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Archives: September 2012

TV Jobs: Fox Business, Current, Telemundo

This week, Fox Business is hiring a producer for Countdown to the Closing Bell, while Current TV needs a senior manager of multi-platform video. Telemundo is seeking a director of production operations, and NBC Universal is on the hunt for a media asset manager. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, September 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 327 | MSNBC: 228 | CNN: 134 | HLN: 70
  • Primetime: FNC: 531 | MSNBC: 410 | CNN: 203 | HLN: 83

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
408 453 493 705 482 396 375 253
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
252 310 350 394 454 382 223 216
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
146 111 124 150 209 249 146 115
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
33 19 67 121 56 72 65 65

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The Ticker: Muir, Current, 60′s 45th…

  • With a week to go until the first Presidential debate, ABC’s David Muir sat down with GOP candidate Mitt Romney this afternoon in Toledo. The interview airs tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.” Romney was interviewed by CNN’s Jim Acosta yesterday.

  • TV’s longest-running primetime program, “60 Minutes” launches its 45th season Sunday with a Lara Logan report from Afghanistan and the first interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger since the revelations of a secret out-of-wedlock child with his housekeeper.

TV Guide, HBO Execs Lined up for AllFacebook Marketing Conference

Learn from the marketing strategies of executives at HBO and TV Guide Magazine at the upcoming AllFacebook Marketing Conference, December 4-5 in New York. The two-day event will show you how to cultivate better relationships with your audience and create valuable content to effectively drive sales. Register before Friday and save $350.

Sabrina Caluori, Vice President of Social Media and Performance at HBO, will address attendees on Integrating Facebook Into Your Marketing Strategy. An award-winning digital marketer, Caluori was responsible for the concept, building, and launch of HBO’s innovative social TV website, HBO Connect. She is currently responsible for the social media strategy of more than 40 HBO programming brands and properties.

Debra Birnbaum, President and Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide Magazine will demonstrate how she dwarfs the engagement footprint of other entertainment sites and media outlets in her session, Outengaging Competitors 3x Your Size. Birnbaum has shaped the magazine’s “What’s Worth Watching” mission and frequently moderates panels for the Screen Actors Guild, Paley Center, and Comic-Con. She has 20 years of experience in print and digital publishing, covering arts and entertainment, lifestyle, news, and politics.

Other speakers include experts from ESPN, Gap Inc, Brand Networks Inc, Buddy Media, and Rosetta Stone.

Register before Friday, September 28 and save.

Greta Van Susteren is the Second Greatest Political Mind of our Time

Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson has been crowned “Greatest Political Mind of our Time” after winning Comedy Central’s Indecision Game smartphone tournament challenge. Wilson came out ahead of Fox News host Greta Van Susteren in the final round of competition.

Wilson and Van Susteren were among 20 of the nation’s leading political reporters and pundits who took part in this year’s competition, which launched at the RNC last month. Competitors hovered over their smartphones, answering political trivia questions in a March Madness-style bracket tournament.

Wilson and Van Susteren beat out opponents from the NBC News, Fox News, Washington Post, Salon, Politico and Roll Call.

“Greta was being nice to me for some reason,” Wilson told Politico’s Patrick Gavin. “It’s a cool app and a fun concept, the closest anyone has come to a political version of Risk in about 50 years.”

A formal award ceremony is expected in the coming days.

‘Today’ EP: Matt Lauer ‘Should not bear any of the blame’ for Ann Curry Transition

THR’s Marissa Guthrie peppered “Today” show EP Jim Bell with questions on a range of issues this morning. As “Today” continues to struggle in the ratings, and staff rumors abound, Guthrie gets Bell on the record about his future and “Today’s.”

When asked whether he regrets the decision to continue a Kris Jenner interview over the national moment of silence on 9/11/12, Bell says “probably,” adding, “I think more importantly than getting into one segment or one show, is to invite a broader comparison of the shows [Today and GMA]. The competition in this case has chosen to do a very different show. If you watch them side-by-side you’ll see. It’s worked for them in the short term. But we’re not going to do anything that’s going to hurt our brand and the legacy of the ‘Today’ show.”

Guthrie: Do you think the way the transition between Ann Curry and Savannah Guthrie was handled may have dinged Matt Lauer’s reputation?

Bell: I think it’s really unfortunate how that played out. And obviously the transition didn’t go quite as we had hoped. And Matt, I need to say for the record, really should not bear any of the blame for that. I’m the executive producer of the show. He’s not. He’s the public face of the show. So he’s taken some of this. But it has been wrong. And that fact should be corrected.

Guthrie: How do you overcome that? Do you think some viewers were turned off by that?

Bell: I suppose. But I think really one of the great things about being on the air ever day is you get to show who you are and you get to put on smart, relevant important programming. And Matt is probably the best guy to ever host morning television.

Guthrie: What’s your supreme ambition at NBCUni? Would you like to have some larger role at the news division or the sports division?

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SportsCenter has Record Night Following Packers-Seahawks Controversial Finish

Monday night’s “SportsCenter” on ESPN, following that mess of a Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football finish, drew 6.5 million viewers, making it the most-viewed “SportsCenter” ever.

If you don’t know by now, a controversial call by a replacement referee gave a touchdown, and the win, to the Seahawks. The call, replays, reaction, opinion and outrage filled much of the 90 minutes following the game.

As PRNewser reported several ESPN player-analysts challenged the outcome. Trent Dilfer, who once quarterbacked the Seahawks, said during “SportsCenter’s” coverage: “You get so frustrated with incompetence that it turns to anger. The NFL has insulted my intelligence. It’s tearing at the fabric of the game.”

The previous record for SportsCenter was 5.9 million viewers following a Monday night game which also featured the Packers playing the Minnesota Vikings Nov. 14, 2011.

Broadcasting and Cable reports the game itself averaged 16.2 million viewers, the third largest audience for any cable program this year.

A Present for Gayle King on ‘CBS This Morning’

There were people waiting in long lines outside Apple stores around the world this week. CBS’ Gayle King wasn’t one of them, but thanks to Charlie Rose, King is the proud owner of an iPhone5 anyway.

“We’ve been waiting for you to get one, but you didn’t get one, so I went down to the store, and look what we found for you,” Rose said as he presented King with her iPhone on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday. “We’ll have a tutorial for you.” Watch:

Iranian TV Correspondent Killed In Syria

A correspondent for Iran’s Press TV was killed while reporting on-air in Syria’s capital city of Damascus. The correspondent, Maya Naser, was shot in the neck by a sniper, while Press TV’s Damascus bureau chief was also wounded by gunfire.

Al Jazeera has more on what happened.

With Naser’s death, 22 journalists have been killed in Syria since the uprising began, making it one of the deadliest countries on earth for reporters trying to do their job.

Cable Network Ranker: Week of September 17

Despite a strong showing early in the week from MSNBC, Fox News was the top cable news channel among ad-supported cable networks last week. FNC was third overall in primetime, behind ESPN and USA Network, and fourth overall in total day, behind Nickelodeon, ESPN and USA. FNC averaged 2.12 million viewers in primetime and 1.21 million viewers in total day.

MSNBC still had a strong week, placing 11th in primetime with 1.23 million viewers, and 13th in total day with 637,000. MSNBC was just above TLC in primetime, and just above Investigation Discovery in total day.

CNN was 31st in primetime and total day, averaging 581,000 and 406,000 viewers, respectively. CNN was sandwiched between BET and Hallmark Channel in prime, and Bravo and MTV in total day.

HLN was 47th in primetime and 41st in total day with 274,000 and 221,000 viewers, respectively. Current TV was 87th in primetime and 88th in total day with 43,000 and 34,000 viewers, respectively.

Among business nets: CNBC was 55th in primetime and 51st in total day, averaging 191,000 and 161,000 viewers, respectively. Fox Business was 86th in primetime and 81st in total day with 57,000 and 54,000 viewers, respectively. Bloomberg hasn’t been rated by Nielsen since it launched in the mid-90′s.

The full ranker is below.
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