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Archives: January 2010

The News Story on How to Report a News Story

It’s Saturday. You have a few minutes. Check out this damn funny video from BBC Four (yes, four). Remember when there used to be CNN2? (now HLN).

Anyway, if you work in TV news or just admire it — or detest it — you’ll like this. Thanks to @SavannahGuthrie for Tweeting this last Thursday.

Hartman, Kagan On ‘The Pet Beat’

SHartman.jpgCBS News correspondent Steve Hartman and former CNNer Daryn Kagan are featured in the current issue of Best Friends Magazine, a publication for pet owners. Excerpts from the article — titled “The Pet Beat” — about journalists who sometimes report on animal stories:

Kagan.jpg• “If I could do one genre to do day in and day out, it would be animal stories,” says Hartman. “I want people to smile, to feel good….and to feel good about the planet we live on…No person is as pure and as good as an animal.”

• Kagan says she loves her ‘good news’ website, — “I don’t feel like I’m working.” The magazine also reports that “syndication, internet, and book deals are all in the works” for Kagan in the future.

CNN’s Magic Wall Guru Heads to ABC News

CNN’s David Reisner has left the network for a new gig at ABC News. Reisner, CNN’s digital and 3D media producer (aka the wizard behind the New York version of the Magic Wall), joins ABC Wednesday as Interactive Media Producer.

Reisner’s last day at CNN, after 7 years with the network, was Friday.

Reisner brings his expertise with the Magic Wall to ABC. The network used Perceptive Pixel technology during the 2008 presidential election. Expect to see more of it on “Good Morning America” and across ABC News, an insider tells us.

You may recall, we covered the story of Reisner proposing to his fiancee, fellow CNNer Christine Pietz over the holidays — a proposal which was then seen on CNN.

CNN Senior Producer of New Media Josh Braun — who oversees all of CNN’s magic wall operations — remains at the network based in D.C.

Earlier: “Magic Wall” Creators Win Top Design Award

Layoffs Ahead at CBS News

The LA Times reports that a round of layoffs is coming next week at CBS News, though the extent is unclear:

People familiar with discussions about the cuts inside the news division have heard that the total number who could lose their jobs could reach as high as 100, or 7% of the approximately 1,400-person staff. A news executive disputed that, saying the final figure would be considerably lower. The cuts were prompted by a desire to mitigate news-gathering costs and make the news division more of a financial contributor to parent company CBS Corp., the news executive said.

It’s expected that all programs will be affected, even the very successful “60 Minutes,” and the Washington, D.C. bureau could see the worst. On-air talent will likely not be affected.

Primetime Coverage of Obama’s Q&A

obamaqna_1-29.jpgIf you missed today’s Q&A between President Obama and Congressional Republicans in Baltimore, you’ll have more opportunities to see it in primetime.

MSNBC is airing a two-hour special with the full replay tonight at 8pmET titled “President’s Question Time.” It will be hosted by Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Matthews.

Campbell Brown is devoting the full hour of her program to the Q&A at 8pmET tonight and will speak with Republicans who were there.

FNC will be covering the Q&A within its primetime programming. Greta Van Susteren will also interview Republican attendees.

The NY Times also reports that C-SPAN is re-airing the Q&A in full tonight and that C-SPAN “hinted that it wanted to suggest more televised exchanges in the future.”

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 28

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 530 | CNN: 166 | MSNBC: 112 | HLN: 159

Prime: FNC: 966 | CNN: 233 | MSNBC: 260 | HLN: 251

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  910 685 663 1246 996 648 537
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Blitzer: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  147 146 116 166 263 268 224
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  71 110 149 250 312 218 146
HLN Prime: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  120 107 197 331 249 181 217

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

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SOTU Ratings: Comparing ’09 to ’10

As we noted yesterday, Fox News drew the most viewers for the 2010 State of the Union address. We went back and put together a chart to show you how the cable news audience looked for this State of the Union compared to Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress in February of 2009. The chart shows the total viewers for the address itself and the total viewers for 9-11pmET, which would include the address, the GOP response, and some initial analysis. Of course, most viewers — around 30 million — watched the address on the broadcast networks.


Susan Lisovicz’s CNN Farewell

CNN’s Tony Harris, along with traders on the floor of the stock exchange, bid farewell today to longtime-correspondent Susan Lisovicz on her last day at the network:

Now on WebNewser: Rick’s Musical List, Twitter Hits the Wall, ABC Tops Online

‘Fox & Friends’ Corrects Giuliani Comment

giuliani_fnf_1-29.jpgThis morning, “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy corrected a comment that was made Thursday on the show by former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani:

Yesterday on this program, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was on the show and he said that President Obama did not use the word “war” in his State of the Union speech. To clarify, the president did use the word, and now you know the rest of the story.

The comment was noted by the NY Times’ Brian Stelter yesterday who pointed out that Giuliani also may have misspoke when he made a different statement on CNN’s “American Morning,” though the network has made no corrections.

Previously: Stephanopoulos Apologizes for Not Pressing Giuliani on ‘Domestic Attack’ Remark