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Archives: February 2013

Erin Burnett: Is She Staying or is She Going?

Early reports of Erin Burnett moving to the early shift on CNN may have been premature.

FTVLive reports:

CNN sources tell FTVLive that the Burnett to mornings is “dead in the water” and is not happening. Word is that CNN Boss Jeff Zucker is planning on going a different direction in finding a co-anchor for newly hired Chris Cuomo.

This report comes less than a week after Soledad O’Brien announced she would be leaving the morning show. As FishbowlDC reported earlier this week, Zucker met with NABJ representatives about the state of black anchors on the network. When O’Brien leaves, Suzanne Malveaux will be the only African American weekday anchor on the network.

While you may not see Burnett every morning, she will be anchoring during the mid-morning hours tomorrow. Burnett is slated to co-host, along with Cuomo a special on Pope Benedict. “The Pope’s Last Day” will be simulcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International beginning at 10amET.

The Most Watched Cable News Shows In February Were…

February 2013 was a mixed bag for cable news. While there was lots of news happening, with the exception of the State of the Union and coverage of the Carnival Triumph, not much really broke out among viewers. Fox News, the cable news leader, led the competition with the top 13 programs in total viewers, and the top six in the adults 25-54 demo.

The top FNC program in both categories was, as usual, “The O’Reilly Factor,” which averaged 2.23 million viewers 443,000 viewers, respectively. Somewhat surprisingly, “The Five,” which does not air in primetime, was the number two program in both categories.

MSNBC’s top show in total and demo viewers was “Rachel Maddow,” which averaged 999,000 and 269,000 viewers, respectively, placing 14th in total viewers and seventh in the demo. CNN’s top show in both categories was the 8 PM airing of “AC360,” which averaged 790,000 and 235,000 viewers, respectively, placing 17th in total viewers and 11th in the demo.

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Pope Benedict Coverage: CBS News

CBS News is planning a special report for coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s departure Thursday. The exact timing of the report will depend on when he leaves.

Scott Pelley and Norah O’Donnell will anchor from New York, with correspondents Allen Pizzey and Mark Phillips in Vatican City. Pelley, O’Donnell and Charlie Rose are set to travel to Rome to cover the Conclave next month.

The Docu-Ticker: CNN, BBC, NBC/ID

  • “The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special” chronicles the journeys of a bullied child, a grieving parent, a victim of violence, and a filmmaker turned activist. Presented in partnership with Cartoon Network the doc debuts Thursday at 10pmET on CNN.

  • BBC World News will launch a series of documentaries examining the future: from technology and healthcare to transportation and power, politics and education. The four “What If?” documentaries begin airing on BBC World News this Saturday.

  • Investigation Discovery and NBC’s Peacock Productions are putting together an “instamentary” on the Oscar Pistorius case. “Beauty & The Blake Runner” examines the Valentine’s Day murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The show premieres Sunday at 8pmET on ID.

Fake YouTube Video Fools TV News

On the surface, it looked to good to be true. Video of a goat, struggling to stay afloat in a small pond, when suddenly a piglet swims up, pushing him to shore where both climb out unscathed.

Alas, it was too good to be true. The video was a hoax, put together for an upcoming Comedy Central show called “Nathan For You.”

However, because it went viral on YouTube, “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” “Good Morning America” and “Fox & Friends” all aired it on their respective shows, and presented it as though it were authentic. The sole exception was Brian Williams, who introduced the clip by saying “We have no way of knowing if it’s real.”

Williams presented a correction on last night’s “Nightly,” something that no other outlet is yet to do (Watch the correction below).
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CNBC Celebrates One-Year Of Its NYSE Trading Floor Set

Today marks the one-year anniversary of “Post 9,” CNBC’s set on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (check out our guided tour of the set here). NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Nederauer appeared on set to commemorate the anniversary with cupcakes.

“What we have done with you guys in the last six months, taking advantage of the spot, is that you bring the camera right into everyone’s living room,” Nederauer said. “It is all about transparency, and this gives us that opportunity.”

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FBN Keeps ‘Booking Wars’ Alive With Ad

Fox Business Network has released a house ad taking aim at cable business leader CNBC, while tooting its own horn. The impetus behind the ad was the “booking wars” back and forth last week, which saw a CNBC policy that forbids guests from appearing on FBN or Bloomberg come to light.

The ad quotes from the CNBC policy, and ends with the FBN logo and the tagline “We know how to talk to business leaders.”

Cable Network Ranker: February 2013

February 2013 had lots of news, although as we noted yesterday, none of the cable news channels were able to grow compared to February of 2012.

The top four ad-supported cable channels in primetime in February were USA Network, History, TNT and TBS, all bolstered by new episodes of their original programs. Fox News Channel placed fifth, with ESPN, AMC, A&E, Discovery and FX rounding out the top 10.

FNC was the top cable news channel for the month, placing fifth in primetime and sixth in total day. MSNBC was 24th in primetime and 27th in total day, while CNN was 29th in both primetime and total day.

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Al Roker: My First Big Break

Al Roker, weather guy for NBC’s “Today” Show, can sum up the secret to his success in a sentence, “Don’t be a jerk!” Roker has his own show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, owns his own production company “Al Roker Entertainment,” has co-authored three mystery novels, written a couple of cookbooks, and a has penned a couple of New York Times Bestsellers.

So how did America’s favorite weather guy go from being a flannel shirt and overall wearing student at SUNY Oswego to media kingpin? Al said his first big break came from being in the right place at the right time when someone said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

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ABC News Ups Rick Klein To Political Director

Another day, another change in ABC’s political unit. ABC has promoted Rick Klein to the role of political director. Klein joined ABC in 2007 from the Boston Globe and was named Washington editor of “ABC World News” in 2010.

“Rick was a key member of the editorial team that produced two of the most-watched debates of the Republican primaries,” wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a memo to staff this morning. “And when Martha Raddatz was picked to moderate the Vice Presidential debate, Rick enthusiastically took on a leading part in debate prep as a very convincing Paul Ryan. In fact, in the mock debates, he captured virtually every rhetorical point and personal mannerism — except for gulping water.”

The Klein announcement follows the arrival of Susan Saulny and Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times earlier this week.

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