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Archives: February 2012

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Showtime, BBC America, Associated Press

This week, Showtime is on the hunt for a new manager of marketing, while BBC America needs a lead digital producer. The Associated Press is hiring a newsperson/video producer, and Current TV is seeking a traffic coordinator. Get all the details on these openings below, and find additional just-posted TV gigs on mediabistro.com.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, February 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 329 | MSNBC: 164 | CNN: 173 | HLN: 84
  • Primetime: FNC: 597 | MSNBC: 294 | CNN: 371 | HLN: 106

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Primary: Primary: Primary: Primary:
368 316 395 724 541 527 400 219
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: Primary: Primary: Primary: Primary: Primary:
219 211 247 282 351 248 143 115
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Primary: Primary: Primary: Primary: Primary: Morgan:
189 143 234 330 422 360 230 106
HLN Special: Prime: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
32 47 86 148 86 84 104 88

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Gayle King: ‘Do I like getting up early? No. But I love what I’m doing.’

Quite an eclectic mix of guests on “The View” this morning, summed up best by one of them … “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King: “You guys, you should see back there. It says Gayle King, Lyle Lovett and Israeli president Shimon Peres. I was with him backstage and I just think, wow, this is such a cool lineup.” Also, Kathy Ireland was in for Sherri Shepherd who is somewhere practicing her Cha Cha.

As for her new job at CBS, King says other than the hours, “I ain’t got no complaints. Do I like getting up early? No. But I love what I’m doing.”

Walters added, “Your partner, Charlie Rose tells me that he gets four hours of sleep a night. He goes to dinner parties …”

“But Charlie’s secret,” King said, “He has a nap.”

King also says Oprah Winfrey told her, “This job is a dream job for you.”

The Ticker: Woodruff, Facebook, Bloomberg ‘Titans’

  • ABC News’ Bob Woodruff will interview President Obama today in advance of a dinner honoring veterans of the Iraq war. Pieces of the interview will air tonight on “ABC World News” and “Nightline,” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”
  • Facebook has launched new brand pages, and among the first brands to take advantage of the new look is NBC’s “Today.” The “Timeline” feature lets users look back on 60 years of the show. Other media companies to participate include the New York Times and ESPN.
  • The New York Times reviews the Bloomberg TV series “Titans at the Table,” and the response is positive. “That’s Wall Street talk, which doesn’t always translate well to a family in foreclosure in Florida or a shop owner facing Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Nevada. But it matches the patois of Bloomberg TV, which celebrates profit and tries to humanize the markets.”

NBC News To Air Super Tuesday Primetime Special

NBC News will air a one-hour special in primetime next Tuesday, looking at the GOP “Super Tuesday” primary results. “NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center” anchor Brian Williams will anchor the special, which airs from 10-11PM. He will be joined by David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Guthrie and other correspondents.

With “Parenthood” having its finale last night, NBC has a hole to fill Tuesdays at 10 PM, and given the still-undecided GOP race, a one-hour political special may fit the bill. NBC ran a similar special back in 2008, though both the Democrats and Republicans were picking candidates that year.

The lead-in for the “Super Tuesday” special? A two-hour edition of “The Biggest Loser.”

NBC will also break into “The Biggest Loser” with updates as results warrant, and will update “NBC Nightly News” and the special for the west coast with the most up-to-date information.

More information after the jump.

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Synergy! ABC News Promoting ABC Drama ‘Revenge’ With ‘Revenge for Real’ Specials

This has been a strong week for corporate synergy. NBCUniversal has been going all-out to promote the upcoming Universal movie “The Lorax” on shows like “The Voice” and “Today,” and today ABC announced some synergy of its own tied into the drama series “Revenge.”

“Revenge” is about betrayal and crime among rich people in the Hamptons–you may have seen some ads for it on Sunday’s Oscars telecast. ABC News is stepping in to take over “Revenge”‘s Wednesday timeslot for two weeks in March with the specials “Revenge for Real: Murder in the Hamptons.”

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Ted Turner On Creating a TV News Channel Today: ‘Would you make it a serious news network?’

CNN founder Ted Turner is profiled by The Hollywood Reporter, looking at what he has been up to since leaving the media world. Among the revelations, while he still watches CNN, he doesn’t have the same affection for sister network HLN (formerly CNN Headline News):

Turner doesn’t pay attention to TV anymore, other than CNN. “I don’t watch entertainment,” he says. As for CNN’s sister network, HLN, “the News and Views Network” featuring Nancy Grace: “I haven’t watched in years. I want to see serious news.”

Turner also looks back wistfully on CNN’s founding, and wonders if the same thing could even happen in today’s fragmented TV marketplace:

“It’s been 12 years since I’ve been gone, but if you only had one news network, and there really was only one when CNN was there, would you make it a serious news network?” he ponders. “When you’ve got dozens — or many — then you can go in different formats. You could go right-wing like Fox News, you could go after a segment of the market and maybe you would be more successful than if you were going for the whole market.” Looking back, even he admits: “CNN wasn’t perfect. We spent several days when Jessica McClure fell down the well, and we covered O.J. [Simpson] driving around L.A. But those were such interesting stories.”

The story also looks back on the rough days that followed Turner as he was trying to build CNN

CNN’s prominence today makes it easy to forget that it was almost stillborn — not least when the satellite it required simply disappeared, forcing Turner to mount a life-or-death legal battle to get a slot on another one.

Throughout CNN’s emergence, nobody believed an all-news, all-the-
time network could function — except Turner. But he was convinced that audiences wanted a venue where they could find information whenever 
they wanted, and from the beginning proclaimed his faith in the enterprise, announcing, “We won’t be signing off until the world ends.”

Read the entire profile here.

NFL Moves up 2012 Kickoff for Pres. Obama Speech

The NFL is moving up its opening game of the 2012 season so as not to clash with Pres. Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. In recent years, the season kickoff game has been played on a Thursday night. This year it will move up to Wed., Sept. 5. airing on NBC at 7:30pmET. Which means the cable networks will have tough some competition for their coverage of night three of the convention.

In September, Pres. Obama moved up a speech on jobs and the economy so as not to conflict with the 2011 season opener between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints.

As he did in Denver four years ago, Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at an NFL stadium. This time at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Huckabee Hosts Another GOP Forum

The debates may be behind us, but Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee — who, four years ago at this time, was running for president himself — will host the GOP candidates for another forum Saturday night.

This will be Huckabee’s third presidential forum. So far three candidates, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, have committed. Ron Paul has still not decided, the New York Times reports.

The forum, from 8-10pmET, will originate from Ohio, the biggest of the Super Tuesday states. Huckabee announced on his show last Spring, that he would not be running this time around. He has yet to endorse any of the current GOP candidates.

‘Nightly News’ Gets a New Look

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” debuted subtle changes to its look Monday night. Above left, slides from the old open. Above right: the new. NewscastStudio.com has other before and after pictures, writing, “Overall, the package is a polished version of the previous graphics package and looks good on TV. We only wish NBC News would have went outside the box to create something different and unique.”

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