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Archives: November 2012

A ‘Good Samaritan Cop’ Exclusive… On Three Networks

Yesterday afternoon, CBS News announced that senior correspondent John Miller scored the “first television interview” with NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo who was caught on camera giving a pair of boots to a homeless man. An excerpt ran on yesterday’s “CBS Evening News,” with the full report airing this morning.

One little problem: ABC’s Dan Harris also interviewed Officer DePrimo for “World News.” NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk spoke to the officer,  the Arizona tourist who took the photo and the sales clerk who sold the shoes, for a story that aired on yesterday’s “NBC Nightly News.” The officer and the tourist also appeared together this morning on “Today.”


After the jump, the CBS story from this morning, with the mention of the “first TV interview” scrubbed:
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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, November 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 265 | MSNBC: 232 | CNN: 126 | HLN: 94
  • Primetime: FNC: 336 | MSNBC: 395 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 102

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
387 313 295 460 339 208 212 179
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
228 305 287 338 434 415 266 255
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
155 128 159 125 132 108 89 72
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitch: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
56 60 60 125 86 93 92 63

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The Afternoon Ticker: Leveson, Behar, Damon

  • Current TV’s Joy Behar will host a benefit event for the victims of Hurricane Sandy Friday, December 14. Current TV founder Al Gore and comedian Andy Borowitz are among those that will appear. The benefit will air on Current.
  • CNN’s Arwa Damon is returning to Syria to report on the ongoing battle between rebel fighters and government forces there. It will Damon’s second trip to Syria this year. Her latest report is here.

Roger Ailes on Jeff Zucker joining CNN

Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes has this statement about Jeff Zucker joining CNN:

I have known Jeff for a quarter of a century and he is one of the most experienced executives in the business. He is a talented producer with solid strategic skills and I’m sure he’ll make a difference at CNN. I wish Jeff the best.

At CNN, Jeff Zucker Will Reunite with Former NBCers

Jeff Zucker‘s return to the ranks of TV network executive will put him in charge of many people he worked with at NBC over the years. It will also put him in direct competition with one of his closest friends. Phil Griffin — now the president of MSNBC — worked at CNN early in his career. Griffin joined NBC’s “Today” first in 1983. And it was during his second stint on the show that he would meet Zucker, who would later become EP of the show. Years later, Zucker would name Griffin president of MSNBC.

Griffin is excited for his old friend, and the battle ahead, telling the New York Times: “[Roger] Ailes on one side, Zucker on the other: Game on.”

At CNN, Zucker will be working with several of his former employees including Soledad O’Brien who was an MSNBC original before moving to NBC and rising to “Weekend Today” co-anchor during the years that Zucker ran the show. Erin Burnett, a former CNBC star who’d been positioned for a greater role at NBC, is now a CNN host. Ashleigh Banfield made a name for herself on MSNBC after the 9/11 attacks and subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now she anchors a daytime CNN show.

And it was Zucker who, as CEO of NBCU, allowed Piers Morgan to continue judging “America’s Got Talent” on NBC while taking an offer to host his own primetime CNN show. Morgan has since given up “AGT.”

And Jonathan Wald, EP of Morgan’s show, followed Zucker as executive producer of both “NBC Nightly News” and “Today” in the early 2000s. Wald’s ironic Tweet of the day:

Jeff Zucker’s Vision For CNN: ‘Broaden The Definition Of What News Is’

Soon-to-be CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and his new boss, Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent, held a conference call with reporters this morning to talk about Zucker’s hire. There were plenty of talking points, but reading between the lines, it was clear that Zucker had a vision–at least a general one–of what he thought CNN has to do to remain relevant in a competitive, multi-platform news environment.

“I think our competition today is anybody that competes for eyeballs and attention and produces non-fiction programming,” Zucker said. “News is about more than politics and war, we need to broaden that definition of what news is, while maintaining the standards of CNN’s journalistic excellence.”

“We have had shows about sports, fashion and technology, and some of that is going to be revisited,” Kent said. “It is all news that people need and are interested about. There is a lot of subject matter that we probably don’t give enough attention to.”

CNN is beginning to expand to other forms of non-fiction programming on the weekends with new shows next year hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock. Zucker said that “it wouldn’t be fair” to any current hosts or shows to discuss what he had planned for them.

That said, it seemed clear that two areas Zucker wanted to focus on are CNN’s primetime lineup and its morning program, where he has real-world experience having taken NBC’s “Today” show to #1 in the ’90s, where it stayed for 16 years.

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Clarissa Ward: Syria Coverage Difficult ‘for security and safety, but also emotionally’

Since fighting began in Syria, 26 journalists have been killed in the region. American Journalism Review talks to some of the reporters who have snuck into the country to report on the violence, including CBS News’ Clarissa Ward, who has visited Syria six times since she joined CBS:

On one occasion, the journalists followed Abu Ibrahim and his younger brother Azzu into battle. A video clip aired on CBS shows Ibrahim struggling to drag the limp body of a fallen comrade to safety under heavy gunfire. The rebels had no radio communications and Ibrahim “could not have known that on the other side of the road his brother Azzu also had been shot,” Ward reported.

Ward was in the room when women in the family learned of Azzu’s death and collapsed in grief. His body, along with others killed in the fight, was placed in a hall below the house. At breakfast the next day, Ward sat silently, watching as Ibrahim picked up a piece of traditional flatbread. “He was chewing and chewing, but he couldn’t swallow. Suddenly, he just started to sob. I cried with him,” she recalls. Later, the elder brother led the funeral procession. Read more

The Top Cable News Programs In November 2012 Were…

November was a strong month for cable news, bolstered by the election early on. Fox News, as usual, held the top spot in both the total viewer and adults 25-54 metrics, and secured the top eight programs in total viewers and the top two slots in the demo. Note: this ranker does not include election night coverage, just regularly scheduled programming. I am including the election night program rankings after the jump.

No surprise here: “The O’Reilly Factor” was the top program on Fox News in both total and demo viewers, averaging 3.52 million and 690,000 viewers, respectively.

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” had a very strong month, topping MSNBC programming and placing ninth overall in total viewers and third overall in the demo. Maddow averaged 1.69 million total viewers and 552,000 adults 25-54.

In total viewers, CNN’s top program was “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” while the 8 PM airing of “AC360″ led the way in the demo. Blitzer’s program placed 20th overall and averaged 917,000 viewers, while “AC360″ placed 19th, averaging 312,000 demo viewers.

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Katie Couric on Jeff Zucker’s Move to CNN

Their relationship — both personal and professional — goes back more than 20 years. Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker both joined NBC’s “Today” show in 1989 — she as national correspondent, he was her field producer. In 1992 Zucker was named executive producer, two years later Couric was named co-anchor. That working relationship would last 6 years, before Zucker moved to the West Coast as head of NBC entertainment. Couric left NBC in 2006 for CBS. Zucker left NBC in 2011 after Comcast acquired a controlling stake in NBCU. But Couric and Zucker reunited last year as he oversaw the launch of her syndicated show, “Katie.” This morning, Couric has nothing but praise for Zucker:

“I’m very excited that Jeff has such a wonderful opportunity at CNN and equally excited for CNN. I’m also grateful that Jeff has been so instrumental in getting our show off to such a strong start and look forward to working with the fantastic staff we’ve assembled and building on the strong foundation we’ve created.”