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Archives: February 2008

Hume, Not O’Reilly, Will Anchor FNC’s Primary Night

Hume_2.29.jpgFox News tells TVNewser a Crain’s New York Business report that Bill O’Reilly will be “in the anchor seat” for Tuesday’s primary coverage, is not true. The story by Matthew Flamm claims FNC is trying to “spice up its coverage,” and that “Brit Hume…would be relegated to a senior analyst role.”

FNC spokeswoman Irena Briganti tells TVNewser, “Flamm is so far off the mark it’s embarrassing and his ‘reporting’ lacks any semblance of credibility. The notion that O’Reilly would ANCHOR election coverage of any kind is beyond absurd and wildly inaccurate.”

After the jump, an internal memo which lays out FNC’s coverage plan for Tuesday night. It shows Hume will be anchoring coverage of the crucial Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island primaries. Hume has anchored all of FNC’s prime time election coverage except for the Potomac primaries Feb. 12. Hume had a previously scheduled vacation, so Chris Wallace anchored.

Flamm writes that an “insider” told him, “They want to copy the success that MSNBC has had with [Keith] Olbermann and [Chris] Matthews anchoring their coverage.”

“If Flamm is so off base with this ‘fact,’ you’d have to question all of his other ‘reporting’ when it comes to Fox News,” said Briganti.

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Cross Network, Cross Country Quiz

Banfield_2.27.jpgPelley_2.29.jpgThe NYPost writes about truTV’s Ashleigh Banfield. The Canadian-born journalist is studying for her U.S. citizenship exam and “got some unexpected help the other day” from CBS correspondent Scott Pelley as the two sat next each other on Metro-North train to Connecticut. The Post reports, “when [Pelley] offered to work with her on her questions, Ashleigh proceeded to quiz him. Pelley was doing great until he had to answer, ‘What US Citizenship and Immigration Services form is used to apply for natural citizenship?’ The answer? ‘Application for Naturalization,’ which had him stumped,” reports the Post.

Buchanan’s “Man Show” at MSNBC

buchanantv_2-28.jpgLiz Cox Barrett writes in the Columbia Journalism Review about an exchange on Morning Joe Wednesday morning with Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough. Buchanan and Scarborough were discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton and the difference between her speech pattern and that of Sen. Barack Obama.

“Hillary knows her strength,” Buchanan said. “It’s sitting at a table and debating calmly and coolly and answering questions”

Scarborough later answered with, “You’re right. Men seem to be more effective sometimes when they’re excited and fiery. Women seem to be a little bit better when they’re reserved.”

“Their feelings about this woman can’t really be untangled from their feelings about women in politics, generally,” Cox Barrett writes.

Media Matters expands on the story.

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Bob Schieffer To Pick Up Award, Provide Some Tunes

Schieffer.jpg CBS’ Bob Schieffer is this year’s recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. It will be presented to him by PBS’ Jim Lehrer at the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner next week in Washington, D.C.

CNN’s John Roberts will emcee the March 6 event. Other award presenters are to include ABC News President David Westin and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker.

Schieffer, by the way, will also appear at the dinner with his band, Honky Tonk Confidential, to provide the black-tie crowd with some country music.

Update: According to an NBC spokesperson, Tom Brokaw — not Jeff Zucker — will be an award presenter at the RTNDF dinner.

GMA Senior Producer James Bogdanoff Dies

James Bogdanoff, a senior producer of Good Morning America, died overnight after a four-month battle with esophageal cancer. In a note to the staff, GMA Senior EP Jim Murphy writes, “He was a total joy to be with at work. Friendly, caring, a guy without a mean bone in his body. Few are like him in this business. We will miss him very much because of that.” Murphy’s note follows after the jump.

>More from an emailer: “GMA is a very very sad place today — James was one of the good guys.”

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Feb. 27

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 302 | CNN: 208 | MSNBC: 184 | HLN: 103

Prime: FNC: 490 | CNN: 302 | MSNBC: 326 | HLN: 142

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  203 329 380 548 484 439 398
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Elec.Cent.: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  252 277 380 322 270 312 366
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Abrams: Special: Special:
  221 140 237 391 290 295 127
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  109 90 186 193 132 114 145

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

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The Ticker: CNN,, CBS…

> The man who killed his ex-girlfriend at the CNN Center complex in Atlanta last April has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Arthur Mann was convicted of murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and firearms possession charges in the death of 22-year-old Clara Riddles who worked at a hotel attached to the CNN Center.

> saw its highest traffic for a presidential debate day ever on Tuesday, with more than 58 million page views. The site also had 1.2 million on-demand video streams of debate-related content on February 26 and 27, setting a two-day debate video record.

> The CBS Evening News begins a new series tonight, “For the Record.” The series takes an in-depth look at the legislative records of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Tonight’s report by Dean Reynolds focuses on Obama’s record in Springfield, IL and Washington. Tomorrow, Nancy Cordes examines Clinton’s record.


CNN ImageSource Cutting Jobs

imagesource_2-28.jpgFishbowlLA exclusively reports that CNN ImageSource, the network’s Atlanta-based footage archive service, has cut several staff jobs.

An insider tells FBLA, “Two agents took the severance package the others applied for their jobs. Of those, only one was hired, the most recently hired agent. Everyone else had been here a long time and those were the ones who were shown the door.”

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Feb. 18

NBC’s Today and CBS’ The Early Show saw year-to-year gains in Total Viewers last week, but of the three network morning broadcasts only Early also gained in the A25-54 demo, up 20%. Last week’s Winter Break getaways to Vermont (6.37 million) and Florida (6.53 million) were the most watched shows of the week for the Today show. Today’s weekly win was also by the widest margin all year over GMA: 1.46m Total Viewers.

For the week of Feb. 18:

Total Viewers: NBC: 6,066,000 / ABC: 4,603,000 / CBS: 3,150,000

Household rating/share: NBC: 4.6/15 / ABC: 3.5/12 / CBS: 2.4/8

A25-54 rating/share: NBC: 2.3/15 / ABC: 1.7/11 / CBS: 1.2/8

MSNBC’s Great Debate: Re-Air & Write-Ups

debate_2-28b.jpgMSNBC’s highest-rated program in history, Tuesday’s Democratic debate, will re-air tomorrow night and Saturday night from 8-10pmET and again Sunday from 4-6pmET. Some write-ups about the debate and its ratings:

• The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes writes that the 10pmET hour, which included the final 36 minutes of the debate and the first 24 minutes of “The Post-Debate Navel-Lint-Picking Show,” ranked as the #1 hour on all of television. The debate’s first hour, from 9-10pmET, was second only to FOX’s American Idol and Back to You.

• The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker‘s reaction. Zucker addressed MSNBC’s ratings during a media and entertainment conference at Harvard University. “I think they have found their identity,” Zucker said. “I think politics really is their calling card.”

• The Plain Dealer‘s TV critic Mark Dawidziak takes a shot at moderators Tim Russert and Brian Williams. “[T]hey lost control of this bout from the start. The contenders quickly took advantage of the lapse, setting their own rules.”

Matea Gold writes in the LA Times’ Top of the Ticket blog that MSNBC actually beat the mothership, NBC. The network averaged 6.6 million from 9-10:30 as it aired The Biggest Loser and Quarterlife.