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Archives: August 2007

Couric & Brokaw, Back on MSNBC

On the 10th anniversary of her death, MSNBC is re-airing the funeral of Princess Diana this morning from 9amET-Noon. The coverage then, was co-anchored by Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric on Sept. 6, 1997.

The Days of Zahn’s Life

PZ_8.31.jpgThat UES daytime drama between Paula Zahn and her estranged husband Richard Cohen continues to play out. Today’s episode according to the NYDaily News: was Zahn spending more than she was bringing in? A Cohen friend tells the News, “‘Her bills for fashion and jewelry almost equaled her annual CNN salary,’ which her lawsuit puts at $2 million, according to the friend.”

Meanwhile, “Zahn wants to know more about the Sept. 15 sale of [the couple's] jointly owned Aspen spread.”

What? No More MTP on iTunes?

The NYTimesBrooks Barnes reports NBC and Apple could not come to terms on a deal to continue selling NBCU programs on iTunes. The deal had included shows from NBCU’s broadcast and cable networks, including news programs Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Barnes writes NBC “is the No. 1 supplier of digital video to Apple’s online store, accounting for about 40 percent of downloads.” NBC notified Apple of its decision late yesterday.

“The current two-year deal extends through December, so a vast video catalog — some 1,500 hours of NBC Universal’s news, sports and entertainment programming — will remain available on iTunes at least until then,” Barnes writes.

>More: Since the MTP and Nightly News video and audio podcasts are free downloads, it’s not known how this deal will affect those programs on iTunes, if at all.

Who’s the Most Powerful Woman in TV News?

PH2006040600730.jpgMeredith Vieira is the highest-ranking woman in television news on Forbes’ 2007 “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women“.

The magazine bequeaths the very top spot on the list to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Vieira comes in at #55, with Diane Sawyer #62, Katie Couric #63, and Christiane Amanpour #74. Anne Sweeney, President of the Disney-ABC Television Group, is #77.

In an interview on, Forbes Senior Editor Elizabeth MacDonald says the women on the list were chosen on the basis of “their title, their sphere of influence, their career accomplishments, (and) the amount of money they have sway over”, as well as “what changes they’ve brought, and what influence they have around the world.”

Have Phones, Will Report

UN_8.30.jpgDuring the breaking news of chemicals found at the UN this afternoon, FNC correspondent Laura Ingle rushed to the scene with her Treo and Blackberry in hand. She turned the Treo on herself using it as her camera. Meanwhile, Ingle used her blackberry to communicate: to speak to the viewers and hear the anchors.

We’re told this is the first time those two devices — Treo and Blackberry — were united enabling a reporter to do a live shot without the standard equipment: field camera, microphone IFB, and lighting.

Is this the future of breaking news gathering?

What’s On in the FNC Newsroom?

This afternoon on FNC’s Studio B, Shepard Smith was speaking with correspondent Dagen McDowell about two product recalls. As McDowell referenced a “full screen” with phone numbers for more information, Smith said:

“All of a sudden all the monitors are on another channel, so we can’t see what’s happening. Could you put that channel over there on our channel so we can see what’s going on?

At the same time (3:53pmET) MSNBC was covering the airing of the audio tape from Sen. Larry Craig‘s police interrogation. As mentioned earlier, MSNBC first aired the audio at 3:38. FNC & CNN followed more than an hour later.

Not Forgetting to Remember

As the networks move on to covering the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins surveys the coverage of the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

FNC Calls in the Doctor

Ablow_8.30.jpegHis talk show may have been canceled earlier this year, but Dr. Keith Ablow has a new deal of note: Fox News Channel has signed him as a contributor. Ablow already has been seen on-air at FNC this week.

An FNC spokesperson tells TVNewser Ablow will no longer be a contributor on NBC’s Today.

According to a Fox press release, Dr. Ablow is a faculty member at the New England Medical Center in Boston and is board certified in adult and adolescent psychiatry, as well as forensic psychiatry.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 29

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 239 | CNN: 155 | MSNBC: 113 | HLN: 91 | CNBC: 74

Prime: FNC: 285 | CNN: 278 | MSNBC: 222 | HLN: 119 | CNBC: 81

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  256 363 349 305 290 260 423
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Investig.: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  106 171 144 180 307 346 205
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Abrams: Special: Special:
  172 123 124 299 207 161 207
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  43 69 109 124 85 148 172

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

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Bolling Back on FNC

TVNewser noticed Eric Bolling back on FNC today. This would be his second appearance on the net since leaving a contributor spot with CNBC, while still under contract. He appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto along with FBN’s director of business news, Alexis Glick. They talked about the market reaction to today’s UN scare.

Bolling has a six-month non-compete that apparently allows him to make “occasional, non-regularly-scheduled guest appearances on news and information programs.” Still, is that enough to keep the CNBC lawyers away?