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Archives: October 2006

A Web-Savvy Version Of ‘World News’

ABC’s 15-minute daily newscast, “World News Webcast,” was downloaded 5.2 million times in September via and iTunes, and 5.2 million times so far this month too. It’s developed for an audience who doesn’t watch the evening news, THR reports.

“What it has become is much more of a broadcast aimed at people who use the Web and who are much more Web-savvy than people who watch the broadcast,” EP Jon Banner says. “You still get a lot of things that are on the broadcast every evening, but they’re done in a much more Web-friendly style.”

For example: a report from Baghdad that felt more like a video blog than a traditional package. More…

The Scoreboard: Friday, October 27

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 271 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 133 | HLN: 103 | CNBC: 71

Prime: FNC: 350 | CNN: 219 | MSNBC: 196 | HLN: 139 | CNBC: 64

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  196 358 310 431 407 214 261
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Broken: King: Cooper: Broken:
  168 214 219 236 255 166 187
MSNBC Matthews: Carlson: Matthews: Countdo.: Investig.: Investig.: Investig.:
  194 119 116 256 122 210 195
HLN HLN: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  42/35 61 188 129 146 142 153

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

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Midterms: NBC’s Plans For Election Day

decision2006nbc.jpgNBC News anchor Brian Williams will be joined by Tim Russert and Tom Brokaw on Election Night.

NBC Nightly News feeds will be updated live “with election trends, analysis and results as polls close.” Here’s the press release.

Hourly updates will begin at 8pm. A Decision 2006 special report will air from 10 to 11pm. West Coast viewers will see a live update at 10pm PT.

Campbell Brown will report on voter trends and Lester Holt will look ahead to 2008.

> Also: The day after, Matt Lauer will co-host Today from D.C…

Midterms: Matthews & Olbermann Anchoring For 12 Hours On MSNBC

MSNBC is already running nonstop political coverage from 9am to 10pm through Election Day. Special programming:

On Sunday, Hardball will be live at 7pm. On Monday, Hardball will be live at 10pm, followed by “Decision 2006″ with Joe Scarborough at 11pm.

On Tuesday, marathon coverage begins at 6pm. Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will anchor from MSNBC HQ. Coverage will run all night, straight through 6am.

Scarborough and Tucker Carlson “will analyze the results with a panel of political reporters and experts” including Andrea Mitchell, Howard Fineman, Bob Shrum, Pat Buchanan, Eugene Robinson, and Carl Quintanilla. will have a “Democracy Dashboard” on the home page with “a full spectrum of self-refreshing results, including a map with state-by-state rollover results, and returns on Senate, House and gubernatorial races, organized down to the county level. In addition, users can find balance-of-power graphics for the House and Senate and instant-message style tips to alert them to developing stories.”

Here’s the press release…

Midterms: CNN’s Plans For Election Night

“CNN’s Multi-Platform Coverage Delivers Election Results to World,” the network’s Election Night press release declares.

America Votes 2006 will start at 7pm with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Lou Dobbs and Paula Zahn in NYC. They’ll be using the News Wall to show election results.

At midnight Larry King will host a two-hour broadcast. From 2 to 5am, “CNN will continue offering live updates through the night,” though the details are unclear. American Morning will start at 5am Wednesday.

On the Web, “CNN Pipeline will carry live reports of election results, as well as analysis from CNN correspondents. Additionally, CNN Pipeline will stream concession and victory speeches from races across the country in their entirety, as well as provide live coverage from the CNN E-lection Nite Blog Party.”

CNNI will simulcast CNN/U.S. starting at 7pm. HLN will stick with normal programming.

Midterms: 3 New Anchors For Election Night

“Forr more than two decades, most Americans got the results of national elections from three men: NBC’s Tom Brokaw, ABC’s Peter Jennings and CBS’ Dan Rather,” USA Today says. But next week, when Brian Williams, Charles Gibson and Katie Couric “preside over the midterm results coverage, viewers will get to see how the new people handle their first election as evening news anchors.”

NBC’s Steve Capus notes that Williams has done more election night coverage than Couric or Gibson. Couric says she’s “going to be right with the viewers in some ways, learning as much as they are, going along.” More…

Cheney Praises Wife’s “Slapdown” Of Blitzer

Vice President Dick Cheney thinks his wife Lynne Cheney put on a “sterling performance” on CNN Friday. That’s what he told Neil Cavuto in an interview set to air on FNC at 4pm.

“I thought it was great. We refer to it around the house as the ‘slapdown.’ And she was very tough, but she was very accurate and very aggressive,” Cheney said. Drudge has a partial transcript.

> Also: In the interview, Cavuto described CNN’s “Broken Government” series as a week-long look at “everything that’s bad with America…”

Kevin Magee To Oversee Huddy/Jerrick Morning Show & Fox Biz Channel

Kevin Magee is adding new responsibilities to his plate. As the executive vice president of Fox News, “Magee will now be responsible for the syndicated morning show with Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick on FOX Television Stations. He will also serve as the executive in charge of the proposed business channel in the event distribution is secured for its launch,” the network announced today.

He’ll continue to oversee Fox News Radio as well. Magee was named senior VP of the radio division in January 2005.

“Kevin’s successful television programming background and his remarkable performance in building Fox News Radio will be instrumental in his new role of extending the Fox News brand into the future,” Roger Ailes says

The Two Words Brian Lamb Has Never Uttered On C-SPAN Are…

The American News Women’s Club honored C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb at a gala Saturday night. On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer paid tribute:

  lamboct30.jpgHe has always taken some kind of on-air role and the exposure has made him a fixture on television. But in the age of the blowhard, he has some real quirks — like parking his ego at the door before he enters the studio.

In all his years on C-SPAN, the two words he has never said are ‘Brian Lamb,’ his own name. He feels it just gets in the way.

What if his rule were imposed on the rest of us? ‘This is Face the Nation, guess who I am?’

Stewart: Go Ahead & Tinker, But You’ll “Be Judged When The Crap Hits The Fan”

Friday was Jim Stewart‘s last day as a CBS News correspondent. He took some time talking to Public Eye about his 16 years at the network. This part of the Q&A is especially interesting:

  A lot of the networks are trying to lure younger audiences. That’s something that’s always been part of the game. Do you think in seeking that audience they are alienating the audience that exists?

That’s a question for the suits. I don’t know. I think that if you have, as I said before, 338 channels to choose from, and you deliberately flip through all the things you have to flip through to get to the CBS Evening News, I think you’ve made a conscious election and statement that, ‘Hey, I want to see the news.’ So if you don’t show them news, why should they watch you?

That’s not to say that we’re not. This is where I get into trouble, but I’ll say it anyway. I think you tinker around the edges of a news broadcast all you want, and that’s good. But you will be judged when the crap hits the fan. When people aren’t watching you out of curiosity, they’re watching you out of a burning hunger and fear and desire to know what’s going on. If you don’t remember 9/11 for that reason, then, there is no better example.