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Archives: July 2008

The Ticker: Brown, Iger, Gifford…

> CNN anchor Campbell Brown will anchor, “Roads to Ruin: Why America is Falling Apart,” tomorrow at 8pmET. The program looks at the nation’s crumbling highways and bridges, with guests from across the country (New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger). Roland Martin fills in on CNN Election Center tonight.

> CNBC’s Erin Burnett sat down with Disney CEO Bob Iger (previously president of ABC), for an interview that will air throughout the business day today. CNBC is the sometimes home to the former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner.

> FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane caught up with 4th hour Today hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at Lunch (at Michael’s), and got Gifford’s take on last week’s uncomfortable segment with ‘Sam the Cooking Guy.’ “I’m big on second chances,” she said. “I forgive — but I don’t forget.” Check out the full awkwardness here, or the highlight below:

Why it Took Two Reporters To Cover a Two Minute Segment

alfonsimuir_7-31.JPGThe closing report on last night’s ABC World News related to, “something everyone can debate over their dining room table.”

The report was about an upcoming study from the Journal of Happiness Studies about which gender is happiest.

But as anchor Charlie Gibson wondered: “Who could report this story objectively? We finally decided to assign a woman, Sharyn Alfonsi…and a man, David Muir.”

Featured in the report — a rare, double-escalator stand-up.

Click here to see the report.

NBC’s George Lewis Reports on His Cancer Treatment

lewis_7-31.JPGLongtime NBC News Los Angeles-based correspondent George Lewis, recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, reported on his treatment yesterday on the Today show and Nightly News.

Lewis, on set with Brian Williams, was introduced by the anchor: “There are a few people who reported from as many places for NBC News as our own George Lewis. He’s among the heavy hitters on our roster. He’s a veteran who has seen it all from Vietnam to Venice, to Venice Beach, for that matter. He’s been around the world a time or two. Recently, George was handed a heck of a challenge in the form of prostate cancer.”

Lewis is keeping a “cancer diary,” on the Today show web site, as well as giving web only reports for Nightly.

Click continued to see Lewis’ report from last night…

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The Soundtrack to CNN’s American Morning

roberts_7-31.JPGThe Daily Show took on the curious bump-in music choices made by CNN’s American Morning (a practice, admittedly, employed by many networks) last night.

Jon Stewart had some suggestions for the program — for example, not using “Changes” by David Bowie for stories ranging from credit cards to China.

We’re not sure what the best part was — either an old old school clip of co-host John Roberts (obligatory Rachel Sklar shout-out for her JD Roberts reporting) or The Daily Show’s biting original song about CNN at the end of the segment.

And tonight on The Daily Show: NBC’s Brian Williams.

Click continued to see the Daily Show clip…

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Does Jim Cramer Know Jimmy Carter is Still Alive?

CramerMSNBC_7.31.jpgThis morning on MSNBC, during an appearance on Morning Joe, CNBC’s Jim Cramer got his deceased presidents confused. Seriously.

Joe Scarborough and Cramer were talking about what $100,000 means today and what it meant when Jimmy Carter was president.

Cramer: Carter being… you know, again I always have to say the same thing because I am a sweet guy. May he rest in peace. It’s just not fair….

Scarborough: He’s still alive. Jimmy Carter? He’s still alive.

Cramer: Okay scratch that.

Scarborough: Gerald Ford‘s gone, Jimmy Carter is still with us.

Cramer: I get confused for heaven’s sake. It was a bad era, I like to put it past…

Mika Brzezinski seemed aghast at the comment: “um, what are you…what…?” While David Shuster and Harold Ford Jr. simply looked stunned.

Meanwhile, over on CNBC this week and next, they are going back in time, just one year, marking Cramer’s Rant Heard ‘Round The World, and the beginning of the credit crisis.

The press release is after the jump…

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ABC News’ Samuels Moving to ESPN

samuels_7-31.JPGABC World News senior producer Jason Samuels is leaving the network, but staying under the Disney umbrella, to join ESPN.

Samuels has been in charge of producing the daily live World News webcast since April 2007. For the past two months he has filled in as EP of Weekend World News. He came to ABC News after 11 years at Dateline NBC.

Samuels will serve as senior producer at E:60, ESPN’s long-form prime time newsmagazine. He is also joining the faculty of New York University’s Department of Journalism.

Nightline Beats Letterman for Third Straight Week

The good news keeps coming for Nightline. The ABC News program topped CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo for the third straight week.

The last time Nightline beat Letterman for three consecutive weeks was during the writer’s strike last Nov/Dec. But then, Letterman was in reruns. The last time Nightline beat Letterman for three consecutive weeks when both were running original shows was in April/May of 2003, at the start of the Iraq war. For the week of July 21-25:

• Nightline averaged 3.02M Total Viewers & 1.40M A25-54 viewers.

• Late Show averaged 2.87M Total Viewers & 1.34M A25-54 viewers.

Of Broadcasters, Only CBS Takes Pres. Bush Iraq Statement

Bush_CBS_7.31.jpgThis morning just after 8amET, President Bush delivered a statement on the progress in Iraq. CNN, FNC and MSNBC all carried the statement, Headline News did not. As for the broadcast networks, only CBS News, during The Early Show, broadcast the speech. ABC stayed with GMA and NBC stayed with the Today show.

Of the business networks, CNBC aired the four-and-a-half minute statement live, FBN did not.

Morning Cable Ratings: Tuesday, July 29

Show (6-9amET) Network A25-54 Total Viewers
Fox & Friends FNC 226,000 813,000
American Morning CNN 111,000 367,000
Morning Express HLN 108,000 242,000
Squawk Box CNBC 95,000 201,000
Morning Joe MSNBC 94,000 304,000

Neil Cavuto Returning to Fox Monday

cavuto_7-30.JPGNeil Cavuto will return to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network on Monday.

FBN anchor Brian Sullivan, filling in for Cavuto on “Your World” today on FNC, began the show saying, “Welcome everybody, I’m Brian Sullivan in for Neil Cavuto. Neil will be back Monday.”

Cavuto has been off the air recovering from MS-related surgery since June 24.

Cavuto anchors “Your World” at 4pmET on FNC, and “Cavuto” at 6pmET on FBN. He is also the SVP of business news and managing editor for Fox.