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Archives: November 2012

More Than 90 Jobs to be Cut at Bloomberg TV Europe

Bloomberg TV is in the process of laying off as many as 94 people in the network’s London bureau, multiple sources tell TVNewser.

A spokesperson for Bloomberg TV declined to comment on a specific number of layoffs, but said fewer than 100 people will be affected by the cuts, which are the result of an operational efficiency review in the network’s engineering and back office productions. The review period will close December 21.

The cuts come as Bloomberg Europe moves its graphics and other technical operations to a central hub in New York City. The network’s Europe programming will be reduced from eight hours of live programming a day to five, eliminating three hours that now overlap with Bloomberg’s U.S. broadcasts.

We hear hiring will soon begin to fill positions in the newly-created New York hub.

Big Bet on Lottery Exclusive, That Isn’t

With tonight’s Powerball jackpot now topping half billion dollars, the morning shows went all out with big money bookings today. “Good Morning America” brought in New York Lottery spokesgal Yooolaaaanda Vega while the “Today” show got an exclusive with the most recent big money winners: Brian and Mary Lohse who won the $202 million Powerball jackpot in September. “They are with us for their first national interview,” said Matt Lauer. Only it wasn’t, really. The Lohse’s sat down for an interview with “CBS This Morning” earlier in the week in a story that aired minutes before their live appearance on “Today.”

The Scoreboard: Monday, November 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 268 | MSNBC: 201 | CNN: 127 | HLN: 65
  • Primetime: FNC: 338 | MSNBC: 282 | CNN: 110 | HLN: 72

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
283 297 345 480 336 199 259 233
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
309 252 277 238 321 288 204 226
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
154 160 88 111 120 98 92 67
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitch: Grace: DrDrew: VelezMitch: Showbiz: DrDrew:
32 48 73 83 52 82 44 58

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The Ticker: Steinberg, Ricks, Regan…

  • The Weather Company has named Jeremy Steinberg senior vice president for digital ad sales. Steinberg comes from Fox News, where he has been VP of digital sales and business development for FNC and FBN since 2001.
  • Turns out Tom Ricks, whose Fox News appearance ended abruptly after he accused FNC of “hyping” the Benghazi attack, has problems with MSNBC too. The Washington Post reports he declined an invitation to appear: “I said, ‘You’re just like Fox, but not as good at it.’ They wrote back and said, ‘Thank you for your candor.’”
  • Trish Regan is hosting a fiscal cliff summit on her 4pmET Bloomberg program this afternoon. Regan will interview a panel of prominent guests on how the economic, defense and financial industries are preparing.

Nanny Pleads Not Guilty to Stabbing Children of CNBC Executive

The nanny accused of fatally stabbing the two children of CNBC senior vice president Kevin Krim pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Yoselyn Ortega was arraigned in the hospital, where she remains with self-inflicted stab wounds, this morning. Six-year-old Lucia Krim and two-year-old Leo Krim were killed October 25 in their Upper West Side apartment.

The children were found by their mother in the dark apartment when she returned home with another child, a three-year-old daughter.

Fox Wins Federal Ruling Against Treasury Department

Nearly four years ago, in the aftermath of the financial meltdown of 2008, Fox Business Network filed a Freedom of Information Act suit against the Treasury Department seeking information about how bailout money was being spent. Late Tuesday a federal judge ruled Treasury must turn over documents related to out AIG — the too big to fail insurer.

Fox Business has already gotten access to some documents — largely with redacted information — which led them to report on how Treasury was concerned about the issuance of bonuses for AIG executives. It also disclosed that Treasury officials considered letting AIG file for bankruptcy protection.

Once FBN gets its hands on the new documents, the network hopes to report an even clearer picture of the communications between Treasury and AIG on issues including compensation, requests from the media, dealings with Congress and investor relations.

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 19 & November Sweeps

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” had a big win in the ratings last week, averaging more than 10 million viewers for the Thanksgiving-shortened week. ABC’s and CBS’s weekly averages are based on two days (Mon-Tue), while NBC’s average is based on three days (Mon, Tues & Fri).

Compared to the same week last year NBC was up in both total viewers and younger viewers while ABC and CBS were flat in total viewers and down slightly in A25-54 viewers.

Numbers for the week of November 19:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,153,000 8,256,000 7,052,000
• A25-54: 2,658,000 2,041,000 1,908,000

 

 

 

As for the November sweep:

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John Heilemann Makes Lindsey Graham Joke on ‘Morning Joe;’ Edited Out of 8am Reair

Just after 6am, on “Morning Joe” this morning, Joe, Mika and guest John Heilemann were talking about yesterday’s New York Times article about “the three amigos” Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, who have bonded over the last decade through international travel putting themselves at the center of the foreign policy debate at home.

With Lieberman leaving the Senate, McCain and Graham have brought in another “amigo” Senator Kelly Ayotte. That prompted Heilemann to make a bad joke, at the expense of Graham:

Heilemann: They need a third amigo at all times. So now they have — now two of the three are women — now at least one of the three are women.

That drew hysterical laughter from Scarborough who had to turn his chair around. Mika Brzezinski took over and brought in Andrea Mitchell as Scarborough and Heilemann composed themselves.

The line was edited out of a re-air at 8amET. You’ll recall it was “Morning Joe” regular Mark Halperin, Heilemann’s co-author on “Game Change” who drew a suspension 17 months ago for his “Morning Joe” comment about Pres. Obama being “kind of a dick.”

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Jeff Zucker In Advanced Talks To Take Over CNN Worldwide

Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker is in talks to become president of CNN Worldwide, someone close to Zucker tells TVNewser. Zucker would replace Jim Walton, who announced last summer that he’d be leaving the company at the end of the year.

The news of the advanced stage of the talks was first reported by the Los Angeles TimesJoe Flint, and the New York TimesBrian Stelter.

Zucker began his career as a prodigy at NBC News. He became executive producer of “Today” at age 27, and would go on to oversee “NBC Nightly News” before taking over the network’s entertainment division, and eventually the whole place. He left in 2011 after Comcast completed its acquisition of NBC.

He would go on to serve as EP of syndicated talker “Katie,” but is leaving the show at the end of this year. In October, Flint laid out a number of reasons why Zucker would not make sense for CNN. The Powers That Be were apparently not that concerned.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes–who is leading the search to find Walton’s successor — will be speaking at the Ignite media conference tomorrow afternoon. TVNewser will be there to report on what he says regarding the news.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, November 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 124 | MSNBC: 133 | CNN: 95 | HLN: 120
  • Primetime: FNC: 103 | MSNBC: 220 | CNN: 95 | HLN: 124

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC NewsHQ: FNSunday: Report: Huckabee: FoxFiles: FNR: Huckabee: FoxFiles:
86 57 62 83 76 150 83 56
MSNBC Caught: Caught: Caught: Caught: Drama: Predator: Lockup: Lockup:
104 163 194 242 131 287 183 172
CNN Newsroom: Newsroom: Newsroom: Presents: Mumbai: Newsroom: Presents: Mumbai:
45 46 71 99 87 98 79 174
HLN Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries:
101 192 163 76 108 188 64 109

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