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Archives: July 2007

The Bad News For TV News

HuffPost’s Rachel Sklar puts into perspective, several days of sad news in local and network TV newsrooms. Writes Sklar, “occasionally, the (ratings) hoopla can get a little crazy considering just how small a slice of America cares about who got what percentage of which demo when… a little healthy competition and upward striving is ideally what brings out a person’s best work.”

NNTeam_7.31.jpg< A photo taken in “the early days of the Iraq war” in Baghdad. Brian Williams, Eric Wishnie and Gen. Wayne Downing, and a dog the NBC News team ‘adopted’.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, July 30

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 265 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 115 | HLN: 107 | CNBC: 90

Prime: FNC: 407 | CNN: 232 | MSNBC: 213 | HLN: 241 | CNBC: 83

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  223 307 488 431 410 381 414
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  107 187 160 187 187 322 211
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: HB/Brkng.: Countdo.: Abrams: Special: Investig.:
  143 77 104 273 170 251 272
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  56 67 96 324 181 220 199

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

The Anchor & The P.M.: The Vlog

BW_Brown_7.31v2.jpgNBC’s Brian Williams gets the first U.S. TV one-on-one with new British P.M. Gordon Brown. The interview took place this morning. Excerpts have been airing on MSNBC, with the full report tonight on Nightly News.

Check out Williams’ vlog recorded just after the interview…

Dow Deal: Cavuto’s

FBN_7.31.jpgThe imminent announcement that Dow Jones will be sold to Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. has dominated FNC’s daily business show. Neil Cavuto spent the first 24 minutes on the subject (with the occasional market update). The News Corp. board was set to begin a meeting at 4pm ET; Dow’s board has a meeting set for 7pm ET.

Former WSJ managing editor Norman Pearlstine told Cavuto, Murdoch “will invest in ways that may well surprise people.. I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw more color in the paper than there has been in the past and I don’t rule out the possibility of using the (printing) presses for a national edition of New York Post.”

The Scoreboard: Sunday, July 29

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 193 | CNN: 119 | MSNBC: 145 | HLN: 116 | CNBC: 33

Prime: FNC: 197 | CNN: 221 | MSNBC: 175 | HLN: 96 | CNBC: 39

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Big Story: FoxNwsSun.: Report: Geraldo: Hannity: Half/LineUp: Geraldo:
  126 198 207 195 194 242/163 211
CNN Newsroom: Dobbs: Newsroom: Investig.: YouTube: (Cont.): Newsroom:
  135 141 139 175 255 189
MSNBC Investig.: Special: Investig: Reports: Reports: MeetPress: Reports:
  199 222 227 231 160 133 151
HLN HLN/NewsMe: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  69/45 57 79 85 100 105 111

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

The Scoreboard: Saturday, July 28

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 203 | CNN: 140 | MSNBC: 212 | HLN: 101 | CNBC: 51

Prime: FNC: 200 | CNN: 197 | MSNBC: 265 | HLN: 76 | CNBC: 47

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Big Story: Belt/Watch: Report: Geraldo: Islam: Line Up: Journ/Belt:
  183 132/109 150 200 247 153 136/116
CNN Newsroom: Dobbs: WeekAtWar: Investig.: YouTube: (Cont.): Newsroom:
  143 118 123 134 233 165
MSNBC Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special:
  175 309 289 257 221 317 345
HLN HLN/NewsMe: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  47/39 82 58 69 67 91 108

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

Charlie Gibson A Hall of Famer

ABC’s Charlie Gibson is one of twelve inductees – and the only on-air journalist – named by Broadcasting & Cable to its Hall of Fame, Class of 2007. The official ceremony is scheduled for October 22 in New York. Other honorees include Phil Kent, president/CEO Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and reality show producer Mark Burnett.

The full list is here

Grace, Beck, Showbiz Help HLN Gains

Grace_7.31.jpgHeadline News is on track to post its best total day delivery in history. A Headline News spokesperson says the growth is thanks to “double-digit gains from 7p to midnight in signature programs Glenn Beck, Nancy Grace and Showbiz Tonight.”

Click continued to read the press release…

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The Ticker: Ingraham, New View, “Couric’s Ride”

>Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham revealed on her nationally syndicated radio program that CNN has offered her a one-week guest-host gig for the 8pm ET slot.

>Barbara Walters announced that tomorrow morning she will name the new moderator on The View.

> Found this item on FTVlive. Variety takes “a look back” at Katie Couric‘s “impactful year.”

Zucker: CNBC Won’t Repeat CNN “Mistake”

In today’s Hollywood Reporter, NBCU’s Jeff Zucker confidently reveals how CNBC will handle the arrival of Fox Business Network: “We’re not going to make the same mistake CNN made when Fox News Chanel came along a decade ago. We’ll be strong and aggressive and continue to prove what makes CNBC by far the leading financial news broadcaster in the world.”

Zucker continues, “I think there is a degree of irony that the company that broke the story that Rupert Murdoch wanted to buy Dow Jones was CNBC.”

>Update: a Fox News insider adds: “We find there is a degree of irony that on the day Jeff’s self-serving comments are printed comes the announcement that News Corp. has secured enough votes to acquire The Wall Street Journal.”