we had a reporter embedded in the bathroom.

7. I honestly never knew this sort of thing was frowned upon.

6. I couldn’t resist a chance to win $10,000 on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

5. I was set up by those bastards at Fox News.

4. Like you’ve never gone to the bathroom and had it broadcast on national television.

3. I just wanted that hunky Lou Dobbs to notice me.

2. Okay, so I was drunk and I couldn’t think straight.

1. You have to admit, it made the speech a lot more interesting.

Curry Breaks Nose In Between Segments

Ann Curry broke her nose between segments on Wednesday’s Today Show.

“We had a minute to go,” she says. “I was going into a revolving door. I hit the door so hard. I saw stars.”

Curry didn’t show up Thursday’s Today, but it wasn’t because of her nose. She’s in New Orleans, interviewing Brad Pitt. She’ll be back tomorrow…

The Ticker: Olbermann, McFadden, Bob…

> Thanks to MSNBC, Showbiz Tonight, the New York Times, TV Week, and others for crediting TVNewser with the Couric photo scoop. Eat the Press, MediaPost and On Deadline have more…

> Keith Olbermann‘s Wednesday night commentary is getting a lot of buzz. Here’s the transcript. “So few news people today ask the hard questions let alone speak truth to power,” an e-mailer says. “Olbermann stood up for free speech and all American citizens…”

> Bob Schieffer will appear on the Early Show tomorrow morning, the night after his last Evening News…

> Gail Shister writes about Cynthia McFadden‘s ties to Katharine Hepburn

> “Sudanese riot police have beaten up an Aljazeera news crew and confiscated a camera while it was covering a protest in the capital Khartoum,” says…

> Press release: “With changes afoot in network television news, one thing that has not changed is NBC News’ dominance online…”

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Aug. 21

Today beat GMA by almost a million viewers last week. Compared to the same week last year, the Early Show is up in total viewers while Today and GMA are down, CBS says. But “season-to-date, Today is the only weekday morning news program to increase its total audience,” NBC says. Week of Aug 21:

Total viewers: NBC: 5,300,000 / ABC: 4,300,000 / CBS: 2,500,000

Households: NBC: 4.2/15 / ABC: 3.5/13 / CBS: 1.9/7