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Archives: February 2009

Is Twitter For the Narcissist Set?

W_2.27.gifCalling it a “gateway drug to full-blown media narcissism” Alessandra Stanley gives her take on why tvnewsers are tweeting like mad.


W_2.27.gifKatie Couric whipped our her Flip cam at the White House last week, with cameos from several tvnewsers.


W_2.27.gifEverything needs to be deconstructed” when it comes to the future of TV news, so says CNN SVP David Bohrman.

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Iseman Exclusive Moves to CBS

early_2-27.bmpMaggie Rodriguez will interview Washington lobbyist Vicki Iseman on CBS’ The Early Show Monday morning, in her first television interview since settling her lawsuit against the New York Times.

Iseman was scheduled for her first TV interview with Larry King earlier this week, but a spokesperson says she was bumped at the last minute. “Our producers decided to go in a different direction,” says the CNN spokesperson.

Iseman has spoken just once publicly about the lawsuit, in an interview with Politico.

Your Money, Your Questions, Your Buffett News

buffett_2-27.jpgFox Business Network will cover Warren Buffett‘s annual shareholder letter, which is set for release at 8amET tomorrow, during its live, four-hour program, “Your Money, Your Questions,” from 10am-2pmET.

The call-in show, hosted by Dagen McDowell, is slated to hear from someone on speed dial — FBN anchor and Buffett buff, Liz Claman.

You can follow Buffett news on CNBC.com at the “Warren Buffett Watch” blog.

Changes at NBC’s D.C. Bureau

FishbowlDC has the memo from NBC D.C. bureau chief Mark Whitaker announcing several promotions.

Antoine Sanfuentes was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief from his “decade as Senior White House producer.” He replaces Wendy Wilkinson, who is leaving the network next month.

Also, Albert Oetgen‘s role has been expanded to managing editor as well as senior producer for Nightly News and Today show. And Meaghan Rady returns to the east coast as a coordinating producer for those shows. Rady was Tom Brokaw‘s producer during his final years at Nightly News, later moving to NBC’s LA bureau.

Other changes in the full memo — click continued

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, Feb. 26

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 354 | CNN: 191 | MSNBC: 174 | HLN: 135

Prime: FNC: 603 | CNN: 375 | MSNBC: 410 | HLN: 289

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  494 399 445 774 626 410 479
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Presents: Cont.: Cooper: Cooper:
  144 240 229 336 452 245
MSNBC Matthews: Shuster: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  168 123 273 462 404 364 251
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  104 109 269 379 259 274 202


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

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World News Heads West as California Jobless Rate Tops 10%

The digital transition, which came for some Feb. 17, and will be coming for the rest of us in June, has pushed the normal February ratings period into March. Yesterday, we told you about Nightly News’ plans for sweeps, as for ABC, Charlie Gibson is headed west for a couple days.

“World News” will originate from California Monday and Tuesday with the focus on what the recession means to the state — from sky-high foreclosure rates to today’s announcement that the unemployment rate hit 10.1% — nearly doubling in two years (5.2% in Feb. ’07.)

Gibson will also be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday.

What Recession? Anderson Cooper Nearly Doubles in Price

Last night in Times Square, Bailey House had its annual auction which featured several tvnewsers as items up for bid, including Meet & Greets and studio tours with Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Rachel Maddow as well as VIP tickets for the Today show and GMA Summer concert series. The last we looked they were each in the $700-$800 range. In the not-so-silent Auction portion, a dinner with CNN’s Anderson Cooper went for $7,500 up from $4,500 last year.

But the highlight for us may have been talking with Jane Pauley who says she’s got some exciting things lined up in 2009. But she also revealed that when she goes back to 30 Rock these days, she has to stop first at the visitor’s desk.

ABC’s Jeffrey Schneider was once again co-chair along with Jeffery Povero. In all, Bailey House raised more than $700,000 to help homeless people living with AIDS.

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Bailey House Auction co-host Tim Gunn interviewed by Extra. (photo: Ivan Villegas)

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Feb. 16

NBC’s Today show was the top network morning show last week, although all three shows declined week-to-week. Still, NBC expanded its lead over both of its competitors in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

2nd place Good Morning America’s lead over 3rd place The Early Show grew in both categories week-to-week.

Total Viewers: NBC: 5,800,000 / ABC: 4,500,000 / CBS: 2,800,000

A25-54 rating: NBC: 2.1 / ABC: 1.6 / CBS: 1.0

News From CPAC: Mixed Reaction to Tucker

Former CNN and MSNBC anchor Tucker Carlson spoke at CPAC yesterday, and the room of conservatives had mixed reaction as he talked about the media. “If you create a news organization whose primary objective is not to deliver accurate news you will fail,” he said. He offered praise for both the New York Times and Fox News:

Two More Newsers Say So Long

More last days to tell you about today.

Alongi_2.27.jpgAs we reported last month, NBC News specials EP Phil Alongi (left, packing boxes today) is leaving 30 Rock after more than 30 years with the company. (Although he’s expected to be back with NBC News later this year to help with planning for the Vancouver Winter Olympics).

The NYObserver’s Felix Gillette reports Alongi is already on to his next move: Alongi Media Solutions. “What I really love to do is to pull together major events,” Alongi tells Gillette. “I love coming up with a theme, figuring out how to organize it, how will it play out, how to present a cohesive message, and how do you keep the interest of the audience either in person or via television. That’s the kind of stuff that I’m really hoping to get my hands into.”

Also leaving, for the second time, is CBS News public relations guru Leigh Farris. Farris was the publicist for the CBS Evening News before departing in 2007. She returned last year as a PR consultant to assist the Evening News through the election. She’s returning to her life in San Francisco.

Having worked with both Alongi (in my old media life) and Farris (in my new media life), I wish them nothing but the best in their futures.

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