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Archives: September 2012

ABC’s Chris Cuomo to Interview Penn State Victim #1

ABC News’ Chris Cuomo has landed an interview with Victim #1, one of the men in the center of the Penn State sex abuse scandal. The sit-down, which will air in late October, is timed to correspond with the release of Victim #1′s tell-all book about Jerry Sandusky and Penn State. It will be his first interview since news of the scandal broke.

Cuomo’s sit down will air  on “World News” and “Nightline” on October 23 and on “Good Morning America” on October 24. Cuomo will also be a guest on “Katie,” Katie Couric‘s syndicated talk show October 23. Interestingly, “Katie” airs on some non-ABC stations, including KING in Seattle, KGW in Portland, WSMV in Nashville, and KSL in Salt Lake City, all NBC affiliates, meaning the ABC exclusive will be promoted on other networks.

What’s Behind the Growth at ‘Good Morning America?’

NBC’s “Today” show is experiencing some cold comfort today. The morning program has won the just-finished 2011-2012 season, but is on a path that puts winning next season in peril. ABC’s “Good Morning America” won the third quarter — the first time in 18 years the ABC show has come in first in a three-month period.

In the last year, “GMA” has grown its audience +4% in Total Viewers and +6% in younger viewers, while “Today” lost -6% of its viewership and was down -11% in the coveted A25-54 demo.

“Today” boss Jim Bell tells The New York TimesBill Carter there’s a stark difference between “Today” and “GMA,” that ABC is “doing something else” and that his is a “more serious show.”

Asked if he was suggesting “GMA” was now a tabloid-style program, Mr. Bell said, “That’s what I’m saying.”

To that, ABC News spokeswoman Julie Townsend responds, “I think the audience has spoken loud and clear about its preference in the morning.”

The averages for the 2011-2012 season:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.112M / ABC: 4.870M / CBS: 2.446M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.212M / ABC: 1.897M / CBS: 974K

So what do you think? Has “GMA” gone tabloid? And if so does that make you want to tune in or tune out?

Spike Lee: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

While Lee is well-known for his movies, did you know that if it wasn’t for NBA superstar Michael Jordan and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, Lee–and Nike–might not be the icons they have become today? It all came down to a risky commercial shoot.

“So Michael Jordan could easily have said, ‘I can’t take a chance on this young gun, this young boy, just give me the reels of the top guys on Madison Avenue.’ But Michael Jordan didn’t do that,” the Red Hook Summer director recalls. “For some reason, he decided to give me a shot. And the commercial I did with Michael Jordan ended up being some of the greatest campaigns ever in the history of advertising and Nike took off.”

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Advocacy Groups Call For Presidential Debate Contracts To Be Released

Well in advance of the Presidential debates, the two campaigns sign a secret contract that outlines every single detail of what will transpire. The dates, locations, moderators, podiums, even the pens and paper the candidates use is fair game. The agreements also put limitations on what the moderators may and may not do.

It is fun to ask Jim Lehrer how he will be moderating the debate, but the truth is he has to abide by very strict rules. As The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson notes, the 2004 contract includes this paragraph:

“If any proposed moderator fails to execute a copy of this agreement at least seven (7) days prior to the proposed date of the debate he or she is to moderate, the two campaigns will agree upon and select a different individual to moderate that debate.”

In other words, the Commission on Presidential Debates, along with the two campaigns, tells the debate moderators that they can do it their way or take the highway.

Now, a handful of advocacy groups as are asking the Commission and campaigns the make the agreement available before the debates, in the name of transparency. With the first debate less than a week away, time is ticking for that transparency.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Sept. 17 & Q3 2012

“Good Morning America” wins its fourth week in a row. In fact, “GMA” had its widest lead on “Today” in both Total Viewers (+884,000) and younger viewers (+237,000) in more than 18 years. The week ending Sept. 21 caps off the third quarter and the ratings season for the morning broadcasts which saw “Good Morning America” overtake “Today.”

“GMA” wins the quarter in Total Viewers — the first time the show has won a quarter in more than 17 years (since Q2 ’95) — while “Today” takes the win in younger viewers with +117,000 lead. But the “GMA” win is impressive as it came during NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.

“GMA” grew its audience compared to the same week last year (+3% / +2%) while #3 “CBS This Morning” grew in Total Viewers (+3%) but was down slightly in younger viewers (-3%). The real story is how the “Today” show continues to struggle: the show is down -22% in Total Viewers and down down -29% in younger viewers.

The averages for the week of September 17, 2012:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.969M / NBC: 4.085M / CBS: 2.527M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.913M / NBC: 1.676M / CBS: 946K

The averages for Q3 2012:

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Activist/Cable News Guest Arrested for Spray Painting Pro-Israel Subway Ads

An Egyptian-born activist who has appeared recently on CNN and MSNBC spent a night a New York City jail for spray-painting a subway ad that calls the enemies of Israel “savages.”

Mona Eltahawy, and four others, are charged with criminal mischief, making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument. Just two weeks ago, Eltahawy, a U.S. citizen, was in Cairo protesting in Tahrir Square. On Sept. 13 she was a guest on CNN and two days later appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry‘s weekend show. The New York Post videotaped the incident in Times Square Tuesday.

CNN reported on the incident Tuesday morning and Fox News’s “Red Eye” discussed it early this morning. PRNewser reported last week that the ads were created by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and would be appearing in 10 subway stations around New York City.

Sandy Cannold Joins ABC News as ‘This Week’ EP

As we told you last month, longtime CNBC executive producer Sandy Cannold is joining ABC News. Now we know what he’ll be doing.

Cannold has been named EP of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” replacing Jon Banner who left the network over the summer. Cannold joined ABC News Monday after 13 years at CNBC, most recently as EP  of “Power Lunch.”

In a memo to staffers this morning, ABC News president Ben Sherwood praised Cannold’s “natural storytelling gifts” and “passion for bold ideas.”

Cannold’s first show will be the first Sunday after the election, November 11. In the meantime, he’ll work on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”

Read more from Sherwood after the jump.

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A ‘Squawkward Moment’ On CNBC

On “Squawk Box” this morning, the co-hosts chatted with the CEO of sports clothing company Lululemon, and Joe Kernen decided to share a personal anecdote. A very personal anecdote.

WATCH:

Business Insider noticed that later on, at the close of the segment, Kernen was given a special sign-off.

“This squawkward moment has been brought to you by, Joe Kernen.”

WATCH:

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Weather Channel Mobilizing Correspondents For Election Day

The Weather Channel plans to get in on the 2012 election coverage, focusing on something it hopes the traditional outlets ignore… but something that could have a serious impact on the election. It is, of course, weather.

If the weather is crappy on November 6, you can expect a lot of people who might otherwise vote to stay home, and Weather Channel is planning to be all over it. Weather published a study that determined that 35% of undecided voters say weather could factor into whether they vote on election day.

The channel will be monitoring weather in swing states closely, up to and through election day, and plans to send meteorologists and correspondents to some of those places on November 6. The AP notes:

The Weather Channel will base reporters in swing states on Election Day. It will decide closer to the election whether to pre-empt its regular programming, as is often done during major weather stories, said Jennifer Rigby, the network’s multimedia content director.

Icy road conditions will affect potential voters more than any other condition, the survey said.

ABC/Univision Project Launches ‘Arpaio Watch,’ Surveys Latinos On ‘Illegal’ Terminology

The ABC News/Univision project continues to develop, and we are beginning to get a sense of the tone that is being set. The network, which for now is just a sub-site on ABCNews.com, is launching a new series called “Arpaio Watch,” which is dedicated to monitoring the policies of Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the impact they have on the Latino community.

“The goal of Arpaio Watch is to monitor the effects of Arpaio’s policies on Arizona immigrant communities, and to report from the ground up about how immigration raids, disproportionate police stops and a disconnect between residents and law enforcement can impact a community,” writes the columnist.

In addition, the network has quietly put out a survey aimed at Latino immigrants. The goal is to determine which term is most appropriate for people “without authorization,” as the survey says.

Which term do you prefer be used when talking about immigration status: illegal immigrant, undocumented immigrant, or something else? *
¿Cuál frase prefieres para describir estatus migratorio: inmigrante ilegal, inmigrante indocumentado o algo diferente?

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