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Archives: March 2011

Amy Entelis Leaving ABC News

ABC News senior VP of talent strategy, development and research Amy Entelis is leaving the company t0 join Sucherman Consulting Group. At Sucherman Entelis will serve as executive VP of talent strategy starting in May.

“Amy has found and groomed some of the best anchors, correspondents and producers in television news,” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an email to staff. “The result of Amy’s eye and efforts can be seen in the daily quality of our broadcasts.  Around the clock, our audience benefits from the work of a remarkable group of journalists.”

Sherwood is expected to name Entelis’ replacement in the coming weeks.

TVNewser hears that among the names being considered is Barbara Fedida, who had served as the top talent executive for CBS News since 2006, before leaving when new management took over in February of this year.

Sherwood’s note, and the announcement from Sucherman, are after the jump.

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Jon Meacham leaving ‘Need to Know’

Jon Meacham is leaving his weekly TV show, “Need to Know” which is produced by New York PBS station, WNET. Alison Stewart, former MSNBC and ABC News anchor, will be the show’s solo host.

Meacham is staying on with WNET and will lead a new series of called “Perspectives” which will air on TV and online. He’ll also continue to contribute to “Need to Know.”

“I love Alison and the Need to Know team, but I don’t think the broadcast needs me as a co-anchor,” Meacham said. “When I told Neal [Shapiro, president of WNET] that I would be leaving, he very kindly asked me to consider this other possibility. It’s a great idea for me, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Meacham, who is a familiar face on cable news left his job as editor of Newsweek after The Washington Post sold it last year. In October he joined Random House as EVP and Executive Editor.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, March 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 343 | MSNBC: 137 | CNN: 185 | HLN: 106
  • Primetime: FNC: 558 | MSNBC: 248 | CNN: 275 | HLN: 118

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
556 460 382 838 507 321 443 261
MSNBC Matthews: Cenk: Matthews: O’Donnell: Maddow: EdShow: Jansing/Engel: Maddow:
122 130 161 239 258 247 187 128
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: IntheArena: Morgan: Cooper: Cooper: Morgan:
249 201 233 252 245 329 216 162
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Missing: Behar: Showbiz: Grace:
83 60 140 125 89 140 108 116

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New York Times journalists take story of harrowing ordeal in Libya to TV

Tonight Anderson Cooper interviews the four New York Times journalists who were captured by the Ghaddafi regime earlier this month. Cooper will chat with Stephen Farrell, Anthony Shadid, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario. The four were on the “Today” show this morning talking about their capture by the Libyan military, and their six days in captivity.

The four wrote about their ordeal in detail for the New York Times last Friday.

Sunday Show Ratings: Q1 2011 and March 27, 2011

NBC’s “Meet the Press” continued to dominate the ratings landscape among Sunday morning public affairs shows for the first quarter of 2011.

The program placed first in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic.

Second place in both categories went to CBS’ “Face the Nation,” while ABC’s “This Week” was third. The news was not all bad for “This Week” however, as international news gave the program a ratings boost compared to both Q4 2010 and Q1 2010. NBC and CBS were essentially flat compared to Q1 2010.

“Fox News Sunday” placed fourth for the quarter, though like “MTP” that does not include cable replays.

The ratings for Q1 2011:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 3.52M 1.15M
CBS “Face the Nation” 3.00M 940K
ABC “This Week” 2.60M 870K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.35M 530K

After the jump, the ratings for March 27

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Cable Network Ranker: As Viewers Tire of Foreign News, CNN Drops Out of Top 10

The situation in Libya continues, but viewers seem to be tuning out, as CNN has dropped out of the top 10 cable network rankings for the week of March 21-27.

CNN, which placed ninth in primetime and eighth in total day the week of the 14th, fell to 24th in primetime and 16th in total day the week of the 21st.

The drop seems to indicate that viewers that were turning to CNN as the situations in Japan and Libya were still new are beginning to tune out as the problems continue. That is despite the fact that CNN contineuis to produce compelling content from Libya such as the report from CNN International correspondent Frederik Pleitgen below:

Fox News Channel and MSNBC remained more or less stable the week of the 21st. FNC remained near the top of the cable network chart, dropping one spot in both primetime (2nd to 3rd) and total day (5th to 6th) and finishing behind only USA Network and college basketball-fueled TBS in prime.

MSNBC gained one spot in primetime (28th to 27th) and dropped one spot in total day (28th to 29th).

The full cable network ranker is after the jump.

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of March 21

“Today” continued as the #1 morning news show with more than a half a million lead over #2 “Good Morning America” last week.

Compared to the same week last year all three shows were up in Total Viewers, with GMA up the most, +18% year-over-year. Season-to-date, verses the year-ago average, GMA is up +6%, CBS’ “The Early Show” is up +1% and “Today” is down -3%.

The averages for the week of March 21:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.47M / ABC: 4.94M / CBS: 2.60M
  • A25-54 rating: NBC: 2.57M / ABC: 1.87M / CBS: 1.15M

A Royal Exclusive?

Update: It seems ABC did have the exclusive, more details below.

Original Post: With the Royal Wedding less than a month away, news divisions are scrambling to get whatever exclusives they can in advance of the nuptials.

When Prince William’s younger brother Harry announced that he would be trekking to the North Pole to raise money for charity, the press jumped at the chance to get some quality time with the young Prince in Norway.

Unfortunately, ABC News chose to market Bob Woodruff‘s interview as a “Royal Exclusive” on “Good Morning America” this morning:

Exclusive it may have been, except for the fact that NBC’s Ben Fogle interviewed the Prince as well for his “Today” piece, which aired yesterday:

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Richard Engel, Jon Karl honored at Congressional Correspondents Dinner

The first Congressional Correspondents Dinner (formerly known as the Radio & TV correspondents dinner) was held last night in Washington, DC.

NBC’s Richard Engel, who was not at the dinner as he’s reporting from Libya, won the David Bloom Award for Excellence in Enterprise Reporting. Bloom, an anchor and correspondent for NBC News, died of an embolism in Iraq in 2003. His daughters presented the award to NBC DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes who was Bloom’s producer when he was NBC’s White House correspondent.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl was awarded the Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in Washington-based National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcasting.

Playbook’s Mike Allen thought Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was the funniest speaker:

This is all being broadcast on C-SPAN 3, so TENS of Americans will see this. Down at the CNN table, they’re saying, ‘TENS!? What’s their secret?’

Ouch. Our fabulous Fishies in DC were there. Check out the coverage from Betsy Rothstein and Matt Dornic, including Betsy’s story on another congressman’s skewering of another media outlet.

A couple pictures after the jump. Email/Tweet us if you have more

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SB Nation Launches Baseball Nation

SB Nation is putting its big hire Rob Neyer to good use starting today, as the company launches Baseball Nation. The site will cover everything baseball, led by Neyer and a team of bloggers that includes minorleagueball.com founder John Sickels, and team bloggers Jeff Sullivan and Grant Brisbee, who will assume a more national beat.

“We’ve quite simply always been the leader of coverage in baseball on a team-by-team basis and now with Rob Neyer leading the coverage at Baseball Nation, we’ll be the leader on a national level,” said SB Nation founder Tyler Bleszinski in a blog post.

In many respects the site is aiming to be a new type of baseball site. Driven by what the fans are interested in, but featuring professional quality content. And yes, visitors can contribute as well.

“Seriously (for the moment) … We’re all in this thing together. Tell us what we’re doing right, tell us what we’re doing wrong, and … just tell us whatever’s on your mind,” wrote Neyer in a post. “We are you. You are us. We live in a brave new world.”

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