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Archives: February 2010

Top 10 Images from the Winter Olympics Coverage

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver came to a close tonight. We’ve put together a collage of our favorite images from the past two weeks of coverage:


(Left: Georgian delegation arrives at opening ceremony; Alexandre Bilodeau‘s brother cheers him on; Canadian women’s hockey team celebrates; Awesome Norwegian curling pants, Lindsey Vonn‘s spill. Right: Johnny Weir‘s coronation; Shaun White‘s McTwist; Stephen Colbert‘s visit to the “Today” show; Apolo Anton Ohno‘s long blades of steel; USA vs. Canada showdown.)

Most screenshots courtesy of TVEyes.

Bonus: How to say goodbye in Canadian…

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‘Me, an icon?’

The Dallas Morning News identifies Greta Van Susteren as a “conservative icon” in this piece about the Texas governor’s race. “This is a new one,” she writes in a post describing all the ways she gets characterized/criticized.

Who’ll Broadcast Sochi 2014?

NBCU has one more Olympics after Vancouver — the London Summer games in 2012. And as NBC wraps up its coverage of the XXI Winter Olympics tonight, we’re left to wonder who will broadcast the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia? The IOC had planned to conduct the bidding process this spring, but could delay it due to the recession.

We asked ABC News president David Westin the other day if he’d like to see the games return to his network: “That’s really a question for [president of ABC Sports & ESPN] George Bodenheimer. Would I love to have the numbers? I’d love to have them,” said Westin, adding, “But as a shareholder would I want to have a $250 million dollar loss? I’m not so sure.”

NBC bid $2.201 billion for the Vancouver and London games in 2003. Late last year, GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt said he expected NBC would lose “a couple hundred million bucks” on the games. NBC earned $75 million on the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games.


NBC Olympics production facility in Vancouver.

(Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

PBS’ New ‘Need to Know’ Gets an EP

shelleylewis_2-27.jpgVeteran producer Shelley Lewis is joining WNET to EP the new PBS program “Need to Know.”

The show is a “cross-media current affairs magazine” that operates online during the week and culminates with a one-hour, weekly broadcast. It launches May 7th.

Lewis has been an executive producer on CNN’s “American Morning with Paula Zahn” and “Greenfield at Large” as well as ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and “World News Now.”

Press release after the jump.

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Maria Bartiromo: New Book ‘My Way of Sharing What I’ve Learned’

Bartiromo Book.jpgCNBC’s Maria Bartiromo speaks with Woman’s Day about her new book, The 10 Laws of Enduring Success, due out March 30. Excerpts:

• “I’ve had the great fortune to talk to some of the most successful people in the world. My new book…is my way of sharing what I’ve learned from them about what it takes to be (and stay!) successful — not just financially, but in terms of happiness too.”

• “Having a well-balanced life has been tough for me. Work is so much of my life, but I’m lucky to have a husband who understands. You have to try to give each thing its time, like family, exercise, hobbies. If you can do that, then I think you can find a balance.”

• “The only way for a woman to gain respect in a male-dominated field is to have the know-how. My mom always told me that there are no shortcuts, and she was right.”

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens spoke with Bartiromo in January about the book and how journalists can find ‘enduring success’ in a changing media landscape.

Leon Harris on Becoming a ‘Real News Grown-Up’

Leon Harris.jpgFormer CNN anchor Leon Harris is profiled by the Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi.

Harris tells of a rough childhood due to trying family circumstances, and of his big break at CNN, where he started as a researcher and editor.

After some twenty years at the network, the Iraq War began. Farhi writes that Harris became CNN’s “cut-in king”. Harris instead wanted the chance to report from Iraq, but says he was turned down. “It was clear to me that they didn’t think I was as good as I thought I could be,” he tells Farhi. “I think they thought I was a good guy, a team player, but I wasn’t a real news grown-up. If I didn’t leave, I knew I wouldn’t feel like a grown-up.”

Harris joined Washington, DC ABC affiliate WJLA-TV, where Farhi says he is “its signature face”. Since signing Harris, “WJLA has moved from third in the news ratings to a solid second…”

Asked about the future of television news, Harris is pessimistic. “Now it’s blurred with entertainment. Who’s CNN’s number one news figure? He’s a guy who hosted ‘The Mole’. We all do the same five stories over and over. Six minutes on a story? Forget it. Rwanda could happen today, and we wouldn’t cover it.”

Toyota & Healthcare on Reliable Sources

Tomorrow on Reliable Sources (11amET on CNN), Howard Kurtz talks with ABC News correspondent Brian Ross and his former NBC colleague Fred Francis about the media coverage of the Toyota recalls and congressional testimony.

Also, WaPo’s Dana Milbank, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum and The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel talk about TV news coverage of Thursday’s healthcare forum.

8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight


The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.


> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

MSNBC Gets Pranked by Fake Ryan Miller. Correction Comes Later During Interview with Real Team USA Goalie


There was an embarrassing turn of events in Vancouver tonight.

MSNBC interrupted “Hardball” so that MSNBC’s Willie Geist could do a phone interview with Ryan Miller, the goalie of Team USA hockey. The reason: Geist had done an interview earlier this evening with a man who was claiming to be Miller. The interview caught the attention of friends and fellow NHL players when the fake Ryan Miller had predicted USA would win gold Sunday.

Geist: First and foremost, Ryan, please accept our apology. It’s a mistake that never should have happened. We misrepresented your name. We regret it deeply and I personally feel terrible about it.

Miller: No problem. I appreciate a good prank. But I do try to keep my reputation intact… I just want to clear up I will not be guaranteeing a gold medal. I look forward to a great game to compete for a gold medal, though.

Later, Miller told Geist he’s “pretty laid back” and wouldn’t have predicted such a thing. “I got a few messages from friends and a lot of different PR staff on different NHL teams are getting a hold of people and asking if I’d become that much different and that cocky because of this. I assure you I’m not that kind of a person,” said Miller.

“Well, I thought it sounded fishy at the time,” said Geist. “I’m sorry I didn’t stop it sooner than we did.” Geist then tossed back to Chris Matthews who continued with “Hardball.” The gold medal game will be played Sunday afternoon.

Health Care Summit: Fox Draws Most Viewers; CNN Sees Largest Boost

hcrsummit_2-26.jpgFox News Channel drew the most viewers during yesterday’s health care summit, by far. During the summit hours (9:45am-5:30pmET), FNC drew more Total Viewers and A25-54 demo viewers than CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and HLN combined.

FNC, which did not interrupt the feed from the summit’s start until the 1pm lunch break, drew its most viewers in the 11amET hour, as did MSNBC. CNN drew its most in the 4pmET hour.

CNN, which had the second-most viewers, was up +98% against its year-to-date average for the 10am-5:30pmET hours. MSNBC was up +75% and FNC was up +45%.

The White House says 3.9 million users streamed the summit at its website.

Below are the cable news ratings for the summit (Note: MSNBC only carried the summit until 2pm, and HLN and CNBC did not carry it in full):

Network Total Viewers
A25-54 demo
Total Viewers
A25-54 demo
Fox News 2.09M 468K 2.12M 497K
CNN 1.20M 221K 852K 162K
MSNBC 525K 131K 549K 105K
CNBC 298K 68K 295K 61K
HLN 262K 109K 288K 139K