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Archives: March 2009

Should the TV News Morning Shows be Worried About …NPR?

An interesting note from Paul Farhi‘s story about the ratings growth of National Public Radio.

More than half of NPR’s daily audience comes from its two “core” news shows, “Morning Edition” and the evening “All Things Considered.” “Morning Edition’s” average daily audience, 7.6 million, is now about 60 percent larger than the audience for “Good Morning America” on ABC and about one-third larger than the audience for the “Today” show on NBC.

Teen Confesses To Murder of George Weber

weber_3-25b.jpgA 16-year-old teen from Queens, NY has confessed to the murder of former ABC News Radio anchor George Weber. The teen and Weber met on Craigslist and had been emailing before meeting Friday night. The New York Post and New York Daily News have more details.

ABC News Radio released this statement from VP Steve Jones: “The staff of ABC News Radio thanks NYPD for their tireless work since Sunday in pursuing justice for our murdered colleague George Weber. In particular, we wish to recognize the professionalism and persistence of detectives from Brooklyn South along with detectives and officers from the 76th precinct. Our thoughts continue to be with George’s family.”

Detained Journalists Abroad: Ling and Saberi

ling_3-25b.jpgTwo American journalists, Laura Ling (pictured) and Euna Lee, working for Current TV continue to be detained in North Korea.

The journalists were reporting on North Korean refugees in China, and may have been led across the border by a guide “promising them exclusive footage of human trafficking or drug deals.” They’ve been detained since last Tuesday, March 17.

The State Department says “North Korea has assured Washington the Americans are being treated well.”

Ling’s sister is Lisa Ling of CNN’s Planet in Peril and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

And following up on a story we reported earlier this month, Roxana Saberi is still being detained in Iran despite initial reports she would be released soon. Her father says she has been told it may be “months or even years” before she is released.

31.1 Million Watch Obama News Conference on Broadcast Nets

Based on Nielsen Fast National data, 31.1 million viewers tuned in across the big four broadcast networks at 8pmET to watch President Obama’s second prime time news conference of his presidency. That’s down more than two million viewers from his first news conference February 24.

NBC led with 9.8 million, followed by ABC with 8.7 million, CBS drew 8.3 million and Fox had 4.3 million. More accurate numbers should be released later today as well as the numbers for cable news viewership.

Note: The viewership is approximate as fast national data measures timeslot and not actual program data.

What is The FOX Nation?

White House Tells Members of Press Corps They May Be Called On

On C-Span’s “Washington Journal” this morning, CBS’s White House Correspondent Chip Reid said he didn’t get advance word that he might be called on at Pres. Obama’s news conference last night (he was).

But Reid was made aware before Pres. Obama’s last prime time news conference. The clip is below has suddenly become unembeddable. But here’s how it went:

C-Span Host: “Did you know in advance that you were going to be asking a question?”

Chip Reid: “No. The last prime time press conference I did get an email saying, ‘here’s…you’re on the list of people who may get a question if we have time.’ This time there was nothing, which I think is more appropriate. We don’t need any advance notice, and I don’t think we should get any.”

It’s working again (non-unembeddable):

Meanwhile, Howard Kurtz writes about the fact that Pres. Obama left out big, old media:

President Obama declined to call on any reporters from the nation’s top newspapers during last night’s news conference but still faced far more aggressive questioning than in his first prime-time encounter with the media.

Is Kurtz implying that TV journalists don’t ask tough questions?

Anyway. He surmises, “Obama can hardly be accused of bypassing traditional news organizations. He has granted interviews to the network anchors, the New York Times, the Washington Post editorial board, groups of columnists and regional reporters, and black and Hispanic journalists. On Friday, he spent 90 minutes with Steve Kroft of ’60 Minutes.’”

Menu: New York Observer’s Felix Gillette on Obama’s Newspaper Snub

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we’re joined by New York Observer media reporter Felix Gillette.

The main topic: last night’s President Obama news conference. Although he picked each of the major network and cable news outlets, he didn’t call on any of the major newspapers. “Will that create some anxiety, further anxiety, for big newspaper reporters about their status in the world? Yes,” said Gillette, but: “A lot of times some of the coverage of who gets question at these press conferences is a little bit self-serious.”

Also, Ed Schultz and his future at MSNBC, the current state of Drudge and the New York Observer’s recent Website redesign is going.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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The Ticker (Progamming Edition): CNBC, ABC, FNC…

> CNBC’s Steve Liesman interviews Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today on “Power Lunch” at NoonET.

> Tonight on Nightline, ABC’s Terry Moran reveals his predisposition to Alzheimer’s, a disease which runs in his family.

> Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, who conducted the initial poll with James Carville that led to the Rush Limbaugh focus by the Democrats, goes head-to-head with Sean Hannity tonight.

O’Reilly Adds Post Game Show

Bill O’Reilly has extended his show seven more minutes, with a Web-only “post game show” on his Website. After this week, the video goes behind the wall for premium members only, but this week he’s putting it out for all to see.

Included in the first episode is O’Reilly’s grade for Monday’s show (an “B+”), his displeasure with a tech problem in Texas and a phone call he decides against answering. “I’m not going to take this call, because I don’t want to interrupt the backstage conversation, that’s the kind of guy I am,” said O’Reilly. “But I am going to tell one of my guys there to go and find out what Amy wants.” See the full first post game show below:

Larry Kudlow Not Running for Senate

Kudlow_3.25.jpgCNBC’s Larry Kudlow has ruled out a run for the GOP nomination for a Senate seat in Connecticut. He announced it on his show last night:

Several weeks ago I was approached by the Republican party to consider a run for the U.S. Senate in the great state of Connecticut. It was a flat evening conversation and one that I thought about, but to me it was never really a serious proposition. However the story seems to have a life of its own now, it started as a solitary blog post and then spread like wildfire and now CNBC, my network is getting questions from a number of high-profile reporters wanting to know what I am going to do. I’m glad they care. Today I am letting the world know that I am not running for the united states Senate. I belong right here at CNBC. This is my love. I just signed a new long-term deal here and I can’t think of anything else I would rather do.

Earlier this year, Kudlow’s MSNBC colleague Chris Matthews ruled out a run for the Democratic nomination for a Senate seat from Pennsylvania – a dalliance that lasted nearly a year.

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