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Archives: November 2008

What Some TV News Moms Think of the Incoming Mom-in-Chief

TVNewser contributor Diane Clehane writes in Vanity Fair about Michelle Obama dubbing herself ‘Mom in Chief.’ Clehane asked a few working TV News moms to weigh in:

Soledad O’Brien: “Working mothers will absolutely be watching her to see the decisions she’ll make. She epitomizes the modern mom-a woman who is well educated and had an important job-and yet she is making that choice to step away from full-time work to be home with her girls because her husband is going to be president of the United States.”

Barbara Walters: “All First Ladies are encouraged to have a platform. Michelle Obama has made it very clear her daughters will be her first priority.”

Rene Syler: “When I was a cub reporter and didn’t have children, I’d look at the women in the office that were making sacrifices for their families and think, ‘You’re selling yourself short. Why would you do that?’ I didn’t understand. It’s my hope that she stands up there as the ‘Mom-in-Chief’ and says, ‘Listen, I’m doing this for my family’ and people like me 20 years ago say, ‘Oh, I get it.’”

IS NBC Cooking Up a Roker Show For The Weather Channel?

Roker_11.25.jpgEarlier this week, a TVNewser tipster sent us the following summary in a News: VIPs survey. News: VIPs surveys are conducted by a company called Vision Critical which provides targeted research to clients:

“This proposed show would be hosted by The Today Show’s Al Roker. The show would provide full coverage of the day’s weather stories and other special stories and segments related to weather. The show would also have comprehensive national forecasts and travel advisories, as well as regular weather updates for your local area.”

“Overall, how likely would you be to watch this proposed show hosted by Al Roker at least once a week?”

Then several choices were given. Sounds like NBC may be considering using their big weather talent on their big weather purchase: The Weather Channel. We’ll let you know what happens.

“Chaos” Erupts Around CNN Correspondent During Mumbai Live Shot

CNNMumbai_11.27.bmpIn the second day of the siege in Mumbai, some members of the media are finding themselves in the middle of local anger. CNN’s Sara Sidner is the network’s New Delhi correspondent. Sidner was reporting about the situation at the Taj Hotel when several locals began interrupting her live shot. Sidner would later report, “As we were standing outside a large group of people came around, many of them young, with the smell of alcohol on their breath, frankly. They were standing very, very close and suddenly chaos erupted.”

Click here to see the video.

Sidner joined CNN last November when the network expanded its operations in the subcontinent.

Last night, because of the holiday, many cable network anchors were already scheduled off, but at least one returned to anchor the breaking news from India…

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Cabler Connections to the Mumbai Attacks

fbn_11-27.jpgAs networks were looking for correspondents on the ground to cover the attacks in Mumbai Wednesday, FBN had someone to talk to — reporter Jeff Flock‘s daughter, Elizabeth Flock. Flock is in Mumbai working for Forbes Magazine, and called in with reports of the situation.

At the end of the segment, anchor Liz Claman told her, “We just got word from your dad, who’s reporting from O’Hare…He wants you to know that he loves you.”

cnbc_11-27.jpgWhen news of the terror attacks broke, CNBC’s Erin Burnett had flashbacks. Burnett was in India in May, when bombs went off in the city of Jaipur. In fact, Burnett reported from and stayed at two of the places attacked on Wednesday.

BBC World News America was one of the first networks with a reporter on the ground in Mumbai yesterday. Anchor Matt Frei also spoke with one of the hotel guests hiding at the Taj Mahal hotel.

According to a TVEyes search, Fox Business was first to report the story at 1:06pmET Wednesday. Anchor Stuart Varney attributed the news to The Wall Street Journal; MSNBC went into rolling coverage at 1:26; Bloomberg reported the news at 1:31; CNBC at 1:40 and CNN at 1:41 and FNC at 1:46.

The Ticker: (Thanksgiving Edition): BBC, CNN, CBS…

> Tonight BBC World News America looks at how diverse cultural communities of modern America celebrate this centuries old tradition. Three Americans — a recently naturalized U.S. citizen from India, a first generation Mexican-American, and a woman whose American roots date back to the 15th century, explain what Thanksgiving means to them. BBC World News America airs at 7pmET on BBC America.

> CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute tonight at 9pmET on CNN. The show was taped before an audience of more than 2,000 at the Kodak Theatre last Saturday. The star-studded event features performances by Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and John Legend, with awards presented by Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, and Forest Whitaker.

> Before you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner think about this quote from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps about his eating habits: “I have to always just constantly shovel food in because I can lose anywhere from five to 10 pounds in a week.” Nice. Phelps talks with the aforementioned Cooper this Sunday on 60 Minutes. By the way, that rumored 12,000-calorie a day diet is more like 8-10,000 calories a day. We feel better now.

Macy’s Parade Two-Fer

Lauer_11.26.JPGNBC and CBS will both be carrying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this morning.

On NBC, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker will host the 82nd trip down Broadway, while on CBS, The Early Show’s Dave Price and Maggie Rodriguez will host. The parade airs from 9am-Noon on both networks. Had the parade begun a little earlier, it’d also turn up on Good Morning America from their Times Square studio.

This will be the 60th year the parade has aired on NBC; the fifth year on CBS.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 25

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 320 | CNN: 238 | MSNBC: 206 | HLN: 147

Prime: FNC: 500 | CNN: 357 | MSNBC: 426 | HLN: 266

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  204 296 432 532 448 521 343
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  274 276 380 344 334 391 275
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdown.: Maddow: Countdown: Maddow:
  202 177 332 508 493 276 192
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  100 130 162 379 154 279 164


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

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What TVNewsers Are Thankful For…

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Thanksgiving.jpgWith Thanksgiving 2008 now upon us, we asked ten tvnewsers what they’re grateful for this year — personal, professional, or both.

Our respondents complete the sentence, “This Year, I’m Thankful For…”:

• ABC’s Robin Roberts: “I am most very grateful for my much improved health.”

• NBC’s Betsy Fischer: “My sweet daughter Ella who makes every day meaningful; a sister whose love and talents enrich my life; a loving mom and a great dad who turns 75 next week; wonderful and supportive friends; a topnotch staff and Meet the Press crew; and the wisdom and strength I summon daily from a big Buffalo angel on my shoulder.”

• CNN’s Candy Crowley: “First, last, evermore, my children.”

• CBS’ Katie Couric: “I’m thankful for my family and for the front row seat I had during this extraordinary year in American history.”

• FBN’s Alexis Glick: “…family, friends, health and happiness. It is at times like this that walking into my apartment to hear mommy, mommy, mommy, is music to my ears — I am very blessed.”

• CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla: “The chance to live in this country. I know we’ve got problems and that our national debates are a mess — but there’s nowhere you’d rather weather an economic storm than in the land of personal freedom.”

• PBS’ Ray Suarez: “Three happy, smart, nice kids (two on the verge of adulthood)…28 years of marriage (yes, all to the same woman!)…and the satisfaction that comes from doing the work I wanted to do since I was a teenager. I am, more than ever, a grateful person.”

• FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: “I am thankful there are privacy laws preventing anyone from getting my high school grades.”

• Headline News’ Nancy Grace: “Last Thanksgiving, weeks after her birth, my little Lucy was still in neonatal intensive care. I am grateful that this November both she and her twin brother John David will be with us, all of us giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day.”

• MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: “I am thankful for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. And for all of my jobs.”

CNN EP Delivers “Two Babies At Once”

flynn_11-26.JPGCNN’s Kelly Flynn‘s first baby will be delivered tomorrow night. Her second is due in a couple weeks.

Flynn is the executive producer of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, which airs tomorrow night at 9pmET on CNN. She’s also eight-and-a-half months pregnant.

“It’s hard when you’re delivering two babies at once,” Flynn tells TVNewser. “It’s been interesting to pull it off.”

Flynn says the “massive process” behind “Heroes” actually helped. “I think there was something good about me being so fully engrossed in the project while being pregnant,” she says. “It allowed me not to have any anxiety about my pregnancy, and served as a nice source of distraction.”

She says she does not subscribe to the “pregnancy brain” mentality. “I became very attached to not uttering those words,” she says. “Women are perfectly capable to get through a big project while pregnant.”

One thing she was not able to do this year, unlike when she EP’ed last year, was attend the event. Still, she “conducted meetings all year long,” and was “here in the the Time Warner Center with a headset on in the control room” when the all-star show was recorded on Saturday.

And what did she think of the finished product?

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CNBC Paid for Sarah Palin’s Outerwear

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The WaPo’s Reliable Source reports CNBC paid for $300 for clothing worn by Gov. Sarah Palin for an interview Maria Bartiromo conducted with Palin just days before she was thrust on the world stage.

The interview about oil, energy and drilling was conducted in Palin’s Anchorage office, where she wore her own suit and high heels, according to CNBC sources. The producers asked to continue the interview in the oil fields; since Palin didn’t have outdoor gear at the office, a CNBC assistant raced out to buy a jacket and hiking shoes for the location shoot.

The network didn’t give it another thought, but Palin dutifully reported it as a gift on her disclosure form.

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