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Archives: June 2007

U.K. Terror: MSNBC 1st With Glasgow News

According to a TVEyes search, MSNBC was first to report on the Glasgow airport attack at 10:58am Saturday. Alex Witt attributed the news to the BBC via the AP.

CNN followed three minutes later, with Alfonso Van Marsh on the phone in London.

FNC was notably late, with Gregg Jarrett interrupting the Business Block with an alert at 11:25am, almost half an hour after MSNBC…

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U.K. Terror: CNN’s Roberts To London

CNN’s American Morning is planning a split broadcast on Monday.

John Roberts will report live from London, with Kiran Chetry holding down the fort in New York.

“Roberts, who covered the first London bombings for CBS, [did] a masterful job guiding the coverage” of the first car bomb on Friday morning, an e-mailer says…

U.K. Terror: FNC’s Hemmer To London

Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer flew to London today to report on the terror threats in the U.K.; he’ll be in place on Sunday to anchor.

FOXNews.com’s schedule shows Hemmer anchoring Fox News Live at 3pm Sunday…

New CNN.com Launches

A sleek, dramatic relaunch of CNN.com emerged online Saturday, bringing an enhanced news experience to users.

“As you explore the site, you will find tons of great new features, including one-page integrated story-telling, the largest Flash video player of its kind, local coverage, better weather, blog links, commenting, and (coming Monday) free live video for breaking news,” the site’s blog says.

“We first believed the new look would launch Sunday, but it would appear that the breaking news coverage prompted them to launch the homepage early,” Lost Remote says…

Siegel Dies: GMA Memories

Joel Siegel‘s former colleagues on Good Morning America released statements about his death on Friday evening. Diane Sawyer said:

“He was a gladiator–brave, wildly funny, passionate about Dylan, Ena and his family—and completely in love with every new day. Film critic may have been his job description — what he really did was tell us about the wonder and heartbreak of life.


The wonder was to know him. The heartbreak, today.


All of us love Joel . Present tense. Without end.”

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Siegel Dies: “After A Long And Remarkably Courageous Struggle With Cancer”


ABCNews.com has a video farewell to Joel Siegel. The accompanying story says:

“Surrounded by family and friends, ABC’s beaming and insightful movie critic Joel Siegel has died in New York, after a long and remarkably courageous struggle with cancer, at the age of 63.

Both colleagues and fans delighted in his unique way of blending cheerful good humor and piercing critical acumen in reviews that made them instantly clear to anyone. You knew exactly what he thought — often with the bonus of a good laugh.”

Joel Siegel Dies

“I am sad to inform you of the passing of our beloved Joel Siegel. Joel died this afternoon after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends,” David Westin wrote in a memo to staffers this evening.

“Joel was an important part of ABC News and we will miss him. He was a brilliant reviewer and a great reporter. But much more, he was our dear friend and colleague.”

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‘The Peter Jennings Effect’

In 2005, when ABC launched its “Quit to Live” stop-smoking series in the wake of Peter Jennings‘ death, the network promoted a Quitline after every report.

“Today the American Journal of Health Promotion tells us there was, in essence, a ‘Peter Jennings effect’ on the number of people who tried to quit,” EP Jon Banner blogs.

“The month before our series began, the Quitline received calls from 9,723 smokers looking for help. During our series 29,942 people called in — an increase of over 20,000 callers. We don’t know the outcome of the calls, but it’s rewarding to all of us that our pieces made a difference and, hopefully, saved lives.”

O’Reilly Delivers 2.77 Mil. On Normal Night

Since I posted repeatedly about Larry King‘s big Wednesday ratings win, it’s only fair to note that Bill O’Reilly delivered almost as many viewers on a normal news night Thursday.

The O’Reilly Factor delivered 2,775,000 viewers last night, without a Paris Hilton interview.

LKL delivered 1,269,000 viewers with Colin Powell last night…

The Scoreboard: Thursday, June 28

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 315 | CNN: 174 | MSNBC: 97 | HLN: 145 | CNBC: 61

Prime: FNC: 618 | CNN: 287 | MSNBC: 192 | HLN: 273 | CNBC: 124

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  302 272 347 648 599 608 497
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  211 275 218 203 313 343 225
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Scarbo.: Special: Special:
  138 61 162 218 201 156 180
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  80 118 143 355 154 308 307


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

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